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Meet the Engineering Ambassadors

Emanuel Abeye Engineering Undeclared

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose to attend the University of Washington because of the amazing engineering program, the beautiful campus and being able to be close to home.

Why I chose engineering: I specifically chose engineering because of its importance to society, engineers play a major role in the development and application of technology which contributes to the direction in which society develops.

Future goals:I hope to one day have my own contribution to the world of technology.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Valerie Adams Human Centered Design & Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW for its awesome Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) program. With User Experience (UX) Design being such a unique discipline, it was really cool to have a school right in my backyard (essentially) that had this type of program! Doesn't hurt to be close to home either to see my family.

Why I chose engineering: The great thing about HCDE is that it 's design and art concepts mixed with the problem solving and creativity of engineering. Engineering is something that can help change lives, and HCDE helps me do that through the creativity and expression of design.

Future goals: I am very interested in health and medicine and would love to use my skills as a UX Designer to help in that field, but I'm very open to my options. I just know I want to be designing interfaces for companies and working with users.

Fun Facts: I can play three instruments (guitar, piano, and cello), and I also sing & dance in musical theater!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Savannah Camacho Materials Science & Engineering

"Savannah Camacho"

About Me

Why I chose UW: UW is the best the state has to offer- it's a diverse school in the city with an abundance of resources and opportunity. If you need something, there's probably already a program or department that can help you.

Why I chose engineering: In the film Armageddon (1998), oil workers, engineers, & geologists save the world. Since watching that movie as a child I've wanted to become a superhero, too. I still want to work in offshore structures & big oil/gas, but after learning more about clean energy R&D, water harvesting research- and sustainable engineering in general- maybe I'll try to save the world in another way.

Future goals: Learn how to do the splits/handstand by 22 and find what I'd like to go to grad school for/become fluent in Chamorro by 25!

Fun fact: I love cheese

Expected Graduation Date

December 2021.

Chi Chan Civil Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW as an in-state student because of the opportunities that UW has and the affordability! As a Civil Engineer there are tons of infrastructure projects in Seattle that I would like to be a part of when I graduate. UW also offers a lot of research and internship opportunities for you to explore as part of your undergraduate career!

Why I chose engineering: Engineering is very versatile in terms of opportunities that you can pursue in the future. Engineers are in need to solve future problems but also introduce new technologies that can be better suited to peoples needs. I want to be involved in upcoming infrastructure projects that last for a long time but also specifically projects that serve the public.

Future goals: My goal is to help use engineering to inspire other people to pursue engineering and to help solve infrastructure problems. As an immigrant I also want to be in a position where I can use my experience to help people who might be in my position in the future to also succeed.

Fun Facts: I have a twin sister who goes to UW and also studies Civil Engineering!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Neil Gromlich Civil Engineering

Neil Gromlich

About Me

Why I chose UW: I came to UW because of the vast opportunity within engineering major choice and internship/club resources to get my career started.

Why I chose engineering: I choose engineering because I wanted to tackle large scale projects and solve complex problems in our world today. I specifically choose Civil Engineering because I want to address these challenges within our infrastructure and provide more opportunity to connect our world as we know it.

Future goals: My future goals are to work on a project worth over $500 million, get my MBa, and lead the design of a project that I can be proud of for the rest of my life.

Fun Facts: I'm an RA in the Engineering building on campus, Maple Hall!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2021

Chloe Jackson Civil Engineering

Chloe Jackson

About Me

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I thinks its exciting to learn and develop the technical skills that will allow me to become an efficient problem solver for the local and global challenges that mean the most to me.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Aditi Jain Engineering Undeclared

Aditi Jain

About Me

I chose to come to UW Seattle, because it is located in such a beautiful city with lots of engineering-related opportunities. I love the weather in Seattle and the many things to do. My interests primarily lie in the environment and sustainability and more particularly, the intersection between the work that engineers do and equity. In my mind, engineering has the power to make an enormous impact on the day-to-day lives of people who are usually marginalized in society and I want to be a part of creating that change to help those people in particular. In my free time, I like to paint, read and hike!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Shruthika Kandukuri Mechanical Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because of the large variety of opportunities for students, including research, student clubs, and electives. Additionally, Seattle is a wonderful city, with excellent industry representation and professional development opportunities. Lastly, I entered college not entirely set on a major, and I appreciate that UW engineering encourages us to spend time exploring a variety of interests.

Why I chose engineering: My interests honestly jumped around a lot through high school, but I did know that I wanted a fast-paced career, with opportunities for teamwork, problem-solving and making a difference in the world. I eventually thought to combine this with my long-held love for designing, building, and optimizing things, and I plan on majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Future goals: I hope to work in the aerospace or environmental sectors, because I've always been fascinated by both and there's a lot of scope for innovation and discovery. I'd love to work on new technology that can help us better understand the world and use that for positive change.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Atharva Kashyap Mechanical Engineering

Atharva Kashyap

About Me

Why I chose UW: University of Washington is a large institution, which means it has a ton of opportunities, so much more than I would even have the opportunity to explore. UW's engineering program also offers lots of research opportunities and Registered Student Organizations to get involved in. As I currently reside in Bellevue, joining UW meant that I would be close to home and family. Because I am an in-state student, I already have lots of friends who also joined UW, which gave me a head-start in finding my community for support and networking. 

Why I chose engineering: I have always had an interest in solving problems innovatively and creatively. Being in a fast-paced industry is something that I know will make me happy. Before I even knew what engineering was, I had started to fiddle around with screws, motors, batteries, breadboards, and more. As I grew up, I got involved in various organizations that helped quench my thirst for engineering design and leadership. Talking to people in the engineering field, working on engineering projects, and even learning about engineering marvels led me to choose Engineering. 

Future goals: I am really interested in being involved in every aspect of Engineering design, from budding of an idea, to bringing it to fruition by designing and programming, to even large-scale production and outreach. Learning is a second-nature to me and I am interested in spearheading engineering research and development that would not only benefit the people in my community, but also potentially serve people, residing elsewhere in the world. 

Fun facts: When I am not frantically reading, typing, or writing, some of my favorite activities include watching "Friends" episodes (yes, they are funny every time!), enjoying easy strolls outside, playing board games with my family, or just casually chatting with my friends.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Abderrahmane Lahrichi Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Instrumentation

Abderrahmane Lahrichi

About Me

Growing up, I saw a lot of people that I cared about suffer from illnesses and I was heartbroken because there was nothing that I could do. My goal became to pursue a career where I could help improve and change someone’s life. Through my experiences I learned that the medical equipment in use today was good, but it could be improved. I looked at many different engineering paths that involved the medical industry and decided that the field of electrical engineering with a focus in biomedical engineering. I chose the University of Washington, because of the reputation of its professors and the large variety of research opportunities. In the future I hope to work in the medical industry and help change people’s lives forever.

Expected Graduation Date

December 2021

Alaiyi Lawson Industrial Systems Engineering

Alaiyi Lawson

About Me

Why I chose UW: UW was a great academic school for what I wanted to do, it is a big school but there are ways to make it smaller. You can't make a little school big. It was a place I had already started establishing connections in.

Why I chose engineering: Engineering was would give me valuable skills that would make me valuable for a long time and it was fun and challenging.

Future goals: I hope to work somewhere in industry for 25-30 years after I graduate. Hopefully I work in a field that will really make a positive impact on peoples lives and the world, like healthcare or environmental sustainability. After my time in industry I want to teach high school and coach sports because it seems like it would be a fun way to give back.

Fun fact: I once sold soccer cleats to Macklemores daughter at University Village.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2021

Jia Ling Chan Electrical Engineering

Jia Ling Chang

About Me

I am a third-year electrical engineering student concentrating in biomedical devices (and possibly embedded systems). Growing up in Bellevue, I often crossed the lake to Seattle with friends to walk around UW's Red Square dreaming of the day we would become engineers here. I chose Electrical Engineering because I wanted to work closely in the medical field, but also explore the many other career options a degree in EE would allow. Fun Fact: I am learning Korean at UW so I can watch K-dramas while folding laundry.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Frances Parsons Environmental Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: UW is the perfect fit for me because I can study the intersection of environmental challenges with engineering at a top-flight university, where there are endless opportunities. I'm also a huge sports fan and love to cheer on the Purple and Gold!

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I want to have the technical background to be able to make a substantial impact on the most pressing environmental challenges we are currently working on as a society. Engineering teaches me how to creatively solve problems so I can accomplish these goals.

Future goals: I am passionate about making our society more sustainable and hope to work on projects focused on reducing carbon footprints in the future.

Fun fact: I was born on a Friday the 13th!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Nick Petregal-LeMay Engineering Undeclared

Nick Petregal-LeMay

About Me

My name is Nick Petregal-LeMay, I was born and raised in Washington state. I came to the University of Washington to study engineering because I have always been fascinated with aerospace and would ultimately like to work in the industry. I think the Seattle area is wonderful because of its diverse culture, nearby forests, and beautiful lakes. My non-engineering goal would be to fish as many lakes and rivers in Washington as possible.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Valerie Remaker Human Centered Design Engineering and Psychology

Valerie Remaker

About Me

Why I chose UW: I choose UW because of the incredible education and engineering/computer science programs.

Why I chose engineering: When I first got the university, I though I wanted to do computer science or education. But, as I started to take diversity courses about the field of tech, I discovered the field of Human Centered Design and I fell in love. I then spent about 2 years working my way towards the HCDE major, where we design solutions that put humans first.

Future goals: I plan to use this degree to work in User Experience Design to make everyday interactions more pleasant!

Fun fact: I didn't have my first school snow day until I got to UW.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Anushka Sarode Engineering Undeclared

Anushka Sarode

About Me

Hello! I am a first year engineering student from Sammamish, WA. My prospective major is aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and I chose to study at UW because of its culturally rich community and predominance of the aerospace industry in Seattle. Astronautical engineering appeals to me because there is so much of the universe we are yet to understand, and I want to be a part of projects that explore this unknown territory. A fun fact about me is that I can play three different types of flutes: the bamboo flute (aka bansuri), the western flute, and the piccolo.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Pukhraj Sidhu Human Centered Design & Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: Growing up in Washington, I always regarded the University as a hub of information and innovation. Naturally, I was drawn to the variety of departments and futures that I could pursue, but simultaneously felt overwhelmed by the number of opportunities within reach.

Why I chose engineering: It wasn't until my second quarter at UW that I discovered my interest in design had a home in the Engineering department! Ultimately, I chose to pursue HCDE due to the department's emphasis on creative thinking and interdisciplinary work.

Future goals: In the future, I hope to pursue design as a medium for social justice.

Fun fact: I can wiggle my ears!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Sayed Torak Mechanical Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW for the number of resources that are available which can help me through my engineering journey and make me be a better and successful engineer in the future. UW enables me to be part of great registered student organizations that will help me expand my network and learn new skills.

Why I chose engineering: I grew up in a big family of engineers. Starting with my father, all my uncles were either already working as engineers or were pursuing engineering. Being around so many of them and seeing what they did daily inspired me to become an engineer. I knew I wanted to be an engineer but did not know which kind of an engineer. Taking college-level classes and getting to explore the different areas of engineering helped me pinpoint my choice of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Future goals: I started it out with just the intent to become an engineer and ended up with mechanical engineering as my pick. As I progressed through my undergraduate years, I found myself being attracted to aerospace engineering more than anything else. Working in the Aerospace Industry is my next goal and I am planning to do my master's in aerospace to help me reach that goal.

Fun fact: I speak 4 other languages as well. Dari, Pashto, Urdu, and Persian.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Melinda Tran Electrical & Computer Engineering

Melinda Tran

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW for the wide range of opportunities that this university has to offer, as well as the surrounding cities. As an Electrical & Computer Engineering student, UW is a great place to find networking and job opportunities with big companies around the greater Seattle area. UW is also a greatly diverse campus, where I can find a space where I belong within its many communities.

Why I chose 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 learn and grow.

Future goals: My goal is to be a leader and educator in engineering, and to be an inspiring example for younger students from underserved backgrounds. I want to be able to help uplift communities with my work and my voice.

Fun fact: I've studied abroad in Japan!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Raul Villanueva Electrical Engineering

Raul Villanueva

About Me

Why I chose UW: UW provides a lot of opportunities due to the location where many big companies are located and I've gotten the chance to network and connect with great people.

Why I chose engineering: Engineering focuses in problem solving and innovation. I was born and raised in Mexico. I grew up without much technology around me, but I like to strategize and solve problems to help others and innovate technology.

Future goals: I plan to work for a major tech company and eventually start my own start-up. If things go as planned I want to go back to my hometown and make technology accessible for low-income families.

Fun fact: I am allergic to pure honey.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Mike Wood Civil Engineering - Structural & Environmental

Mike Wood

About Me

I'm a transfer student from the Civil Engineering department of Kansas State University who dropped out of college to play the videogame "Overwatch" professionally. Eventually, I decided that the lifestyle wasn't for me, and I moved to Seattle to try and start my life over. After working entry level jobs for a year, I realized I wasn't feeling fulfilled in my life, so I decided to apply to UW with the expectation of getting rejected. After receiving my acceptance letter, I was overcome with happiness that UW - one of the leading research institutes in the world - believed in me.

Ever since then, I've appreciated every single professor, class, and opportunity that I've come across. Engineering Ambassadors is one of those opportunities, and I plan on sharing my love for this school and for engineering with everyone I can. After graduating, I plan on pursuing my Masters and hopefully a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2021

Jamie Yang Engineering Undeclared

Jamie Yang

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose to come to UW because of the magnificent campus, diverse student cohort, and opportunistic surrounding area. At UW, I will be challenged to reach my full potential and build up a solid academic foundation.

Why I chose engineering: As the daughter of an engineering professor, I have been exposed to engineering since I was very young. I soon became fascinated about the innovative nature that engineering encompasses and developed a passion for STEM subjects. Through engineering, I hope to be able to make a direct, positive impact on the world.

Future goals: Currently, there are many medical challenges, including cancer, heart diseases and antimicrobial resistance. I believe that these challenges will be better addressed with an interdisciplinary approach. My goal is to develop effective engineering solutions to challenges in the medical field.

Fun fact: Before college, I played badminton competitively and I coached junior programs!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024