UEI/U-M Research Team

Support from the University of Michigan and its College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship is helping UEI build next-level, world-class support for urban innovators. A key aspect of the U-M support is the advice of U-M faculty and staff and the service of our talented research team.

UEI research associate Tanwee Deshpande is a user experience and interface designer and web developer. She is energized by entrepreneurship and community development. Tanwee has a deep understanding of user-centered design, interaction design, and human behavior. Her work with UEI centers on developing Urban Innovator Platform tools for collecting, analyzing, and presenting business information.

Tanwee is currently a Master of Information student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Sciences from Savitribai Phule Pune University in India.

An innovative thinker with a passion for urbanism, UEI research assistant Odiso Obiora is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology at Taubman College, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Odiso offers experience as a design researcher with an ethnography-based approach and prioritizes a “people-first” methodology in her work. She is committed to leveraging design and technology to empower communities and enhance quality of life. At UEI, Odiso is currently working to document urban-focused business models and narratives to give emerging urban innovators a larger knowledge base to work from.

UEI research associate Manaswi Patil is pursuing a Master of Health Informatics degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a Bachelor of Technology in Bioengineering from MIT ADT in Pune, India.  

Manaswi is a curious researcher with a passion for healthcare and for leveraging data to achieve optimal results. Her current work with UEI includes methods for measuring and reporting community vitality and assessing and prioritizing community needs.