People
Current Lab Members
Alif Silpachai, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator
Alif holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Technology from Iowa State University. His research interests are in phonetics, second language acquisition, and historical linguistics.

email: alif at iastate.edu
Emily Dux Speltz
Ph.D. Student / Written Language Processing
Senior Research Assistant
Emily holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Her research interests center around the applications of writing-process research to computer-assisted writing pedagogy.

email: endux at iastate.edu
Jamie Smith
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jamie is double-majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish. She is interested in language acquisition and intercultural communication.

email: jglsmith at iastate.edu
Jennifer Godbersen
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jennifer is majoring in Linguistics. She is interested in written language processing and forensic linguistics.

email: jmgodber at iastate.edu
Kate Challis
Ph.D. Student / Czech
Kate holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She is passionate about the Czech language, and is working on developing computer-assisted approaches to the learning of Czech morphology.

email: kchallis at iastate.edu
MacKenzie Novotny
Ph.D. Student / Spoken Language Processing
Research Assistant
MacKenzie holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She is interested in spoken language processing and acquisition with an emphasis on second language pronunciation.

email: mnovotny at iastate.edu
Nadia Dobrynina
M.A. Student / Lexicogrammar
Research Assistant
Nadia holds an M.A. in Translation Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities. She is working on the modeling of lexicogrammar for computer-assisted language learning applications.

email: nadezhda at iastate.edu
Noëmie Sollier
Ph.D. Student / Second Language Acquisition
Research Assistant
Noëmie holds an M.A. in French Linguistics from Indiana University. She is interested in combining several areas of Computational Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in order to design language learning tools.

email: nsollier at iastate.edu
Slava Vovchenko
M.A. Student / Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Teaching Assistant
Slava holds an M.A. in Translation Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities. He is interested in computer-assisted language learning.

email: viach at iastate.edu
Wren Bouwman
Ph.D. Student / Written Language Processing
Teaching Assistant
Wren holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She is interested in Old English literature, historical linguistics, and higher education pedagogy.

email: bouwman at iastate.edu
Zoë DeKruif
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Zoë is majoring in Linguistics. She is interested in the relationship between language and culture and in the documentation of endangered languages.

email: zdekruif at iastate.edu
Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Evgeny holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Herzen State University in Russia and an M.S. in Computer Science from Arkhangelsk State Technical University. He is interested in language processing, language acquisition, and language change. Learn more

email: evgeny at iastate.edu
Affiliate Members
Reza Neiriz
Ph.D. Student / Oral Communication Assessment
Major Professor: Gary Ockey
Reza has an M.A. in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University. He is interested in developing and validating natural language processing and machine learning techniques for the assessment of oral communication and interactional competence. In PACE Lab, Reza is working as a research assistant and software developer on multiple projects.

email: rneiriz at iastate.edu
Ned Watson
Research Collaborator / Historical Linguistics
Ned is pursuing a B.A. in Mathematical Models of Language at Grinnell College, with primary research interests in computational historical linguistics and morphosyntax. He joined PACE Lab as a research intern in the summer of 2021, and continues to collaborate with the Historical Lingusitics group.

email: watsonle at grinnell.edu
Alumni (Graduate)
Aysel Sarıcaoğlu Aygan
Ph.D. Second Language Writing (2015)
Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey
Hui-Hsien Feng
Ph.D. Second Language Writing (2015)
National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Monica Ghosh
Ph.D. Second Language Pronunciation (2016)
Iowa State University, Iowa, USA
Mandy Qian
Ph.D. Second Language Pronunciation (2018)
LinkedIn Corporation, California, USA
Brody Dingel
M.A. Second Language Vocabulary (2020)
Hy-Vee Software Egineering, Iowa, USA

Nazlınur Göktürk Tüney
Ph.D. Second Language Assessment (2020)
Ministry of National Education, Turkey
Laura Raught
M.A. Historical Linguistics (2021)

Savannah Maynard
M.A. Historical Linguistics (2022)
JET Program, Japan
Alumni (Undergraduate Research Assistants)
  • Aaron Zatorski
  • Adam Matthews
  • Andrea Olson
  • Annaliese Pietsch
  • Breanna Planica
  • Carly Johansen
  • Christina Hickman
  • Elizabeth Longnecker
  • Erin Cannon
  • Holly Appleton
  • James Heckathorn
  • Joey Hage
  • Katelyn Durbin
  • Kat Stoldt
  • Kaitlyn Cope
  • Kelli Rozendaal
  • Lucas Figueroa
  • Maria Brodskiy
  • Matt DeFelice
  • Matthew Bowden
  • Miles Conlan
  • Phillip Weber
  • Rosie Zbaracki
  • Sylvia Dean
  • Robyn Riley
  • Tyler Uhlenkamp