Our Team

The Toy Adaptation Team currently consists of eight 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 Ohio State 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 the Program Manager and Advisor for the Green Engineering Scholars Program at The Ohio State University. She graduated with her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio State. 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 first and second year Ohio State engineering students in their pursuit of a degree and career in engineering.
 
Meg West is a fourth year Civil Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Engineering Education Department and a Toy Adaptation Program Intern at The Ohio State University.
 
Jarrod Manguiat is a second year Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. He is also a Toy Adaptation Program Intern and member of the Green Engineering Scholars Program at The Ohio State University.
 

Matthew Ritzenthaler is a second year Welding Engineering undergraduate intern at The Ohio State University. Additionally, he is a Toy Adaptation Program intern and a Midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).

Isaac Khan is a third year Engineering Physics undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. He is a Toy Adaptation Program Intern and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Mechanical Engineering Department machine shop.  

Emily Curtiss is a second year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is a Toy Adaptation Intern and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the First Year Engineering sequence.

Melissa Hrivnak is a second year Master’s student at The Ohio State University earning her degree in Civil Engineering. She earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics Education from Otterbein University and previously worked in the school systems as an Intervention Specialist before going back to school, herself, in order to pursue another passion. Her research interests include safety in construction with a focus on fall accidents due to holes, as well as the assessment and development of toy adaptations within the community.