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Marita Moya

President

SeniorHometown: 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.

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 and I really love Europe, but I have also always wanted to go to Australia.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My favorite super hero is Batman!

Vedrana Winston

Internal Vice President

JuniorHometown: Sarajevo, BosniaMechanical Engineering
WinstonWhy 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!

Aide Ponce

Secretary

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.

Dan Beeler

Treasurer

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.

Raphael Akinsipe

SeniorHometown: 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 interests, and engineering came out the clear winner. Furthermore, as my passion for the energy industry grew it helped me concentrate my focus on a single facet of engineering: 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

SeniorHometown: 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!

Simon Bainbridge

JuniorHometown: Houston, TXPetroleum Engineering
BainbridgeWhat do you like best about WCOE?
I really enjoy the cultural diversity in WCOE. At Tech I have had the opportunity to meet and study with people from all over the world.
Why did you pick engineering?
I have always had strong interests in mathematics, science, and technology. Couple these interests with a passion for solving problems and there really was only one career for me - engineering!

Alexander D`abreu

SeniorHometown: London, EnglandComputer Engineering
D`abreuWhat do you like best about WCOE?
The best aspects of the Whitacre College of Engineering revolve around the welcoming atmosphere that it presents to both new and old students. This can be seen from the majority of professors having an open door policy for their office, to the notion that students will welcome any questions you may have regarding engineering in general.
Why did you pick engineering?
I chose to study engineering, putting my subpar high-school math skills aside, as I wanted to be a part of the modern computer industry and to hopefully pave the way for the future. I had also been very interested in troubleshooting different computer issues and looking into what actually makes a computer work.

Ryan Bratton

SeniorHometown: 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. Engineering is also 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. Batman doesn't let a difficult challenge stop him, either. When confronted with a difficult challenge, he 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, but 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.

Steven Hastings

SeniorHometown: 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.

Umeadi Ifeadi

JuniorHometown: Sugar Land, TexasChemical Engineering
IfeadiWhat do you like best about WCOE?
I particularly like the WCOE because of the "Open Door" policy of the professors. It makes me know that the professors are willing to help students achieve their goals.
Why did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering (Chemical Engineering particularly) because I got interested in the amount of waste that is produced during fracking. I hope to try to come up with a strategy to reduce the amount of chemicals used or the amount of waste water produced from the drilling of crude oil.

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.

AJ Johnston

SophomoreHometown: Yoakum, TXPetroleum Engineering
JohnstonWhy did you pick engineering?
I love hands-on type work. I am also interested in understanding the details of how certain processes work to the fullest extent and I love math.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad where would it be and why?
I would pick Brazil because the country is beautiful and my wife's extended family is there.

Gage Anderson King

SophomoreHometown: Aledo, TexasEnvironmental Engineering
KingWhat do you like best about WCOE?
The family atmosphere that the faculty and staff portray. Loving, stern and always supportive.
Who is your favorite superhero?
James Bond or Liam Neeson

Caitlin Kuglen

SeniorHometown: 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

SeniorHometown: 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

JuniorHometown: 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.

Danielle McNeese

GraduateHometown: Midland, TXMechanical Engineering
McNeeseWho is your favorite superhero?
Iron Man. I would marry Tony Stark.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad where would it be and why?
England. Because I need to practice my accent out on the locals.

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. :)

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

SeniorHometown: 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.

Emily Myers

SeniorHometown: San Antonio, TXEnvironmental Engineering
MyersWhy did you pick engineering?
Math and science were always my best and favorite classes in school. When I learned about engineering, I knew I could combine the subjects that I love, and make it my career. I also love a challenge, and studying engineering keeps me on my toes. I learn something new every day!
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, I would definitely choose England. I was born there and I would love to go back and really experience the country. In Europe, as well, they are very environmentally conscious, which is perfect for my major, and I feel I could learn a lot about the country's environmental regulations and set ups.

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!

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.

Marissa Smartt

SophomoreHometown: Andrews, TexasPetroleum Engineering
SmarttWhat do you like best about WCOE?
What I like best about WCOE is the fact I have a great support system here. It's a mixture of faculty, professors and students. I am challenged on a daily basis and there is always a tool or someone to help you solve a problem and advance to the next step. It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it!
Why did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering through experience. I was pursuing a different field and was able to work under an engineer at a small oil company in Midland. He showed me what he did on a daily basis and let me do some really cool things out in the field, like participating in acid jobs and Frac jobs. So I dropped out of my current degree (pre-vet) at San Angelo and jumped right into Texas Tech with less than a month until school started. It was a huge risk at the time, but it definitely paid off! I love it here.

Heath Spear

JuniorHometown: Lubbock, TXChemical Engineering
SpearWho is your favorite superhero?
Between Batman/Iron Man
Tell about a hidden talent you have.
Speaking Spanish?

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.

Brock Tittle

SeniorHometown: Seminole, TXMechanical Engineering
TittleIf you could pick anywhere in the world to study abroad where would it be and why?
I would study in Australia, because I would like to scuba dive with great white sharks on the weekends.
Why did you pick engineering?
I picked engineering knowing that there is always going to be new and interesting work. I also love the idea of one day designing something that will benefit others.

Patrick Tone

Lubbock, TXHometown: Lubbock, TXComputer Science
ToneWhat do you like best about WCOE?
The WCOE diverts a huge amount of its resources to our success. Not only through recruitment events and various trainings, but also everything that goes on behind the scenes. The WCOE wants us to succeed in every aspect of our lives, not just in our chosen fields of study.
Why did you pick engineering?
In the words of Isaac Newton, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." I want to be a part of growing the giants so that future generations can see even further.

Brian Wang

JuniorHometown: Austin, TXChemical Engineering
WangWhy did you pick engineering?
I chose engineering because of my curiosity about 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 both pursuing the goal of becoming a world-class engineer and the impact engineers have in the 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.