Robin H. Cresiski, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

  • Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Director, Maryland’s AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance
  • The Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


Dr. Cresiski’s CV

Yarazeth Medina (she/her/hers)

  • Assistant Director of Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Program Coordinator of the AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance Model to Transform the Hiring Practices and Career Success of Tenure Track Historically Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Biomedical Sciences
  • Program Coordinator of the PROMISE Engineering Institute (PEI)
  • The Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Chinonso Ezeobi (he/him/his)

  • Graduate Assitant, PROMISE Engineering Institute (PEI)
  • Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering Program at UMBC.
  • His research focuses on the characterization of nonlinear properties of materials using optical techniques like induced grating autocorrelation (IGA) for optical fibers.
  • “I have mastered the skill of effective communication, particularly with students with diverse educational backgrounds, abilities, or backgrounds through my job with PEI. I am passionate about providing information on resources on our campus for student success.

Leopoldo E. Posada Escobar (he/him/his)

  • PROMISE Student Ambassador
  • Ph.D. student in the Chemistry Program at UMBC, Rosenzweig Lab.
  • Meyerhoff Graduate Scholars Fellow
  • His research interest includes synthesizing, functionalizing, and characterizing inorganic/metallic nanoparticles and 2D nanomaterials with exceptional physiochemical properties for various applications.
  • He is currently working on developing a 3D nano-delivery system that introduces micronutrients, pesticides, and other additives more effectively into crops and on their surface to produce more robust harvests that can efficiently withstand environmental and ecological pressures the synthesis and modifications of NIR-emitting CuInS2 Quantum Dots for various applications and the development of in-depth synthetic methodology for high-quality ternary nanoparticle systems.

Fadel Ugarte (he/him/his)

  • Research Assistant, PROMISE Academy Alliance
  • Ph.D. student in the Public Policy program at UMBC
  • His research focuses on international development issues. He is particularly interested in connecting education with labor market public policies to improve employment opportunities among the young population.
  • He specializes in quantitative analysis, emphasizing evaluation methods and econometrics analysis.


Bhavya Gada (he/him/his)

  • Graduate Assistant & Web Developer, GSPD (PROMISE)
  • MS student in Information Systems at UMBC
  • He specializes in software development and AI research, focusing on AI/ML pipeline engineering for MLOps, scaling AI applications, and deploying AI governance responsibly.