Our Team

 

Our Team

The Minrva Project team draws from local talent found at the University of Illinois. If you would like to be part of the team or would like to partner with our group, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Jim Hahn

Jim Hahn (CV)

Orientation Services & Environments Librarian

My research into technology-enhanced learning investigates the development of mobile software applications within library settings and provides unique insights into new student’s expectations and needs, and helps inform the work that I do as the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian for incoming undergraduate students at the University of Illinois.

Current Staff

Benjamin Ryckman

Benjamin Ryckman

Lab Manager & Lead Android Developer

Benjamin Ryckman has worked with Jim and the Minrva Project Team since 2012 to develop mobile applications. He graduated with a BBA from Eastern Illinois University, and is self-taught in the Java programming language. Ben leads in the development and upkeep of the Minrva App (Android), regularly programs new APIs to provide data for upcoming Minrva modules or other U of I applications, and helps coordinate and manage the software developers.

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Chang Liu

Software Development Intern

Chang is a member of the iOS development team. He is supporting interface development of Minrva recommendations under a Campus Research Board Grant.

Collin Walther

Collin Walther

Software Development Intern

Collin is a member of the Android and iOS development teams. His development work led to the creation of a room reserve module for Android, and several custom iOS modules. This year he is supporting the development of recommendations within Minrva, under a Campus Research Board Grant.

Maria Lux

Maria Lux

Graphic Designer

I have a BFA in graphic design and studio art from Iowa State University and recently earned my MFA at the University of Illinois. I see graphic design as a method for making information accessible and usable, and working in the Technology Prototyping Service gives me the opportunity to contribute design approaches to a student-centered project such as Minrva. I am involved with the user interface design and the creation of supplementary materials to help share Minrva with a wider audience.

Nathaniel Ryckman

Nathaniel Ryckman

Academic Hourly, Technology Prototyping Services

Nathaniel earned his master's degree in Information Systems Management at Carnegie Mellon University in December 2014. He works on Research and Development projects including feature development for IWonder (Ask A Librarian) and Data Visualization.

Former Staff

Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate student in economics with a concentration on mathematics. While developing an Indoor Positioning System is a great learning experience, I'm excited to be part of a team that is developing tools that can benefit thousands of students, faculty and the community in general. Minrva Project will help extend the mission of the University of Illinois as a research institutiton. Also, being part of this project will help me to achieve my life goal to "do good, make good and be sustainable."

Dennis Matthews

Dennis Matthews

Research Assistant

I received a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 from the University of Illinois. I am currently working on two research projects that are both in the areas of Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Buildings. In conjunction with the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois, my lab has developed a functional user prototype of a smart phone application that allows users to enter a call number and receive directions from their current position to their desired resource.

Hansel Chong

Hansel Chong

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It has been a excited experience for me to work in this Minrva project. While developing a wayfinder module in this project,I hope to learn how to program mobile apps and also handle with database and web services. I am very grateful to work with my coworkers and share our ideas together to build a great apps. I hope with this experience I could utilize my programming skills for my future career.

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Jing Ge

Technical Volunteer, Visualization Software

I am so excitied to join the team and do lots of cool things. Thanks to Jim and Nate for giving me such a great opportunity to be a volunteer here. Specifically, I am currently working on building visualization for some interesting library data. Being part of the team here helps me learn more about web development. I am really enjoying the time working with all the other teammates. This will be a valuable experience for me before I go to the industry. Update: Jing graduated as a Master student from the department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2013.

Joseph Troy

Joseph Troy

Visiting Program Manager

After 30 years of working in IT in the Chicago area I have returned to University of Illinois to study bioinformatics. My IT career has focused on application development and data analysis for manufacturing, health care and navigation businesses. I have a B.S. In Finance from the University of Illinois and an M.S. In Computer Science from North Central College. I am currently enjoying working under the IMLS National Leadership Grant.

Kun Tian

Kun Tian

Software Development Intern

Ladies and gentlemen, I am currently a senior at UIUC and working with Cheng on the Indoor Positioning System project this summer. I am interested in computational neuroscience so I major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minor in mathematics and computer science. I hope I can contribute what I learned from computational neuroscience to this project, specifically by applying hierarchical Bayesian model to it by using openBUGs. I learned a lot from this project, Jim, Nate, and other coworkers and I really appreciate their help and inspiration. I enjoy working on the edge so I plan to go to graduate school for computational neuroscience after I graduate.

Li-Hsing Lung

Li-Hsing Lung

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate student currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I am interested in data exploration and manners of allowing users the ability to traverse large data sets with text similarity and topic proximity measures instead of purely keyword queries. The Minrva Project is allowing me to explore my interests in this field by providing the perfect environment to test out implementation details of my ideals.

Mayur

Mayur Sadavarte

Research Assistant

Mayur was previously a M.S. student in Computer Science, graduating December 2013. He worked on two grants during his tenure, an IMLS Sparks! Grant helping to develop the Topic Space module and the Campus Research Board Grant developing the Text-shot prototype. Both of these projects required original mobile OCR programming and debugging. He is now working at a startup in California.

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Megean Osuchowski

iOS Developer

I have a M.S. in Library and Information Science and have been working at the UIUC Library in various positions for about four years now. I enjoy learning about tech in the library environment, and appreciate the opportunity that Hahn Labs has in experimenting with new technology services for libraries to provide. I am involved with the development of Minrva on the iOS platform.

Mengxue Zheng

Mengxue Zheng

Research Assistant

I am currently a graduate student in UIUC majoring in Computer Science. I am interested in building mobile phone application. My experience working here is great! During working here, I learned a lot new stuff and knew many friendly people. People in this team are very nice and willing to help others. You are always encouraged to put forward your own idea and achieve it.

Georgy Petkhov

Georgy Petukhov

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science. I am interested in web development and various new internet technologies. I like experimenting. Here in Minrva I am working on new things all the time, which is hard but very rewarding because in the end what I get is new experience which will help me in my future career. Right now I am involved in the development of Minrva modules for the web using Backbone.js javascript library and HTML5.

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Rahul Bhatia

Software Development Intern

I am currently a junior in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. My personal interests range from mobile development to Human-Computer Interaction. I personally really enjoy exploring the field of design and development, as well as their interrelation with one another. To that end, I hope that I can contribute to the Topic Spaces Module, and Minrva Project as a whole.

Shareefah Williams

Shareefah Williams

Software Development Intern

I am a junior majoring in Computer Science at the University of Illinois. This is my first year at the University of Illinois; I transferred here in the Fall of 2013 from Prairie State Community College. U of I has been great to me so far. I enjoy learning new things about Computer Science everyday. I am excited to do more server side java programming and cannot wait to see the end product. It’s exciting to know that I will be a part of something that will be used by thousands of students at the University of Illinois.

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Sruthi Mayuram Krithivasan

iOS Deverloper

Sruthi worked on the Minrva iOS 2.0 version and Hoot SMS program while completing her M.S. in Computer Science. She graduated from the Minrva Project in Fall 2014.

Uthara Iyer

Uthara Iyer

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have developed a keen interest for programming since being introduced to it through some Computer Science classes. I am very excited to be developing the article search for the Minrva app. By the end of this internship, I am hoping to have gained the knowledge and skills required to develop a few Android apps on my own. I am very interested in the hands- on aspect of the internship, as I believe that such a position would provide me with a truly valuable experience and an ideal opportunity to expand my programming skills. I wish to complement my technical and analytical abilities with this internship in order to acquire the background necessary for a future career in computer science.

Vishnu Nath Kamalnath

Vishnu Nath Kamalnath

Research Assistant

I am an incoming MS student in the Department of Computer Science. I would be specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and am in charge of developing the OCR engine that Minrva would use. The good thing about this project is that I get to build an entire application engine just the way I envision it. That is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. I hope to be part of a team that has successfully made one of the best-selling apps on the Android market and am really looking forward to it. I also hope to publish a paper on the research that is going on to build this OCR engine.

Xi Gu

Xi Gu

Software Development Intern

I am a junior undergraduate student in UIUC. My field of study is Electrical Engineering and I have also made quite a lot of efforts in software and web developing. It is exciting to be part of the Minrva team since the work we are doing here is brilliantly creative and enjoyable. My primary task is Android app developing, but job assignments here are usually flexible, so I can also get involved in other cool stuff such as developing web services. The best thing about Minrva project is that it allows us learn, practise and work simultaneously in an organized and friendly environment. I hope I can make a good use of my experience here in my future endeavours as a programmer.

Yinan Zhang

Yinan Zhang

Research Assistant

Hi, I'm a first-year PhD student studying computer science. It has been a great experience for me to work in the Minrva project this summer, specifically in designing back-end algorithms for a more intelligent library catalog. Thanks to Jim and Nate, I was introduced into a brand new area of library cataloging. I am having a lot of fun learning about the technical basis of this area and applying my theoretical knowledge in information retrieval, into its improvements. Besides the projects, I’m also treasuring the friendship I have been building with my other teammates while we work together on Minrva.

Ziqi Peng

Ziqi Peng

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate in University of Illinois, and pursue degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. I am interested in distributed system, network computing and software developing. This summer I am working on developing modules of the iOS version of Minrva project. And I found application developing is a really interested thing to do! It's a great experience working here with other wonderful teammates. And I hope I can put my knowledge into development of Minrva project new modules.

Pengyu Ren

Pengyu Ren

Software Development Intern

I am a junior student pursuing a degree in Statistics and Computer Science. I specialize in mobile development on IOS and web development. Currently, I am developing the 2.0 IOS version of Minrva Application in Hahn’s UIUC Library Software Processing Lab. The Minrva project has really helped me gain a lot of hands-on experience with IOS development, and also strengthened my team skills. I am enjoying working here, because the people are very nice and willing to help each other.

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Varun Berry

Software Development Intern

Berry helped develop the Room Reserve API and Minrva Events module for Android.

Paul Jones Vijayakumar

Paul Jones Vijayakumar

Software Development Intern

I am a Freshman Computer Science student at the University of Illinois. My fields of interests are Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and HCI. I wholly enjoy the working environment for the Minrva Project in Hahn Labs because it a very relaxing and creative environment, in which you are given the freedom to express your ideas. Also you are given, a substantial role in the development of the Android applications and backend web services that would empower the Undergraduate Library and its users. As of now, I am developing the Events Module for the Minrva Mobile App but I am very keen on being involved in developing ideas such as the Book Recommender Engine and the Semantic-based Informational Retrieval engine that are being considered for future projects.

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Selena Chengyuan Zeng

Software Development Intern

Selena is working on feature development work for the University of Illinois's "Ask a Librarian" chat system.

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Will Hempy

Software Development Intern

Will helped develop the Minrva 2.0 for iOS app and the Hoot SMS program. He is continuing work this Spring 2015 on the Freebase API project, too.

Zaynaib Giwa

Zaynaib Giwa

Data Visualization Programmer

My name is Zaynaib Giwa and I am a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I majored in statistics and minored in informatics. During the course of this internship I would like to learn more about data structures and mobile development. In the future I will pursue a higher education in the field of informatics and explore more projects that deal with data visualization.

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Sadhana Krishnamoorthy

Software Development Intern

I am an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. I am interest in mobile app development and computer security. The Minrva Project will be my first large programming project and I am excited to work with Hahn Labs. The environment is very relaxed and it makes for a comfortable learning environment. Currently, I am working on the Topic Space project for Minrva. I look forward to gaining real world experience and producing an applicable project.

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Miller Wesselhoff

Software Development Intern

Miller developed server side functionality for the Topic Spaces module as well as front end views for the Minrva Web App. He is learning more about Backbone.js while contributing new views to library data.

Eric Wang

Eric Xuan Wang

Software Development Intern

Eric worked on development of an API for the main library in C#. Eric helped edit front-end views for the Library “Study Room” page and helped enabled the page to render nicely in different browsers. Eric also supported development of the resizable popup window of the “Log-in to library account” page in JS and HTML.

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Natalie Declerck

Graduate Hourly, Prototyping Services

Natalie worked in the JavaScript development team. Her development work led to interface improvements in the OTRS IT Help Desk system. In spring and summer (2016) she supported the development of Library Homepage widgets for New Titles, a UGL Kiosk Interface, and a Scheduling Tool for Librarian Consulations.

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Haotian Jiang

Software Development Intern

Haotian is a member of the JavaScript development team. This spring (2016) he is supporting the development of recommendations within VuFind account logins under a Campus Research Board Grant.

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Rohit Saigal

Software Development Intern

Rohit is a member of the Java development team. He previously did VB development work related to the new Library Hours API. This year he is supporting the development of recommendations within Minrva, under a Campus Research Board Grant.

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Evening Wang

Software Development Intern

Evening is working on iOS development this year. Her previous JavaScript development work led to interface improvements in the OTRS IT Help Desk system. In the spring (2016) semester she supported the development of Library Homepage widgets for New Titles, a UGL Kiosk Interface, and a Scheduling Tool for Librarian Consulations.

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