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Engineering Ambassadors 2021-2022

Chloe Jackson Civil Engineering

Lead Engineering Ambassador

Chloe Jackson

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because it was close to my family, had a really beautiful campus and I knew it was going to challenge me and ultimately make me a better learner.

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because its a field for problem solvers! I also realized there was so much opportunity to have an impact on others for the better when you apply the skills you learn to the world's small and big problems.

Future goals: I'm not sure where I'll end up! I would like to work on infrastructure projects that bring communities together and make people feel safer and happier in their communities.

Fun Facts: I have my own sourdough starter named Alfred!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Layan Badri Industrial Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I wanted to go to a school in the Pacific Northwest, and I saw that UW has a great engineering program. Knowing that some of the big names in industry were close by was a plus too.

Why I chose engineering: A lot of the engineers in my family always encouraged me in asking them questions about their fields of work. I enjoyed discussing and exploring different engineering topics with them, and the feeling of wanting to be an engineer grew through that.

Future goals: I hope to contribute in advancing the aerospace manufacturing sector. I see myself in the future giving back by also working as a part-time lecturer. To achieve my goals, I’m planning on getting a master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

Fun Facts: I love cinnamon rolls.

Expected Graduation Date

July 2022

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

Dania Dehne Environmental Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I choose UW because its one of the leading research institutes in the world that is dedicated to developing outstanding engineers. UW provides me with numerous opportunities to have the space needed to succeed and the support to pursuit my passion.

Why I chose engineering: Growing up I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, I was a curious student and gravitated to anything related to STEM. I eventually found my purpose which is to give back to the community and make an impact in the world which led me to Environmental Engineering.

Future goals: My goal is to work in the sustainability and carbon engineering field and help reduce our carbon footprint.

Fun Facts: I have siblings and direct relatives living in 21 cities all around the world spreading over 5 continents.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Catherine Do Chemical Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because of campus and all the opportunities in research, education, and career development. I was also looking forward to meeting people from all different backgrounds! I believed it was a place where I could be challenged to reach my full potential.

Why I chose engineering: I chose to pursue engineering because I wanted to positively impact the world by bettering people's everyday lives. Through engineering, you are able to continue to challenge yourself and grow by coming up with innovative solutions to problems impacting society or developing products for people to use. It incorporates real world application with the core principles of math, physics, and chemistry which I have always had a passion for. Additionally, with an engineering foundation, you gain problem solving skills which I greatly value!

Future goals: My goal in the future is to go into the biotechnology field and work towards developing more efficient processes for biopharmaceuticals. I am passionate about making therapeutics more assessable to people especially those in underrepresented communities. I hope to use my engineering foundation to contribute to solving problems in science and medicine.

Fun Facts: I like to fly my kite, go to the beach, and watch the sunset!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Han Feng Human Centered Design & Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: UW has a well-known engineering program in the nation, and it is also one of the few colleges that offers Human Centered Design and Engineering, which is a perfect match for me to explore deeper with user accessibility and UX design materials. Also, family means a lot to me and have regular visits seems crucial to me. Seattle is only a few hours away from Walla Walla and right next to Bellevue where my families are.

Why I chose engineering: Isn't making people's life easier sound fantastic? Yes, this is the main reason that I chose engineering, and even specifically Human Centered Design and Engineering. Thinking about how to make better products based on different needs have always been fun to me, and fancy features should not just be a checkbox but actually usable by regular users. There are so many changes and new products to make, and a position in engineering provides perfect opportunities for these.

Future goals: I want to become a UX designer or user researcher when I get a degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering. In addition, I am considering to obtain a master degree in engineering management or business management soon after graduation.

Fun Facts: I have motion sickness which is why that I cannot play a lot of video games. Instead, I love to invest my time into cooking different cuisines and meditating, and they are great ways for me to relax.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Ryan Horn Bioengineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because Seattle is an amazing city with many opportunities to try new things and it is also a major hotspot for bioengineering.

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I want to be able to create innovative solutions to the unique problems that we are navigating in medicine now. I believe that with great design and great implementation, engineers can change lives.

Future goals: I chose UW because Seattle is an amazing city with many opportunities to try new things and it is also a major hotspot for bioengineering.

Fun Facts: A fun fact about myself is that I play the electric bass.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Sydney Jackson Aeronautics and Astronautics

About Me

Why I chose UW: As an out of state student who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, I hardly knew anything about UW, but I knew that I wanted to go to school somewhere out west. When I first came to Seattle and visited campus, I was blown away by the beauty of UW, not to mention all of the unique people, food, and culture that the city of Seattle has to offer.

Why I chose engineering: I have always loved math and science (especially physics), and wanted to combine those interests into a career were I could still utilize creativity to solve problems and make a difference.

Future goals: I would love to work as an aerospace engineer in hopes of contributing to the future of space flight, specifically working to make the process more sustainable.

Fun Facts: I love cinema and my favorite movie of all time is Interstellar.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

Owen Johnson Electrical Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: Research, reputable school, beautiful campus.

Why I chose engineering: Innovating, challenging, cutting edge.

Future goals: Bench 200lbs and squat 200lbs (2 months); Beat uncle in Boxing match (2 months); Intern at Intel (1year); Attain a 3.6 GPA (2 years); Attend law school? (3 years); Travel the world (5 years); Be a HNWI (10 years); Find meaning (100 years)

Fun Facts: I can do the Worm.

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

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

Carina Mae Bioengineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because of its wide range of research and opportunities! In addition to its top bioengineering program, UW is also in the fast-growing biotech industry area (Seattle!) As an international student, UW is definitely a home away from home because of its beautiful location and diverse student communities and RSOs

Why I chose engineering: Growing up, I always gravitated towards science, but what really sparked my interest was the human body. I chose bioengineering because it combines the complexity of human body and engineering skills. It allows me to channel my creativity and love of sciences while also developing technical skills.

Future goals: After graduating, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioengineering to continue my research in cardiac engineering. In the long run, I hope to work in biotech industry.

Fun Facts: I really love chocolate sprinkles.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Will MatneyIndustrial Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW to follow my sister and because of its excellent engineering opportunities being so close to home.

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I love to learn how things work and how we can make them work better for us.

Future goals: My dream career is working for a theme park! I would love to see how these entertainment spaces operate smoothly and deliver entertainment to its customers.

Fun Facts: I did drama for 4 years in high school and I can still do the splits (front-back).

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Gregory Moore Bioresource Science and Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I grew up in Redmond so the UW was always a top choice of mine. What sealed the deal was the well ranked College of Engineering and the opportunity to study BSE, which is a very unique major not offered at most other colleges!

Why I chose engineering: I enjoyed science when I was growing up, and I liked problem solving. So I saw engineering as the perfect combination of the two, where I could critically apply my scientific skills to solve new problems and innovate new solutions.

Future goals: I hope to be able to apply what I've learned in BSE towards solving some of society's biggest climate and sustainability problems that are facing us.

Fun Facts: I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old!

Expected Graduation Date

June 2022

Susana Müller Bioresource Science and Engineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: Besides its beautiful campus and surrounding city, I was positive UW was the right fit for me because of its amazing doors of opportunity, let that be research, close interaction with faculty, and eye-catching clubs.

Why I chose engineering: I am lucky to be part of a Mexican family that encourages STEM in women, and so I was always surrounded by science, math and tech. My inclination towards such was constant throughout high school, but it was until my sophomore year of college after taking environmental intro classes when I realized I wanted an environmental sustainability focus to my engineering career.

Future goals: I want to work in a company that creates sustainability-driven innovation for a greener future.

Fun Facts: I could live off of ice cream and have no problem whatsoever.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Aditi Prabhala Bioengineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and hoping to eventually go to medical school, UW was one of my top schools as soon as realized I wanted to be an engineer. With its strong engineering program and spectacular medical school, UW seemed like the best place to explore medical research and innovation while getting an excellent engineering education. Additionally, Seattle is a beautiful city with endless opportunities to get involved in medicine and in industry. UW was the perfect place for me because as a student who loves exploring her interests, there never seems to be a shortage of new things to discover or learn here.

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I grew up loving nearly every subject I studied in school, and I truly believe engineering is the most interdisciplinary field available to study. Many people think it is just math and science, but I think to succeed and make a difference in engineering fields, one must also be able to communicate, to understand cost and benefit, to see societal impacts, to be creative, and to mesh all these together with STEM. As such, I chose engineering because it gives me access to a vast array of opportunities to learn and to innovate. There are few other fields where I think people so young are enabled and encouraged to affect change, and I was most attracted to that environment.

Future goals: I hope to apply the skills I learn as a bioengineer in my future as I look to study medicine and become a practicing doctor. I am really interested in regenerative and rehabilitation medicine, so I hope to bring my undergraduate experiences together with future clinical experiences and eventually return to research to add my voice to the fast-developing field.

Fun Facts: I love to dance! I've been teaching myself for years, and it is one of my favorite hobbies.

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024

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

Valerie Remaker

About Me

Why I chose UW: I loved the campus, and being from California I wanted some weather but was too scared to get excessive snow!

Why I chose engineering: I wanted to be involved in the tech space, and use my love for the arts to create the best experiences for any given interaction.

Future goals: Id love to work in UX, or do research on media literary in children and how to relates to the overload of information online.

Fun fact: I love to crochet!

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

Breanna Valdez Bioengineering

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose UW because my passion for health would be supported without limits to creativity and education. At the UW, I could learn from the many opportunities and resources the university has to offer.

Why I chose engineering: I chose engineering because I wanted to make long-term impacts for others in the medical field utilizing biotech. I believed that engineering held the power to advance health, happiness, and hope in society.

Future goals: In the future, I would want to be engineering solutions for cardiac damage and failure projects.

Fun Facts: I genuinely enjoyed Zoom university

Expected Graduation Date

June 2023

Jamie Yang Bioengineering

Jamie Yang

About Me

Why I chose UW: I chose to come to UW because of its beautiful 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: I hope to work in the bioengineering field as an educator and a researcher. My goal is to develop effective solutions to medical challenges such as fatal heart diseases.

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

Expected Graduation Date

June 2024