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Engineering Ambassadors Biographies

Earnest Terrell

President

SeniorHometown: Odessa, TXCivil Engineering
TerrellWhy did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering because of my natural curiosity about how things are built and to help contribute to our society.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite super hero? Does Inspector Gadget count as a super hero?

Michelle Liner

External Vice President

SeniorHometown: Pearland, TXCivil Engineering
LinerIf you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
If i could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad it would be Australia or Italy! I love the food in Italy plus I really love Europe but I have always wanted to go to Australia also.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite super hero is Batman!

Kelly Neujahr

Internal Vice President

SeniorHometown: Phoenix, AZChemical Engineering
NeujahrIf you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
Italy, because I love gelato, and there is a lot to see in Italy and in the surrounding countries.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Spiderman, because he can swing from building to building and climb up walls without the need for extra equipment.

Marita Moya

Secretary

JuniorHometown: Austin, TXCivil Engineering
MoyaWhat do you like best about WCOE?
The best part about the WCOE is the interaction and resources it provides to the students. There are abundant opportunities to get the students involved and to lead them onto success
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be, and why?
If I could study abroad anywhere I would go to Rome, Italy. I am interested in Rome because it contains the city-state of Vatican City and is enriched with the history of the Italian Renaissance.

Casey Chapman

Treasurer

SeniorHometown: Euless, TXMechanical Engineering
ChapmanWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
What I like the most about the WCOE is that the amount of assistance and aid that is provided to the students. Students have opportunities to gain valuable knowledge towards career fairs to résumé critiques as well as interview preparation. Also the faculty and staff here at the WCOE are very helpful in providing information and support towards the students endeavors.
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
If I could pick anywhere to study abroad it would be Seville, Spain considering I recently participated in that study abroad program and loved it. The year I went we actually had our engineering courses in the local university taught by Texas Tech staff, which allowed a different aspect to the way a university in another country runs. We had presentations given to us from Spanish professors that were doing research in Spain which showed a different views and approaches to common global situations. Spain is a very convenient place to study abroad because the weather is somewhat similar to weather in Texas, while having relatively close beaches and other amazing cities to travel to on your weekends. Spain is also relatively cheap for a student compared to other countries like France and Italy also within a three-four hour plain ride to any major destination in Europe. It is a once and a life time experience and it is well worth it. If I had the opportunity to go back I would have no hesitation in my decision.

Raphael Akinsipe

Hometown: Katy, TXPetroleum Engineering
AkinsipeWhy did you pick Engineering?
Engineering was an easy choice to make because it gave me the opportunity to use all of the skills and talents I was blessed with, but also open the doors to a world of knowledge that I was eager to know. After so many years of working on projects at home with my dad and entering into invention competitions, I knew that I needed to pick a future that would give me a mental challenge and the chance to solve problems. So I used a great deal of time to study different career paths and how they combined my interest, and engineering was the clear winner. Furthermore, as my passion for the energy industry grew it helped me concentrate my focus on a single facet of engineering and that being petroleum engineering.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
Although there are several places in the world I would love to visit and be educated one country is the most all-encompassing for my study abroad criteria. That country is Nigeria and this choice is based on a combination of my heritage and its relation to my career path. Nigeria is a developing nation with a strong petroleum history, and as aspiring petroleum engineer it would be great opportunity to not only be educated under their system, but a chance to dive into the world of international natural resources. Furthermore, because Nigeria is where my father attended college it would be an amazing chance to walk the halls he once walked and see how it has grown since then.

Tania Amaya

Hometown: Garland, TXMechanical Engineering
AmayaIf you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
France because I love their art and language, and hope to someday live there.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Batman

Francis Atore

SeniorHometown: Nairobi, KenyaChemical Engineering
AtoreWhat do you like best about WCOE?
One thing that I like about the WCOE is the diverse opportunities offered to achieve practical, leadership and cultural experiences.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be, and why?
If I could study abroad anywhere in the world it would be in Holloway, London. That way I could attend the Arsenal games!

Dan Beeler

SeniorHometown: Cooper, TXMechanical Engineering
BeelerWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
The job fair. The WCOE and its staff do everything they can to give us opportunities for internships and jobs.
Why did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering because engineers are the people who "make the world go 'round". Everything you see in society has an engineer behind it.

Ryan Bratton

Hometown: Stephenville, TXPetroleum Engineering
BrattonWhy did you pick Engineering?
I always knew that I wanted to be an engineer because I have always enjoyed building and tinkering with things. I enjoy math and science classes because they are challenging and because they help to explain what happens around us every day. Also, Engineering is an ever expanding and exciting field where almost anything is possible.
Who is your favorite superhero?
I would say my favorite superhero is probably Batman because of all of the cool gadgets and tools he uses. Also, Batman doesn’t let a difficult challenge stop him. When confronted with a difficult challenge Batman doesn’t give up, he finds another way to solve the problem.

Christopher Coker

JuniorHometown: Houston, TXMechanical Engineering
CokerWho is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Batman because he doesn't have powers and still gets the job done.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be, and why?
If I could study anywhere in the world, I would study in Germany because It would be fun to experience a new culture that I know nothing about!

Vince Dominic

JuniorHometown: Houston, TXElectrical Engineering
DominicWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
The Whitacre College of Engineering provides a plethora of opportunities to all of its engineers. Here we have every opportunity to create and achieve the goals we set for ourselves. I like to say that the sky is the limit for WCOE engineers; not because we produce engineers for the workplace, but because we produce people who can engineer their lives as best as we see fit.
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
I've been lucky enough to travel to many countries. The one that sticks out the most would be Malaysia, and I would love an opportunity to study there. Not only is the country very technologically advanced, but the people there are so friendly and endearing.

Ido Doron

SeniorHometown: Zur-Yigal, IsrealComputer Engineering
DoronWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
I think that the WCOE is great institute that offers many educational opportunities to the students, it's also puts a lot of effort and resources in helping the students find internships and jobs.
Why did you pick engineering?
After being a Staff Sargent and a commander in the military I learned the importance of the small details to the big picture and how much change in new things I can bring.

Kelsey Eubanks

SeniorHometown: Friendswood, TXIndustrial Engineering
EubanksWhy did you pick engineering?
Engineering to me is not just a degree I will graduate with. Engineers are changing the world every day. I have always wanted to be a part of a group that could make a difference in the world that is why I choose Engineering. My father graduated from Tech with his Electrical Engineering major. I have always looked up to my dad. He is the hardest worker I have ever met and I want to be just like him. He has inspired me to work hard now and in the end it will pay off. I am driven and passionate about my future and I know once I finish my Industrial Engineering degree I can motivate others to work just as hard as I did to fulfill their dreams. This is just the beginning of why I choose Engineering!
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
If I could study abroad anywhere in the world it would have to be Italy. Combining the modern with the traditional, Italy is a magnet for tourists desiring the best of both worlds. Culture and cities are combined with tradition and ancient ruins. Romance abounds in Italy. I want to learn about the culture, architecture, mountains, rivers, and beautiful countryside Italy has to offer. There's so much to see in Italy, and it would be amazing to be able to study while being there.

Ryan Glenn

Hometown: Tatum, NMMechanical Engineering
GlennWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose to study engineering because math and science are my favorite subjects in school. Also, I enjoy learning how machines and other devices operate and how to improve them. Engineering is a great field because you can apply what you learn to so many real-world situations.
What do you like best about the WCOE?
I like how all the professors truly care about your development as a student. Any time I am struggling in a class, I know I can meet with them and they will help me in any way they can. They understand engineering is a difficult field of study, but they still want to see their students succeed in the classroom.

Steven Hastings

Hometown: Allen, TXIndustrial Engineering
HastingsWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering because I've always been inclined towards math and science. I love the flexibility of being an engineer and the opportunity to help people with my skills.
What do you like about the WCOE?
I like that the WCOE dedicates so much time towards making their students ready to enter the workforce. They give students the resources they need to walk across the stage at graduation with a job.

Amber Helm

SeniorHometown: Weatherford, TXChemical Engineering
HelmWhy did you pick engineering?
Chemical Engineering was my major of choice because of the various career field options. I entered college not knowing what I wanted to do, but enjoying science and math classes. I have not had to change my major because I love my classes and being an engineer.
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
I would love to be able to study abroad in an Asian country because I have not had much exposure to the culture, and it would be such a new and different experience.

Randy Ingram

JuniorHometown: China Spring, TXMechanical Engineering
IngramWhat do you like best about WCOE?
My favorite thing about the WCOE is the amount of effort that goes into making sure that every student has plenty of opportunities to land a job before they even graduate.
Why did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering because I have always enjoyed learning how things work and using this knowledge to work toward finding solutions to whatever problem I face.

Valentino Julien

SeniorHometown: McKinney, TXCivil Engineering
JulienWho is your favorite superhero?
My favorite super hero is Magneto from X-men. Yes he is the villain but his power to control metal really appeals to me.
What do you like best about the WCOE?
What I like most about the WCOE is the Engineering Job Fair and the opportunities there.

Brandon King

SeniorHometown: Austin, TXMechanical Engineering
KingWhy did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering mainly because I really wasn't sure of what I wanted to do for a career, also why I went broad as an ME, but knew I wanted to focus on my strengths and interests in math and science. Also, my mother saw my ACT scores and said anything but engineering would be a horrible choice. No regrets though, it was a fortunate shot in the dark and I am well on my way to a career that I can't wait to begin.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be, and why?
Although I thoroughly loved being in Sevilla for a Summer, I studied French for four years back home and never made it over to France and try my hand at their lifestyle. The attitude of the people, the beautiful places, the language looks so enthralling. If you haven't really listened to French, do it, especially music, if all those nasal sounds don't seem fun to say, try it, not only is it challenging, unique, and delightful sounding, it can be hilarious in the right voice and tone.

Caitlin Kuglen

JuniorHometown: San Antonio, TXCivil Engineering
KuglenTell about a hidden talent that you have.
My hidden talent is singing.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Batman.

Kristine Larsen

JuniorHometown: Dallas, TXIndustrial Engineering
LarsenWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
I like all the services the WCOE provides students: The info sessions, the resume critiques, and the study abroad opportunities. They really want their students to succeed and get the most out of their education.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Superman because I absolutely loved the show Smallville.

Drew Macha

SophomoreHometown: Lubbock, TXChemical Engineering
MachaWhy did you pick engineering?
I didn't pick engineering. Engineering picked me. Solving engineering problems makes me feel warm, fuzzy, and deeply fulfilled inside.
Tell about a hidden talent that you have.
My most hidden talent is drumming. I was a percussionist for 7 years in school, and I have taught classes and lessons for the past 3 years. I'm not real good anymore, but I can still keep up.

Vedrana Martincevic

SophomoreHometown: Sarajevo, BosniaMechanical Engineering
MartincevicWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose to go into engineering because I really taking things apart, finding out how they work, and then building improvements. Engineering is both a challenging mental exercise and hands-on experience, and that keeps things interesting!
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad, where would it be, and why?
I would absolutely love to study anywhere in Germany, but particularly in Munich. Besides being a beautiful country with delicious food, it's also the home of some of my favorite car manufacturers. The BMW museum was probably the coolest place I've been in the last few years, and having an excuse to hang around there would be just fine by me!

Allison Mesecke

SeniorHometown: Temple, TXEnvironmental Engineering
MeseckeWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering, specifically Environmental Engineering, because I wanted to use math and science in a way that would be understandable and would have real-world applications, not just research and development. I'm able to use theoretical information to have a real-world impact.
Tell about a hidden talent that you have.
A talent that most people are not aware that I have is the fact that I was in theatre for several years in high school. I can act, sing, and dance - none of which has anything to do with engineering and therefore doesn't really come up in conversation. Which I am perfectly happy with. :)

Emmanuel Obi Michael

SophomoreHometown: Delta, NigeriaElectrical Engineering
MichaelWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
One thing I like most about the WCOE is the highly experienced professors and teachers who are always willing to help out students with both their academic and professional development.
Why did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering because I think it’s amazing how much the simple concepts we learn in class can be used to design highly sophisticated devices/structures that make things far easier for humans. Also, I liked mathematics and physics in high school.

Kelsea Miller

JuniorHometown: Floydada, TXMechanical Engineering
MillerIf you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
I would want to study abroad in the UK. It would be the best of nerdy dreams; I could potentially meet Gandalf, Picard, Professor McGonagall, Khaleesi, Shaun of the Dead, Sherlock and so many more!
What do you like best about WCOE?
I came from a very small town, so naturally coming to a large school and picking a very diverse major was intimidating. I knew my class sizes within WCOE were going to be a decent size, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that my professors and the staff around me would be so personal and caring. The faculty and staff here genuinely want you to succeed, and they have so many opportunities for each student to excel and become their own person!

Christopher Mize

JuniorHometown: Ropesville, TXMechanical Engineering
MizeWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering because my entire life I have had a craving for knowledge about how the world around me works. Growing up, I also liked taking stuff apart and tinkering with mechanical devices. This is what ultimately led me to choose Mechanical Engineering.
Tell about a hidden talent that you have.
A talent (or more of a hobby really) that I have is playing the guitar. I began playing guitar in Jr. High, and really enjoy it, but I don’t have as much time to do it now that I am an engineering student.

Brian Nelson

SeniorHometown: Midland, TXPetroleum Engineering
NelsonWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose to study engineering because it is challenging and very rewarding. It will also provide me with a great career which will enable me to support my wife and children.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Iron Man, the coolest engineer!

Aide Ponce

SeniorHometown: Hobbs, NMChemical Engineering
PonceWho is your favorite superhero?
Wolverine from X-Men
What do you like best about the WCOE?
The best thing about the WCOE is all of the people that work in the WCOE. Everyone is very friendly and nice as well as helpful.

Wendy Quintero

SeniorHometown: Valledupar, ColombiaEnvironmental Engineering
QuinteroWho is your favorite superhero?
Batman for he is human and has flaws therefore I can relate more to him. I like that he relies on technology for his 'powers'
What do you like best about the WCOE?
The staff. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. It has certainly helped me feel at home and made my college experience a great one!

Bailey Scarborough

JuniorHometown: Lubbock, TXEnvironmental Engineering
ScarboroughWho is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Harry Potter (yes, he is a superhero), because he overcomes so many difficult obstacles in his life and puts others before himself.
What do you like best about WCOE?
My favorite thing about the WCOE is how the professors, staff and my fellow classmates are all respectful, kind and willing to help others out. The atmosphere here is encouraging and pleasant.

Landon Stallings

JuniorHometown: Artesia, NMPetroleum Engineering
StallingsWhy did you pick engineering?
I firmly believe that engineers are what make the world turn. Without men and women in society who can design, implement, fix, and maintain our major systems, we would not be able to function in the ways we know possible. Being an engineer is something that I am passionate about, and pride myself in knowing that I am contributing something that has a crucial effect on our lives.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite superhero is Batman. He doesn't have what we call "super powers", he is only a man who cares about the greater good. Even though he is viewed as a bad guy occasionally, he knows what it takes to get the job done. He may not be the hero the people are looking for, but he is the savior they need.

Brian Wang

SophomoreHometown: Austin, TXChemical Engineering
WangWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering because of my curiosity of how things work and my interest in solving problems. Hopefully I can take the skills I gain to create innovations to help make the world a better place.
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
If I could study abroad anywhere in the world, I would choose Australia because it seems like an adventurous place and I have always wanted to visit.

Shivani Vyas

SeniorHometown: Ahmedabad, IndiaPetroleum Engineering
VyasWhat do you like best about the WCOE?
WCOE offers a great platform to reach out and deliver the wonderful experience of perusing the goal of becoming a world class Engineer and the impact Engineers stand in global economy.
If you could pick anywhere the world to study abroad, where would it be and why?
Lubbock, Texas. Since I am international student, it is a perfect college town to explore and grow within a town known for the hospitality and strong sense of community. But if I would have to choose a study abroad within a study abroad it would be Germany. It's rich in history, has endured two world wars with a capital- Berlin representing different economic models (Socialism vs Capitalism), and has an impressive rise since 1990 after East and West Germany was unified.