Meet the IPE Staff

Miranda Roberts

As the Director of International Programs, Miranda works closely with CoE faculty to develop new institutional partnerships and international opportunities for engineering students. She represents the College of Engineering in University-wide groups that support international programs, such as the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) and the Council on Global Engagement (CGE).

Miranda earned her M.A. in Educational Administration, Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota (2008) and her B.A. in German and International Studies from Augustana College. Prior to joining the IPE team, Miranda worked in the Education Abroad office at Washington State University where she advised students throughout the study abroad process and assisted faculty in the development of programs abroad. Her previous academic and professional experiences include working for a study abroad program provider, university residence life and housing services, and studying and traveling abroad herself. Miranda’s first experience abroad was as a high school exchange student. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester on an exchange at the University of Potsdam and completed an internship in Germany. Miranda is passionate about international education as a result of her own international experiences and seeks to encourage all engineering students to gain global competencies.

Elizabeth Mekaru
International Programs Manager

As International Programs Manager, Elizabeth heads up marketing and outreach efforts for the office, encouraging Michigan Engineers to pursue international experiences. She also serves as the staff advisor for the International Minor for Engineers, working with students who are enthusiastic about developing further skills and experience through global engagement.

Elizabeth completed her B.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, during which she studied abroad in Kyushu, Japan. After graduation, Elizabeth moved back to Japan and taught English in Yokohama before returning to the University of Michigan to complete her M.A. in Japanese Studies. Through her experiences abroad – both exciting and challenging – Elizabeth has grown personally and professionally, and is passionate about bringing such opportunities to University of Michigan students.

Jill Coughlin
International Internship Coordinator

Jill earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2009, and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Higher Education, also at U-M. Prior to joining the IPE team, she worked at the University of Chicago in International Student Affairs and Graduate Student Services. As an undergraduate student at UM, Jill studied abroad in Granada, Spain, completed a Global Course Connections program in Nogales, Mexico, and participated in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) program in Vietnam as a student scholar, and later in Indonesia as a student fellow. Jill is passionate about helping students gain international experience during their college experience!

Matt Hancock
International Programs Advisor

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As an International Programs Advisor, Matt assists students with identifying and preparing for study abroad opportunities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Matt also organizes re-entry activities for study abroad participants and coordinates the IPE Alumni Network.  He is committed to empowering students who have completed an international experience to better articulate and integrate the skills and knowledge gained while abroad into all facets of life upon return from these impactful experiences. 

Matt earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from Albion College in 2006 and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Student Affairs) from Eastern Michigan University in 2015.  Prior to joining the International Programs in Engineering team, Matt worked for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan as the Alumni & Student Enrichment Assistant.  He has also held various roles within the field of international education, working for a third-party study abroad program provider in Denver, Colorado and for Academic Programs Abroad at Eastern Michigan University.  His professional, academic and personal interests have led him to travel extensively throughout the world to more than 45 countries.  He is an avid Olympics spectator and has had the privilege to attend the Olympic Games of Barcelona ’92, Lillehammer ’94, Atlanta ’96, Nagano ’98, Salt Lake City ’02, Torino ’06, Vancouver ’10 and London ’12.


Emily Aiken
International Programs Advisor

Emily Aiken Staff Photo

As an International Programs Advisor, Emily advises engineering students on global opportunities involving work, internships, volunteer and research abroad. She also works with student organizations to plan and prepare for international travel. Emily earned her M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University in 2012 and her B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College in 2008. As an undergraduate student Emily studied abroad in Costa Rica and participated in Outreach360 in the Dominican Republic. As a graduate student Emily traveled to the UK for a comparative study of US higher education to Scotland, Wales and England. She also served two years in Peace Corps Ecuador where she trained English teachers and created an International Alternative Service Experience partnership. Having benefited from her international experiences, Emily looks forward to fostering global opportunities for students to enhance their college experience! 


Maren Haas 
International Programs Advisor


As an International Programs Advisor, Maren assists students with identifying and preparing for study abroad opportunities in Europe. Maren also supports incoming international exchange students, and manages the peer advisor team. Maren earned her B.A. in Biology, Society, and the Environment from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2011 and her Master’s degree in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2016.  As an undergraduate and graduate student Maren studied abroad in Spain. She has also spent time studying in Nicaragua and Guatemala, and served two years in Peace Corps Burkina Faso where she did educational outreach and training. Maren joins us most recently from her position with Babson College as their on-site BRIC Program Coordinator where she led 24 students abroad through Russia, China and India. Combining her international and professional experiences, Maren is dedicated to aiding students maximize their time at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and abroad. 

Greg Hulbert
Faculty Advisor, International Minor for Engineers


Greg Hulbert serves as faculty advisor for the International Programs in Engineering and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research interest focuses on computational mechanics, with particular emphasis on time-dependent phenomena, including structural dynamics, vehicle dynamics, finite element methods, and more recently the design and analysis of novel materials and structures for dynamics  applications. He teaches courses in dynamics and vibrations, finite element methods, capstone design, and applied mathematics.

Prof. Hulbert joined the University of Michigan in 1989. He earned his BS from Virginia Tech, his MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his PhD from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to Stanford, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation on nuclear power plant piping design.

Sarah Spies
Graduate Intern

Sarah Spies_IPE Grad Intern 2016-17

Sarah is the graduate intern in the International Programs in Engineering office! Prior to joining the team, she worked as a marketing assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Kent State University at Tuscarawas, and she is excited to be earning her M.A. in Higher Education here at the University of Michigan! She is passionate about expanding opportunities for all students as they pursue their post-secondary education, and IPE is the perfect place to learn more about that. Sarah has not had an international experience–yet! She will be traveling with students in her program to South Africa this summer! 

Cindy Kerschbaum
Administrative Assistant

Cindy Kerschbaum, Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Cindy is often the first person that will greet you when visiting the IPE office. Cindy loves managing logistics for IPE events, and applies her passion for organization in her administrative role.

Cindy completed her BSEd from Central Michigan University where she studied Art Education and Media Science. She joined the University of Michigan in February 2006, and became part of the IPE team in December of 2014.