Alina (“Rory”) Lusebrink (per/they) is a Ph.D. student in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering and a SURGE Fellow.
Per is interested in the use of bioinspired materials in design and implementation to address climate change appropriately for distinct physical and societal landscapes. They are particularly focused on making sustainable change within communities.
Alina studied Materials Engineering and Spanish at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. While there, they were discouraged by the lack of social justice drive from their peers, and they took a break from school to redefine their priorities. Per then spent 3 years organizing with Black-led and queer/trans abolitionist groups in the Sacramento area before returning to academia.
Lusebrink, R., Wooldridge, A. R., & Spiwak, M. (2021). Advancing Equitable and Just Practices in Human Factors and Ergonomics. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.
Spiwak, M., Wooldridge, A. R., & Lusebrink, R. (2021). Broadening Diversity and Inclusivity in Human Factors and Ergonomics. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.
B.S. in Materials Engineering, cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2019