EPISTIMI

Officers and Board


President and Director

Dr. Angeliki Artemis Rigos

Dr. Rigos received a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and is an alumna of HERS Denver 2015.

Dr. Angeliki Rigos is the Associate Director for Graduate Programs at MIT Energy Initiative and Program Manager for the DOE Center for Enhanced Nanofluidic Transport at MIT.  She co-founded “LEAPS — Leadership and Professional Strategies and Skills”, an MIT course for graduate students and postdocs.   

Dr. Rigos began her career as a Principal Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. where she worked on defense and energy contracts.  She transitioned to an academic position as Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Merrimack College.  For twelve years, she also worked as an energy consultant at Levitan & Associates, Inc. 

In 2017, she gave up her tenured position to become the Executive Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design.  Dr. Rigos has volunteered in startup accelerators, as an industry mentor in Cleantech Open and an industry champion at MassChallenge. 

She is currently the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and has developed and launched a series of leadership workshops for AWIS members. 

Vice President and Director

Miriam Swydan Erickson

Her education includes a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, studies in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Miriam Erickson is an attorney with extensive experience in energy, environmental law and policy. 

Her work experience includes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Senior Counsel and Director at the American Gas Association; and Majority Counsel for the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She is President of her consulting firm; is the Director of Government Relations for Brown, Williams, Moorhead & Quinn, and Senior Advisor for Responsible Robotics. She received a certificate in the Women’s Leadership Program from the Oxford University Said School of Business. 

She actively advances the presence of women and girls in the STEM professions. Her activities include being a Board member of the non-profit Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists, which funds research for PhD students in the sciences. 

Secretary

Dr. Beverley Matthews

Dr. Matthews received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Beverley Matthews is a Senior Curator at the FlyBase DataBase of Drosophila Genes and Genomes, the major database that supports Genetic and Genomic research for the organism Drosophila melanogaster. Drosophila is a major model organism for understanding the genetic and genomic basis of human biology, health and disease.

Dr. Matthews, based at Harvard University, was one of the founding members of FlyBase and has been with the project for over 25 years. She was a major contributor to the complete annotation of the Drosophila melanogaster genome and continues to be involved in defining all of its elements. She is also actively involved in cataloguing all of the known Drosophila mutations, some of which are analogous to, and used as models for human disease.

Dr. Matthews has been an active member of the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library for over 20 years, where she is Chairperson of the Community Book Sales. She has served on the Friends Board for 15 years in the roles of President, Secretary, and Member-at-large.

Treasurer

Shivangi Misra

Shivangi earned a B.A. in Literature from Delhi University, M.A. in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, and M.A. in Creative and Media Enterprises from the University of Warwick.

Shivangi Misra is the Communications Manager for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. In this role, she oversees the Commission’s communications and outreach efforts.  

Previously, at MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design, Shivangi led strategic communications initiatives to highlight the Center’s socio-economic impact in the developing world. Shivangi also co-founded India Policy Watch, an online platform that quantitatively tracked federal and state government policies and their impact on citizens.

Shivangi brings a global perspective to communications planning and outreach efforts, having worked in organizations of diverse scale across US, England, and India.  

Director

Dr. Analia Barrantes

Analia holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Buenos Aires and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental engineering from MIT in the field of fluid mechanics.

Analia Barrantes teaches undergraduate physics at  the Experimental Study Group (https://esg.mit.edu) at MIT. 

She is interested in how students learn and on the improvement of the teaching of physics.

She also collaborates on the development of pedagogical content for the first-year physics courses on edX and does research in physics education.

Director

Dr. Antje Danielson

Dr. Danielson holds a PhD in geochemistry from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.  In 1999/2000 she co-founded the car-sharing company Zipcar.

Dr. Antje Danielson’s research interests are related to energy education and carbon capture and storage. She is also interested in the conditions that underpin interdisciplinary research and collaborations.  

She is currently the Director of Education at the MIT Energy Initiative. Prior to that she directed the Institute of the Environment at Tufts University where she was also an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health. From 2005 to 2008 she was the Deputy Director for Sustainability at the Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems at Durham University in the UK, where she initiated a carbon capture and storage working group.  

Dr. Danielson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment and has also served as President of the Council for Environmental Deans and Directors. She received teaching awards from Harvard University and an Exceptional Contribution Award from Durham University. 

Director

Dr. Anna Frebel

Prof. Anna Frebel is an astronomer and a tenured professor of physics at MIT.

Professor Frebel is a world leading expert in the search for and analysis of 13-billion-year-old stars. Using those ancient stars, she studies origin of the chemical elements and the formation of our Milky Way galaxy. For her discoveries and her mentoring, she has received numerous honors and awards.

In 2016 she was named one of ScienceNews Magazine’s “Ten Scientists to Watch”. Her research journey is detailed in her popular science book “Searching for the oldest stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe” (Princeton University Press).

Prof. Frebel co-founded “LEAPS — Leadership and Professional Strategies and Skills”, an MIT course for graduate students and postdocs. She is also part of the global leadership program “Homeward Bound”. As a single mother of two young boys, Prof. Frebel enjoys cycling, building Lego, and playing card games.

Director

Etta Marie Ward

Etta Ward has led research development operations in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for more than 18 years.

As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development, Etta Ward’s primary role is to advance the IUPUI research enterprise through faculty and professional development efforts. She works collaboratively with units to develop, execute, and monitor current and future strategic initiatives.

She leads efforts to promote independent and collaborative research success across disciplines and units. Ward spearheaded targeted programing to nurture and advance the research and creative activities of women and minority faculty researchers.

Ward is the recipient of several awards, including the IUPUI Multicultural Staff Impact Award, the Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award, and the United Way Diversity Advocate Award. She is the current president of the IU School of Liberal Arts Alumni Association Board.