WISE Staff

Email us at umwise@umich.edu or call our voicemail at 734-615-4455 and leave a message for a call back within 24 hours.

To contact the WISE Residence Program, email wise-rp@umich.edu.

Main WISE Office

The WISE office is on the University of Michigan’s central campus in the Undergraduate Science Building. You can find us in room 3236 on the third floor of the USB at 204 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. We look forward to hearing from you!

WISE Staff

Photograph of Melissa Gross

Melissa Gross, PhD

WISE Faculty Director


Melissa Gross is committed to student success in her teaching, research and in WISE. As a faculty member in Kinesiology, her scholarship includes studies of human movement and innovative pedagogies. Reach out to Melissa if you are interested in contributing to the success of WISE through partnership or donations

Rachel Niemer, PhD

Managing Director



Rachel Niemer aims to make higher education more equitable and just. As managing director of Women in Science and Engineering at University of Michigan, Rachel collaboratively develops initiatives to support the academic and professional success of women and gender minorities in STEM programs on campus. Rachel would love to hear from you about your experiences in STEM!

Eric Aiken

Program Manager for Student Support and Development


Eric Aiken serves as a liaison for the WISE unit and the Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach (CEDO). He works to identify and address the needs of women-identified undergrad and graduate students by creating co-curricular structures to support and advance their academic and pre-professional success. Eric looks forward to meeting with all individuals seeking to advance the mission of Inclusion and Equity on campus. 

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Victoria Alden

WISE Program Officer



Victoria Alden calls on her experience in program development, STEM outreach, informal education, and evaluation methods to design, host, and refine our signature programming. She works with student groups to create impactful programs, other UM units to better serve the needs of women in STEM, and community partners to meet or mentor the leaders and best at Michigan. Reach out to Victoria if you want to collaborate with WISE for your programs and events or promote your events to our audience of women in STEM at U-M. If she doesn’t have an answer to your question about Women in Science and Engineering, she knows who will.

WISE Student Programming Board

  • Claire Arneson
  • Isabella Balza
  • Freida Blostein
  • Elizabeth Bottorff
  • Sofia Gryzenia
  • Shruthi Kanala
  • Riya Kashyap
  • Emma Leipsner
  • Montana Lyjak
  • Abigail Marx
  • Bailey Ross
  • Shruti Swaminathan
  • Sofia Tosi