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Mike Stocz

Mike Stocz is a PhD student in the Sports Administration program at UNM. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Sports Management from Ithaca College and Winthrop University, respectively. Mike's work was recently published in 4 national journals and 1 local journal, in the areas of social media, risk management, and teaching assistants. These publications have been featured in, or are in press for, KAHPERD Journal, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Sports Science, and Sport and Society. Currently, Mike is working on manuscripts surrounding food communication in sport, developing a minor league system for the NFL, and hooliganism.

Mike came to the University of New Mexico with the dream of becoming an assistant professor in Sports Management. He is currently on two leadership committees within student run organizations at UNM (Sport Administration Student Association, and the Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences Graduate Student Association). Mike is also a shoe tester for New Balance, a frequent blood donor, and a teaching assistant for the HESS department. In his free time, Mike enjoys watching sports, swimming, and filming for a local sports broadcasting company in Albuquerque.

Ramesh Kumar Mahto

Rakeshkumar Mahto, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Recently, he was awarded with Doctoral Travel Grant for presenting his work on resilient solar cells at the International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) in Pasadena, CA. His research work is to make solar cells (photovoltaic) based power source, reconfigurable and resilient in case of fault or dim lighting condition by using transistor switches. He proposed and presented this novel concept in the Respace/MAPLD conference. He believes his techniques can be very useful to power micro-autonomous drones, CubeSats, and microsatellites. Recently, he submitted a paper where he presented a novel way to model solar cell module using MOSFET transistors which let the user model output current based on the output voltage, lighting coefficient, the number of solar cells in series, the number of solar cells in parallel and temperature which was previously only possible using the iterative technique. 

Rakeshkumar Mahto is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Payman Zarkesh-Ha and Dr. Olga Lavrova. They will be building an embedded CMOS-on-PV cells at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) in Albuquerque, NM to make the electrical connection of solar cells with transistor more reliable. Besides working on his thesis he has taught many undergraduate classes at the ECE department and for all the courses he has received an excellent rating.

Soumi Roy Chowdhury

Soumi Roy Chowdhury is a third year Ph.D. student in Economics with a focus in Health & Development Economics. She received her B.A degree and first M.A. degree from India where she has conducted field research in collaboration with Ministry of India and other foreign universities. She completed her second M.A. degree in Spring 2015 from University of New Mexico. She recently completed a research requirement "Balance and Power, Domestic Violence and Health Outcomes: Evidence from demographic and health survey in Nepal". Her current research focuses on socio-economic consequences of cancer in the context of Nepal. The project has been funded by American Cancer Society. She is currently in Nepal collecting data on cancer patients based on a survey that she and the Nepal Studies Center created. On the teaching front, she is currently the primary instructor for an undergraduate level Economics course in the department.