Melissa Romanus is a graduate student pursuing a joint-PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics. She currently works on the DataSpaces project under the direction of Dr. Manish Parashar as part of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2). She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University in Computer Engineering in 2006 and her Master’s degree from Rutgers in 2014. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was a full-time Systems Engineer at Raytheon. She has also interned with the Department of Defense and has worked as a junior system administrator during her time at Tufts. Her current research is focused on providing domain-specific abstractions for users to specify in-situ scientific workflow data exchange, in order to be able to schedule data across state-of-the-art large memory appliances such as burst buffers. Melissa is passionate about STEM outreach and regularly participates in activities aimed at students grades 5-8.