Dem Ele III Santiago grew up in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, United States. From a young age he was good at math and science and those skill helped him participate in many competitions from both fields. At grade 11 he had the opportunity to go to an engineering camp which opened his path to take college credits at grade 12, but also defined his path as a future engineer. Currently, he is working at the University of Virginia under the Zhang group on a summer internship.
Mischa was born in Texas and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a second year Chemistry major at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating, she is interested in pursuing public health or continuing in the field of Chemistry. Outside of academics she enjoys running, playing cello, and astrology.
Jess Kamienski is from Loudoun Country, Virginia. She grew up hiking, biking and running through the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jess is a fourth year chemical engineering student whose research interests include developing efficient catalysts for CO2 conversion. She hopes to one day design cost effective green energy systems for developing areas. Outside of lab, Jess likes climbing, playing soccer, and painting.
Congratulations! Dr. Zhang has been selected for the 2017 Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research.
The Zhang group came together for some delicious food and volleyball to celebrate the beginning of Spring.
News & Announcements
July 24, 2019
The Zhang lab continues to grow with people who are truly a pleasure to work with!
June 5, 2019
We are pleased to welcome Aariella to the Zhang lab for the summer 2019. She is a rising junior at Bennett College and North Carolina A & T studying chemistry and chemical engineering. She has... Read»
August 21, 2018
Visiting Scholars Dem and Mischa presented their summer work supported by the VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program in an on grounds Poster Session.