Peer Advising

The Orientation Peer Advisors (OPA!) are ready to take your questions about what it's like to be an engineering student, or any other general questions you might have. You should be receiving a letter or email from your assigned OPA! by the time you arrive on campus.

OPA! Fellows can help you with the following:

1. You can find about more information about the major. For instance, if you are thinking about changing your major and you would like to ask someone, ask an OPA! Fellow.

2. If you are not hearing back from your OPA! you can ask the OPA! Fellow in your major.

3. If you would like more than one view on an issue, you can ask an OPA! Fellow.

Meet the Orientation Peer Advisors (OPA!) for the Class of 2020!

Jump to: Bioengineering | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineeri ng | Curriculum Deferred | Computer Engineering | Computer and Information Science | Digital Media Design | Electrical and Systems Engineering | Management and Technology Program | Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics | Materials Science and Engineering | Networked and Social Systems Engineering | Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research

Bioengineering

Emily Bachner
Hey everyone! My name is Emily Bachner and I am a rising junior in Bioengineering as well as pre-med with an intended minor in Mathematics and concentration in Biomedical Devices. I'm from Atlanta, Georgia, which will become quickly apparent by my excessive use of the word “y'all” and love of country music. On campus, I am mainly involved in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and also spend a lot of time volunteering at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In my free time, I love to draw, paint,travel, and hang out with friends. This summer I will be doing biomedical research at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and hopefully spending some time at home relaxing with friends and family. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I look forward to meeting all of you!

Gabe Montoya
Hey! My name is Gabe Montoya and I’m a rising junior studying Bioengineering with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus, I’m a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Penn ADAPT, and play intramural soccer. I’ve done cell culture research in a Neurosurgery lab, analyzed EEG data to study brain data, and will be interning at a biotech startup this summer. Feel free to ask any questions you might have! See you soon!

Jessica Fan - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a rising senior in bioengineering from the suburbs outside of Philly. On campus, I am involved with the PEER Mentoring Program, Penn Science Across the Ages, and PHINS. I am also currently a work-study student for the Math-Physics-Astronomy Library and CHOP's Nutrition and Growth Lab. I love to read, travel, and draw (especially anime and manga!) in my free time. I used to do horseback riding and still love being around horses. This summer, I will be in Hong Kong teaching science to kids through Penn's International Internship Program and then working with prosthetics through the Global Biomedical Service Program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! See you in the fall!

Abigail Katz
Hi Class of 2020! My name is Abigail Katz and I am a rising sophomore studying bio-engineering at Penn. I am from Greenwich Connecticut and I went to Rye Country Day School for high school. At Penn I am currently a premed student and hope to go to med school once I graduate. This summer I am interning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in the city in the hopes of learning more about medicine and the medical research taking place there. Though I have yet to do research at Penn I have been looking into several of the opportunities and aim to get involved at the beginning of the Fall semester. I am also interested in business aspects of engineering and am potentially going to minor in engineering entrepreneurship. I am happy to answer any questions that new students might have so feel free to reach out! Can't wait to meet all of you.

Kathryn Khaw
Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Kathryn Khaw, and I am a rising sophomore studying Bioengineering and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship. My hometown is Plainsboro, NJ, which is just by Princeton. At Penn, I am involved with the Varsity Fencing Team. I am also the incoming Vice President of the Engineers in Medicine club and was on the Finance Committee of Penn's Women's Biomedical Society. This summer, I will be taking classes at Penn and doing research in at Particle Physics Lab. In my free time, I love writing short stories and novels, catching up on sleep, and hanging out with friends. I'm very excited to meet you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have!

Clarissa Liu
Hi! My name is Clarissa Liu and I am a rising junior from Sarasota, Florida, majoring in Bioengineering, minoring in Psychology and Chemistry, and pre-med. At Penn, I am a member of MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) and do research in the neurosurgery department at HUP. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing volleyball, watching movies, and exploring Philadelphia. Over the summer, I will be on campus continuing my research and hopefully getting to step off campus to see more of the city. Feel free to contact me about anything! I can't wait to meet you all!

Kyle O'Neil
Welcome, Class of 2020! My name is Kyle O'Neil and I am a rising junior from Westchester, NY, majoring in Bioengineering. At Penn, I am involved in the Ski and Snowboard Team and Undergraduate Assembly. In my free time, I love to run, watch sports, and travel. The best way to find me is to look for me running along the Schuylkill River in the morning or skiing on College Green during a rare snow day. Over the summer, I will be on campus working as a researcher. Feel free to reach out to me about anything! I can't wait to meet you all!

Kate Panzer
Welcome, Class of 2020! My name is Kate Panzer, and I am a rising junior in Bioengineering from the nearby suburb of Media, Pennsylvania. On campus, I am the president of Soundworks Tap Factory – Penn's only strictly tap dancing group, and I volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and with MEDLIFE Penn. I also enjoy playing the flute in the Penn Band and playing as many intramuralsports as I can. This summer, I will be going to Kumasi, Ghana, for the Appropriate Point of Care (APOC) Diagnostics program, which is one of many service learning opportunities within Penn Engineering. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, and I look forward to meeting you in August!

Malika Shukurova
Hello, Class of 2020! My name is Malika and I am a rising sophomore studying Bioengineering. I am originally from Uzbekistan but went to high school here in Philadelphia. Apart from being an OPA, I am a Mayor's Scholars mentor and am involved in Penn Band as a xylophonist. I have worked in a Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis laboratory at The Wistar Institute in the past. Currently, I work at the Info Center (front desk) in one of the college houses – KCEH. This summer, I will mostly be in Philadelphia, so I will be working in a Radiology laboratory on campus. Apart from the “academic fun,” I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my free time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you!

Shawn Srolovitz
Hi everyone! My name is Shawn Srolovitz, and I am a rising junior from Central New Jersey majoring in bioengineering. I am also in Wharton's Public Policy Research Scholars program, in which I am concentrating in education policy. On campus, I am the Co-Chair ofthe Student Committee for Undergraduate Education (one of the branches of Penn Student Government), a Day Host for prospective students in the Kite and Key Society, and a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. I also work in an Epigenetics and Systems Neurobiology lab in the bioengineering department. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have about Penn Engineering, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

Joyce Wang
Hello Class of 2020! My name is Joyce Wang and I'm a rising junior majoring in Bioengineering with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I call Tallahassee, Florida my home but I love living in Philly; there's so much to do in the city! On campus I'm involved in Society of Asian Sciences and Engineers (SASE) and alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority. This summer I'm doing pediatric cancer research at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania through Penn Undergraduate Mentoring Program. In my free time, I love baking, exploring the city, and trying new restaurants. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and I'm excited for you guys to start this exciting new chapter of your lives!

Sushmitha Yarrabothula - OPA! Fellow
Hi Class of 2020! Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Sushmitha, and I am a rising senior in the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program from the sunny suburbs of Hoover, AL. I'm currently studying Bioengineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Entrepreneurship – and also planning on submatriculating into Systems Engineering for my Master's. Here on campus, I am involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, and Weiss Tech House through the Penn Innovation Conference – along with a few other organizations. My interests include spending time with family and friends, eating lemon-flavored desserts, and saying “y'all” excessively. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I look forward to meeting all of you.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Rachel Coler
Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Rachel Coler, and I am a rising junior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am pursuing a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering with a concentration in pharmaceutics and biotechnology. Here at Penn, I am a member of the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) residential program, and I live in an extension of the program's college house floor for upperclassmen in Sansom West House. On STWing, I love planning group excursions into the city, coordinating and moderating events like our annual Rube Goldberg Competition, and hanging out with my friends. I also love to read, dance, sing, speak French, and do cool research projects. In the past, I have worked as an assistant researcher in the School of Medicine's Gene Therapy Program, where I made three pharmaceuticals to treat different types of the blood disorder hemophilia.

Currently, I work as a research assistant in Dr. Dennis Discher's lab within the department of chemical engineering, where I attempt to engineer white blood cells to eat cancerous tumors. I was ridiculously excited about coming to Penn, and I hope that you are, too. If you have any questions about translational medical research, what I do within STWing, or the best places to eat in Philly, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to meeting you all in August, and, once again, welcome to Penn!

Carly Catella
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2020! My name is Carly Catella and I am a rising junior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I am from Apex, NC, colloquially known as the Peak of Good Living. When I am not studying I can usually be found at the pool practicing with the varsity swim team or baking lots of sweet treats. In addition to always smelling like chlorine, I am an active member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the engineering social and professional sorority, and an executive member of the PennApps logistics committee. In my (very sparse) free time I love to cook dinner with friends and walk around center city. Don’t hesitate to ask meany questions regarding Penn Engineering, food, or life at Penn. I look forward to meeting y’all in August.

Chelsea Giller - OPA! Fellow
Congrats and welcome, Class of 2020! My name is Chelsea Giller and I'm a rising senior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Long Island, New York. Here at Penn, I am the Professional Development Chair of Theta Tau (Penn's co-ed professional engineering fraternity), on the External Affairs committee of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and a board member of a group called Israel @ Penn. Outside of school, I am an avid Survivor and tennis (Go Federer!) fan and lose way too much sleep keeping up with these obsessions. This summer, I will be working as a Process Engineering Intern at the Estée Lauder Companies' Research and Development facilities on Long Island. I am so excited for you all to start your Penn journey and can't wait to meet you in August. Feel free to email me with any questions, comments or random thoughts! And have a great summer!

Julia DiSalvio
Hi everyone and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Julia DiSalvio and I am a rising sophomore studying chemical and biomolecular engineering and hopefully getting a minor in economics. I am originally from Chatham, New Jersey but I love living in the city! On campus,I’m involved in Alpha Phi sorority, AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) board and Admission’s Dean Advisory Board. I’m also tour guide and day host for Penn so if you have any general questions about the school or living in the city feel free to reach out! I’m so excited to meet you all during NSO!

Elizabeth Handen
Welcome to Penn, Class of 2020! My name is Elizabeth Handen, but I go by Bizzie. I am a rising junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Mendham, New Jersey. Outside of class, I am the board of the Synchronized Swim Team, the instructor recruitment chair for We Can Swim, a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon (Penn's professional and social engineering sorority), and on the Student Advisory Board for Advancing Women in Engineering. My hobbies include watching TV, reading, exploring Philadelphia, and baking! If you have any questions let me know and I can't wait to meet youall in August!

Connor Leach
Welcome and congratulations to the newest class of Penngineers! My name is Connor Leach, and I hail from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I am a junior Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major, with a second major in Geology. Besides being an OPA!, on campus I am involved in Chem-E Car, Penn Newman Catholic Community, Penn Shotokan Karate Club, the Vietnamese Student Association, AIChE, and a few other things. When I'm not busy with schoolwork or activities, (which is admittedly not too often), you could find me working on my research on dinosaurs under my geology major adviser, chatting with my friends, casually enjoying food, or aimlessly surfing YouTube. This summer I'll be unearthing dinosaurs in New Mexico, and I'll be back on campus in the fall. I am excited to meet you all, feel free to contact me with questions about Penn!

P.S. I am one of the few upperclassmen still on a meal plan, so feel free to introduce yourself and join me if you see me in the dining hall in those awkward first few weeks before you know many people!

Brandon Hayes
Welcome to Penn! I am Brandon Hayes, half-raised in Chicago, half-raised in Panama City, Panama. I am a rising junior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Over the summer, I will be working in the Biophysical Engineering lab run by Dr. Dennis Discher as part of the Rachleff Scholars program, with my research focusing on macrophage differentiation for tumor treatment. When I am not spending nearly every second of my life in my lab or doing homework, I am a huge anime, manga, and superhero film fan. But in all fairness I do watch tv in the middle of class too. If you guys have any questions about anything, I am an open book – ask away!

Meghavi Talati
Hi Class of 2019! My name is Meghavi Talati and I am a rising junior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Chicago, IL. On campus, I am currently the Vice President of the Engineering Student Activities Council, the Vice President of External Affairs for the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau. I'm extremely passionate about green energy and sustainability, and this summer, I will be a green energy product development intern in Washington D.C. In my free time, I love to watch T.V, play the piano and rollerblade. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you; please reach out to me if you have any questions!

Curriculum Deferred

Elizabeth Kobe
Welcome to Penn everyone! My name is Liz and I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a rising senior majoring in bioengineering and minoring in chemistry. Although I did not come to Penn as CD, I was originally BAS and decided at the end of my freshman year to switch to BSE. On campus, I am a research assistant in radiology at HUP (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania), a Bedside Buddy Volunteer at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), the Community Outreach Chair of eMED (Engineers in Medicine), and have volunteered with UNI (Urban Nutrition Initiative) at a West Philadelphia elementary school. On the athletic side of things, I am a member of Penn Running Club and am an avid participant of just about every College House and Coed intramural sport there is (though basketball truly is the best!). I love to explore the wonderful city of Philadelphia with my friends by running to different destinations such as Old City, Center City, the Italian Market or Art Museum so I can feel like Rocky, and Reading Terminal Market so I can pick up a Beiler's Doughnut (you have to try the blueberry fritter). I am excited to answer all your questions about Philadelphia and Penn in general!

Emily Peters
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2020! My name is Emily Peters and I'm from Mendham, New Jersey. I am a rising junior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. When I'm not in the engineering quad, I'm part of Quaker Notes, an all-female A Cappella group. I am also on the general board of Penn Colleges against Cancer which puts on Relay for Life each year to raise money and awareness for Cancer research and a member of the Advancing Women in Engineering Advisory Board. Lastly, I am a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority so if you're interested in Greek Life, feel free to ask me anything. I hope you are as excited to start your journey at Penn as I was a couple years ago. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to me and I can't wait to meet you all during NSO!

Matthew Peters
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2020! My name is Matthew Peters and I'm from Mendham, New Jersey. I am a rising sophomore studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. When I'm not in the engineering quad, I'm part of Counterparts, a pop and jazz A Cappella group. I am also a member of Penn's Glee Club, which performs not only around campus but also around the world. Lastly, I am a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity so if you're interested in Greek Life, feel free to ask me anything. I hope you are as excited to start your journey at Penn as I was last year. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to me and I can't wait to meet you all during NSO!

Charlie Tang
Welcome class of 2020! You can just call me Charlie, since most people fail to pronounce my actual name. I am a rising junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering and doing a minor in computer science. I am from south philly, and I am part of the Mayor's Scholarship Program. I am also part of the Rachleff Scholars Program and will be doing research at Penn over the summer. Next semester, I will also be a Senior ITA at the new Hill college house (so I will see many of you). In my free time, I enjoy video games (go Zelda!) and animes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. See you guys in fall.

Andre Wallace
Hi Class of 2020! My name is Andre and I'm a rising sophomore planning on majoring in Networked and Social Systems Engineering. I'm from Evanston, Illinois (right outside of Chicago) and love traveling. Here at Penn I'm the corporate sponsorship chair for the Engineering Student Activities Council, a member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, and a Pincus JRP fellow. In my spare time I like spending time with family and friends, exploring Philadelphia, and enjoying the outdoors. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, I'm here to help! Welcome to Penn Engineering, and I look forward to meeting you all!

Tabatha Hickman
Hi Class of 2020! My name is Tabatha Hickman and I'm a rising sophomore here at Penn Engineering. I came in Curriculum Deferred, since I was having trouble deciding between Computer Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Materials Science Engineering. I also really love art, so I wanted to try to incorporate that into my curriculum as well. Right now my plan is to major in Digital Media Design and get a minor in Nanotechnology. On campus I participate in Club Synchronized Swimming as well as Club Swimming, for which I am the Apparel Manager. My other interests include softball, watching basketball, and, as I said, I love art, particularly drawing and painting. I'm super excited to help you guys decide on your majors and come to love it here at Penn!

Lindsay Gardner
Hi class of 2020, and welcome to Penn! My name is Lindsay, and I'm a rising senior from Flemington, New Jersey majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) with a minor in Computer Science (CIS). I'm also a submatriculate into the Robotics master's degree program at Penn. I've worked as a teaching assistant in both the Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering departments, and I recently worked as a research assistant for the Haptics Lab. I am also involved in Penn's engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and am publicity manager for Penn Singers, a theater group on campus. This summer, I will be interning at Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotics company in California. I came into Penn curriculum deferred and am now a CD OPA, so I'd be happy to answer questions about any of the engineering majors. Feel free to ask me any questions about working on campus, the various clubs and activities available to students, or anything else you'd like to know about Penn. Although I didn't end up studying abroad, I went through the entire application process, and can also answer questions about that. I'm looking forward to meeting you all! Have a great summer!

Alissa Johnson - OPA! Fellow
Hi Everyone and Welcome to Penn Engineering!! My name is Alissa Johnson and I am a rising senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in French Studies. I am particularly interested in studying energy and sustainability, and I will likely be staying to pursue a masters in Mechanical Engineering with an Energy focus. Outside of school, I enjoy distance running and baking delicious dessert treats. I am a peer reviewer and managing editor for Penn Sustainability Review Magazine. I am also the Fundraising Director and a mentor for Penn InnoWorks, a club which puts on a free summer science camp for kids. Finally, I am from the suburbs of Philadelphia and thus am passionate about all things Philadelphian.

Leah Goldsberry
Hello and welcome to Penn! My name is Leah Goldsberry and I am a rising junior from Manchester, New Jersey. I am majoring in Systems Engineering, and looking to minor in Computer Science. I was so excited coming to Penn and hopefully you are too! This year was a big change, but also a great experience. On campus I volunteer with Access Engineering and am a part of INCOSE. I am also involved with my sorority ADPi as Spirit Chair and work as a TA for an ESE class. This summer I will be staying in Philly to work on research. I also hope to take the time and explore all Philly has to offer. I love running along the Schuylkill River, swimming, hiking and, of course, going to the beach (I'm a Jersey girl all the way). I am looking forward to meeting you all and hopefully I can answer any questions you ask. Always feel free to reach out to me, even just to chat!

Riad Hamade - OPA! Fellow
Hey All! My name is Riad and I'm a Senior in Systems Engineering and Political Science (previously a Chemical Engineering major). I come from Beirut, Lebanon where I followed the French Baccalaureate curriculum. Currently, I serve as the Communications Director on the Students Activities Council (SAC), Engineering Representative on the Undergraduate Assembly and Vice President of National Lebanese Collegiate Network. I am also member of the Atlas Senior Society. Previously, I served as President of the Technology Entrepreneurship Club, SEAS Council and the Lebanese Club at Penn, which I founded my Sophomore year. This summer, I'll be traveling around East Africa and interning at Easyship in Hong Kong. Hit me up with any question you have about Penn Engineering, student life, professional or cultural organizations. I'm always happy to share my experience and making myself useful. :)

Nikolas Alvelo
Congratulations and welcome to the Penn Engineering Class of 2020! I am Nikolas Alvelo, Nik for short, a rising sophomore in the Computer Science major, minoring in Mechanical Engineering, and I will be your OPA for the Materials Science and Engineering department! I spent a year declared MSE and can answer any questions you have about being an Engineer at Penn! I am a teacher for the Access Engineering program at Penn and an ITA Manager in College House Computing. I will also be joining the Penn Band and many other clubs this fall semester as I branch out in my second year. I was born in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and I currently live in Pennsauken, New Jersey. I'm found constantly playing video games, I play three musical instruments (cello, bass, drums), listen to vinyl records, and go to as many concerts as I can in my free time. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your way to having the best freshman year ever!

Computer Engineering

Alan Aquino
Hey there, and welcome to Penn's class of 2020! My name is Alan, and I'm one of the OPAs for Computer Engineering. I spent the last two semesters abroad in Kyoto studying under the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. I enjoyed my time in Japan so much that I decided to redeclare my minor in Japanese Studies as a second major. So although this will be my fifth year as an undergraduate, I will be still be a senior in the fall. Apart from my studies, I'm often a teaching assistant for introductory Electrical Engineering or Computer Science classes at the university. I also worked for three years as a campus ITA, two years of which as a manager for King's Court English College House. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, brewing coffee, and photography. I'm also currently studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in December. This summer I'll be in New York City, at a return internship with Goldman Sachs in their Technology division. I interned here last summer in a different department, mainly in a software engineering position, while this summer is slated to be more on the hardware side. Previously, I was a research assistant for the Penn High Energy Physics Experimental group, and the year before that, working on Robocup with the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensory Perception laboratory. Feel free to ask me anything about campus life, places to eat, or what it's like to study abroad.Looking forward to meeting you!

Chad Nachiappan - OPA! Fellow
Hi guys! My name is Chad and I'm a Senior in Computer Engineering (submatriculating into a Masters in CS) from sunny Saratoga, California. I was previously involved with RFK Engineering (a volunteer group that teaches CS to local Philly schools), and the Lightweight Rowing team. This summer, I'll be at Facebook as a Technical Program Manager. I love good food, crime dramas, and a bike ride. I'm more than happy to answer any and all questions related to Penn, Engineering, Majors, or just about anything else. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall!

Gillian Abel
Hey guys! My name is Gill and I'm a sophomore studying Computer Engineering! Welcome to Penn! Igrew up in Newtown Square, PA, which is a suburb of West Philly. This is my first year as an OPA, and I am very excited to meet all of you. I am currently on the Student Advisory board of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE), and I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Outside of engineering, I am involved in Navy ROTC. This summer, as part of ROTC, I will be going to San Diego for a month. I look forward to exploring California for the first time! I am looking forward to answering any questions you will have about Penn Engineering. My advice for you is to make the best use of the resources that Penn has provided you with; don't hesitate to ask questions and take on new challenges that may intimidate you! Welcome to the beginning of an awesome journey!

Phillip Trent
My name is Phillip, and I am a Computer Engineering Junior at UPenn. Welcome, Class of 2020, to the greatest place on earth! Not really, but it is pretty awesome. Here's a bit about me: Past: I was born/raised in the rural outskirts of Nashville, TN. Please don't make any assumptions based on that--they're probably wrong. However, I do own cows and have thrown more than my fair share of bailed hay. Present: Most of my time is spent on class work and in the lab, but when I do get out, I like to explore the restaurants around Philadelphia, go for walks around center city and old city, and explore-study at cafe's across Philly. I'm a ministry team leader for Penn Faith & Action, which is a Christian group on campus. I've been a part of House Council, Penn Latin & Ballroom Dance, Architechs, ModLab, and a few other things just for the heck of it. PennApps is cool; research is cooler. Future: I'm working at Xilinx in San Jose, CA this summer doing some programming for hardware testing, and I'm studying abroad in Switzerland in the fall! Computer engineering is hard work, but it's incredibly rewarding. Congratulations to the all of you; you're going to love it here.

Computer and Information science

Ankita Chadha
Hey class of 2020, welcome to Penn! My name is Ankita Chadha and I'm a senior studying CIS with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I'm originally from the Bay Area, but I consider Philly my second home. On campus I'm a part of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, volunteer with Access Engineering, just joined Class Board 2017 as the Engineering Chair, and give tours around engineering with Hexagon Senior Society. I also love teaching, so I've been a TA-ing since sophomore year and am currently a TA and Project Manager for CIS 350. I spent my junior fall studying abroad in the magical country of Scotland and continuing my CIS curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. Outside of school I'm a big fan of iced coffee, Friends, and going on random adventures. Can't wait to meet you guys soon!

Jessica Kim
Hey everyone and welcome to Penn! My name is Jessica Kim but I go by Jess. I am a rising Sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago studying Computer Science. I came to Penn with no programming experience, but I love the community and support you’ll find at Penn Engineering! Outside of class, I am part of Penn’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) board, WiCS Residential Program, MUSE Community Service Consulting, PennApps Design Committee, and VP of FemmeHacks Marketing Committee. As you can see, there’s tons of opportunities to get involved and meet interesting people. This summer I’m a Civic House Engagement Intern working at HIAS Pennsylvania. I love eating at new restaurants and watching movies. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about Penn and Computer Science!

Enrique Mitchell
Hello! My name’s Enrique and I’m a rising junior in Computer Science. I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago but moved to Willow Grove, PA during high school. Here at Penn, I’m the co-President of the ESE Student Advisory Board(ESAB) and a member of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). I am also the fundraising chair of Theta Tau, the co-ed professional engineering fraternity. I like teaching so I also serve as a CIS 120 TA. Outside of academics, I enjoy snowboarding and tennis. I enjoy a good book whenever I get the chance (Dan Brown all the way) but I’m also a huge TV junkie. Anyway, I look forward to meeting you guys and feel free to shoot over any questions you have!

Emmett Neyman
Hi Class of 2020! My name is Emmett Neyman and I'm a rising sophomore double majoring in Computer Science and Logic and minoring in Math. I've lived in Philadelphia my whole life and love the city. I'm on the executive board of Dining Philosophers (the computer science club at Penn), teach computer science to high schoolers through Access Engineering, and play Ultimate Frisbee here at Penn. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I can't wait to meet you guys in the fall.

Fifi Yeung - OPA! Fellow
Hi, I'm Fifi Yeung, and I am a rising 5th year student at Penn studying CIS, minor in MEAM, andsubmatriculating into the robotics masters program. I hail from the suburbs of Philadelphia: thenot-New-York-West Chester. I love Penn Engineering and all the opportunities it has to offer! Inmy time at Penn I have done research for Kod*Lab, TAed for CIS 160 and CIS 121, and will TACIS 320 this fall, participated in PennApps multiple times, and hackathons at other schools. I amalso very involved with the Science and Technology Wing, for which I was the RA last year. Iinterned at Inkling and Nest, and will be at Amazon Robotics this summer. I came into PennEngineering as a CD student, so I really love helping people figure out their major. I am a serialmusic-consumer (average of 3.5 hours per day according to Spotify), Snuggie wearer, amateurchef, and maker of arts and crafts. Can't wait to see you all on campus this fall!

Lauren Datz
Hello and Welcome! My name is Lauren Datz and I am a Senior in Computer Science from South Jersey. I came to Penn curriculum deferred. I had no programming experience coming in, but I have since fallen in love with it. Outside of class, I have done numerous things with Advancing Women in Engineering, including Pre-Orientation, which I highly recommend. I've also been a mentor for many STEM programs, and have participated in PennApps hackathon. Additionally, sophomore year I lived on the Science and Technology Wing (STWing), and have participated in the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) residential programs in Kings Court. I loved both of them. Junior year I was a teaching assistant for C++ programming and next semester I will be a teaching assistant for Operating Systems. Outside of engineering, I really enjoy dancing and am a member and executive board member of Penn Ballet. I love baking, shopping, and listening to music. I'm also a huge sports fan, particularly hockey and football (Go Flyers and Eagles!). Last summer I interned with AT&T as a developer. This summer I am doing a Software Engineering internship at Oracle. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Elizabeth Walton
Hey Everyone! My name is Elizabeth Walton, but I go by Liz. I am a rising senior from Louisville, Kentucky, pursuing my BSE in Computer Science. Outside of class, I am a brother in Theta Tau, Penn's only co-ed professional engineering fraternity, and a head teacher for CityStep, a service group that teaches dance to elementary and middle school students in West and South Philly. Last semester, I was lucky enough to spend the semester studying abroad in Grenoble, France. This summer, I am interning in software development at Wayfair in Boston. I love ex-ploring Philadelphia, playing the violin, and spending time with friends. Feel free to ask me all the questions you wish! I can't wait to meet you all soon!

Carrie Wang
Hello there and welcome to Penn! My name is Carrie and I am a rising junior studying computer science, finance, and management. I am from New York City, and this summer I will be studying and working in Germany as part of the Ruhr Fellowship program. On campus, I am involved with the Technology Entrepreneurship Club as well as PennApps. In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and drawing, as well as trying out new restaurants around the city. Feel free to ask me anything related to Penn and food!

Digital Media Design

Hannah Bollar
Hey guys, welcome to Penn Engineering! I am Hannah Bollar, a rising sophomore from Mountain View, California, majoring in Digital Media Design, and minoring in Mathematics and possibly a few others. I am currently a participant of the Jewish Learning Fellowship, a Teaching Assistant for CIS 110 (the introduction to computer science programming course), and also a short time Teaching Assistant to help with the use of Processing for the FNAR 264 course. For the 2016 summer, I am teaching some courses for the idTech camp at Stanford. In my free time, I love writing, drawing, basically anything artistic, puzzles, hiking, and lacrosse. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! Let's get excited for the Fall Semester! Can't wait to meet you!

Chloe Snyder
YO CLASS OF 2020! Welcome to Penn! My name is Chloe Snyder. I am from Boston, MA (go Sox!!!), and I am a rising senior majoring in Digital Media Design. This summer I will be working in London at a start-up called Touch Surgery, an educational app that allows residents to learn and practice surgical procedures on a virtual 3D model. In past summers I have interned at PBS Kids headquarters in Washington D.C. and at WGBH in Boston, working on the cartoon Arthur. During the school year, I am a TA for Computer Graphics (CIS 460, formerly CIS 277) and I am the Design and Marketing intern for the Weiss Tech House at Penn, a student run hub for engineering entrepreneurship. Outside of engineering, I am involved with Penn Democrats and I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In my spare time I love going to art museums and exploring Philadelphia. I am so excited to meet you all. Please feel free to reach out to me and ask me any questions you may have!

Ricky Rajani
Welcome to Penn, class of 2020! My name is Ricky, and I'm a rising junior studying Digital Media Design, an interdisciplinary major combining computer graphics, communication theory, and fine arts. I'm passionate about what makes good design, the Oxford Comma, and being a female engineer. I often can be found doodling in my sketchbook, taking photos and writing about tech for GenHERation, a female empowerment network. Occasionally, I've been known to wear the 'dancer' hat, as well, dancing on Yalla, Penn's premier bellydancing team. Outside ofclass, I am involved with Class Board, The Daily Pennsylvanian Internal Consulting team, WiCS mentoring committee, and Smart Women Securities. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to chat! I can't wait to meet you all soon!

Electrical and Systems Engineering

Hannah McGrath - OPA! Fellow
Hello freshmen! My name is Hannah McGrath, and I am a rising senior from outside Boston,MA. I originally was going majoring in Systems, but switched to Electrical after ESE 111 and an internship at a hardware startup after freshman year. I'm also in Wharton as an uncoordinated dual degree student, concentrating in Operations, Information and Decisions, with a focus in Business Analytics. At Penn, I am part of the Society of Women Engineers, the ESE Student Advisory Board, Sigma Delta Tau, and Hexagon Senior Society. I also enjoy running, hot yoga,and hiking. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Radhika Katti
My name is Radhika Katti; I am starting my junior year at Penn. I am majoring in systems engineering and mathematics. I am a dual degree student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), so I am passionate about helping the environment with math and engineering. I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, so I love snow and cold weather. My parents moved to the Seattle area in Washington after I graduated from high school, so I spend most of my breaks exploring the Olympic mountains and the Puget Sound. I am currently doing research in a theoretical chemistry lab i.e. I spend most of my time staring at chemical structures on a computer. In my free time (a concept that we only pretend to understand at Penn), I play the violin in the Penn Symphony Orchestra. I am also involved in Girls Engineering Change at Penn, which is a new organization dedicated to inspiring middle school girls to study engineering. As a person in general, I love watching Pixar/Disney movies for the art, math, and music; I am also obsessed with all Asian food.

Daniel Carrillo
Hi! I'm Daniel, an incoming junior in electrical engineering. I was living in Urbana Illinois for my senior year of high school but have also lived on the east and west coast. I'm very interested in sustainable technology, and in particular renewable energy and electric vehicles. I'm also interested in entrepreneurship. While I am an electrical engineering major, I have also taken some classes in materials science and am planning to complete a minor in economics. In my free time I enjoy playing badminton and am involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, The ESE DepartmentStudent Advisory Board, and the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Congratulations on getting into Penn and welcome!

Cristina Buenhora Bustamente
Hey everyone, welcome to Penn! My name is Cristina Buenahora and I'm a rising senior from Rye, New York majoring in Systems Engineering and Computer Science. On campus, I'm the head TA for CIS 110, the intro to computer science class that many of you will have to take. I'm also involved in AOE, the professional engineering sorority, and ESAB, the ESE advisory board. Last semester, I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This summer, I'll be working at Microsoft as a program manager on the Cloud Identity team. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, food, and exploring different cities. I know that the transition to Penn can seem overwhelming so please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have about anything. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall!

Olivia Wind
Hello! My name is Olivia Wind and I’m a rising junior studying Systems Engineering. I grew up in Evanston, IL and had lived there my entire life before coming to Penn. Here at Penn, I’m the president of the ESE student advisory board, a member of Theta Tau, and a member of OAX. Outside of my schoolwork and clubs, I enjoy reading, exploring center city, and trying different coffee shops. I look forward to meeting you in the fall and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions!

Abhiti Prabahar
Hi everyone and welcome to Penn! My name is Abhiti Prabahar, and I am a rising senior from Atlanta, Georgia. I'm majoring in Systems Engineering, with a minor in Math, and am also submatriculating into the Systems Masters program. Outside of classes, I work on data analysis research projects for the Center for Injury Researchand Prevention at CHOP. On campus, I enjoy being apart of the Kite and Key society as a tour guide, CSSP as a mentor in West Philly schools, Alternate Spring Break, and Penn International Impact Consulting. I love exploring new cities, baking, and trying different kinds of coffee. I can't wait to meet you all, and definitely don't hesitate to reach out with any questions that you may have!

Ada Li
Hi there, welcome to Penn! My name is Ada, and I am a sophomore studying Systems Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. My hometown is Reading, MA, which is just 20 minutes out of Boston. At Penn, I am involved in Pan-Asian Dance Troupe and RCF (a Christian fellowship on campus). I am also the president of INCOSE and a member of the ESE Student Advisory Board. This summer, I will be working as a software intern at Applied Materials in Massachusetts. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, whether we are dancing,jamming out to some music, playing games, eating brunch or exploring Philly. I'm so excited tomeet you, and please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Management and Technology Program

Parth Chopra
Hi there! My name is Parth Chopra and I am a rising junior in the M&T Program, studying Computer Science in Penn Engineering and Finance/Management in Wharton. I'm fascinated with the intersection of business and technology, and on campus am involved with Global Platinum Securities, Social Impact Consulting, Wharton Investment and Trading Group, and Penn Innovation Conference. I've previously done an engineering internship at Google and this summer I'll be working as a PM at Microsoft. The transition to Penn can be a tough one, so always feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have! Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Jake Friedman
Hi! My name is Jake Friedman and I am a rising sophomore in the M&T program, majoring in Computer Science (undecided in Wharton). I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and am a big Cincinnati sports fan. At Penn, I am involved in organizing and running the Annual Penn Microfinance Conference, am on M&T Student Board, and am involved in my fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. In addition to these things, I'm interested in politics, love watching the NFL on Sundays, and playing tennis. If you have any questions about Computer Science, the M&T program, or anything about Penn, please feel free to reach out. Looking forward to meeting you guys!

Krishna Bharathala
Hey guys, welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Krishna Bharathala and I am a rising junior from Fremont, CA. In the M&T program I study Computer Science and Management/Statistics. I am the head TA for CIS160 (which some of you will be taking in the fall) as well as on the exec board for Hack4Impact and a member of Penn Masti, a South Asian Fusion Dance team. During my freshman year I was involved with Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club as well as research in the Management Department. This summer, I will be interning at Google doing Software Engineering in Mountain View. I look forward to meeting you all, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Stephanie Zhu
Hello, and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Stephanie Zhu and I'm originally from Cleveland, OH (*insert joke about Cleveland's failure at sports here*). I'm a rising senior in the Jerome Fisher Management & Technology program, studying Digital Media Design (it's like Computer Science with Graphics instead of hardware-related topics) on the engineering side, and Management & Finance on the business side. I am pretty heavily involved in the theatre community at Penn (I've produced, stage managed, and lights/sound/graphics designed all of my semesters here), and am the professional development chair for the Wharton Undergraduate Media & Entertainment club. I also spent a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh last fall. I've worked at Miramax in L.A. doing web development work, and will be doing consulting at ZS Associates this summer in Princeton, NJ. In my free time, I like to explore the city, attend theatrical productions, and eat food (and Penn is a GREAT place for free food). Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about any of those experiences and really, anything about life at Penn!

Atman Panigrahi
Hi and welcome to Penn! My name is Atman and I'm a rising sophomore in the M&T Program studying Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). I'm from Columbia, MD (a suburb of Baltimore). On campus, I'm involved with Penn Masala, a South-Asian/Western fusion acapella group, as well as the Wharton Investment and Trading Group. This summer I'll be working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducting materials science research, which I hope to continue on campus. In my spare time I love to sing, swim, and watch Parks and Rec. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all and hope you're excited for what should be an incredible four years! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about M&T, MSE, or anything else at Penn.

Emma Dong
Hi everyone! I'm Emma, and I'm a rising sophomore in the M&T Program from Long Island, New York. I am studying Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Energy and Sustainability in the engineering school and Operations, Information and Decisions/Business Economics and Public Policy in Wharton. At Penn, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers as Corporate Dinner Co-Director and a member of the External Affairs Committee, the Advancing Women in Engineering Advisory Board, the Pennvention competition in the Weiss Tech House, the Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group, and my sorority Alpha Phi. I also participated on the cheerleading team for the 2015-16 season. This summer I will be interning at a renewable energy startup in Center City and conducting research on macroeconomics effects on renewable energy policy through Wharton's Legal Studies Department. Afterwards, I will be RTAing for the M&TSI program. I look forward to meeting all of you! Feel free to reach out with any questions you have!

Brian Zeoli
Hello - my name is Brian Zeoli and I'm a current junior in the Management & Technology program. I'm studying Finance in Wharton, and Systems Engineering in the Engineering School - I'm also receiving a math minor. In terms of extracurricular activities, I'm part of Wharton Investment and Trading Group's Global Macro team - we look at global events (like a new presidential election) and how that affects international markets. I'm also part of Wharton Entrepreneurship Club - we help to connect entrepreneurs to their fellows, and sponsor events. I'm also the treasurer of my fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. In terms of internships, last summer I interned at Moore Capital (a macro hedge fund in NY) where I was in the loan/debt team. The previous summer, I interned at IBM doing data analytics and quality assurance. Outside of class, I'm very interested in fitness and health: I am in the gym most mornings of most weeks. I also enjoy cooking and try to venture into downtown Philly a few times a month to try new foods.

Shannon Toole - OPA! Fellow
Hey guys! My name is Shannon Toole and I'm a rising senior in M&T (Systems Engineering/Marketing) from the Bay Area, CA. At Penn, I'm currently involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Society of Women Engineers (Corporate Dinner Co-director), Hexagon Senior Society, and my sorority Alpha Phi. Aside from extracurriculars, my interests include binge watching GoT/Rick and Morty/It's Always Sunny, running, and piano. Hope you're excited about coming to Penn - feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Ben Bernstein
My name is Ben Bernstein and I'm a rising junior in MEAM. I'm from Bryn Mawr, PA, which is just outside of Philly. On campus I work in Kodlab, which is a robotics research group that is part of GRASP Lab, and I'm a member of Penn Electric Racing. I also volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters every week. I love mechanical design and robotics, but I also have hobbies in web development, football, guitar, and longboarding. I'm so excited to be an OPA this year! Feel free to contact me if you have questions about Penn, engineering, and classes, or if you just want to share a cool project you've worked on.

Delaney Kaufman
Welcome to Penn! My name is Delaney Kaufman and I am a rising sophomore from Los Angeles. I’m in the VIPER program studying MEAM and Physics. This summer I’m doing research in GRASP lab working with drones and robots. I am a member of Theta Tau, the engineering fraternity, and I play for Penn’s club tennis team. When I am not participating in clubs or academics, I can often be found wandering Philly looking for fun things to do and good places to eat, playing ukulele, or watching movies. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Eli Gottlieb
Congratulations and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Eli Gottlieb and I am a rising junior hailing from Hollywood, Florida. I am majoring in mechanical engineering and plan on minoring in engineering entrepreneurship. On campus, I am involved in the Penn Electric Racing team and Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity. This summer, I will be on campus doing research on modular robotics and human-robot interactions, as well as competing in the Formula SAE electric competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, exploring Philly, playing video games, and working out at Pottruck. Please feel free to reach out to me about any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Will Johnson - OPA! Fellow
Hello! My name is Will Johnson, and I'm a senior in MEAM with minors in Cognitive Science and Hispanic Studies. I'm also submatriculating into the Robotics Master's program. I was born in New York City, but I grew up just outside of Philly. Aside from schoolwork, I participate in the Penn Running Club and Chess Club, and I volunteer for a STEM education camp for underprivileged middle school students called InnoWorks. I love to take advantage of all the really cool opportunities this campus provides, and I'm excited to start sharing them all with the class of 2020!

Julia Lin
Hi! I'm Julia Lin, a rising MEAM junior returning from spring semester abroad at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Over the summer, I'll be working in AddLab (an additive manufacturing lab with higher end 3D printers for research and other projects), a counselor at GEMS camp (a camp for middle school girls interested in engineering, math, and science), and moving in a few days early for the AWE (Advancing Women in Engineering) Pre-orientation program. Last year, I spent 10 weeks on campus for tribology research in the Carpick Research Group. On campus, I work in the Rapid Prototyping Lab (more 3D printers), which you will become familiar with when you take MEAM 101. Last year, I founded and co-lead Penn Spyn, a Chinese Yoyo performance team that holds open practices and teaching sessions. I'm also involved in the Society of Women Engineers Educational Outreach Committee as Co-Director, ArchiTechs Hardware Hacking Club as VP of Marketing and PR, and PennApps Hardware Hacking through ArchiTechs and the RP Lab. As you can tell, there are a lot of acronyms in MEAM. If you have any further questions about any of the activities I'm involved in, feel free to contact me!

Carly Meyer - OPA! Fellow
Welcome to Penn! My name is Carly, and I am from the Philly suburbs (Wayne, PA specifically). I am a submatriculate into Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) master's with a concentration in Robotics and Mechatronics. I just graduated from MEAM undergrad with a minor in Theater Arts! On campus, I work in the Rapid Prototyping Lab in Engineering, and I also am involved in Penn Singers, a theater group on campus. I am also now an alumni of Penn's engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon. I remember being so nervous as a freshman, not knowing what classes to take, but now this is my third year of being an OPA so I am so excited to help out all the incoming freshmen so hopefully they aren't nearly as lost as I was. I always welcome any questions about any of the engineering and MEAM. Also, feel free to ask me any questions about campus life! I look forward to meeting all of you! I hope you have a great summer and that you are all excited about the next four years (or more) at Penn!

Rachel Rusonis
Welcome to Penn, class of 2020! My name is Rachel Rusonis and I am a rising senior in mechanical engineering from Marriottsville, MD. I came to Penn Engineering declared as Bioengineering and have since changed majors, so I completely understand if you're not 100% decided on a major. On campus, I enjoy working at the climbing wall at Pottruck and leadingtrips with the Outdoor Adventure Program. I also work in the Machine Shop which has great equipment you can learn to use through some awesome MEAM classes! This summer I will be interning with the National Transportation Safety Board in, exploring the great outdoors, and eating my way through Washington DC. If you have any questions about Penn Engineering, feel free to ask away! Have a great summer and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

Benjamin Blumenstein
My name is Benjamin Blumenstein and I'm a rising sophomore in MEAM. I'm from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, which is right outside of Detroit. On campus I'm the Technology Director for the Preceptorial Committee, a group that puts on not for credit lectures and seminars, I'm the Assistant Director for Penn Ballet, Penn's only classical ballet company, and I'm active in the Hillel. Last year I lived in Hill, which is currently under construction. Reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Brian Zhang
Hi freshmen! I'm Brian Zhang, a rising junior in MEAM. I'm also pursuing minors in computer science and engineering entrepreneurship. I'm working on an independent summer project under Dr. Mark Yim, one of the MEAM faculty, as part of the Rachleff Scholars program. During the year, I work in Modlab, one of the GRASP subsidiary labs, and I live in the Science and Technology Wing as the manager and sysadmin. If you're interested in anything I do, please feel free to email me! As many of you will soon learn, college students have to keep their inboxes in check.

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Nicole Bohn
Hello, my name is Nicole Bohn and I am a sophomore in materials science and engineering. I am from Harrisburg, PA, but at Penn I am a part of the science and technology wing residential program. Outside of engineering my interests lie primarily in music and creative writing, and I never pass up an opportunity for a Lord of the Rings reference. I am a violist in the Penn Symphony Orchestra and a member of a sci-fi/fantasy writing group through the Kelly Writers House. If you have any questions, let me know! I look forward to meeting you at Penn and helping you on your way to a great start.

Jaron Ma
Welcome to Penngineering! My name is Jaron Ma, and I’m a rising senior in VIPER studying Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Science. I’ve done research in the MEAM department on friction at the microscale, and am spending this summer on campus once again doing research on large-scale ecology with satellite data. During the school year, I’m an active member of Penn Club Gymnastics, a TA for MSE 250, a peer educator with Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault, and also an RA in Riepe College House (congratulations if you’re living there!) Class selection can be tricky, and things are especially flexible for MSE students as the curriculum develops. Always feel free to reach out to me for some advice.

Demi Moed
Hi! Welcome to Penn! My name is Demi Moed and I come from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. I'm a junior in materials science and engineering. I live on the science and technology wing (STWing). This summer I'll be doing polymer research in Philly through the Rachleff Scholars Program. In my free time I love to eat out with my friends or stay at home and write stories. Ifyou have any questions about MSE, internships, Rachleff, STWing, languages at Penn, oranything else, please feel free to ask!

Grant Shao - OPA! Fellow
Hello there! My name is Grant Shao and I come from the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. I'm a rising junior studying Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Nanotechnology. On campus, I am primarily involved in the Penn Glee Club's tech staff and in Wharton Asia Exchange, but I've dabbled in lots of other things like Eco-Reps, APSC's LEAP, and more (so performing arts, Wharton clubs, sustainability, cultural clubs, etc.). I love food, listening to music, and exploring new things. Definitely reach out if you have any questions!

networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS)

Rohan Alur - OPA! Fellow
Hi guys! My name is Rohan and I'm a rising junior in the NETS program. I'm originally from the Philadelphia area and have been around Penn my whole life. Along with NETS, I'm also pursuing a math minor and plan to sub-matriculate into the masters program in computer science. Outside of class I'm a member of the Wharton Real Estate Club, vice president of my Fraternity, and a TA for NETS 112, which many of you may take during your first semester. I'm also a huge football fan and like to play pickup soccer and basketball in my free time. Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions about NETS or Penn in general. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Don Yu
Hey guys! I'm Don and I'm a rising junior. At Penn, I'm a NETS major, minor in Math and submatriculating into the masters computer science program. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and have to say that it's very similar to Philadelphia. I really recommend getting out of the 'Penn Bubble' by exploring Philadelphia, whether it be finding new places to eat or exploring South street. Besides academics, I'm also a member of the Ski Team and the Penn Outdoors club. I consider myself a music fanatic, listening to almost all kinds of music such as McCoy Tyner, Louis the Child, and Earl Sweatshirt. I can't wait to meet all of you guys this fall!

Adel Boyarsky
Hi, welcome to Penn! My name is Adel and I'm from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I've grown up around Philly my whole life and strongly encourage you all to explore the city this year! I'm a sophomore in the NETS program. Besides being an OPA, I'm a part of Theta Tau, the Co-Ed Professional Engineering Fraternity on campus, I'm on the Student Advisory Board of AWE (Advancing Women in Engineering), a board member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and a member of the Professional Co-Ed Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. Outside of Penn, I really love teaching, so I've been tutoring since the beginning of my freshman year in Philly. I also love playing tennis and trying out new restaurants around the city. Looking forward to getting to know you guys!

Vagelos Integrated Program In Energy Research (VIPER)

Trisha Ramadoss
Hey Class of 2020! I'm Trisha and I am a rising junior in the VIPER program originally from Tampa, Florida. I am studying Physics and Electrical Engineering and am planning on minoring in entrepreneurship. Around campus, I'm involved in Alpha Omega Epsilon (Penn's professional and social engineering sorority), Girls Engineering Change, and the Hindu Student Council. Currently, I am working in an optics lab on campus that is experimenting with optical circuits. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels, watching movies, and educating my friends about recycling.

Avery Bang
Congratulations, Class of 2020! My name is Avery Bang and I’m a rising sophomore from the mitten state studying Physicsand Mechanical Engineering. I’m involved with K-PEnSA (a Korean Engineers and Scientists association), Girls Engineering Change, Engineers Without Boarders, and PennDems. In my spare time, I try to explore different restaurants in Philly as well as watch cat videos. This summer, I’ll be working on an independent research project regarding cladding of nuclear fuel rods. Let me know if you have any questions at all, I’d love to answer them!

 

Robert Tannenbaum - OPA! Fellow
Hello and welcome to Penn, Class of 2020! My name is Robert Tannenbaum (but I go by Robbie) and I am a rising senior in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), majoring in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and Chemistry. I am also a senior class representative for the Penn chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Outside of class, I am also very involved with the performing arts community as technical director for the Counterparts a Capella group, and am participating in the GIANT international internship program conducting research in France for the summer in a joint collaboration with the REACT group sponsored through the Nano-Bio interface centerat Penn. Feel free to reach out, and I look forward to meeting all of you in August!