Meet the Engineering Ambassadors

Greg Boyce

Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
Class of 2021
Hometown: Orting, WA

Why UW?
Almost my entire family has spent some time here at the University of Washington. Growing up nearby, it was always the academic giant watching over me as I journeyed through school. Eventually, as my interest in aerospace increased, I found out about UW’s fantastic Aeronautics and Astronautics department. After some consideration, I knew it was the place for me.

Why Engineering?
Growing up in the small farming town of Orting Washington, I never thought I would end up in Seattle studying engineering. However, as I got older, I developed an interest in engineering that eventually turned into a passion. As a lover of all things space, I decided to study aeronautics and astronautics here at UW.

Future Goals: I plan to start work in the spaceflight industry following graduation here at UW. I have always dreamed of exploring the cosmos, and as the industry continues to thrive, I can finally make that dream come true.

Fun Fact: I used to play jazz trombone before college. I actually won awards for outstanding solos and competed at a state competition!

Liban Hussein 

Electrical Engineering
Class of 2021
Hometown: Columbus, OH

Why UW?
Within the field of Electrical Engineering, there are dozens of different focuses and specializations one can pursue. The University of Washington Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department has over 10 concentrations/specializations within ECE, offering a variety of courses and world-renowned professors to study under. In addition, the plethora of research opportunities drew me in, whether this was working on new sensor technologies or biomedical applications. Location was also a key factor, with the UW being surrounded by tech companies that could be potential starts to a career in engineering.

Why Engineering?
Growing up near a Radio Shack as a kid, I remember buying Forrest Mims Circuit Scrapbooks and Mini-Engineering project books and completing them in my free time. But it wasn’t until I was able to apply these ideas after joining an after-school electronics club in 5th grade where my interests were “sparked” for EE. After finishing several projects like audio amplifiers, radio receivers, and headphones made of cardboard, aluminum foil, and audio jacks, I felt this was the path for me to pursue.

Future Goals: I plan on applying to graduate school after graduating and working towards the development of biomedical devices and integrated circuits for prosthetic uses and neurological disorder treatment. With the skills developed in graduate school and industry, I plan on applying the acquired skills to help those in East Africa (where I am originally from), and ultimately the world.

Fun Fact: At one point in my life (before engineering), I could run a mile in under 5 minutes!

Lexine Kagiyama

Industrial and Systems Engineering
Class of 2020
Hometown: Denver, CO

Why UW?
I was drawn to the cherry-blossom covered campus and distinguished academics found at UW’s College of Engineering. With its proximity to Seattle, UW further provided lots of opportunity to explore, advance, and learn in both social and professional contexts.

Why Engineering?
As a child, I loved puzzles, processes, and strategy. Because of the problem-solving nature of engineering, I knew this field would be right for me. The combination of technical and business background found in Industrial and Systems Engineering perfectly suited my interestsAs a child, I loved puzzles, processes, and strategy. Because of the problem-solving nature of engineering, I knew this field would be right for me. The combination of technical and business background found in Industrial and Systems Engineering perfectly suited my interests.

Future Goals: In the future, I would love to combine my love of processes and working with others, to become a program manager in the environmental sector. I hope to make an impact within a business, while simultaneously working to minimize negative environmental impacts.

Fun Fact: I have a scar on my neck from tripping up some stairs in my freshman year dorm and running into a radiator.

Kevin Parker

Bioresource Science and Engineering
Class of 2021
Hometown: WA

Why UW?
UW is the best college for engineering in the PNW (pacific northwest). I knew I wanted engineering but wasn’t sure of which program, and the undergraduate systems allowed me more time to decide.

Why Engineering at UW?
I chose engineering because it focuses on the application of science and math onto practical uses, which has always fascinated me more that the theoretical studies.

Future Goals: In the near future, I hope to begin work in the field of genetic engineering as a n intern, and later as a career.

Fun Fact: I play Overwatch competitively on the team here at UW.

Abby Snyder

Industrial and Systems Engineering 
Class of 2020
Hometown: Bothell, WA

Why UW?
I chose UW because of its various engineering majors, clubs, and networking opportunities.

Why Engineering?
I’ve always loved doing things more efficiently. Through my robotics experience in high school, I find engineering to be a great application of that.

Future Goals: In the future, my goal is to be an engineering leader at a large company, helping to mentor other in their professional development.

Fun Fact: My favorite food is an apple!

Melinda Tran 

Engineering Undeclared
Class of 2022
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Why UW?
I chose UW for the wide range of opportunities that this university has to offer, as well as the surrounding cities. As an aspiring Computer Engineer, UW was a great place to find networking and job opportunities with big companies around the greater Seattle area. UW is also a greatly diverse community, where I can find a space where I belong within its many RSOs, programs, and societies

Why Engineering?
Studying engineering was the best fit for me because I want to make a global impact by building and innovating technological advances that adapt to the fast-growing needs of the people and the environment. I want to also focus on design and accessibility to a diverse audience so that everyone has an opportunity to grow.

Future Goals: My goal is to inspire people to be brave and to help them see their fears as a tool and opportunity to empower themselves, rather than a barrier to submit to. Fears and the desire to be perfect should not guide our life choices, and that’s what I want to bring back to the younger generations.

Fun Fact: I got a concussion and when I woke up, I could draw portrait drawings!

Michael Wood

Civil Engineering, 
Class of 2021
Hometown: Prairie Village, KS

Why UW?
UW offers more opportunities academically and professionally than I could have ever found in Kansas. The professors, the students, and the organizations that make up UW has made me love every aspect of my education, and I'm incredibly lucky to be here today.

Why Engineering?
Whenever I had been on road trips throughout all the ages I've been, I've always been fascinated by the structures around me. The highways in Texas, the buildings in downtown Seattle, and the Chittenden Locks in Ballard are just a few examples of the structures that have caught my attention and made me enthusiastically interested about how much work went into the construction of them.

Future Goals: I want to be a leader in engineering however I can. Whether it be leading a project, leading an organization, or leading students, I want to be able to help as much as I can.

Fun Fact: I played Overwatch, a popular online video game, professionally for 2yrs under multiple organizations.