Our Goals

To serve as the official Student Group for the IHI

To serve as an IHI community liaison to other UMN Student Groups or Affiliates

To foster a community with a shared interest in the field of health informatics

To encourage the academic and career development of students in the field of health informatics

To network and connect students through information exchange on collaboration, workshops, and potential professional opportunities

Our constitution is outlined here

Who we are

David Pieczkiewicz

Faculty Advisor


I’m Dr. David Pieczkiewicz, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute for Health Informatics. I am a 2007 PhD graduate of this very program! I spent three years at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin before returning in 2010 as a faculty member. I am primarily a teacher, and regularly teach courses on basic informatics, databases, analytics, and data visualization. My research interests include data visualization and its use in decision making, data science, and historical epidemiology. I also have undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology, with a biological and medical emphasis. I spend most of my waking hours with computers, but I do enjoy unwinding and going offline by cooking in the kitchen.

Ariel Roane (Ari)



Hello! My name is Ari Roane and I am happy to serve the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) student body as the Vice President of the IHI Student Group (ISG). I am currently finishing up pre-requisites in my second year of a Clinical Informatics PhD and have a day-job as a scientist within the MedTech industry. My academic interests consist of applying informatic methodology with the evaluation of clinical data for medical devices and building learning safety risk systems. Glad to build out the ISG community to help ourselves establish academic, professional, and personal relationships.

Matthew Senjem

Vice President/Secretary


Akraam Abdel-Kerem



Subcommittee Lead

Prajwal Pradhan



Prajwal is one of the founders and the former president of the IHI Student Group. He is a third year Clinical Informatics PhD student. His current research includes looking at Adverse Events related with Cardiovascular medications and diseases. Prajwal is also the founder and leader of the Research Authorship Club which provides a platform to all Health Informatics and UMN graduate students to collaborate on research ideas, facilitate data retrieval, analysis and other experiential learning opportunities related with research design, analysis(simple descriptive to using Machine Learning), manuscript preparation and dissemination/publication. He is a native from Nepal and enjoys hiking, prefers walking over running, skiing, travelling, mobile gaming and loves being outdoors.

Changye Li



I’m Changye Li, a Ph.D. student of the Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota. My research interests include developing novel natural language processing methods in the health and medical domain. Before the PhD, I obtained my Master degree in Data Science and Bachelor degree in Statistics at the U.

Interested to create another subcommittee?

Contact us: isg@umn.edu