Dr Laleah Fernandez joined the research team at the Quello Center in September 2017. Laleah is a Michigan State alumna coming to us from her position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Computing Science at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She earned her Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies, her M.A. in Advertising and her B.A in Journalism, all from MSU. Her research interests include network analysis and the role of new and emerging media in community-level and global mobilization efforts. Laleah has published research and reviews in the areas of advertising, economic development, mobilization, and science communication. In the first instance, Dr Fernandez will be working on the Google supported search project, and the Rocket Fiber project on access to the Internet in Detroit. She will also be developing strategies for better connecting the Quello Center with the state policy communities of greatest relevance to our work.