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 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 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 first and second year Ohio State engineering students in their pursuit of a degree and career in engineering.
Matthew Ritzenthaler is a third-year Welding Engineering undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. Additionally, he is a Toy Adaptation Program intern and a Midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).
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 Computer Information Science and Communications undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is a Toy Adaptation Program Intern, member of the Green Engineering Scholars Program, and arts/humanities editor for JUROS (Journal of Undergraduate Research at Ohio State).