Our Team

The Toy Adaptation Team currently consists of six dedicated members:

 

Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduate and graduate students, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods research, and innovative approaches to teaching. 
 
Elizabeth Riter is an Academic Advisor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. She graduated with her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. She worked as a Structural Engineer for J.D. Stevenson & Associates in Chicago, IL designing structural components within nuclear power plants prior to accepting her current position at OSU. In this position, she teaches, mentors, and advises Ohio State engineering students in their pursuit of a degree and career in civil or environmental engineering.
 
Emily Curtiss is a third-year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is a Toy Adaptation Program Intern and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the First-Year Engineering sequence.

Victoria Kinzel is a fourth year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is a Toy Adaptation Program Intern and earning a minor in Forensic Science.

Samantha Young is a second-year Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Science undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is a Toy Adaptation Program Intern and arts/humanities editor for JUROS (Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State).

Anne McAlister is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She has been a teaching assistant for the First-Year Engineering sequence, has been participating in engineering education research at the university for the past three years, and is excited to re-join the Toy Adaptation Program as an Intern after her participation in the program two years ago.