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Brook Abegaz

Assistant Professor


  • Engineering
  • Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Dr. Abegaz’s current research interests include modern sensor technologies and expert systems that could be used to improve the stability, the reliability, the resilience and the security of cyber-physical systems consisting of electronic systems, storage systems, and power systems. For instance, in converter-connected power systems, power, voltage and frequency perturbations are problematic since such networks are largely composed of continually dynamic sources that are distributed long distances apart to manage their stochasticity on an individual basis and are further prone to environmental variabilities and node and/or link failures. Manually controlling or even simulating the real-time coordination of large number of power converters in real-world power grids is not feasible at present. Dr. Abegaz’s research seeks to develop on-chip systems consisting of a processor, a memory and a control unit that could perform spatio-temporal network analysis and improve the perturbation tolerance of various nodes in power networks.

Daniel P. Becker

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Loyola University Chicago


  • Carbohydrates
  • Heterocyclic Compounds
  • Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists

Research Interests

  • ‌‌‌‌Our research is focused on the design and synthesis of metalloenzyme inhibitors and also of serine protease and serine hydrolase inhibitors with antibiotic properties. In addition, we are interested in the synthesis and conformational dynamics of supramolecular scaffolds related to cyclotriveratrylene (CTV) with applications in host-guest chemistry. Other active research areas involve synthetic methodology including cascade reactions and metal-catalyzed functionalization reactions.

Amy Bohnert

Associate Professor


  • Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Research Interests

  • Dr. Bohnert is an Associate Professor in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on how various contexts may promote better outcomes among youth, including lower rates of obesity, fewer behavior problems, and better social and emotional adjustment. With training in both development and child clinical psychology, she seeks to understand how out-of-school contexts, especially organized activities, after-school, and summer-based programming may serve as a buffer for youth. Relatedly, she has directed evaluations of community programs that seek to improve health and wellness. Guiding themes of her research are an emphasis on developmental transitions as points of reorganization as well as the translatability of her work to reduce health disparities among youth.