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 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

  • Assistant Professor, Creative Writing
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Applied Computing

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

Danielle Meirow

  • Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement
  • Pronouns: she, her, hers


  • Coordinates community service initiatives, leadership programs, and departmental assessment.
  • Coordinates and implements the LeaderShape Institute and Catalyst programs.
  • Assists with advising the Undergraduate Student Government (USG).
Madeline Mercado Voelker

Madeline Mercado Voelker

  • Senior Immigration and Visa Services Specialist


  • Coordinate immigration services and related employment processes.
  • Oversee and process faculty and staff employment based immigration petitions (H-1B, I-140 (EB-2), I-485 faculty special handling permanent residency and TN visas)
  • Provide hiring departments with information about immigration and employment regulations affecting foreign nations; file relevant immigration petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as appropriate
  • Act as liaison between the University, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Labor (DOL) with respect to foreign nationals
  • Liaison to immigration counsel retained for immigration support
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Teaching Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Director, Music Composition Program


  • Classical music composition
  • Violin/viola performance, instruction
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Programs, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Courses Taught

  • CM5300 – Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • CM3979/ENT3979 – Alternative Energy Processes and Technologies
  • CM4125 - Bioprocess Engineering Lab

Research Interests

  • Lignocellulosic-Based Biofuels and Biomaterials
  • Sustainability of Bioenergy Production Systems
Jill Patterson

Jill Patterson

  • Manager for Career and Corporate Events


  • Manage CareerFest and Career Fair events
  • Supports Tech students' readiness for their careers
  • Asssist with Student Development
  • First Destination Survey Collection
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

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
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing
  • Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Rural Sociology
  • Population and Environment
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Internal Migration
  • GIS and spatial analysis

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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