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University of Connecticut Engineering Ambassadors

Ambassadors

(Spring 2016)

Alyssa Weinstein (Chemical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors (EA) because I believed in the mission statement. Since joining EA, I feel as if it has had the impact of inspiring and bringing a diverse group of students into engineering.

My plans for after graduation are to use my chemical, biomolecular, and programming knowledge acquired in a helpful and fulfilling industry.

Favorite Demo: Gak and Dipers

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2013


(Spring 2016)

Nikki Henry (Chemical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I wanted to inspire children to pursue a path in STEM and to inform them that they can do anything they set their mind to.

My plans for after graduation are to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry and to possibly move back to Europe.

Favorite Demo: Prosthetic Hand

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2012


(Fall 2017)

Jason Vafiades (Biomedical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I heard about it through the bridge program so I went to a few meetings and I found that I really liked what EA stood for and the people in it.

My plans for after graduation are either going into dental school or continuing my education as an engineer and get a master’s degree in Biomedical or Mechanical engineering.

Favorite Demo: Ruben’s Tube

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2014


(Spring 2019)

Christian Carmellini (Computer Science Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I am passionate about engineering and see how innovations made by engineering-minded people will benefit people all over the world, of all nationalities and backgrounds. I know how frustrating subjects like math and science can be, and I know how kids will develop a disdain for these subjects the more they get frustrated with them. I want to inspire kids to work hard in school, no matter how frustrating, by showing them all the amazing things they can do as an engineer.

My plans for after graduation are to get my masters in Theoretical Computer Science and work on anything to do with machine learning and/or artificial intelligence. I am currently very interested in cyber security and how complex systems work, but I eventually want to work with artificial intelligence.

Favorite Demo: Ruben’s Tube

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015


(Spring 2016)

Casey Seymour (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because when I was a senior in high school, Engineering Ambassadors presented to my AP Calculus class. I remember watching the PowerPoint on 3D printing and being so impressed by both the technology being discussed and the way the two girls presented with such confidence.

My plans for after graduation are to work for a large scale engineering firm to better my analytical and social skills. In addition to that, I hope to continue my schooling and get a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Favorite Demo: Shocking Lemons

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2013

(Fall 2015)

Kimberly Reindl (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because growing up, I had really bad math anxiety and was one of those kids who never thought she was cut out for STEM. Now that I’m older and have some experience in the field, I know that sometimes those people who grew up thinking “I’m not meant for that” are a better fit for this field than the people who “knew” they were going to be an engineer all along.

My plans for after graduation are to finish my co-op in Systems and Controls at UTC Aerospace Systems and start as a full-time engineer. Also adopt a rescue cat/dog/both.

Favorite Demo: Shocking Lemons

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2011


(Spring 2017)

Austin Wagner (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I can make an impact on young teens’ lives. If I can be a role model to even just one student to show them that engineering is a real and rewarding possibility for them, then it will be a successful year!

My plans for after graduation are to work for an innovative engineering company that focuses on contemporary/new forms of energy or pertains to the fields of thermo/fluid dynamics.

Favorite Demo: All physics experiments and demos

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015


(Spring 2016)

Samantha Brown (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I love teaching students that it is possible for everyone and anyone to become an engineer, and that engineering is an exciting and interesting profession.

My plans for after graduation are staying at UConn to complete my Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Planned Graduation Fall 2016).

Favorite Demo: Oobleck

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2013


(Spring 2017)

Zane Grady (Material Science Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because it strikes the balance between a social, professional, and outreach based club. I love the amount of diverse experiences and people that the organization has exposed me too. Of all the clubs I’ve been a part of, Engineering Ambassadors has given me the most back hands down.

My plans for after graduation are to pursue my Ph.D in Materials science and work in the emerging nanomaterials field.

Favorite Demo: Liquid Nitrogen

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015


(Spring 2016)

Monica Duva (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I enjoy having the opportunity to inspire younger students to pursue the STEM fields. These kids are the future and it is important to promote their creativity and show them they can achieve what they put their minds to.

My plans after graduation are to work in the aerospace industry as a manufacturing engineer and utilize my knowledge and skills that I have gained through schooling and work experience.

Favorite Demo: Hubble Trouble

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2014


(Spring 2017)

Phoebe Szarek (Biomedical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because it is an amazing group of students committed to sharing their love of science and engineering with young minds and tomorrow’s engineers. The impact of Engineering Ambassadors is absolutely incredible when you look at the big picture so that, along with the great community and professional development, is why I decided to join and why I have stayed.

My plans for after graduation are to attend medical school and utilize my engineering background to see a different perspective in solving healthcare problems.

Favorite Demo: Oobleck

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2014


(Spring 2017)

Ryan Carmellini (Computer Science Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because it is a passion of mine to share my love of engineering and STEM with others and EA provides an amazing opportunity to do that.

My plans for after graduation are to get a position where I can continue my passion for software engineering and programming. I also look forward to having more opportunities to travel after graduation.

Favorite Demo: How the Internet has Changed the World

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015


(Spring 2019)

Jae-Kyung Lee (Mechanical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I wanted to participate in a bigger Engineering related club that has a direct impact on campus as well as out of campus. I also joined the Engineering Ambassador so I could meet new engineers and share my interests and hear theirs.

My plans for after graduation are to attend graduate school to get a MA in Mechanical Engineering and perhaps apply in an engineering firm that allows me to work and attend school at the same time.

Favorite Demo: —

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015


(Spring 2017)

Megan Brzoska (Chemical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because like many others, I was introduced to EA through BRIDGE and Kevin’s awesomeness. Science Bowl was the first project that I worked with in EA. As a freshman I shadowed Alyssa Weinstein, and then ran it my second year and will run it this year! Woohoo for Science Bowl! Then I got further involved as an Engineering Tour Guide, and have been apart of that family for over a year now. I have always tried to volunteer my time for presentations and workshops on campus that EA hosts to promote engineering to all the little ones. So naturally, I feel like joining Presentation Team was my next step for me to spread my love for engineering and its greatness in the world.

My plans for after graduation either of three paths: I would love to pursue an additional degree after earning my bachelors, in some engineering field. I can see myself pursuing a industry job past my internship experience. Lastly, my second grade dream was to go to medical school to become a cardiac surgeon. We shall see which one comes true.

Favorite Demo: Ruben’s Tube

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015

(Spring 2016)

Elia D’Onofrio (Electrical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because it helps merge my passion for Engineering and my love for public speaking and community outreach. EA was a way for me to go against the stereotype that Engineers are “anti-social” or “don’t do well in public situations” and allow me to meet with like-minded engineers who are just as enthusiastic, energetic, and volunteer oriented as I am.

My plans for after graduation are going into industry and work for a Power Distribution company.

Favorite Demo: Designing Rockets

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2013


(Fall 2016)

Amy Lynn Hernandez (Material Science Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because when I was in grade school I didn’t consider engineering until the end of my junior year. This was mostly because I didn’t really know what engineering was or how closely related it is to my interests. After joining my high school Robotics Team, 2168, I had the opportunity of working with real engineers and learning what engineering was really about and all of the creativity that goes behind solving such problems. I joined EA with the aspiration of spreading the greatness of engineering to all and being able to communicate my inspiration!

My plans for after graduation are to continue traveling the world throughout my life as well as pursuing graduate studies and working in an Industry setting!

Favorite Demo: The New New York Bridge

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2013


(Spring 2016)

Steven Rodriguez (Chemical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I want to improve my presentation skills, as well as inspire the next generation of engineers.

My plans for after graduation are to find a job, and possibly keep going to school.

Favorite Demo: Ruben’s Tube

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015

(Spring 2017)

Mike Buckson (Electrical Engineering)

I joined Engineering Ambassadors because I wanted to inspire others to join STEM fields.

My plans for after graduation are to start a career in the engineering field.

Favorite Demo: Ruben’s Tube

Presentation Team Join Date: Fall 2015

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