Michele Yatchmeneff is Unangax (Aleut) who grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in rural villages along Alaska’s Aleutian chain. She earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 2005 and an MS in Engineering Management in 2009 at University of Alaska Anchorage. After earning her BS she began working in Alaska’s construction and engineering industry, specializing in water and sewer projects in remote villages across the state. She also worked as the Deputy Director of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). Professor Yatchmeneff earned her PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University in 2015. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research focuses on motivation and success for Alaska Native pre-college students.
Dr. Matthew Calhoun is a civil engineering assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to his tenure-track position, he worked as a project engineer in the Alaskan construction industry followed by managing the pre-college component of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). He has earned a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a MS in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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