Edmund F. Palermo Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Ed is from Bay Shore, NY. He began his adventures in polymer science as a high school student under Prof. Miriam Rafailovich at SUNY Stony Brook. After completing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell in 2006, he moved to The University of Michigan and earned a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science & Engineering, under the mentorship of Kenichi Kuroda, in 2011. Ed was also an NSF/JSPS visiting scholar at Nagoya University under Prof. Masami Kamigaito in 2010. Following a postdoc with Anne McNeil in Chemistry at Michigan, Ed joined the faculty at RPI in 2014 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 2020. Ed is married to Gabrielle C. Todd and they have a daughter, Sophia, who was born in 2016.
Ruiwen is from Jilin, China. She earned a BS in Textile Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in 2013. After studying textile chemistry at Donghua University, she joined the group of Prof. Erik Berda in University of New Hampshire in 2015. At UNH, she worked on the fabrication of single chain polymer nanoparticles and completed her PhD in 2020. Ruiwen became a member of the Palermo Lab in 2021 and is now working jointly with the Gilbert lab on the development of poly(pro-drug) materials.
Yang Lou Ph.D. pre-candidate in MS&E
Yang is from Zhejiang, China. In May 2020, she obtained her BS degree in Chemistry from Southeast University. As an undergraduate, she worked on polymer-liquid metal composites under the guidance of Prof. Jiuyang Zhang. She joined the Palermo group in January 2021 and passed the MSE qualifying exam a year later in January 2022. She is currently working with antimicrobial polymers.
Nikita Waskiewicz Ph.D. pre-candidate in BME
Nikita is from Clifton Park, NY and is a graduate of Niskayuna HS. She attended Mount Holyoke College and earned a BA in biochemistry in 2021. She is in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program and joined the Palermo lab group in fall 2021. Currently, she is working on medical applications of polymerized estrogen films.
Jaclyn Higgins Undergrad and co-term M.Eng. in BME
Jaclyn is from Brewster, NY. She will be graduating with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and minor in studio art from RPI in May 2022. In the fall of 2021, she joined the Palermo lab group working under Dr. Ruiwen Chen on the development of poly(pro-drug) materials. After graduating, she will remain at RPI with the Palermo lab for an M.Eng. in BME, graduating in May 2023.
Rose - Curie Florestal Undergrad and co-term M.Eng. in BME
Rose is from Stoughton Massachusetts, and she will be graduating with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in biochemistry/biophysics in May 2024. She joined the Palermo group in Fall of 2022 and is researching poly(prodrug) materials. After graduation she plans on attaining her Masters in Biomedical Engineering.
Ethan Han Undergrad in MSE
Ethan is from Dix Hills, NY. He will be graduating with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Economics in May 2026. He joined the Palermo group in Spring of 2023 and is researching poly(prodrug) materials.