Our Members

A number of students from diverse backgrounds and areas of technical expertise are active CrossLink members. If you would like to contact any of these students, please do not do so directly. Send us an email at Crosslink.CMU@gmail.com and put their name in the subject line. We will get back to you as soon as possible!


Miaolei Yan
Miaolei Yan

Ellen Reifler
Ellen Reifler

As Heads of External Communications we collaboratively organize and invite our external contacts from industry, national labs and academia to visit Carnegie Mellon's campus, and to join graduate students in CrossLink meetings. We also organize student field trips to local industries whenever possible. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in working with CrossLink!


Rachel Ferebee
Rachel Ferebee
ASM Liaison - Rachel represents CrossLink at meetings of the Pittsburgh chapter of ASM International, “The Materials Information Society.” ASM has been dedicated to connecting materials-based businesses in the Pittsburgh area with CMU students and faculty. This liaison position is used to help strengthen the valuable connection between Materials Science students and industry through the ASM Pittsburgh Chapter.


Mike-Chapman
Mike Chapman
As the Graduate Student Symposium Chair, Mike is responsible for organizing the annual MSE Graduate Student Symposium which features research posters and presentations given by graduate students in the MSE department detailing their work.


Brian Lin
Brian Lin
Brian is responsible for Internal Communications. He is in charge of maintaining and updating the group email distribution list, for communicating with group members or other CMU groups, and individuals about upcoming talks/meetings/events. A major part of his role is to ensure that the group is sustained despite the constant student turnover.


Madeleine Kelly
Madeleine Kelly
As the Financial Manager, Madeleine is responsible for supervising the budget, submitting reimbursements, and approving purchases. She also makes all purchases to support monthly discussion meetings and the information session.


Jillian Epstein
Jillian Epstein
As Website Designer for CMU-CrossLink, Jillian designs and updates the official CrossLink website so that it is easier for you to find us online! The current website contains updated information on our meeting schedules, contact information, local industry collaborators, as well as our mission statement. Email Jillian if you have any comments or suggestions on the website!


Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr. and Bryan Webler
Paul R. Ohodnicki, Jr. (left) & Bryan Webler (right)
Paul and Bryan, the founders of CrossLink, graduated with their PhD’s in Materials Science and Engineering in 2008. They are currently employed by PPG Industries and Bechtel-Bettis respectively. Paul and Bryan are the start of what we hope will be a thriving Crosslink Alumni Network of PhDs working in the Pittsburgh area.


Professor Robert Heard
Professor Robert Heard
Professor Heard is the Faculty Advisor for CrossLink and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University.