Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (A3B)

The Advocates and Allies Advisory Board (A3B) is a group of women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals who work with the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded ADVANCE team to guide and advise the Advocates Team. Guidance comes in the form of communicating and prioritizing issues that women, minorities, and gender diverse individuals experience at Michigan Tech that impede their career growth and success.  Guidance and oversight also come in the form of structuring and directing the education of the Advocates via published resources and lived experiences, the best topics, and approaches for the Advocates.

When advocating for policies and practices, the goal is that the A3B and Advocates will work closely together with the goal that well-intentioned ideas translate into policies and practices that most effectively achieve the goals of equity.

Advisory Board

Jill Patterson

Jill Patterson

  • Manager for Career and Corporate Events


  • Manages Career Fair, Career Fest, and other career events
  • Manages Career Services materials and equipment
  • Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Links of Interest

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Solar photovoltaic and thermal power plants
  • Electricity grid operational modeling
  • Energy-water nexus

Research Interests

  • Impacts of climate change on electric power systems
  • Energy transitions in cold climates
  • Solar photovoltaic design for cold climates
  • Heat pump performance
  • Thermal power plant modeling
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Associate Teaching Professor, Applied Computing
  • Program Director, BS in Mechatronics
  • Program Director, BS in Electrical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Single electron devices
  • Charging-effect-based tunneling devices
  • Quantum electronics
  • Circuit design

Teaching Interests

  • Electronics
  • Circuits and instrumentation
  • Physical electronics
  • Digital logic

Danielle Meirow

  • Director of Student Leadership and Involvement


  • Supports the Student Leadership and Involvement staff in ensuring seamless day-to-day operations and executing impactful programming.
  • Leads long and short-term strategic planning for Student Leadership and Involvement based on student feedback and assessment.
  • Chairs the Tech Traditions Committee in order to provide oversight and collaboration amongst campus partner.
  • Teaching Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Director, Music Composition Program


  • Classical music composition
  • Violin/viola performance, instruction

Kayla Michelson

  • Multicultural Student Success Coordinator

Jennifer Nish

  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Academy of Teaching Excellence

Research Interests

  • transnational feminism
  • activist rhetoric
  • disability studies
  • digital media
  • writing program administration
  • rhetorical genre studies
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices

Michigan Tech is a globally recognized technological university that educates students, advances knowledge, and innovates to improve the quality of life and to promote mutual respect and equity for all people within the state, the nation, and the global community. 

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