Meredith Drake Reitan is the Assistant Dean for Fellowships at the Graduate School and a lecturer in the Price School of Public Policy. She has a PhD and Masters in Planning from USC, a Graduate Certificate in Visual Studies from USC, and a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to her involvement with USC, Dr. Drake Reitan spent many years in the non-profit sector. She served as a VISTA volunteer in rural Arizona, worked for the Corporation for National Service in San Francisco and oversaw service-learning programs for the American Red Cross in Los Angeles. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Drake Reitan served as the Director of the National Rapid Response Corps, a program recognized by the White House at the 5th Anniversary of AmeriCorps Celebration.
Adam Feinman received a B.S. in Computational and Systems Biology from UCLA in 2008 with a minor in Mathematics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, due to complete both during the 2014-2015 school year. He is characterizing and optimizing the use of surface electromyography (sEMG) to control devices. These projects are intended to have broad applications in various clinical uses, such as creating prosthetics or analyzing sensorimotor impairments. Aside from blogging, he writes and plays piano in the free moments between classes, research, and family. His personal blog can be found at machineneuromeld.wordpress.com.