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Kevin Achieng


The University of Wyoming attracts students from more than 90 countries. One of the countries is Kenya, from where I obtained my undergraduate degrees. Kenya is about 8,780 miles from UW, and it is bordered by Lake Victoria and Indian Ocean to the west and east, respectively. This country, located at the equator is home to about 45 million people. I did my childhood education in a village near Lake Victoria (second-largest freshwater lake in the world), then relocated to Nairobi, where I pursued my engineering degrees. I’m currently working towards a Ph.D. in civil engineering, with a concentration in water engineering. So far, I have had fantastic encounters with fellow graduate students, professors and many more people in this department. This has helped me to continue to mold both my academic career and social life. I think the department has pertinent academic paraphernalia and stellar professors who are truly called to mentor students, both domestic and international. One of the student organizations at UW that I have ventured in is Engineers Without Borders. I think this is a terrific organization that helps students build their communication and leadership skills, while serving humanity both locally and abroad.

Email to learn more about: international students, civil engineering, water engineering, Engineers Without Borders



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Aisha Balogun


I am a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and minoring in computer science and in the Honors Program. I am from Kwara State, Nigeria. I chose to study engineering because I had interest in math, science and computing courses as far back as in junior high school. I am also passionate about contributing to the development of the information technology industry. I care about working with K-12 students because I want to help them realize and develop interest in engineering at an early stage. Having a basic understanding of engineering and what it entails would help the students as they prepare for college and select a field of study. Furthermore, this program is especially important to me because in Nigeria, I was not exposed to such an opportunity, it was my sole responsibility to discover what field was of interest to me; the burden of deciding what I wanted to study was left for I alone to carry. I am really delighted to have the opportunity to work with K-12 students and give them a better chance than I had, to make them better prepared for college.


Email to learn more about: computer engineering, computer science, Honors Program, international students, K-12 outreach



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Sara Bashir


I am a sophomore who studies civil engineering student from Egypt. I guess you can call me the scholarship hunter. In middle school, I got a full scholarship to study English for two years in the American University in Cairo though a program called “ACCESS,” sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. A year after, I got another full scholarship to be an exchange student in Kansas City, Mo. I stayed a year with an amazing American host family and got to graduate from Oak Park High School. Last year was my true turning point, as I earned a full scholarship from USAID to study at UW. My wildest dream has always been to study at an American university due to the quality education America has and here I am living my dream. I have been very involved at UW since Day One. I am part of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), SLCE (Service, Leadership + Community Engagement), SPURS (the sophomore service honorary), as well as being involved in the International Student Association, and very looking forward to being part of Engineers without Borders and Society of Women Engineers. I’m also looking forward to joining the Honors Program soon. Because of how great the quality of education is at UW, I earned my first internship last summer while I was still a freshman at one of the very well-known engineering companies in Egypt (EGEC), and I just cannot wait to see what is coming next. My passion and motivation is to see how I can help my beloved country Egypt become one of the best nations.


Email to learn more about: civil engineering, international students, scholarships, ASCE, AEI, SLCE, SPURS, Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, internships



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Nicole Bonnar


I am a senior in petroleum engineering. I am an international transfer student from Canada, having obtained my petroleum engineering diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2017. I have been fortunate to be able to attend school away from home and be a part of such a great petroleum engineering program here at the University of Wyoming and all of the great professors that they have. I have continued my involvement in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) from my time at SAIT here to UW and joined the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). Since beginning at UW, I have been a part of Phi Sigma Rho, an engineering sorority, and served as vice president of standards for the 2017/2018 academic year. It has been extremely rewarding to help bring a new sorority to the campus and to meet women in other STEM disciplines. I am now the Panhellenic Council Representative for our student government here on campus, ASUW, as ex-officio, so I welcome any questions about Panhellenic Council, ASUW or regarding sorority life in general. In addition, I am the secretary for the Joint Engineering Council (JEC), which was created to increase communication between the different engineering clubs on campus. I attended the Houston AADE Drilling Fluids Conference last April and will be attending a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) trip to San Francisco in fall 2018 to meet UW alumni entrepreneurs. These two conferences are just a few of the many fantastic experiences provided by the College of Engineering. These conferences have furthered my college experience here at the University of Wyoming and add more than just simple academics to my resume. I hope I am able to share these opportunities with the rest of the college.


Email to learn more about: petroleum engineering, international students, transfer students, SPE, AADE, Phi Sigma Rho, ASUW, JEC, Society of Women Engineers



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Abbie Bush


Being born and raised in New Jersey, I knew after high school I wanted to go somewhere new. The University of Wyoming offered excellent academics and atmosphere. It was the perfect place to start a new adventure! I am currently a junior pursing a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering with a concentration in structures. Besides being an ambassador, I am involved in Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) and am a proud member of Tau Beta Pi! You can find me working on campus as a desk assistant with Residence Life & Dining Services. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy singing, planning my wedding, binge watching my favorite TV shows, and going to sporting events on campus. I love meeting new people, so feel free to use me as a resource within the College of Engineering and Applied Science!


Email to learn more about: architectural engineering, structures engineering, AEI, Tau Beta Pi, Resident Life & Dining Services



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Grady Craft


I am a senior with a concurrent major in mechanical engineering and energy systems engineering and a minor in the University Honors Program. While at the University of Wyoming, I have assisted the Department of Atmospheric Science with a project in Kansas and studied abroad in Mannheim, Germany. I hope to complete my concurrent bachelor’s degree here at UW and then continue my education in graduate school where I will pursue a master’s or doctorate degree. My passion for engineering comes from a young age, when I developed a love for planes, trains, and automobile. I am simply fascinated with anything that transports people, especially safely and at high speeds. I came to UW due to three major factors. First, I was born and raised in Wyoming and have always been involved because my parents are alumni. Second, the cost and quality of UW is, in my opinion, unbeatable. Last, UW offers a wide range of opportunities for anyone, not only in academics, but also for those who enjoy the great outdoors.


Email to learn more about: mechanical engineering, energy systems engineering, Honors Program



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Connor Desmond

I am currently a junior in the computer engineering program. My academic interests are in digital design, mathematics, physics and computer science. I also have tutored in chemistry and computer science at the junior-college level. My current plan is to complete my bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and then get my master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wyoming. I really have a passion for learning the topics associated with all STEM areas and want to further my education as much as possible. I really enjoy working with people and getting to learn about the things in their respective programs, especially in engineering. As far as extracurricular activities are concerned, I am a very avid pool player. In addition, I also like physical activity in general and will pretty much engage in any sport/activity if the opportunity arises. I really look forward to getting more involved within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well getting to meet new and interesting people. 


Email to learn more about: computer engineering, digital design, computer science, STEM



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Cassidy Enloe

I am a sophomore studying chemical engineering and mathematics, along with a minor in the Honors Program. I am from Big Horn, WY, but I did not only choose to attend the University of Wyoming because Wyoming is home. I chose to attend UW because of the incredible opportunities that the university, and the engineering program, has to offer. I have been fortunate enough to participate in programs which have proven to be extremely beneficial to my education. I am a member of the CEAS Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, which has allowed me to observe research labs and attend workshops concentrated on skills pertaining to research. Through this program I found a volunteer position in an engineering lab and later obtained a research fellowship through INBRE. During my free time, I participate in other extracurricular activities. I am a member of Engineers Without Borders and Society of Women Engineers. These student organizations have allowed me to meet people with similar interests and helped me learn more about the areas I am interested in. I am thankful for all of the opportunities and support that the University of Wyoming has provided for me, and I am excited to share my experiences.


Email to learn more about: chemical engineering, mathematics, Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, INBRE, Engineers Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers



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Lexi Fisher


I am originally from the great state of Texas, though I attended high school in Fort Collins, Colo. I am currently a senior in the petroleum engineering program, and will graduate in May of 2019 with a minor in management. My family has an oil and gas background, so I grew up immersed in the oilfield culture. I loved the people and the passion they displayed, and knew at a young age that I wanted to be a part of that. In primary and secondary school, I enjoyed mathematics and sciences, and so a degree that would land me in the oilfield felt like a natural fit. I chose to attend the University of Wyoming because I loved the intimate atmosphere the campus has, as well as its close proximity to hiking trails and lakes for fishing. This is my third year of membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and also in the Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). I am a recipient of the SPE 2018 scholarship, and have spent two summers interning within the oil and gas field. I am currently undecided as to what direction I will go in the oilfield upon graduation, but the petroleum department has absolutely prepared me to enter the professional workforce.


Email to learn more about: petroleum engineering, management, oil and gas, SPE, AADE, scholarships, internships



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Tyler Kinnon


I am currently a senior in petroleum engineering and the vice president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). I transferred to UW in 2017 from a technical institute in Calgary, Canada, called Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. I graduated with a associate’s degree in petroleum engineering technology and due to the transfer program with UW, I ended up here to finish my degree. Upon arriving at UW, I immediately got involved in many of the great school clubs this university has to offer. I am the vice president of the SPE and the secretary of the men’s hockey team and both of these positions have given me knowledge, experience, leadership and countless friendships. I have also been able to complete a couple of internships while at UW, one of which was completing a project for Canadian Natural Resources Limited working at a remote gas plant in northern Canada. The other was working with the Drill-Sim at UW, which is one of the many amazing labs here designed to enhance students learning and hands-on knowledge. In my spare time I enjoy playing hockey, hiking, working out and spending time with many of my engineering friends that I have met here at UW. If you have any questions regarding my experience at the University of Wyoming I would love to hear from you!


Email to learn more about: petroleum engineering, SPE, international students, transfer students, club sports, internships



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Ikram Lalmi


I am a sophomore majoring in computer science. I am an international student from Algeria and I came to study in the United States because of the quality of education this country has to offer. The reason I decided to pursue a computer science career is the many opportunities, challenges and the high job satisfaction in this field. The sector is incredibly diverse! There are a huge range of career options to choose from like programming, networking or database management. Computer technology is part of nearly everything nowadays! Also, this discipline helps me sharpen my everyday logic and problem-solving skills. Additionally, there are plenty of jobs in the IT field. There’s no better place to get my computer science education than the University of Wyoming. I have had an amazing experience here since my first day, as I have been pretty involved on campus. I am the vice president of the Student Housing Association (RHA), a member of the International Student Association (ISS) and a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a participate in all sort of clubs on campus.


Email to learn more about: computer science, international students, programming, RHA, ISS, Society of Women Engineers



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Finley McIlwaine

I am studying mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming. After graduating from high school in Cheyenne, Wyo., I explored several different programs at the university and decided that engineering was the best option for me. The opportunities for undergraduates in research and various extracurricular activities were unmatched by any of the other colleges, and were a huge factor in my decision to pursue engineering. Speaking of those opportunities, I am currently a member of the Belmont Energy Research Group, where we focus primarily on research into improved combustion technologies. I am still sculpting my ideas for what I want to do after I graduate, but thanks to the University of Wyoming, I feel fully prepared for any challenges and opportunities that may come my way.


Email to learn more about: mechanical engineering, undergraduate research, extracurricular activities



Luke McLaughlin

Luke McLaughlin


My name is Luke and I was born in the great location of Rapid City, SD. I am currently in my senior year studying mechanical engineering here at the University of Wyoming while also minoring in the honors program. After having visited the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences while in High School, I knew UW was the place for me. The excellent programs offered throughout all areas of engineering along with the excellent facilities the university has to offer gained my interest and ultimately led to my decision of attending this great university. Growing up I knew I had a passion for math and science but I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to do with my passion. My professors and peers within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have since inspired me to use my engineering interests to better the world for all those who live in it. I want to use safe engineering practices to make aspects of life more accessible to those people who do not have access and also create a safer world for everyone to live in. In my time here at the University of Wyoming, I have worked two summer internships, been initiated into Tau Beta Pi, joined Engineers without Borders, and joined the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Ambassador Program. The University of Wyoming and the city of Laramie are undeniably great places to be and I would not have it any other way.


Email to learn more about: mechanical engineering, Honors Program, internships, Tau Beta Pi, Engineers Without Borders



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Kendalyn Morgan


Many people are surprised when I say that I was born in Laramie, Wyo., because for the past seven years I have lived in Fayetteville, N.C. The University of Wyoming was always a big part of my life. My mother worked at UW for 14 years, while my dad got his master’s and Ph.D. from the university. You could say that being a Cowboy runs deep in my blood. I knew that coming to the University of Wyoming was coming home. I am currently a junior studying architectural engineering with a concentration in structures. Besides being an ambassador, I am involved in the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), a resident assistant for an engineering floor in McIntyre Hall, a representative on the University of Wyoming Engineering Fund for Enrichment Board, and was in the Western Thunder Marching Band. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy going hiking, crafting, watching movies, hanging out with my friends and being a fan at UW games. I pride myself in helping new students create unforgettable experiences. My favorite part of being in CEAS is feeling how much the college truly cares about you and your success! 


Email to learn more about: architectural engineering, AEI, being a resident assistant, Engineering Fund for Enrichment, marching band



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Colter Robinette


My name is Colter Robinette, and I have lived in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. I moved to Wyoming my senior year of high school to attend Laramie High School as my stepping stone to UW. My passion is math and sports – not necessarily in that order! I am a sophomore majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in business management. The University of Wyoming provides amazing opportunities for all its fields of study, but especially its College of Engineering. The University of Wyoming is a great college in a beautiful location with a vibrant and diverse student body. I have a passion for learning, and I look forward to a career in the challenging oil and gas industry. When I am not in school I enjoy fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. I am looking forward to the relationships and personal experiences I will gain being a UW student ambassador.


Email to learn more about: petroleum engineering, mathematics, outdoor activities



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Gunjan Tomar


The University of Wyoming is a great place for students from different countries to learn about their area of interest and to explore opportunities. I am an international student from India who came to the University of Wyoming to explore my area of interest in engineering. I am currently a junior with a major in petroleum engineering and with a minor in computer science. The reason behind me choosing petroleum engineering as my major is my curiosity and my passion for the industry. I love the engineering program here because of the excellent and easily approachable faculty and because of the platform you get to develop your personality as a future engineer. I am exploring a few of the opportunities at UW related to my major, such as being a member of Society of Petroleum engineering (SPE) and a member of The American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). I am also a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), which is a good platform to develop your communication and leadership skills on a national level. As for extracurricular activities I love dancing, hiking, swimming and I never say no to anything adventurous. The motivation to keep going is that one day, I will officially work in an oil and gas field as a professional. I am a very friendly person and I love coffee. So, if you have any questions, we can always talk over a cup of coffee.


Email to learn more about: petroleum engineering, international students, computer science, SPE, AADE, NSCS, extracurricular activities



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Kaitlyn Vap


I am a chemical engineering student on the pre-medical track entering my junior year at UW. I grew up as a military brat, so I had the opportunity to travel all over before settling down in Laramie. I intend on graduating in the spring of 2020 to pursue a graduate degree in biomedical engineering, before applying to medical school. I was lucky enough to have been offered a research position the second week of my freshman year in which I am still involved. I am currently working on a project regarding material science, and recently received the Wyoming NASA Space Grant for further funding of the project. Outside of academics, I am an officer of the women’s club lacrosse team at UW, the vice president and co-founder of the Materials Research Society (MRS), a caregiver for a hospice patient in Laramie, and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In my free time, you can find me in the surrounding mountains hiking or trail running. I truly have a passion for the CEAS community within UW. Their programs offer endless opportunities for students of all kinds. I look forward to building relationships with all those involved in the CEAS community, and I am excited to hear the stories of others within the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


Email to learn more about: chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, undergraduate research, club sports, MRS, mentoring, outdoor activities

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