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 2019!

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

Emily Bachner
Hello and welcome to Penn! My name is Emily Bachner and I am a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. I am majoring in bioengineering (in the BSE track) and am also pre-med with the intention of minoring in mathematics. In my free time I am involved in my sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and I intend to volunteer with the West Philly Tutoring Project in the upcoming year. I will be spending the majority of the summer on campus taking classes, which I’m excited about because not only does it make your workload easier during the school year but also a lot of my friends are staying on campus and taking classes as well. Outside of school, I love drawing, painting, traveling, listening to country music (sorry, I’m from the south), hanging out with friends and obviously watching Netflix. Feel free to message me if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting you all!

Erin Beacham
Hi! My name is Erin Beacham, and I’m a senior in Bioengineering. Before coming to Penn, I lived in Augusta, Georgia my whole life (though somehow missed the accent). On campus, I run with Penn Running Club, play mellophone in the Penn Band, promote positive body image with Penn Poised, and help organize InnoWorks, a STEM camp for underprivileged middle school students from the Philadelphia area. In my free time, I love cooking and baking, trying new coffee shops in Philly, and reading books. This summer I’ll be doing research in a behavioral obesity lab at Penn and working part time at a yoga studio. Penn is truly my home now, and I hope I can use what I learned from my experience to help you in your transition.

Akshatha Bhat
Hi all and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Akshatha Bhat and I am a rising junior from Mount Olive, New Jersey, studying bioengineering and minoring in entrepreneurship. On campus, I am involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society, SEAS Council, Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Club, and Neuroscience Pipeline. I also do research in private equity exit strategies with Wharton’s Management Department. I enjoy reading, shopping, brunching, Netflix marathons, and am an avid coffee drinker – my favorite coffee place on campus is Hubbub (be sure to check out their soy lattes and pourovers!). I am also a huge fan of the Philadelphia food scene; I am always trying to explore new cuisines, discover hole-in-the-wall spots, and eat at the numerous top-notch restaurants this city has to offer. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have about Penn or life in general – I can try to dispense what lessons I have learned from my two years here. I look forward to meeting you!

Allison Caramico
Hi, I’m Allison and I am a rising sophomore studying bioengineering. I am also planning on concentrating in biomechanics. I’m originally from Scotch Plains, NJ. On campus, I’m involved in the club synchronized swimming team as well as Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s fraternity. In my free time, I also enjoy reading and (I’ll be honest) Netflix.  This summer, I’ll be working at Lenox Hill Hospital in the Emergency Department. I’m really excited to be an OPA and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Jessica Fan - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I am a rising junior in bioengineering from the suburbs outside of Philly. On campus, I am involved with Kite and Key Penntoring, PHINS, and the PEER Mentoring Program. 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 also used to do horseback riding and still love being around horses. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! See you in the fall!

Rohini Kopparam
Hello! Congratulations and welcome to the Class of 2019! My name is Rohini Kopparam and I am a rising senior from Irvine, California majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Chemistry. At Penn, I am involved with Penn Thillana, a classical Indian dance team that competes around the country and puts on an annual spring show. I also am involved in research as a research assistant in Dr. Meaney’s lab, as a CURF Research Peer Advisor, and as a University Scholar. I love to travel, watch superhero TV shows, and coffee! This summer I will be continuing my current research on campus. Feel free to email me any questions regarding BE, being pre-med, research, or working abroad, and I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!

Alia Lahr
Hi Class of 2019! 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!

Clarissa Liu
Hi! My name is Clarissa Liu and I am a rising sophomore from Sarasota, Florida, majoring in Bioengineering. At Penn, I am a member of MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) and am an ITA (Information Technology Advisor) for Harrison College House. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing volleyball, watching movies, and exploring Philadelphia. Over the summer, I will be in China for six weeks visiting family and being a tourist and will also be in Florida shadowing a variety of doctors from emergency medicine to OB/GYN’s. I can’t wait to meet you all!
 

Emily Pugh
Hi and welcome to Penn! My name is Emily Pugh, and I’m from Amesbury, Massachusetts. I’m a sophomore majoring in Bioengineering.
On campus I’m involved with the Society of Women in Engineering board and my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. I also teach skating lessons at Penn’s skating rink. This summer I’m an RA/TA for an engineering program for high schoolers on Penn’s campus. Please message me with any questions! Can’t wait to meet you!

Shawn Srolovitz
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2019! My name is Shawn Srolovitz, and I am a rising sophomore from Central New Jersey majoring in bioengineering and planning on minoring in engineering entrepreneurship and math. On campus, I am involved in the Student Committee for Undergraduate Education (one of the branches of Penn Student Government), the Kite and Key Society as a Day Host for prospective students, and the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. This summer, I will be staying at Penn to do research in the bioengineering department on the epigenetics of neural development and brain cancer and to work on a start up with a professor in the medical school. When I’m not busy with academics or clubs, I enjoy watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, exploring Philly, and finding good places to eat. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have about Penn Engineering, and I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

Nick Stiansen
Hello! My name is Nick Stiansen and I am a rising sophomore from Saratoga Springs, New York studying Bioengineering. I have gotten very involved in the Penn Engineering community, joining the Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board (EDAB), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity this past year. On top of that, I enjoy working out, participating in lots of intramural sports, reading science fiction, and eating my way through Philadelphia. This summer I will be on Penn’s campus, working in Dr. Beth Winkelstein’s Spine Pain Research Lab focusing on spinal mechanics.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

Hayley Williamson
Welcome to Penn Engineering!  My name is Hayley and I am a rising junior majoring in bioengineering (BAS) and I am also premed. I am originally from Brighton, MI (a small town right outside of Ann Arbor). On campus I am a member of the sorority Chi Omega and participate in running club. I am also the Internal Vice President for the Society of Women Engineers and the External Affairs Chair for the Engineers in Medicine club. This summer I am going to China for 2 weeks as a participant in the Global Biomedical Service trip, where I will be making prosthetics for kids with cerebral palsy. The remainder of the summer I will be doing research at an immunology lab at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, volunteering at CHOP, and working as a medical strategist for the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. 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!  
Sushmitha Yarrabothula - OPA! Fellow
Hi Class of 2019! Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Sushmitha, and I am a rising junior in the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program from the sunny suburbs of Hoover, AL. I’m currently studying Bioengineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Entrepreneurship. Here on campus, I am involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society as President, Society of Engineers in Medicine as Professional Development Chair, and Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity as Fundraising Chair – 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.

Timothy Zhou
Hey all. My name is Timothy Zhou and I am a rising senior studying bioengineering. I’m originally from sunny Southern California – if I survived the Philly winters, so can you! On campus, I’m involved with the Rachleff Scholars program, where I did biomechanics research in the Winkelstein lab for the past three years. In addition, I am also studying finance in Wharton, which I applied to after my sophomore year. Changing career plans can be daunting (and as an Engineering OPA! I feel obligated to advise against transferring to Wharton), but I’d be happy to offer any advice on how the get the most out of your engineering degree! In my free time I enjoy running, playing video games, and sitting in coffee shops writing this bio about myself. If you have questions about anything I mentioned above, feel free to reach out. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rachel Coler
Greetings, and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Rachel Coler, and I am a rising sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering with an intended concentration in pharmaceutics and biotechnology. At Penn, I live on the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) floor at Kings Court College House. On STWing, I love planning random group excursions into the city (I am VERY proud of my hometown), moderating events like our annual Robotics Fair, 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.

I was ridiculously excited about coming to Penn, and I hope that you are, too. If you have any questions about gene therapy, 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!

Hailey Edelstein
Hello class of 2019, and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Hailey Edelstein and I’m a rising senior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. I’m originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, just outside of Philadelphia. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school to receive my MD-PhD degree and pursue a career in regenerative medicine research. I currently work with stem cells at the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility in the Smilow Center for Translational Research and I’ll be conducting a research project there this summer. On campus, I’m involved in a few activities. I spent my first two years at Penn working for The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s independent student newspaper, as a News Design Editor and later as Creative Director. I also work at Penn’s writing center as a peer tutor. I’m a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and an executive board member of Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority. I’m very excited to meet all of you in the fall! Get ready for a truly incredible four years—Penn Engineering is really a special place. Enjoy the rest of your summer and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Chelsea Giller - OPA! Fellow
Congrats and welcome, Class of 2019! My name is Chelsea Giller, and I'm a rising junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Long Island, New York. Here at Penn, I am apart of Theta Tau (Penn’s co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity), on the External Affairs committee of SWE, a board member of Israel @ Penn, and a member of Tamid, Penn’s Israeli Consulting Group. Outside of Penn, 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 Research and Development facilities on Long Island. I'm so excited for this next year and can't wait to meet you all in August. Feel free to email me with any questions, comments or random thoughts that pop into your head! And have a great summer!
Elizabeth Handen
Welcome to Penn, Class of 2019! 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 you all in August!
Brandon Hayes
Hello and welcome to Penn, Class of 2018! My name is Brandon Hayes, and I am a rising sophomore majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I am originally from Chicago, IL, but I have been living in the tropical country Panama for the last decade (this makes me a pseudo-international student). I plan to go to grad school one day, but I am still torn between pursuing pharmaceutical/biotechnology research and energy systems. When I am not busy studying, I am involved with the International Affairs Association, particularly in organizing its annual high-school Model UN conference, ILMUNC. I am also very interested in becoming a volunteer at PennVet. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time (and sometimes too much) watching TV, drawing, discovering new Australian musicians/bands, and watching terrible horror movies. I look forward to meeting all of you in fall! If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate in asking. You will all have a great year, I am sure of it. So get excited!
Connor Leach
Hello and congratulations class of 2019!  My name is Connor Leach.  I am a rising sophomore planning to double-major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Geology.  I am from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 300 miles away in southwest PA.  On campus, I am involved in the VSA (Vietnamese Student Association), Penn Newman Catholic Community, Hill’s faculty-student foodie group, and Penn SNL Korean among other things.  With my free time, I find myself surfing Youtube, chatting with my friends, and contemplating the deepest mysteries of the universe, such as whether foosball is tiny soccer, or soccer is huge foosball…  If you guys have any questions please feel free to email me!  Enjoy your last pre-college summer and I look forward to meeting you in the fall!
Rebecca Michelson - OPA! Fellow
Hi, Class of 2019, and welcome to Penn! My name is Rebecca and I’m originally from West Bloomfield, MI. I am a rising senior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a concentration in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology. In my free time, I serve as Treasurer on the Executive Board of 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, and most of all hanging out with friends. I’m looking to go into the pharmaceutical industry, and will be interning with Pfizer this summer. I’m looking forward to meeting you all, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
Adam Weisel
Hello there Class of 2019 (that definitely makes me feel old…). My name is Adam Weisel and I am a rising senior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with potential concentrations in Pharmaceutics and Biotechnology and/or Nanotechnology. I grew up in Teaneck, NJ (right over the George Washington Bridge so it’s basically New York City) but consider myself lucky to have spent the last few years basking in the wonders of Philadelphia. Over my time here at Penn I have been privileged to hold a few research positions in CBE laboratories researching mainly oil-water interfacial phenomena and the efficiencies of safety alarm systems in chemical processes. When I’m not pretending to work on a CBE problem set you can probably find me watching Scrubs and The Office reruns, covering everything my roommate owns in tin foil, or hanging around the Hillel building. I hope you’re all excited for fall of freshmen year. Can’t wait to meet all of you come August! Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions about Penn, CBE, existential existence, or what good classic movies you should be watching before you arrive on campus.
Curriculum Deferred
Lauren Datz
Hello and Welcome! My name is Lauren Datz and I am a junior in Computer Science from South Jersey. For my entire freshman year I was Curriculum Deferred and took Introduction to Engineering (feel free to ask me about choosing a major). I had no programming experience coming into Penn 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. I participated in PennApps hackathon both semesters last year. Additionally, last year I lived on the Science and Technology Wing (STWing), and participated in the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) residential programs in Kings Court. I loved both of them. Outside of engineering, I really enjoy dancing and am a member of Penn Ballet. I love baking, shopping, and listening to music. I’m also a huge sports fan, particularly hockey and football. This summer I will be interning with AT&T as a developer. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Maya Ebsworth - OPA! Fellow
Hi friends! I’m Maya, a rising senior studying computer science. When I was a freshman, I started out in the Digital Media Design program, but later switched into CIS because it was a better fit for my long-term goals. I recently joined a new group on campus called Hack4Impact, in which I build software for non-profit organizations. Outside of CS, I’m the chair of the Queer Student Alliance, I’m a member of OAX, a women’s philanthropic organization, and I’m a member of Hexagon, the engineering senior society. Also, I’m from Boston, and I love pugs! Hit me up if you have any questions!

Leah Goldsberry
Hello and welcome to Penn! My name is Leah Goldsberry and I am a rising sophomore 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 the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and Access Engineering. I am also involved with my sorority ADPi as Spirit Chair and work at the Critical Writing Center. This summer I will be staying in Philly to continue my job at the Writing Center and 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!
 

Alissa Johnson
Hello everyone and welcome to Penn!!!! I hope you are excited! My name is Alissa Johnson and I’m from a suburb of Philadelphia (Bucks County to be exact).  I am a rising junior studying mechanical engineering and minoring in French and Energy and Sustainability (for clarification Energy and Sustainability is one minor).  I was curriculum deferred for my entire first year at Penn because I had this terrible problem of thinking everything sounded interesting. I eventually decided on MEAM and couldn’t be happier, though I still think all of the other majors are really cool! I really enjoy running and attend Penn Running Club practices when possible.  I am a writing tutor for the critical writing programs at Pen. Additionally, I am tutor for the west Philadelphia tutoring project which helps kids in the Philadelphia public school system.  I am also a board member of Penn Catholic Student Association, and Penn Sustainability Review (a student run publication on sustainability).  This summer I am studying abroad in Tours, France and will be working in the MEAM machine shop when I return.  Final fun fact: I have a twin brother at Penn who is also an OPA (for MEAM)! I look forward to meeting you all and I hope that you are prepared to have a wonderful time at Penn!

Elizabeth Kobe
Welcome to Penn everyone!  My name is Liz and I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio.  I am a rising junior 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 (Engineer's 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!   

Chloé le Comte - OPA! Fellow
Hi Class of 2019 Penngineers!  My name is Chloé le Comte, and I am a rising senior and submatriculant 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), Regent of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Vice President of External Affairs for the Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board, on the Advancing Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board, and a part of the ESE Student Advisory Board (ESAB).  When I’m not heading to class or club meetings, I enjoy running outside, playing tennis, updating my many Spotify playlists with new music, 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, extracurricular activities, or just general interests!  WELCOME HOME!

Emily Peters
Welcome to Penn Engineering, Class of 2019! My name is Emily 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 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 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!

 

Eric Quesada
Hello there! My name is Eric and I am a rising sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. I am from Miami, Florida and coming to Penn was one of my first times away from home. I chose MEAM after months of thinking about majors. I picked it after really considering what I liked to do. Now I'm taking hands-on classes and am really enjoying my time at Penn. Outside of class I play intramurals, work on personal projects, and hold an on-campus job. For the summer I will be working as a product engineer for a new virtual reality company and teaching kids computer science. Hopefully next year I will be working for KodLab. Your freshman year will be a very memorable time. I look forward to answering your questions and getting to know you!

  Charlie Tang
Welcome class of 2019! You can just call me Charlie, since most people fail to pronounce my actual name. I am a rising sophomore 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. Next semester, I will also be a Senior ITA at Hill college house. 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.
Fifi Yeung - OPA! Fellow
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

Enrique Mitchell
Hello! My name’s Enrique and I’m a rising sophomore in Computer Engineering. I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago but moved to Willow Grove, PA during high school. Here at Penn, I’m on the ESE Student Advisory Board (ESAB) and a member of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). 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!

Chad Nachiappan - OPA! Fellow
Hi guys! My name is Chad and I’m a junior in Computer Engineering from sunny
Saratoga, California. I’m planning to get a Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Computer Science. I am involved with RFK Engineering (a volunteer group that teaches CS to local Philly schools), organizing PennApps, and previously, the Lightweight Rowing team. 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!
Phillip Trent
Welcome to UPenn Class of 2019! Hi! My name is Phillip and I’m a sophomore Computer Engineering major here at Penn. I hail from Nashville, TN despite my distaste for country music and lack of a southern accent. When I’m not in the engineering quad, I’m either hanging out with my friends doing something stupid in Center City or in a local coffee shop. I was part of Penn Latin and Ballroom dancing this past semester and have friends in everything from a capella and theatre to cultural groups like NSBE (National Society for Black Engineers) and PTS (Penn Taiwanese Society). This summer I’m doing software development for a New York startup and this fall I’m going to be working in GRASP lab. Congrats on choosing Penn, and welcome to the adventure!
COmputer and Information science

Rosmary George
Welcome to Penn Engineering Class of 2019! I hope you all are super excited to come join us here! My name is Rosmary George and I am a rising senior studying Computer Science and minoring in Linguistics and Math. I am from Northeast Philadelphia, about 30 minutes away from campus on a good traffic day. On campus I’ve been involved with the Penn Newman Catholic Community since my freshman year, starting with the Novus retreat that we have right before NSO, and am the president of the undergrad community there. This summer I will be working at AT&T as a Technology Development intern. Outside of school I like to read, to try and gain new skills (so far I’ve tried knitting and playing the guitar… neither of which I am too great at!), and to spend time with friends and family.

  Rachel (Qiao) Han
Hi, my name is Rachel (Qiao) Han. I am a rising sophomore in Computer Science. I enjoy studying at Penn Engineering because we have great faculty and student body especially in computer science major. There are tons of amazing opportunities at Penn. I am involved in Penn Marching Band, PennApps (the semi-annual university hackathon) Organizing Committee, Women in Computer Science Residential Program and the Science and Technology Wing. Academically, I did a independent study last semester about the virtial reconstruction of an ancient Orrery; I am a fellow 160 TA, and I am part of Upennalizers, Penn’s unique soccer-playing robot teams that travels around the world and compete internationally. I think people, or friends are the best resource one can get in college and in life and I am always more than willing to interchange ideas and stories with others. Please feel free to ask me anything if you want and I am looking forward to meeting all of you in August!
David Mally - OPA! Fellow
Hey class of 2019! My name is David, and I'm a submatriculant master’s student in CIS from Westport, CT. At Penn, I'm involved with the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) residential program in Kings’ Court, and I've been a TA for CIS 110, 240, and 371. I'll be spending my summer working at a cybersecurity startup in the Bay Area called Synack as part of the KPCB Engineering Fellows program, and when I'm not working, I like to make stuff with code, game (computers and board), and generally enjoy being a geek. Over the last four years, I’ve worked in industry, done a bit of research, and done a lot of thinking about what I want to do with my life after I graduate, so if you have questions about working in the tech industry, PhD programs, research, teaching, or just what you should do with yourself at all, I’d love to help you figure it all out. If you want to know more about CS, classes, engineering, Penn, Philadelphia, anything that comes to mind, feel free to ask!

Kate Miller - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! I’m a senior studying Computer Science with a strong interest in Bioengineering (I was a BE major for a year and a half!) from New Albany, Ohio. This is my second year as an OPA and first time as an OPA Fellow. I’m the former president and current regional representative of the Society of Women Engineers, on the Student Advisory board of Advancing Women in Engineering, the Outreach Committee of PennApps, and I’m a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. This summer, I’m interning at Apple on the Applied Machine Learning team. I’m excited to explore San Francisco, take a photography class, and hopefully add two new countries to my goal of visiting 25 countries before I’m 25! My best advice for you is to keep an open mind and explore new things that you may never have tried; this is a fresh start and you should take advantage of it! Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help - all of the OPAs are here as a resource for you. Welcome to Penn!

Kai Ninomiya
Heya, brand new freshfolk! I’m Kai Ninomiya, a 5th-year in Computer Science (w/ Physics minor) and master’s student in Computer Graphics and Game Technology. I started out at Penn as a freshmen in SAS planning on double majoring with Physics, and quickly changed over to CS as my only major. I love teaching and have been a teaching assistant for 3 years, mainly for computer graphics classes. Outside of classes, I have been a part of the Science and Technology Wing residential program for 4+ years, and was Manager and Sysadmin for 3. I’ve participated in PennApps, International Space Apps, the Penn Play Game Jam. In various summers I have done CG research and had CG internships. I like making video games, messing with hardware, programming in Rust, and configuring my computer (Arch Linux). So feel free to ask me about these or anything else!
Ricky Rajani
Hi! My name is Ricky and I'm a sophomore studying Digital Media Design. I love good books, design, and traveling. I often can be found taking photos, writing about tech, or running to a Class Board event. Occasionally, I've been known to wear the 'dancer' hat, as well. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have!
Elizabeth Walton
Hey Everyone! My name is Elizabeth Walton, but I go by Liz. I am a rising junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Outside of class, I am the treasurer for Theta Tau, Penn’s only co-ed professional engineering fraternity, and the head choreographer for 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. This summer, I am returning to my hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, to intern with Yum! Brands (the company that operates KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut) in computer/ network security. 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!

Carrie Wang
Hello there! My name is Yuqing Wang (I go by Carrie) and I am a rising sophomore studying computer science. I am originally from New York City and I am involved with the Taekwondo Club and the Technology Entrepreneurship Club on campus. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, playing the guitar, and reading Game of Thrones. I also like exploring new food with friends around town.

Alex Whitaker - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone! My name is Alex Whitaker and I'm a rising senior majoring in Computer Science. I’m from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and came to Penn because I was really interested in Penn’s interdisciplinary curricula and research opportunities. In addition to being an OPA! Fellow for CIS, I’m the secretary of Tau Beta Pi, am on the board of the Carriage LGBT Senior Society, am the former president of the Rachleff Scholars Society, and am a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. I’m also a TA for CIS 110. This summer I’ll be working in Madison, Wisconsin as a software development intern for Epic.
Sierra Yit
Hi everyone and welcome to Penn! My name is Sierra and I'm a rising Junior from Bermuda majoring in computer science with a minor in fine arts. On campus I'm a TA for CIS 120, a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority and the Women in Computer Science residential program. I'll be spending my summer working at Google on the maps team, and in my free time I enjoy going for bike rides, exploring the different Philly neighborhoods and going to concerts. I know coming to Penn can be overwhelming so feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have about pretty much anything. Looking forward to meeting you!   
Digital Media Design
Ellen Duong
Hello and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Ellen and I’m a rising junior studying Digital Media Design. I am from Philadelphia, PA so I’m quite familiar with the city outside of the Penn bubble. I also love theater. I’m part of tech for Penn Sirens and go to see a lot of shows on and off campus. I am an RA in Harrison College House. Feel free to ask me any questions!
Chloe Snyder
My name is Chloe Snyder and I am a rising junior studying Digital Media Design with a minor in Fine Arts. I'm from Westwood, Massachusetts, about half an hour outside of Boston. On campus, I am involved with Penn Democrats as the communications director and Weiss Tech House as the Design and Marketing Intern. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!
Nancy Wong - OPA! Fellow
Hello! My name is Nancy Wong. I'm from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I am currently an upcoming junior 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

Cristina Buenahora - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone, welcome to Penn! My name is Cristina Buenahora and I'm a rising junior from Rye, New York, a suburb in Westchester County. I am majoring in Systems Engineering and Computer Science. On campus, I'm involved in AOE (a professional engineering sorority) and ESAB (the ESE advisory board). I'm also a TA for CIS 110, the intro to computer science class which many of you will have to take. This summer, I'll be interning at Microsoft in Seattle. I'm so excited to be on the West Coast and am looking forward to all the outdoors activities in the area. My hobbies include traveling to other countries, reading, and finding cool restaurants. I’m excited to be an OPA again this year and am really looking forward to meeting you. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions or get coffee with me to talk about anything!

Lina Huang
Hi, my name is Lina Huang. I’m studying Systems Science and Engineering and will be a senior this year. As a residential advisor for the Women in Computer Science residential program, I love working with freshmen and am excited to help them transition to Penn. (This is my first year as an OPA.) When I first came to Penn, I remember being nervous for the classes I was going to take, figuring out my major, joining clubs, and making friends in college. As a senior now, I’ve tried a lot of things in college.  I was in an a capella group, tried various community service groups, gone abroad, sub-matriculated for a Masters, completed a minor, and worked as a tutor, teacher’s assistant, tour guide, and a student caller at a calling center, amongst other things. Today, I’m involved on campus as a board member on SWE, as a small group leader in a Christian student fellowship, as a residential advisor, and teacher’s assistant.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!

Hannah McGrath - OPA! Fellow
Hello freshmen! My name is Hannah McGrath, and I am a rising junior from outside Boston, MA. I originally was going majoring in Systems, but switched to Electrical after ESE 111 and my internship last summer at a hardware startup. I’m also in Wharton as an uncoordinated dual degree student, probably concentrating in Operations and Information Management. At Penn, I am part of the Society of Women Engineers and its Educational Outreach committee, the ESE Student Advisory Board, Sigma Delta Tau, and the club gymnastics team. I also enjoy running, hot yoga, hiking, and taking naps. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Abhiti Prabahar
Hi everyone and welcome to Penn! My name is Abhiti Prabahar, and I am a rising junior from a suburb of Atlanta, GA. I am majoring in Systems Engineering and minoring in Math and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus, I enjoy being a part of the Kite and Key Society as a tour guide, Society of Women Engineers, Alternate Spring Break, and the Analytics team for The Daily Pennsylvanian. This summer, I will be in Morocco for the first three weeks as a part of Penn International Impact Consulting (PIIC) and then will be spending ten weeks interning at Booz Allen Hamilton in DC. I love exploring new cities, baking, and trying different kinds of coffee. I can’t wait to meet you all; don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!

 

Olivia Wind
Welcome to Penn, Class of 2019! My name is Olivia Wind and I am an incoming sophomore in systems engineering. I’m originally from Evanston, Illinois, a suburb right outside Chicago. I’m currently involved in an ESE student advisory board as social chair and Penn’s branch of the Food Recovery Network. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, running, being outside, and painting. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!

Management and Technology Program
Bahram Banisadr - OPA! Fellow
Hey guys! I’m from Los Alamos, New Mexico and I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Management, and getting a masters 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!

Krishna Bharathala
Hey guys, welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Krishna Bharathala and I am a sophomore from Fremont, CA. I am in the M&T program studying Computer Science and Finance/Statistics. I think it's important to get involved in a wide range of clubs at campus so I am a part of Undergraduate Research with the Management Department, Wharton Finance Club, and Penn Masti, a South Asian Fusion Dance team. In addition, I am a TA for CIS160 (which some of you will be taking in the Fall)! This summer, I will be interning at Facebook doing mobile development. I look forward to meeting you all, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Erik Burbulla
Congrats on getting into Penn, but more importantly, congrats on choosing to come here! My name is Erik Burbulla and I’m from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I’m a senior in the M&T program and I’m majoring in Materials Science for my SEAS degree and I’m concentrating in Marketing and Statistics for my Wharton degree. Outside of the classroom I am a Penn tour guide, I’m super involved with my fraternity Alpha Chi Rho and I’m the president of the marketing consulting club called MUSE Consulting. This summer I’ll be in New York working in consulting for a company called Oliver Wyman. In my free time I really enjoy playing squash and soccer, watching sports (particularly baseball and hockey) and going out with friends. I bet you’re all super excited for freshman year, so reach out if you have any quesitons.
Partha Chopra
Hi there! My name is Parth Chopra and I am a rising sophomore 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 Wharton Investment and Trading Group, Global Platinum Securities, Wharton Cohorts and the International Affairs Association. This summer I’ll be interning at Google, working on creating one of the first mobile apps for their data centers. 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!
Alaric Qin
Hi! My name is Alaric and I’m from Los Angeles, CA. I’m in the M&T Program and study electrical engineering, management, and marketing! In my free time I love exploring Philadelphia, singing with my a cappella group (The Pennchants), and building random stuff. I’m a big fan of urban development and transportation related stuff, so let’s talk if you’re interested in that stuff too. Also, I love backyard landscaping and gardening. And all the food. Yup.
Shannon Toole
Hey guys -- my name is Shannon and I’m originally from San Francisco, CA.  I’m currently a junior in the M&T program majoring in Systems on the engineering side and Marketing and Management on the Wharton side. 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 - OPA! Fellow
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Zhang, and I am a senior in the M&T program studying bioengineering and finance/management. I am also submatriculating to get my master’s degree in bioengineering. Even though I’m only from around the corner in Bryn Mawr, PA, I have had plenty of experience going to school away from home dating back to high school – and it can be scary! On campus, my main extracurriculars are Smart Women Securities, Social Impact Consulting, and Weiss Tech House. I am also a research peer advisor (RPA) through CURF. I was also one of the Penn Thouron Scholars, which let me study abroad in Cambridge University last summer – another way of going abroad through the research avenue if you are interested in that. Can’t wait to meet all of you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Eloisa Baez-Jones
Hi class of 2019! I’m a junior in mechanical engineering from Columbia, South Carolina. On campus, I’m involved with planning PennApps, the oldest and largest college hackathon. I’m also a teaching assistant for the introduction to MATLAB class. Last summer I worked in ModLab, one of the GRASP labs here. This summer I’ll be interning at a robotics company in Pittsburgh. I like to spend my free time making stuff, eating good food, and watching TV. Let me know if you have any questions about Penn Engineering especially about classes and research. Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Eli Gottlieb
Congratulations and welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Eli Gottlieb and I am a rising sophomore 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 as well as the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. This summer, I will be working at a summer camp for children with disabilities as well as competing in the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, exploring Philly, playing video games, and working out in Pottruck. Please feel free to reach out to me about any questions 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 junior in MEAM looking to minor in Spanish and Cognitive Science.  I was born in New York City, but I grew up just outside of Philly.  Freshman year, I lived in Hill College House, the best house on campus.  I participate in the Penn Running Club and Chess Club, I am a member of a political discussion group called the Polybian Society, and I help out with a STEM education camp called InnoWorks for underprivileged middle school students.  And this summer, I’m going to spend two weeks in Rwanda installing a solar irrigation system!  I’m really excited to be returning as an OPA, I had a great experience with it last year, and I’m here to help make your Penn experience as great as mine, if not better.

Julia Lin
Welcome to Penn Engineering! My name is Julia, and I’m a rising MEAM sophomore from nearby Wilmington, Delaware. I’m still wrapping up my first year at Penn, since I’m spending my summer back at Penn conducting friction research and being a camp counselor at GEMS summer camp. During the year, I’ve been involved in teaching guitar with ASAP (After School Arts Program), engineering outreach at a local middle school with SWE (Society of Women Engineers), interning at GenHERation (a Wharton startup), and working in the Rapid Prototyping Lab (laser cutting and 3D printing). When I can, I love going into Center City for food or concerts. I’ve experienced a lot in my first year, but have so much more I want to get involved in, and know the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the activities! I’d be happy to answer any questions.

Carly Meyer - OPA! Fellow
Hi and welcome to Penn Engineering! I’m Carly Meyer and I’m a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 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!

Rachel Rusonis
Welcome to Penn, class of 2019! My name is Rachel Rusonis and I am a rising junior in mechanical engineering from Marriottsville, MD. On campus, I enjoy working at the climbing wall at Pottruck and leading trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program. This summer I will be interning with a biomechanical company, exploring the great outdoors, and eating everything in Philadelphia. 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!

Jeremy Santiago
Congratulations and welcome to Penn Engineering Class of 2019! My name is Jeremy and I am a junior studying Mechanical Engineering, minoring in Energy and Sustainability, and sub matriculating into the Mechanical Engineering Master’s Program.  I am originally from the Bronx, New York but I moved upstate to Marlboro, NY when I was a junior in high school.  At Penn, I am involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, MEAM mentoring, and dancing in Penn’s premier Latin dance troupe Onda Latina.   In my free time, when I have some, I enjoy playing piano, dancing salsa, and reading about emerging energy technology.  Feel free to reach out to me and I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!        
Brian Zhang
Hey freshmen! I'm Brian Zhang, a rising sophomore from Delaware (definitely the best state). I'm a MEAM major and CIS minor, involved with Modlab, Kodlab and the RoboMentors program. Over the summer, I'll be working on Modlab's SMORES II robots. I lived on the Science and Tech Wing in King's Court during my freshman year, and loved it so much that I became the floor manager. In my free time, I like to eat, sleep, play video games, and do my best to make edible food for hobby 1. I look forward to meeting you!
MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Kristen Duda - OPA! Fellow
Hi, I’m Kristen! I’m a junior majoring in Materials Science & Engineering and minoring in Math and Nanotechnology.  I’m from an hour northwest of Philadelphia in the suburbs. Outside of school, I am a member of Theta Tau Coed Engineering Fraternity, AWE Student Advisory, Penn Appétit food blog, and an active member of the Penn Engineering community.  Outside of Penn, I love exploring Philadelphia, trying various restaurants and food trucks, going to concerts, and drinking bubble tea.

Jaron Ma
Greetings, nascent Penngineers! I’m Jaron, and I’m a junior VIPER student studying materials science and engineering and environmental science. While I’m from St. Louis, Philadelphia has definitely become my home. This summer I’ll be conducting research at Penn on engine oil anti-wear additives with a brief stint in Iceland to learn about their carbon-neutral energy infrastructure. During the school year I’ll be the president of the MSE society, treasurer for Penn Club Gymnastics (come flip with us!), a member of Penn’s sexual assault prevention and education group One in Four, and a newly appointed RA in the Quad. Hopefully you folks have some questions for me, and I look forward to helping out.

Demi Moed
Hi! Welcome to Penn! My name is Demi Moed and I come from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. I’m a sophomore in materials science and engineering and hope to graduate with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. I live on the science and technology wing (STWing) in Kings Court. This summer will be my second interning at CapeSym, a company that specializes in crystallography. In my free time I love to eat out with my friends or stay at home and write stories. If you have any questions about MSE, internships, STWing, minoring in a language, or anything else, please feel free to ask!

Grant Shao
Hello there! My name is Grant Shao. I’m a rising sophomore studying Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Nanotechnology. On campus, I am mostly 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. I’m not doing much this summer, so definitely feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS)
  Rohan Alur
Welcome to the NETS class of 2019! My name is Rohan Alur, and I am a rising sophomore in the NETS program. I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, although I’ll be spending this summer working for an app development company in New Jersey. On campus I am a NETS 112 TA, a member of the Wharton Real Estate Club and a member of the PKA fraternity. Outside of school, I like to play basketball and watch football. Please feel free to hit me up with any questions you might have - I remember my OPAs were incredibly helpful during my first semester at Penn, and I hope I can do the same for all of you guys.
Corey Loman - OPA! Fellow
Hey everyone, congrats and welcome to Penn! I am a rising senior from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and I’m studying Networked & Social Systems Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. At Penn, I’m involved with Sigma Alpha Mu, Theta Tau, Hexagon, and the Dining Philosophers. I’m also a teaching assistant for NETS 150. This summer I’ll be in Seattle, working for Microsoft. Outside of school-related things, I like to run and play basketball. Let me know if you need help with anything.
Bianca Pham
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, a member of Sigma Kappa, and a Teacher’s Assistant for Engineering Entrepreneurship (a “must take” course!). Aside from school, I love to kickbox, play tennis and lacrosse, travel to foreign countries, and work on my social network startup side project. I am particularly interested in combining mathematical theories, technology, and sociology to solve problems that others did not realize even existed. 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)

Trisha Ramadoss
Hey Class of 2019! I’m Trisha and I am a rising sophomore in the VIPER program originally from Tampa, Florida. I am a dual degree student pursuing degrees in Physics (in the College) and Electrical Engineering. Around campus, I’m involved in Alpha Omega Epsilon (Penn’s professional and social engineering sorority) and the Hindu Student Council. Currently, I am working in an optics lab on campus that is conducting research with metamaterials. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels, watching movies, and educating my friends about recycling.   

Robert Tannenbaum - OPA! Fellow
Hello and welcome to Penn, Class of 2019! My name is Robert Tannenbaum (but I go by Robbie) and I am a rising junior in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), majoring in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and Chemistry. I am also the junior 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 a member of the Penn Glee Club, a sound designer for many of the A Capella performances, as well as an avid archer. Feel free to reach out, and I look forward to meeting all of you in August!