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Meet the CEAS Ambassadors

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Kevin Achieng

Kevin Achieng head shot

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.

E-mail kachieng@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Civil and architectural engineering, international engineering, Engineers Without Borders, graduate degrees

Sara Bashir

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.

E-mail sbashir1@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Civil and architectural engineering, international engineering, scholarships, ASCE, AEI, SLCE, SPURS

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

Tayln Costello

Tayln Costello

After graduating high school in Pinedale, Wyoming I came to the University of Wyoming to study Engineering. I am currently a senior in Petroleum Engineering and will graduate in the Spring of 2018 with a minor in Sustainable Business Practices. I have a passion for engineering and the challenge the petroleum industry presents. I am in the Honors Program, a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Treasurer of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and am involved in launching the UW Energy Alumni Network. I am also on the leadership team for the Navigators campus ministry and off campus I am involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation I am considering an MBA. I love this University and the values we stand for in this great state!

 

E-mail tcostell@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Petroleum Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineering, Business Minor, The Honors Program, Tau Beta Pi, Campus Ministry, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Grady Craft

Grady Craft headshot

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.

 

E-mail gcraft@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, The Honors Program, Dual Degrees, Outdoor Activities

Connor Desmond

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. 

E-mail cdesmond@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, STEM, campus activities

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.

E-mail cenloe1@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Chemical engineering, mathematics, Engineers
Without Borders, undergraduate research, fellowships, Honors Program, RSOs

Finley McIlwaine

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.

E-mail fmcilwai@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Mechanical engineering, research, campus activities, undergraduate opportunities

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 Boarders, 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. If you ever have any questions, concerns or just need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to me!

E-mail lmclaug5@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Mechanical Engineering

Pourya Nikoueeyan

Pourya Nikoueeyan

I am an international student from Iran, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. My research focuses on the aerodynamics of wind turbine and helicopter blades. I conduct experiments at the University of Wyoming’s low-speed wind tunnel facility, and I work with lasers, high-speed cameras and state-of-the-art data acquisition instruments. My life as a graduate research assistant involves working with my adviser and teammates in coming up with innovative ideas, testing these ideas in the laboratory, and presenting our findings in conferences around the world. I am a member of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Golden Key Honor societies, and have received the UW International Scholarship award in 2013 and 2014. Beside aerodynamics, I am also interested in engineering as a broader discipline. Engineering is not just about design, testing and manufacturing products but about discovering needs, finding solutions, creating financial value, and having fun. I spend a lot of time studying, brainstorming, and writing about new ideas in different engineering fields. I am fascinated by almost all aspects of science and technology, and I am passionate about anything that involves a tool box and dirty hands. Since I was a little boy, my main hobby has been building and flying radio control airplanes and I still go out to fly small airplanes in the beautiful Wyoming sky. The University of Wyoming has world-class research facilities, scientists and educators who have helped me to learn new skills, and apply these skills in order to tackle challenging problems. UW has also given me the opportunity to share my findings with the outside world. UW is a great place to become a better engineer. Go Pokes!

E-mail pnikouee@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Mechanical engineering, graduate school, aerospace engineerin, experimentation in engineering, international students

Vinay Ramakrishnaiah

Vinay Ramakrishnaiah

I am currently a Ph.D. student and research assistant at the Department of Electrical Engineering. I received master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Electrical Engineering with a focus on optimization of antenna beams for energy efficiency, and a bachelor’s degree with a gold medal in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Visvesvaraya Technological University in India. I am a part of Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Golden Key Honor societies, and also a recipient of the UW Engineering Excellence Fellowship. I am also a member of IEEE, and MILAAP. I have interned at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (twice), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. With experience as a teaching assistant at the UW, I have the ability to work with diverse groups of people. My research interests include applications of HPC to antennas and ad hoc networks. As a part of my professional development, I have attended several HPC training programs including the ones hosted by Argonne National Laboratory, Intel, and NVIDIA. Being passionate about HPC, I entered the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition with an HPC business concept and won second place. I am also interested in sketching, hiking, and playing racquetball. I’ve been involved in UW’s outreach programs since 2013. I’ve performed demonstrations on robotics and engineering for Discovery Days and STEM Saturdays, trained high school students and teachers during High-School Summer Institute (HSI) and Engineering Summer Program (ESP), and volunteered as a judge for the Wyoming State Science Fair. Inspired by the motivational words of Jim Rohn, who famously said “We are the average of people we spend the most time with,” I am grateful to UW for being such a profound influence on me.  I think being a CEAS ambassador is a terrific opportunity to interact with passionate people and contribute back to the UW community.”

 

E-mail vramakr1@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Electrical engineering, high performance computing, internships, outdoor activities, and racquetball

Traci Reusser

Traci Reusser

I am a Laramie, Wyo., native and chose UW because of the engineering opportunities that it offers. UW has a great engineering program, especially if you are looking to be involved and get hands-on experience. I am currently a senior in chemical engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering. During my spare time at UW, I work as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry and I have a research fellowship through INBRE working in microfluidics. As for extracurricular activities, I am currently the president of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and in the past I was vice president. I love EWB because we are one of a few engineering groups that allow students to use their engineering knowledge and implement projects, such as a dormitory built in Mbita, Kenya, this past summer.  I am also involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  SWE is open to all engineering majors and has provided me with the opportunity to be more engaged with other members of engineering.

Email treusser@uwyo.edu to ask me about: Chemical engineering, environmental engineering, internships, campus activities, RSOs, Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders


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