Assistants & Fellows

These graduate students are here to help you connect with the wealth of support at Yale.


oaJean Zheng

Jean Zheng is currently a 4th-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Yale. She received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006, and worked for 2 years for Boston Scientific in Minnesota developing implantable pacemakers and defibrillators before coming to Yale. Her research interests include haptics, human-machine interaction, psychology and cognitive science. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching sit-coms, playing recreational sports, meeting people from different cultures, trying out new foods and restaurants, volunteering in her community, and teaching kids about science and engineering.


oaJieyu Zou

Hi all new Yalies! My name is Jieyu Zou andI am very happy to meet you in advance here on this Web site! Please be as creative as you would like when pronouncing my name. I hope to have the opportunity to learn your name through the flow of wonderful welcoming events organized by OISS.

I am now a second year masters student in School of Public Health. Before coming here, I graduated from Peking University in China. I have had great academic and professional experience at Yale.

A little more about me. I love the gym and I love good food. New Haven is a good place to explore yummy food. I have also traveled to many parts of the world. Please feel free to contact if you need advice about finding entertainment in New Haven.

Finally, let me emphasize that Yale is unique in it's architecture, academic achievement, freedom and safety issues. My advice to you in these early days: Don't panic too much about New Haven. We are here to safely guide you as you settle down in this new environment. Enjoy your new life!


oaTodd Holmes

Todd Holmes is a fifth year PhD candidate in the History Department, specializing in 20th century US political and economic history. Raised in beautiful Northern California, he received his BA and MA in history at California State University, Sacramento before coming to Yale. On campus he serves as the Residential Coordinator of Graduate Housing at Esplanade Apartments, and the Graduate Assistant for the Yale Agrarian Studies Program. He is also an affiliate of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, and a member of the Yale Tobin Project on Political Economy. Outside of academics, he loves getting into trouble with his three kids.


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