2017-2018 Officers


Alyssa Travitz, Co-President

Alyssa Travitz is a 3rd year PhD student working in the Larson Group studying computational models for waterborne coatings. She was previously co-chair of the ACS POLY/PMSE Outreach Initiative, and continues to serve on the organizational committee for the REACT Workshop.

Ayse Muniz, Co-president


Ayse Muniz is a 3rd year PhD student in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering program. Her research focuses on engineering tissue microenvironments to study the influence of materials on cell fate. She is actively engaged in leadership positions through ACS POLY/PMSE (Co-President), the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund (Healthcare deal flow lead), and the NSF Cellular Metamaterials (Cell-Met) Engineering Research Center (Student Leadership Council President).

Ying Liu, Vice president of student affair

Ying Liu-tbp

Our vice president of student affair, Ying is a 3th year PhD candidate studying under the direction of Dr. Ronald Larson. For her current project, she is developing analytical methods to quantify polyelectrolytes in order to study the phase behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes.

Zhihe Gao, Treasurer

Engineering, Maurice Traylor

Zhihe(Zoe) Gao, 2nd year Master student. I work in Dr. Anish Tuteja’s lab, with a focus on antimicrobial materials.

Muru Zhou, Secretary


Muru Zhou is a 2nd year Phd student. Her research focuses on the application of shape-morphing materials on retinal prosthesis.

Outreach committee

Violet Sheffey, Vice President of Outreach

Violet is a 2nd year pH.D student in Macromolecular Science & Engineering. She is currently leading the K-12 outreach initiative. Violet‘s research focus is developing “stealth” coatings for vascular targeted drug delivery.

Faculty Advisor

Prof. Timothy Scott
Timothy Scott