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 2018!

Jump to: Bioengineering | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | 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
Jessica Fan
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a rising sophomore in bioengineering from the suburbs outside of Philly. I am involved with Kite and Key Penntoring, PHINS, and the Asian-American community on campus. 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. I'm also a huge fan of crime dramas. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! See you in the fall!
Danielle Fields - OPA! Fellow
Hi freshmen, welcome to Penn. You're going to love it! My name is Danielle, and I'm an OPA fellow for bioengineering. I'm originally from Westfield, New Jersey. I am a rising senior in bioengineering and a submatriculant into the master's program in bioengineering. I'm an advisor and former team member of Penn's team for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). I'm also involved in thesis research, mentoring, and Alpha Delta Pi. In my free time I love reading, going out to restaurants, and Netflix.
Amy Keech
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2018! I'm really excited to be an OPA for you guys. I'm going to be a senior this fall, and I'm going to be a bioengineering OPA for the third time. As a bioengineer, I'm interested in applications of bioengineering to neuroscience, and I am minoring in computational neuroscience. I have had a couple of summers and a couple of semesters of research experience in two different labs, and this summer, I'm working in industry for the first time at a biotech company in Rochester, NY. Around campus, I'm involved in Alpha Omega Epsilon (our professional engineering sorority), Venus (our women's ultimate frisbee team), and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I also work as a lifeguard at Pottruck fitness center. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! I can't wait to meet you guys in August.
Jesi Kim - OPA! Fellow
Welcome Class of 2018! I am Jesi Kim. We are all very excited to have you guys join Penn Engineering. I am a senior majoring in bioengineering. I originally wanted to get a BAS degree but changed to BSE at the end of my sophomore year. I am also pre-med, although I have no idea what I want to do. I am planning on taking a gap year to get a better sense of what I want to do. I am from Haverford, PA. I have held a research position since my freshman year, and I love it! I am also in Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity. Although school is a lot of fun, I also make sure to take full advantage of my summers. The summer after my freshman year, I did research in South Korea and it was one of the most amazing experiences. The summer after my sophomore year, I volunteered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in addition to taking organic chemistry. This summer I am working at the NIH doing research with other bioengineers at other schools. In my spare time I love to bake and eat the things I bake. In addition, I like to run although I am a very slow runner and I essentially love all winter sports (skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, etc.). I am very approachable so do not be afraid to ask me any questions. I can't wait to meet all of you guys!  
Alia Lahr
Hi Class of 2018! I'm Alia and I am a junior Bioengineering major at Penn minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I grew up in the sunny Southern city of Atlanta, GA but Philly's diverse neighborhoods and awesome food scene are a force to reckon with! At Penn I am the President of Engineers Without Borders and as such have traveled to Guatemala with Penn EWB 3 times and get to manage projects in Guatemala and Cameroon. I am also highly involved with biomaterials research at Penn and a part of SWE, Sigma Kappa, and the club tennis team. I love traveling, Spanish, and finding new foods! Most of all, I look forward to being involved as an OPA!
Ray Liu
Welcome Class of 2018! I am a rising junior from Chicago, Illinois currently studying Bioengineering. On campus, I am treasurer for Chinese Student Association and I work at The Wistar Institute doing cancer research. Feel free to ask me any questions you have Penn or Philly and I'll be sure to answer them. I am excited to meet you all soon!
Emily Olson
Hi, future Penn Engineers! My name is Emily Olson, and I am a rising senior from West Chester, PA. I am studying bioengineering and will be applying to medical schools this summer! On campus, I am involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, West Philly Tutoring Project, Penn Pre-Medical Association, and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Additionally, I am a pre-med volunteer at HUP (Hospital of U of Penn) and have worked in the maternity unit, cardiovascular intermediary care unit, and emergency department. In my spare time, I enjoy running, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family. Can't wait to meet you all, and please reach out with any questions!
Elizabeth Walton
Hey Everyone! My name is Elizabeth Walton, but I go by Liz. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Bioengineering from Louisville, Kentucky. Outside of class, I am a part of Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity, and a member of CityStep, a service group that teaches dance to underprivileged children in West Philly. I am also an avid dancer who takes class at a Koresh Dance on 20th and Rittenhouse. I am so excited to travel to China this summer to fit orthotics and prosthetics on children in southern China. I love exploring Philadelphia and spending time with friends. Feel free to ask me all the questions you wish! I can't wait to meet you all soon!
Hayley Williamson
Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Hayley and I am a rising sophomore majoring in bioengineering. I am originally from Brighton, MI (a small town right outside of Ann Arbor). Last year I lived on the Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship residential hall in Ware. On campus I am a member of the sorority Chi Omega and participate in running club. I am also the Activities Co-Director for the Society of Women Engineers. This summer and my entire freshman year I did research at an immunology lab at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. I love to run, explore the great city of Philadelphia, and drink coffee. I'm always here to answer your questions! I can't wait to meet all of you!
Laura Woodbridge - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! I am a rising master's student who just completed my undergraduate bioengineering degree at Penn. I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and came to Philadelphia for school. In my time as an undergraduate, I served as Vice President of the Engineering Deans' Advisory Board and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In my free time I enjoy baking cookies, running, playing piano, practicing field hockey and lacrosse, and spending time with my friends. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I look forward to meeting you!
Sushmitha Yarrabothula
Hi Class of 2018! Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Sushmitha, and I am a rising sophomore studying Bioengineering and Computer Science from the suburbs of Hoover, AL. Here on campus, I am involved with the Society of Engineers in Medicine (eMED) and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – along with a few other organizations. I am also an ITA for College House Computing and part of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program. 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.
Nina Zhu
Hi! I'm a rising senior in Bioengineering, after coming to Penn as Computer Engineering the first semester of freshman year. I'm from beautiful San Diego, California. At Penn, I am involved with Communitech, the food magazine Penn Apetit, a program called GDC that seeks to improve conditions in impoverished communities, as well as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House near campus. My hobbies include cooking, running throughout the city, and playing volleyball. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I can't wait to meet you in September!
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rocky Diegmiller - OPA! Fellow
Hey, welcome to Penn and Penn Engineering!  My name is Rocky, and I am a rising senior in Chemical Engineering from Wheeling, West Virginia.  After graduating, I plan to go on to grad school in hopes of getting my Ph. D. and pursuing a career in pharmaceutical research and drug development.  I have been involved with different research projects on campus over the past three years, both during the year and through summer internships and programs.  In addition, I am involved in a few different clubs on campus.  I am currently a member of Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Fraternity), outgoing President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), as well as a board member of Rachleff Scholars Society, and the current President of Tau Beta Pi.  I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  
Hanna Elmongy - OPA! Fellow
Congrats and welcome, Class of 2018! My name is Hanna Elmongy, and I am a senior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from outside of Philly, but I was born in Texas and lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for about 10 years. I am pre-med, interested in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and I do research in the CBE department, studying blood coagulation. I am on the board for Penn's chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). I am also on the Vice President of Penn's Muslim Students Association (MSA) and through that heavily involved with PRISM, Penn's interfaith student leadership group. I'm also a facilitator for the Fellowship for Building Intercultural Communities (FBIC), a program in the spring where freshman and sophomores come together to discuss interculturalism and apply what they learn in a capstone project that engages our neighboring West Philadelphia community. In my free time I like to play tennis at the beautiful and underutilized Penn Park, try out new Philly restaurants, explore downtown, walk along the river, cook and bake. I can't wait to meet all of you, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to make a new friend!
Chelsea Giller
Hi Class of 2018! Welcome to what will definitely be the best 4 years of your life! My name is Chelsea Giller, and I'm a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Long Island, New York. I am very interested in one day going into the cosmetic industry and hopefully exploring the creative side of engineering. Outside of class, I am on the Educational Outreach Committee of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and am a member of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE). I am the Vice President of Penn Friends of Israel and mentor a little second grader in a group called PennPals. When I'm not doing work or participating in these activities, I spend a lot of time walking (and shopping) in Philly with my friends. There are also many places that hold concerts regularly which I hope to check out more this year. Additionally, I am an avid Survivor and tennis (Go Federer!) fan and lose way too much sleep keeping up with these obsessions. I was also a big artist in high school and hope to get back into drawing this year while I'm at Penn. I'm so excited for this next year and can't wait to meet you all in August. I know how stressful, yet exciting this time can be for all of you; I can't believe it has already been a year since I was in your place—truly feels like yesterday! I couldn't be happier to talk about the amazing place that is Penn, so email me with any questions, comments or random thoughts that pop into your head! And have a great summer!
Mo Green
Hi class of 2018!! My name is Mo Green and I am from sunny Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Speaking of that, there is a good chance that I will be the first Iowan you guys will ever meet. A Penn, I am dual majoring between Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to being an OPA!, I am involved in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Penn Club Water Polo. I also do research, but not in engineering. I work across the street in Hayden Hall where I study climate change in the Earth and Environmental Science Department. When I am not doing that, I can be found reading or walking around Center City, Philadelphia. If you have any questions about anything let me know, and I can't wait to meet all of you.
Riad Hamadeh
Congratulations on making it to Penn! I'm Riad Hamadeh, a Sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering and Political Science and minoring in Energy and Sustainability. I'm an international student coming from Lebanon! In high school, I was in the French Baccalaureate program (hit me up if you were in a French school and need specific advice!). With that being said, I speak in French, Arabic and English. Here at Penn, I serve on the board of Penn Arab Student Society, Penn's Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AiChe), Technology Entrepreneurship Club, Dorm Room Diplomacy, International Relations Students Association and SEAS Council! I'm also a member of the International Affairs Association, Special Planning + Events Committee (SPEC) and the Skiing Team. In my free time, I like to workout, hang out with my friends, meet new people and discover what downtown Philly has to offer. Please feel free to reach out to me with any question! See you all in August :)
Jon Lym
Hurrah! Hurrah! Congratulations on being admitted to Penn SEAS! I am a rising senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability. I'm an international student from Kingston, Jamaica and I've lived in Fisher Hassenfeld, Harnwell and off-campus housing at Penn. I am involved in several groups, such as AIChE (American Institute for Chemical Engineers), the Rachleff Scholars Program and Penn World Scholars. I can't wait to meet you all, and I hope I can help to make your freshman year as memorial as mine was!
Rebecca Michelson
Hi, Class of 2018, and welcome to Penn! My name is Rebecca and I'm originally from West Bloomfield, MI. I am a rising junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with an intended concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. In my free time, I am the Merchandise Chair for Alpha Omega Epsilon, the professional and social Engineering sorority on campus. I am also on the Student Advisory Board for Advancing Women in Engineering and I work at Hillel. My hobbies include TV, movies, books, cooking, and tennis, as well as hanging out with friends. I'm looking forward to meeting you all, and feel free to let me know of any questions you may have!
Sandhya Thiyagarajan
Hey, Class of 2018! My name is Sandhya and I am a rising senior in CBE from Sugar Land, Texas. On campus, I'm on board for AIChE, Penn Timmy Global Health, Theta Tau (Penn's co-ed professional engineering fraternity), and a few other organizations. I am also part of the Rachleff Scholars Program and have experience in both environmental research and industry work. Outside of academics, I love to bake, watch football (Go Texans!), and try new restaurants with my friends. Congrats and I hope you have a great year!
Curriculum Deferred
Julia Cohen
Hi everyone, my name is Julia and I'm a rising senior in Systems Engineering from just outside of Philadelphia. I'm also minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship and sub-matriculated into the Systems Engineering master's program. I came to Penn curriculum deferred, but I was able to figure out that Systems Engineering is the right fit for me through all of the great resources here at Penn. One of those resources is the introduction to engineering course I took my freshmen year, and for which I am now a teaching assistant. Around campus, I am involved in the engineering community as a lead director for PennSustains, a newly founded engineering sustainability competition, Vice President of External Affairs for the Society of Women Engineers, and a board member for Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity. Congratulations of becoming a part of Penn Engineering and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!
Raina Dhir
Hi Class of 2018! I'm Raina Dhir from New Jersey and a rising junior in Bioengineering. I am also pursuing minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Asian American Studies.  I've done research in diabetes at the medical school and am currently a research assistant in Wharton's Marketing department. If I'm not on campus, I'm probably somewhere in downtown Philly at one of the many amazing restaurants or on short road trips exploring the east coast. On campus, in addition to being part of the engineering community through Engineers in Medicine (eMed) and Engineering Student Activities Council (ESAC), I am also involved with the Asian cultural community through PAACH (Pan-Asian American Community House) such as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week (APAHW), South Asia Society (SAS) and Promoting Enriching Experiences and Relationships (PEER). Penn had been my dream school since the fifth grade so feel free to ask me any questions related to the university such as academics, campus and city life and anything else that may pop up. Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Lindsay Gardner
Hi class of 2018, and welcome to Penn! My name is Lindsay, and I'm a rising sophomore from Flemington, New Jersey majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) with a minor in Computer Science (CIS). On campus this past year, I joined the Student Advisory Board for the Advancing Women in Engineering Program (AWE), was a singer in the Choral Society, and volunteered as a Spanish teacher for Active Cross-Cultural Training in Our Neighborhoods. Additionally, I was employed as the intern for the Director of Advancing Women in Engineering, as well as a note taker for the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. This summer, I will be a robotics RTA for the Summer Academy of Applied Science and Technology at Penn. Feel free to ask me any questions about the different engineering majors, working on campus, the various clubs and activities available to students, or anything else you'd like to know about Penn. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Spencer Lee
Hi everyone! I'm a computer engineering senior at Penn and am currently a submatriculant in the embedded systems master's program here. I've been with the RoboCup team (the UPennalizers) for a couple of years now, and I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone might have about it or engineering extracurriculars in general. I've also been a TA for many computer science and electrical engineering classes, so feel free to ask me anything you'd like about that as well! Things I enjoy include video games,works of literature and stuffed animals.
Genna Mazzarella
Hey rising Freshman! Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Genna and I am a rising junior from New York City. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. However, I came into Penn as curriculum deferred so I can answer any questions you might have about trying to choose a major. I am a member of the Theta Tau Professional Engineering fraternity and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In my free time I like to run, watch movies, read books, listen to music and hang out with friends. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! Can't wait to meet all of you!
Danielle Orlowski - OPA! Fellow
Welcome to Penn engineering! I'm a rising senior from Orange County, California majoring in Mechanical Engineering, though I started out as Curriculum Deferred. At Penn, I am a member of the engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and I'm on the board of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I studied abroad last fall in France and hope to return sometime soon. In my free time, I like to watch Game of Thrones, play Duolingo, explore Philly, and sleep. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and see you in the fall!
Liz Reeves
Hi there class of 2018!  I'm a recently graduated Mechanical Engineer who's staying for an extra year to finish my master's, but when I first came to Penn I was torn between BE and MEAM (plus a bunch of other types of engineering, I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life).  Now, when I'm not hanging out with my fellow MEAMers, I can usually be found practicing with Venus (the women's club ultimate frisbee team) or chilling with my friends from Alpha Omega Epsilon (a sorority for female engineers and technical scientists).  As a junior I studied abroad in London and learned a bunch, and after a few summers of doing research I'm now interning for Alcoa Power and Propulsion in Dover, NJ.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about undergraduate research or study abroad, and I can't wait to meet all of you this fall!
Sarah Stein - OPA! Fellow
Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a rising senior majoring in Bioengineering. I grew up in many places, including Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and, more recently, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. On campus, I am a teaching assistant for Introduction to Engineering. I am also involved in Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority on campus, as well as in Penn Women's Biomedical Society. I have served on the UA, and am a member of Advancing Women in Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers. In my free time, I love cooking and baking, running, and spending time with friends. I look forward to meeting you and welcome to Penn!
Fifi Yeung
Hi future Penngineers! My name is Evelyn (or Fifi which is what most people call me ), and I'm a rising junior majoring in Computer Science (and minoring in Mechanical Engineering). I came into Penngineering undecided, and I continued to stay undecided until they literally forced me to declare a major. I definitely understand the struggle of declaring a major, and I'm here to help! Outside of class, I do robotics research in Daniel Koditschek's lab and I work for my College House as a manager. In my free time, I like to hack on some side projects (it's never too late to finish projects you start at hackathons!), explore Philly (especially restaurants), listen to music, and hang with friends. If you have any questions about research (especially in robotics), minoring in other engineering majors, deciding on a major, great restaurants in Philadelphia, or anything you want to talk about feel free to email me! :)
Computer Engineering
Alan Aquino
Hey there Penngineer! My name is Alan Aquino, and I'm a part of the SEAS' Class of 2016. I hail from the arid deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada, but I grew up in the southern Bay Area in a little town called Saratoga. I'm a computer engineering major, which is a bit of a niche in our engineering school for its strangeness – it's kind of like a double major between computer science and electrical engineering, but with some requirements from each side taken out. Among the computer scientists at school, I'm a little weird in that I much prefer the university's computer hardware classes (CIS 240/371) as opposed to those focused on theory. That, or it's my Five Finger Shoes. When I'm not entrenched in my coursework, I enjoy going out for long runs with the Penn Running Club. Most mornings I start with a 5 mile run at the crack of dawn, and I'm training for a full marathon in November. I also play electric guitar, sporting a cherry red Epiphone Sheraton II and an all-tube Vox AC15. My last hobby is high performance computing, embodied within my desktop's i7-4770K and GTX 780 Ti. I'm an avid gamer with 116 Steam games, with most of my time put into Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Assassin's Creed. I'm currently working on Fez, Kentucky Route Zero, Bastion, and Transistor. This summer I'll be on campus, doing research with Penn's High Energy Physics Experimental Group, building an analog circuit tester for the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS Detector. I'm pretty good about email through my phone, so throw any engineering, gaming, or Dogecoin mining questions my way!
Chad Nachiappan
Hi guys! My name is Chad and I'm a sophomore in computer engineering from sunny Saratoga, California. I'm planning to get a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship and a master's in Computer Science. I am involved with the Lightweight Rowing team, Ham Radio club, organizing PennApps, and previously, Hill House Council. I love good food and crime dramas. I'm more than happy to answer any and all questions. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall!
Jeff Shih - OPA! Fellow
Hello future engineers! My name's Jeff. I'm a (super) senior studying from Calabasas, CA. I'm studying Computer Engineering, minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship, and sub-matriculating in Computer Science. I founded the Architechs, Penn's hardware hacking group and run/participate in the student hackathons that happen on campus. I've also TA'd a bunch of the beginner Electrical Engineering courses as well as been an ITA for a majority of my time at Penn. This summer, I'll be in New York working at the New York Times (they have software there!). Contact me if you're interested in learning more about the CMPE program or if you happen to love nerding out about gadgets.
COmputer and Information science
Bethany Davis
Welcome Class of 2018! My name is Bethany Davis, and I'm a rising sophomore from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. When I came to Penn I planned to major in Computational Biology, but now I'm studying Computer Science and working towards a certificate in Spanish. On campus, I'm involved with the Dining Philosophers (computer science club), and I'm the Communications Director for the Society of Women Engineers. I'm also a member of the Advancing Women in Engineering advisory board. I lived in Hill last year and absolutely loved it. I'm so excited to be an OPA! and answer any questions you have. Congratulations, and see you during NSO!
David Kim
What up, Class of 2018! My name is David and I'm a rising senior majoring in computer science. I entered as a mechanical engineer but about halfway through my college career I was drawn into computer science and decided to switch majors. I was in the Rachleff Scholars Program and did a bit of engineering research during the summer following my sophomore year. For extracuricculars, I'm a TA for Intro to Engineering (ENGR 101) and a dancer in Pan-Asian Dance Troupe. I love to talk, listen, and give advice so if you have any questions about engineering, campus life, or anything in general, let's talk!
Constanza Figuerola - OPA! Fellow
My name is Constanza and I'm a sophomore majoring in computer science. I'm originally from Argentina but I now live in Maryland. At Penn I'm part of the service fraternity, I'm the technology director of PIRC an international relations conference, and I am part of Penntoring. This summer I'll be working at the National Science Foundation working on search engine optimization for their research files. This is my first time being an OPA and I'm very excited to help out the next class of Engineering students.
Debbie Ly
Hi, I'm Debbie and I am a rising senior studying Computer Science and Fine Arts. I came into my freshmen year declared as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but decided to switch my major at the end of my sophomore year. I'm from the Boston metro area and decided to go to Penn, because I wanted to stay in a city. My freshmen year I lived in King's Court English House and for the past 2 years, I have lived in Harnwell College House. I co-founded the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers this past year and I am co-chair of Penn Traditions Alumni Engagement Committee. I am also a teaching assistant for CIS110, Introduction to Computer Programming. I am involved in a lot of cultural organizations on campus (not solely Asian Pacific orientated organizations), so feel free to ask me questions! For the past 2 summers, I have been at Penn doing research and taking classes. For this summer, I am interning at Amazon as a Software Development Intern. I still am not quite sure what I want to do after college, so I am trying to see where this goes. I have a lot of interest in data visualization, design, and user experience/user interface. On the art side, I want to use more new technology (3-D printing, laser cutting, etc...) in creating my works. It took me 2 years to figure out what I really loved doing, so don't be scared if you aren't sure what you want to do!
David Mally - OPA! Fellow
Hey class of 2018! My name is David, and I'm a senior in CIS from Westport, CT. At Penn, I'm involved with the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) residential program, and I've been a TA for CIS 110, 240, and 371. I'll be spending my summer working at an education technology company in the Bay Area called Edmodo, and when I'm not working, I like to make stuff with code, game (computers and board), and generally enjoy being a geek. If you want to know more about CS, classes, engineering, Penn, Philadelphia, anything that comes to mind, feel free to ask!
Kate Miller
Hi! I'm Kate Miller, and I'm a rising junior studying Computer Science from Columbus, Ohio. I have declared as a CBE major, a bioengineer, and finally decided to pursue my true love – programming. I have loved my time at Penn so far, mostly due to my involvement. I'm the president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a board member of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE), and a member of Sigma Kappa. When I'm not emailing you, I'm working at Cardinal Health (throwback to my bioengineering days, but I'm doing software testing), or traveling: I'll be in Chicago, Aruba, Ohio, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco this summer. Welcome to Penn!
Alex Whitaker
Hey everyone! My name is Alex Whitaker and I'm a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I'm from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and came to Penn because I wanted to utilize Penn's unique interdisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities. As a member of the LGBT community, I was also attracted to Penn's open-minded community and have found Penn to be an incredibly fun, intellectual, and accepting community. In addition to being an OPA!, I'm the president of the Rachleff Scholars Society, a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and am involved in Penn Science Across Ages. This summer I'll be at Penn doing computational chemistry research through the Rachleff Scholars program. If you have questions about research, social fraternities, or anything else about Penn, definitely let me know!
Digital Media Design
Maya Ebsworth - OPA! Fellow
Hi guys! Welcome to Penn Engineering. I'm Maya, and I'm a rising junior in the Digital Media Design program, hailing from Boston, MA. I'm a board member of SIGGRAPH (a computer graphics club), the marketing director for the Queer Student Alliance, and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. I'm also a teaching assistant for CIS 110. Please reach out if you have any questions! I'm excited to meet you all.
Chloe Snyder
Hello! I'm Chloe Snyder. I am from Boston, MA (go Sox!!!), and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Digital Media Design. I participated in SAAST in 2011 and fell in love with 3D modeling, and I knew that I wanted to major in DMD. However, before coming to Penn, I had no experience with programming. After a year at Penn, I love programming and I am becoming more confident in my abilities. I participate in many extracurricular activities, including Advancing Women in Engineering, Society of Women in Engineering, and Penn Democrats. Next year, I will also be living in Harrison as a FreshEx mentor. I am so excited to meet you all, don't hesitate to email me with any questions!
Nancy Wong
Hello! My name is Nancy Wong. I'm from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I am currently an upcoming sophomore studying Digital Media Design. True to my major, I'm interested in computer science, art, and design, with a particular focus on game development. I'm involved with the Penn Play game jam (a 2-day hack-a-thon focused on game development), Penn's ACM SIGGRAPH chapter (an organization focused on computer graphics and interactive technologies), and am currently a teaching assistant for CIS 120. Outside of my major-related activities, I am involved with the Asian-Pacific American community on campus. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have!
Electrical and Systems Engineering
Nebil Ali
Hey guys, I am a rising senior from Clinton, Maryland and am majoring and sub-matriculating in Electrical Engineering. Besides that I'm also really interested in computer science and try to take as many of those classes as I can. I have tried many groups here at Penn including: Penn Electric Car, Seas Green, and Nourish International. Outside of extracurricular I love playing soccer with friends. Hope to see you guys soon.
Cristina Buenahora Bustamante
Hi Class of 2018! My name is Cristina Buenahora and I am a rising sophomore from Rye, New York. I am majoring in Systems engineering. At Penn, I am involved in SWE (Society of Women in Engineering), AWE (Advancing Women in Engineering), AOE (Alpha Omega Epsilon: a professional engineering sorority), the PennApps Logistics Team, and the ESE Advisory Board. I am also the ITA manager for the Ware College House. My hobbies include running, traveling, and Netflix (anyone watch Grey's Anatomy, the Mindy Project, Modern Family, or Scandal?) I'm excited to be an OPA and answer any questions that you may have. See you during NSO!
  Yixing Du - OPA! Fellow
Shafag Idris - OPA! Fellow
Hey Class of 2018! I'm Shafag and a senior in electrical engineering and submatriculating into a master's in electrical with a minor in mathematics. I'm from Tucson, AZ where it's warm and sunny all year round, but I'm starting to get used to the real winters here in Philly. I am also a tutor with WPTP, a PHINS coordinator and I work in Kod*Lab, one of the robotics labs in GRASP. Can't wait to meet you all!
Chloe LeComte
Hi Class of 2018 Penngineers!  My name is Chloé le Comte, and I am a rising junior in Systems Engineering from Bedford, NY.  I started out as Curriculum Deferred, and after spending my freshman year exploring the different majors, I finally settled on Systems.  I really enjoy how my major is flexible and customizable.  Outside of academics, I am a firm believer of making the most of my 4 years here, so I love being involved in the Penn Community.  I am the Engineering Chair for Class Board 2016 (a branch of student government), the Fundraising Chair for Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, the Administrator of Finance for the Engineering Deans' Advisory Board, a board member of the Advancing Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board, Co-President of the ESE Student Advisory Board, and a board member of Access Engineering (a club where we teach engineering labs to local high school students).  When I'm not running to meetings, I enjoy playing tennis, practicing my violin, going to the gym, cooking/baking, and hanging out with friends.  I am also an avid online shopper, and I will be interning with URBN (parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, & BHLDN) this summer in Philly!  I can't wait to meet you all, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions whether they relate to academics, extracurriculars, or just general interests!  WELCOME HOME!
Hannah McGrath
Hello freshmen! My name is Hannah McGrath, and I am a rising sophomore from outside Boston, MA. I originally was going to major in systems, but I've decided to major in electrical engineering after some cool ESE classes freshman year. At Penn, I am part of the Society of Women Engineers and its Educational Outreach committee, the ESE Student Advisory Board, and Sigma Delta Tau. I also enjoy running, yoga, hiking, and taking naps. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Alfredo Muniz
Congratulations you have earned a ticket to explore anything you desire! If you require assistance, reach out to us. I come from Houston, TX where I spent most of my younger years tearing apart video game consoles and helping my dad around the junk yards to understand how things work. At Penn, I am an Electrical and Mechanical Engineering double major, and a Robotics master's with interests in Hobby Electronics and Open-Source Software. I am the President of the Amateur Radio Club on campus and this summer I'm working on hardware accelerators as part of my Google Summer of Code project. I am excited to hear what your interests are so that we can guide you to efficiently pursue them!
Dany Rifkin - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone, welcome to Penn! My name is Daniela Rifkin and I hail from the beautiful Seattle, Washington, home of  flannel, Starbucks, The Head and the Heart, and just about everything cool. I'm a senior and master's student in Systems Engineering and am minoring in psychology, though I'm lobbying for a minor in binge watching Game of Thrones and The West Wing. I'm involved with the club ultimate team and AOE, a professional engineering sorority. I also dabble in editing and am a student mentor at an elementary school in West Philly. This summer I'll be interning at an education technology firm in the great epicenter of humidity known as midtown Manhattan. My hobbies include reading, cooking, traveling, theater, and inhaling pho at an alarming speed. I'm really looking forward to meeting you and you should be pumped about all that Penn and Penn Engineering have to offer!!
Management and Technology Program
Bahram Banisadr
Hey guys! I'm from Los Alamos, New Mexico and I'm majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Management, and getting a master's in Robotics Engineering. At school I'm involved in Penn Rugby, Penn Ski Team, University Honor Council, M&T club, and my fraternity FIJI. I also love to be outdoors whether its hiking, climbing, running, or skiing. Let me know if you ever want to join me!
Lingbin Cai
Welcome, Penn Engineering Class of 2018! My name is Lingbin Cai, born and raised in Nanjing, China, the city for Youth Olympic Games this summer. I am a rising junior in Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, majoring in Computer Science, following more of a computer algorithm path. I have been involved in Weiss Tech House Pennvention Committee for two years because of my career interest in entrepreneurship. Additionally I have done independent study research in climate change and teaching assistant for an introductory computer science class. In my spare time, I sing tenor in a Chinese A Cappella group. Contact me if you are interested in Chinese songs! In the coming summer, I will work at Facebook as a software engineer intern under California sunshine. Feel free to contact me via email if you have any question regarding the life in Penn engineering, the M&T program, or anything mentioned above. See you on campus in August!
Jason Mazursky
My name is Jason Mazursky and I'm a junior in the M&T program from NJ studying Computer Science and concentrating in Finance and Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Outside of class, I'm the president of the social fraternity, Tau Epsilon Phi, the bassist in a band called King Sky, a tutor for the West Philly Tutoring Project, and an involved member of Jazz & Grooves. Additionally, this year I'm launching Penn Student Agencies newest venture, PSA Tunes, which will be a staffing agency for Penn student musicians. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I'm very excited to meet all of you!
Max Scheiber - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone! My name is Max, and I'm a rising junior studying computer science, finance, and statistics. I'm also submatriculating to earn my master's degree in computer science. Outside of classes, I'm heavily involved in Greek life, I'm in the Penn Glee Club, I've been a CIS teaching assistant since freshman year, and I'm a member of the Dining Philosophers. I've also written for the Daily Pennsylvanian, played in the Penn Wind Ensemble, and acted in the Penn Life Sketches! For fun, I play golf and compose music.
Karan Sharma
Hi Guys I'm a rising senior in the Jerome Fisher Program studying Computer Science and Finance/Accounting. Born in the deserts of Jaipur, India, I grew up in the oasis of Dubai, UAE. I love football (still refuse to call it soccer), Mediterranean food and war movies. If not in the Moore school's computer lab or Huntsman Hall's study rooms, you can find me trying to catch a Chelsea game somewhere in downtown Philly or walking around Locust Walk jamming to Imagine Dragons. I'm currently interning at an investment bank in San Francisco but see myself as an entrepreneur long-term. Reach out to me for any information on being an international at Penn, being a dual-degree student or preferably on the FIFA World Cup!
Shannon Toole
Hey guys -- my name is Shannon and I'm originally from San Francisco, CA. I'm in the M&T program majoring in Computer Science on the engineering side and possibly concentrating in OPIM or marketing on the Wharton side (still undecided). At Penn, I'm involved in Wharton Women, Society of Women Engineers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and my sorority Alpha Phi. Aside from my Penn activities, I like to play volleyball, go running, and play piano. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! Hope you're excited for freshman year at Penn :)
Emily Zhang
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Zhang, and I am a junior in the M&T program studying bioengineering and finance/management. On campus, my main extracurriculars are Social Impact Consulting and Weiss Tech House. I am also a research peer advisor (RPA) through CURF and part of a tissue engineering lab here at Penn. In addition to getting research fellowships from CURF, I am one of the Penn Thouron Scholars so I will be studying abroad in Cambridge University this summer – another way of going abroad through the research avenue if you are interested in that. Can’t wait to meet all of you!
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Ayinde Alleyne
Hi there! I am a rising senior here majoring in Mechanical Engineering hailing from the Bronx, New York. Outside the world of classes and assignments, I am a member of Penn's chapter the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as well as on the board for a student group called the Race Dialogue Project. I am a big movie and TV (and all other forms of storytelling really), I write poetry and bike around Philly in my free time. Welcome to Penn and see you in August!
Ashlee Anderson - OPA! Fellow
Welcome Class of 2018! I'm Ashlee and I'm from Kingston, Jamaica. I'm a rising senior in MEAM interested in working in the Automotive Industry post graduation. At Penn I'm involved in National Society of Black Engineers, Caribbean-American Student Association, Peers Helping Incoming New Students (PHINS), and I am a brother of Theta Tau, Penn's only co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity. I also enjoy engaging with the Philadelphia community and exploring the city as often as I can. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and I look forward to meeting you soon!
Rachel Chan
My name is Rachel Chan and I'm currently a rising sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. I'm from Westchester, New York and I love to travel, bake, and box. Through Penn's health initiative program, I got the opportunity to travel to Guatemala over spring break and volunteered at a local hospital in Santiago Atitlan. This summer, I plan on visiting Guam, Japan, and Hong Kong. In my first year at Penn, aside from spending most of my time socializing, I got involved in the Ronald McDonald House Charity, participated in Penn Emerging Scholars Program, and worked in the Harnwell Café. If you have any questions on where to get the best burrito (Honest Toms all the way!!), want to give me suggestions on what to do in Japan this summer, or are curious about anything Penn engineering related, please feel free to reach out to me! My first year at Penn was amazing and I am excited/ can't wait to share the experience with you guys.
Val Cohen - OPA! Fellow
Congratulations and welcome to Penn. My name is Val and I am a rising junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I'm majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in math, engineering entrepreneurship, and Spanish (or classics I haven't decided). I'm the president of the club lacrosse team, a member of Theta Tau (the professional engineering fraternity), a tour guide, and involved in various other clubs around campus. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
Will Johnson
Hello incomers!  My name is Will Johnson, and I'm a rising sophomore in MEAM pursuing a minor in Spanish.  I was born in New York City, but I've been living just outside of Philly since I was 2 years old.  Freshman year, I lived in Hill College House in the Freshman Leadership Program where I made some of my best friends on campus.  Otherwise, I participate in the Penn Running Club and Chess Club, and next year I plan to be more involved with the Newman Catholic Center and the Polybian Society (non-partisan political discussion group).  My favorite MEAM courses so far have been the design courses (ask me about those!).  I'm extremely excited to be an OPA!, and I love to answer questions, so make sure to ask if you have them.  All in all, I had a really great experience this past year, and my wish is that yours is just as excellent, if not better.
Carly Meyer
Hi and welcome to Penn Engineering! I'm Carly Meyer and I'm a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineer. I'm from Wayne, PA, which is a suburb of Philly, so I have been traveling to Philly my whole life, but that hasn't stopped me from exploring the city as much as I can. At Penn I'm a member of the engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon. Outside of engineering, I also am president of the Curling Club and co-VP of Penn Singers, a theater group on campus. In my free time I like to get Wawa and watch TV and movies with friends. I can't wait to meet all of you and answer any questions you may have! Have a great summer!
Jon Nappo - OPA! Fellow
Hello Penngineers! Welcome, welcome, welcome to some of the greatest years of your life! My name is John Nappo, and I proudly represent the great state of New Jersey. I am a rising senior simultaneously pursuing a master's in Robotics and a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering (ask me about sub-matriculation!). I am also minoring in Theatre Arts and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus, I participate in several student-run theatre and arts groups, including Stimulus Children's Theatre, iNtuitons Experimental Theatre, and Front Row Theatre Company. In addition, I serve as a co-director for Penn InnoWorks, a science and engineering camp run in the summer for underprivileged middle school students in the Philadelphia area. In the past, I have done lots of fun robotics-related research in the Penn Haptics Lab and the Modular Robotics Laboratory (ModLab). This summer, I am interning with Walt Disney Imagineering, helping to design show action equipment for rides and attractions at Disney parks worldwide. Please contact me with any questions you may have about Penn, Penn Engineering, or fun things to do in/around campus in the next few exciting months!
Sade Oba
Congrats 2018 Engineers! I am a rising senior from Houston, TX currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering (BSE) and Robotics (MSE). Although my main interest is product design, I am currently exploring the application of mechatronics systems. The thought of transforming a dream or wish into a synthesizable design fuels my passion for many of my non-academic interests. I find much joy in developing my independent projects, which include robotic toys, desk candy, or the occasional useful appliance. When I'm not lost in the world of SolidWorks, I can be found reading dystopian fiction or rambling to one of my friends about the lack of political stability in Tatooine and how that is directly related to nefarious Tusken Raider behavior in the remote deserts. I train students to use the 3D prints and laser cutters as well as work in the machine shop and PACE lab so please email me if you have interest in mechanical design, machine design, or product design.  And if you are more interested in what work I have done both inside and outside of school check out my website. Enjoy the summer! Can't wait to meet you in the fall!
Ben Weinreb
Welcome Class of 2018! I'm a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. I'm originally from Reading, MA, about 20 minutes north of Boston, but I've really come to love Philly these past two years. On campus, I'm involved in Penn Science Across Ages, where I volunteer weekly to teach science to students at an elementary school in West Philly. I'm also a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. In my free time I like to try new foods and restaurants, hang out with friends, and explore Philly. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, and I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Debby Greenstein
Hi everyone! My name is Debby Greenstein. I am getting a bachelor's and master's in Materials Science and Engineering. I am minoring in Math and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus, I am involved with MSE Society, Hillel, and Let's Get Ready, a nonprofit college prep program for underprivileged high school students. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Welcome to Penngineering! I am so excited to meet you guys!
John Lu - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone! My name is John Lu and I am a rising super senior from Mississauga, Canada. I am currently getting a bachelor's and a master's in Materials Science, while also getting a BS from the business school. On campus, I am a part of Penn Speaks for Autism, Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity, and the PEER Mentoring program. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, playing soccer, and learning about theoretical physics. I am also currently working on a company called Grant Fellow, which is an online catalog of grant applications. In the past, I worked at a quantitative marketing startup called Ampush Media. I also interned at an investment bank called Evercore Partners my junior summer. If you have any questions about anything I mentioned above, please feel free to shoot me an email; I love meeting new people! See you all soon and congrats again!
Weiwei Zhang
Congratulations Class of 2018! My name is Weiwei Zhang, and I'm a rising sophomore from the Ontario, Canada.  I plan on majoring in Material Science and minoring in Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics. I've been part of Penn Chinese Theater, Penn Secular Society, Academy of International Students, and several AWE events. This summer I will be working at the Penn Global Office and doing research with a material scientist. I'm so excited to meet you and answer any questions you have. Get excited for an awesome freshman year!
networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS)
Susan Greenberg - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! My name is Susan and I am from Westport, CT. I am a senior in Network and Social Systems Engineering (go NETS!) with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I am on the board of Advancing Women in Engineering and I have a regional position with the Society of Women Engineers. I am also involved with Penn Science Across Ages and Alpha Omega Epsilon Professional Engineering Sorority, where I am the current president. In my spare time I love napping, baking cookies, making fun things with paper, and drinking far more coffee than I should. Congratulations on getting in to Penn, I hope you will all love it here and I cannot wait to meet you in the fall.
Corey Loman
Hey everyone, congrats and welcome to Penn! I am a rising junior from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and I'm studying Networked & Social Systems Engineering. At Penn, I'm a board member of Hack4Impact and of the Dining Philosophers, Penn's computer science student organization. I am also the recruitment chair of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and am a teaching assistant for NETS 150. This summer I'll be working for Microsoft, and I'm excited to experience the west coast for the first time. Outside of school-related things, I like to go running and play basketball. Let me know if you have any questions.
Bianca Pham - OPA! Fellow
Welcome freshmen! My name is Bianca Pham and I am a senior from San Diego, CA. I transferred from Bioengineering into the new Networked & Social Systems Engineering program. On campus, I am on the board of Advancing Women in Engineering, I am a member of Sigma Kappa, and I am the web manager/director of publicity for Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers. Aside from school, I love to play tennis and lacrosse, I frequently travel to foreign countries, and I am a huge fan of British film and TV shows. I am currently interested in social media startups and bridging the gap between the marketing and tech world. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions at all or come grab coffee with me to talk!
Vagelos Integrated Program In Energy Research (VIPER)
Eric Lu - OPA! Fellow
Welcome Class of 2018 Penngineers! My name is Eric Lu, and I'm in the 15th grade. I occasionally walk, and I like vanilla and chocolate ice cream cake. Your arrival will be glorious.