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Meet the CEAS Ambassadors|College of Engineering and Applied Science
 

Alex Antonacci

Alex Antonacci

I am a senior civil engineering student with emphasis in structural engineering expected to graduate at the end of the spring 2016 semester. In addition to pursuing my undergraduate degree in civil engineering, I work as a part-time design assistant for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. I am also an active member and past officer of the Gamma Xi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After graduation, I have the desire to work as field engineer in heavy civil construction.

E-mail aantonac@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Civil engineering, internships, Greek life

Emily Beagle

Emily Beagle

I am currently a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering. I graduated with bachelor degrees in mechanical and energy systems engineering with a minor in honors from UW in 2012 and completed my master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2014. During my time at UW, I have been involved with ASME, Engineers without Borders, Mortar Board, Energy and Sustainability Club, Tau Beta Pi and the UW Fencing Club. I worked as an undergraduate researcher supported by the Nielson Fellowship for Women and Minorities and interned in Washington D.C., through the WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program studying engineering and public policy related to renewable energy. I am currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. My research looks at ways to utilize beetle kill biomass for energy applications.

E-mail ebeagle1@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Mechanical engineering, graduate degrees, UW honors program, ASME, Engineers without Borders, Mortar Board, Energy and Sustainability Club, Tau Beta Pi, UW Fencing Club, research, internships

Chelse Felts

Chelse Felts

After graduating in Cody, Wyo., I came to the University of Wyoming with the goal of getting a degree in international studies. After the first year in the program, I recognized those goals were not a good fit for my future, so I took a year off to backpack Europe and Australia. After traveling, I realized that I wanted a challenging career path where I could become a problem solver to help meet the world’s rising energy needs. I chose petroleum engineering, and it was the best decision of my life. This industry is so exciting, with incredible opportunities for success. I spent last summer in Fort Worth, Texas, interning with EOG Resources and I will return to work for them in Midland, Texas, this summer. At UW I am actively involved in Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) and I was the 2014-15 SPE president. I am also involved with American Association of Drilling Engineers and Tau Beta Pi. Being involved in extracurricular activities has allowed me to travel all over the country and the world to places like Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Amsterdam. After graduating in May 2016, I will pursue a job in the industry.  While I do not have plans to get a master’s in engineering, I have considered an MBA. Thanks to the University of Wyoming, I feel fully prepared to be successful as a petroleum engineer.

E-mail cfelts1@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Petroleum engineering, internships, Society of Petroleum Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, international travel

Caitlin Fields

Caitlin Fields

I just finished my master’s degree in environmental engineering at UW. I also graduated with my bachelor’s degree from UW in chemical engineering in 2013. I became actively involved in Engineers Without Borders during my undergrad which led to my interests in sustainable wastewater treatment. I also had the opportunity to be actively involved in the Engineering Summer Program (a weeklong summer camp for high school seniors) and participated as a research fellow for the National Science Foundation in a grant that allowed me to travel through Wyoming bringing energy, environment and nanotechnology principles to rural high schools. I am finishing up some research this summer and I hope to find a job somewhere nearby to continue outreach for the university.

E-mail clefebvr@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Environmental engineering, chemical engineering, Engineers without Borders, Engineering Summer Program, research

Katie Hopfensperger

Katie Hopfensperger

After graduating high school in Cheyenne, Wyo., I knew that the University of Wyoming would be the best school for me. I knew I would receive a good education in a more personalized learning setting. I am currently a sophomore undergraduate in chemical engineering, minoring in the honors program. The course load is challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding to see what I’ve accomplished academically. The job I’ve been dreaming of for years is one within a cosmetic company, but I am more than open to exploring my options. I have recently accepted an internship with Western Research Institute at the Heavy Oil Technology Center here in Laramie. I’m very excited to be exploring this facet of chemical engineering. During my free time on campus I am largely involved in the Society of Women Engineers. After previously serving as Joint Engineering Council representative, I was recently elected the Vice President. I love SWE because it is one of the few organizations within in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences that incorporates all of the different majors. I am also a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

E-mail khopfen2@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Chemical engineering, UW honors program, internships, Society of Women Engineers

Casey Karch

Casey Karch

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Casper, Wyo. Both of my parents are employed in a medical field, spurring my interest in bioengineering and electronic devices related to medicine. I also enjoy power and control-related fields. I have had two internships in my time at the university. My first was with Cheyenne Light, Fuel, and Power in Cheyenne, Wyo. The second was with Black Hills Power in Rapid City, S.D. I am a part of are Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi-Historian, Mortar Board-Social Chair and CEAS Ambassadors. I would like to pursue a master’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration once I graduate. In my spare time I fly fish, hunt, hike and play sports.

E-mail ckarch@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Bioengineering, internships, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Mortar Board, outdoor activities

Kyla Mock

Kyla Mock

I originally came to the University of Wyoming to study Spanish. I soon found that my love for languages was not as fulfilling as I’d hoped and found out about all of the amazing projects upon which my engineering friends were working. After exploring more options, I made the switch from civil to electrical engineering. I will be starting my third year of electrical engineering in fall 2015. I have had the opportunity to be a part of a water filter project in Nicaragua in 2012 and traveling to Guatemala on the assessment team in January 2014. Outside of engineering, I frequently return to Nicaragua to help translate and assist other various projects. I also help lead worship at Emmaus Road Community Church in Laramie. In my free time, I like to spend time outdoors, working out, reading and practicing photography. The staff in the College of Engineering has been phenomenal at supporting the students and are a huge part of the reason I am continuing in this field. Engineering is one of the hardest and most rewarding decisions I have ever made. Fortunately, I can still use my Spanish by adding an international option on my degree and I plan to study abroad in the future. It’s a challenging field of continuous learning, but that’s what makes it worth it.

E-mail kmock2@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Electrical engineering, international traveling, outreach, outdoor activities, challenging coursework

Rebecca Pauly

Rebecca Pauly

I began working on my master’s degree in atmospheric science in August 2013 after completing my bachelor’s in meteorology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The title of my master’s research is “An Evaluation of PBL Parameterizations Utilizing Compact Airborne Raman Lidar Data.” This study is focusing on assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different boundary layer parameterizations within numerical weather prediction models. I plan to defend my thesis in August 2015. In the summer of 2015, I will be participating in a field research campaign in Kansas called PECAN, where we will be studying elevated convection at night. I will be flying on the University of Wyoming King Air and looking at data collected with our Raman lidar.

E-mail rpauly@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Atmospheric science, graduate degrees, field research

Dakota Roberson

Dakota Roberson

I am a native of Rock Springs, Wyo., and a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering with a graduate minor in statistics. I completed an undergraduate degree in 2013 in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. I'm an artist, engineer, motocross racer, traditional archer and avid fly fisher at any given time. However, a passion for signal processing and electric power has given me guidance in my scholastic and professional career, which is how I found myself in my current position as a graduate student under Dr. John Pierre. I’ve had several internships, including a position at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., and as a research, teaching and peer assistant at UW. In addition to my work and scholastic undertakings, I devote much of my time to leadership roles in organizations on and off campus, including Tau Beta Pi, the University Fly Fishing Club, Laramie Dirt Riders Association, High Plains Archery Club and IEEE. I like to think that it is impossible to do great things without surrounding yourself with great people. I’ve been fortunate enough to find people who are not only eager to provide support and inspiration, but also put up with my quirkiness without protest. To those people, I’m most grateful.

E-mail droberso@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Electrical engineering, graduate degrees, outdoor activities, internships, Tau Beta Pi, University Fly Fishing Club

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