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U.S. Investigator Team


U.S. Investigator Team


Nehal Abu-Lail

Nehal I. Abu-Lail received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004. She is an Associate Professor at the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University since August of 2012. Her research is focused on fundamental understanding of physiochemical cellular properties and interactions in environmental and biological systems. She has published over 40 technical articles and presented her research in over 150 national meetings. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD) and 3M. She is currently teaching the “Introduction to Cellular Bioengineering”, “Unified Systems Bioengineering I”, “Current Topics in Bionanotechnology” and “Transport Phenomena” courses.

Karen Bradley

Dr. Bradley obtained her B.A. in English, along with a secondary teaching certification from Providence College. After teaching middle school, she worked as a university administrator for seven years and a program specialist for the State of Massachusetts, developing employee training programs for profit and non-profit organizations.

She received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University in 1994. Her research and her classes blend her interest in organizational processes, education, and gender.

Much of Dr. Bradley's research has examined women’s participation within higher education by field and by level of attainment within countries throughout the world. She is currently collaborating with Dr. John Richardson on a research project investigating the development of the field of educational psychology over time within the United States. Several Western students have worked as research assistants on these projects.



Jennifer DeBoer

Dr. Jennifer DeBoer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research group is motivated to understand how technology and policy tools can promote equity and success for diverse engineering students around the world. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award for her work evaluating and improving online courses for engineering undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. More information on her research group can be found at:

Julie Kmec

Julie A. Kmec is a Professor of Sociology at Washington State University and an Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts. Her research focuses on workplace gender and race inequality. She has published articles on gender differences in work effort, family caregiving penalties at work, the glass ceiling, and human resource practice effects on employment discrimination disputes.  She is a present of past editorial board member of American Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Gender & Society, Social Problems, Research in the Sociology of Work, and Work & Occupations. Starting in 2017, she will be the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology Compass.



Ashley Ater Kranov

Ashley Ater Kranov is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and President of the consulting firm Global Professional Skills Assessment. She is also Acting Vice Dean of the College of Computing and Information Sciences at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research areas of interest are direct methods to teach and measure the engineering professional skills necessary for 21st century engineering workplace success and how to increase gender equity in engineering.