About Us

The PhD Plus Professional Development Program is an initiative of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Our Goal

To provide the best possible resources to help PhD students make the right career choice after graduation.

Our Leadership Team

PhD Plus currently has four standing committees:

  1. Leadership Committee (made up of committee chairs and members)
  2. Communication and Logistics Committee
  3. Networking Committee
  4. Workshop Committee
Join the Leadership Team      
Contact us at dukephdplus@gmail.com


Jennifer West

Faculty Advisor

PhD Plus Leadership

Joana Sipe

Tech Communications

Joana Sipe graduated with her BS in Chemical Engineering in 2016 from Arizona State University. She is a PhD student in Dr. Wiesner’s lab studying microplastic generation rates and their fate in the environment and the effect of nano fillers in plastics. She enjoys playing violin, piano and painting during her free time.

Member Advisors

Michael Dzuricky

Michael came to Duke from Cleveland, where he earned a BME degree from Case Western Reserve University and worked at Athersys Inc. He is interested in discovering new ELP applications through modulation of their morphology and biological activity.  Outside the lab Michael enjoys cooking, reading, playing the cello, taking intramurals much too seriously (especially soccer) and enjoying the NC weather/climate anyway possible.

Ugonna Ohiri

Email, Website and Social Media

Ugonna Ohiri graduated in 2013 from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with his B.S. in Computer Engineering. He joined the Jokerst Group in 2013.

Ugonna's current research investigates using thin-film photodetectors and low-power integrated circuits to design a molecular-scale network on-chip (mNoC).