Our Team

Carlos Acevedo

Research Assistant

Carlos is a doctoral student at Texas State University. His research interests are equity practices for emergent multilinguals and collaborative learning and professional development on decision making. He will work with the GRIP team on designing and constructing web applications and a database. 

Megha Bairwal

Research Assistant

Megha is a sophomore at the University of Michigan and is double majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science.

Robert Beckemeyer

Research Assistant

Robert is a junior UROP student at the University of Michigan in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, majoring in Economics and Mathematics.

Inese Berzina-Pitcher

Project Manager

Inese manages GRIP Lab research projects, which includes planning and organizing work, communicating with internal and external stakeholders, hiring staff, organizing events, and recruiting research participants.

Noah Boudrie

Jr. Web Developer

Noah is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Computer Science. In his role as a junior web developer he is supporting database and web application development.

Amanda Brown

GRIP Lab Co-Director

Amanda is a research scientist at the University of Michigan that studies teachers’ instructional practices and innovative approaches for intervening in those practices through pd. She has a PhD in Mathematics Education and MA in Mathematics.

Hannah Connell

Research Assistant

Hannah is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, majoring in Computer Science.

Susie Hagan

Research Technician Intermediate

Susie is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Education where she studied secondary Biology and Psychology education. In her role as a research technician she will be assisting in multiple faucets of the research process including data collection, management, cataloging and archiving. She also contributes to the adaptation and design of online teacher professional development curriculum, along with drafting and

Pat Herbst

GRIP Lab Director

Pat is a professor of Education and Mathematics at Michigan. He studies the knowledge and rationality involved in teaching mathematics and the use of digital technologies to represent and communicate professional knowledge.

Carolyn Hetrick

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carolyn is a postdoctoral researcher who earned her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Policy at the University of Michigan. Carolyn’s research interests involve leveraging critical qualitative methodologies to support community-based education initiatives and advocacy efforts. Through her work with the GRIP Lab, Carolyn participates in qualitative inquiry about instructors’ practical rationalities.

Michael Ion

Research Assistant

Mike is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics education at the University of Michigan. His research interests include conceptions in calculus, online learning, measurement, and natural language processing.

Inah Ko

Postdoctoral Researcher

Inah has a PhD in mathematics education and MA and MS in statistics and applied mathematics. Her research interests lie in mathematical knowledge for teaching and quantitative research methods in educational studies.

Srikanth Lavu

Application Developer

Srikanth has an MS in Computer Science. His work mainly involves designing and developing Software Applications for the GRIP team which are used for research studies.

Saksham Sadh

Jr. Web Developer

Saksham is a freshman at the University of Michigan in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and is majoring in Computer Science. In his role as a junior web developer he is supporting database and web application development.

Gil Schwarts

Postdoctoral Researcher

Gil earned her PhD and MSc in mathematics education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and her BSc in mathematics at the Ben-Gurion University. She is interested in secondary mathematics teachers’ decision-making processes and their capacity to enact changes in their long-established practices, and in the ways in which productive mathematical discussions evolve.

Eran Segal

Project Associate

Eran provides assistance to the GRIP Lab faculty and researchers with their work.

Irma Stevens

Postdoctoral Researcher

Irma is a postdoc who earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and MA in Mathematics at the University of Georgia. Her main research interests are understanding students’ meanings for formulas when reasoning about dynamic situations and teachers’ decision making about mathematical tasks.

Micah Swartz

Project Associate

Micah works on the development of educational tools that incorporate LessonDepict components while creating an environment for students and teachers to collaboratively engage in mathematical thinking.

Past GRIP Team Members

Kayin Aaron · Wendy Rose Aaron · Enes Akbuga · Darrell Allen · Emanuele Bardelli · Stephen Bizer · Heather Bleecker· Nicolas Boileau · Eszter Boldog · Scott Bridges · Chandler Brown · Tottionna Bushell · Jeong Lim Chae · Chia-Ling Chen · Vu Minh Chieu · Rachel Cortez · Stephanie Delgado · Justin Dimmel · Maranda Discenna · Ander Erickson · Erin Fedeson · Felice Gonzales · Gloriana Gonzáles · Michael Green · Umut Gursel · Kristi Hanby · Bruno Herbst · Hui-Yu (Angela) Hsu · Karl W. Kosko · Yungchi (Jack) Lin · Jorge Luna · Claudine Margolis · Manu Mehrotra · Takeshi Miyakawa · Joel Maidens · Talli Nachlieli · Rashmi Nair · Annick Rougee · Mollee Shultz · Travis Skindzier · Rachel Snider · Andrew Spiteri · Mindy Steffen · Natalie Suh · Michael Weiss · Jack Zaloga · Alan Zhang · Jinzhi (Bella) Zhou