New NCIS Members Highlight Range of Scholarship

Our newest members highlight the wide range of scholarship NCIS members engage in, and include legal theory, electrical engineering, Theravada Buddhism, medical imaging and anthropology.

Corentin Briat received both his Engineer's degree and Master's degree in electrical engineering with specialization in control in 2005 from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble, France. He received a Ph.D. in systems and control theory from the same university in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, he held an ACCESS postdoctoral position in the ACCESS Linnaeus Center at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, where he worked on the modeling of congestion control in large-scale communication networks. From 2012 to 2017, he held a postdoctoral position in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Zürich, Switzerland, where he worked on the modeling, analysis and control of biological networks. He is now an independent researcher. His interests include general systems and control theory, applied mathematics, optimization and theoretical problems arising in the modeling, analysis, design and control of communication and biological networks.

Dawid Bunikowski holds a doctorate in legal theory and a master of law degree from Nicholas Copernicus University in Poland. He researches in Poland (a doctoral research-project) and Finland (postdoctoral research project) and cooperates with the University of the Arctic, where he leads the sub-group of philosophy of law. Bunikowski has published extensively in the fields of axiology of law, law and morality, enforcement of morality by law, legal interpretation, public law, criminal law, European law and its philosophical foundations, legal pluralism, law and language, indigenous rights in the Arctic, moral and political philosophy, and theory of politics. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland Law School from 2013 to 2015. He served as acting vice-dean in the Torun School of Banking from 2009 to 2011, and as an assistant professor from 2009 to 2015. Bunikowski has been a visiting scholar at numerous universities, including Oxford, Edinburgh, Cardiff, London, Navarre, Elche, Alicante, Zagreb, Minsk and Istanbul.

After retiring from a career in the U.S. government, Jason Jellison is beginning a graduate program in in Bangkok, Thailand, building on his research in southeast Asia. Jellison writes a successful monthly newspaper series in The Phuket [Thailand] News, “All About Buddhism,” focused on Theravada Buddhism. He won the RECONSA Regional Conference on Student Activism at UNIMAS-Petronas, Malaysia, in 2016 and his 2015 research project was the subject of Thailand's national news.

Sunday Moulton earned an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women in her final year of writing her dissertation, which was focused on natural disasters, a subject she turned to after her losing her mother in the hurricane that tore through Joplin, Mississippi, in 2011. In 2016, her dissertation was selected as the top 50 anthropology dissertations and while at SUNY Buffalo, Moulton received a Presidential Fellowship. Now launching her career, she seeks to focus her research to help prevent disaster-related deaths while improving the recovery process for impacted communities.

Narenda Pulimia, a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad, India, and an M.S. at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A former Motorola employee, Pulimia holds eight U.S. government-approved patents and submitted numerous patent disclosures.

A passionate mental health clinician and scholar, Bridget Sanchez seeks to generate important contributions to the field of mental health and mental health practices with historically underrepresented populations, specifically related to Latino immigrant mental health issues. She received her Master’s degree  from Purdue University Northwest in Marriage and Family in 2016 and works full time at one of Chicago's largest Hispanic serving agencies. Sanchez also has worked as a limited-term lecturer conveying to the next generation a passion for advocacy, change, and representation. I am a proud first-generation American who enjoys laughing, animals, and dancing.

Arul Venugopal, a radiology technologist, completed a Master’s degree in Medical Imaging and has learned Medical Imaging Coding and Processing. With a passion for medical imaging, he has initiated and learned many cross-functional skills, such as Coding (C, C++, Python), Medical Image analysis and artificial intelligence, and aspires to become a medical imaging scientist.

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