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CEAS Female Mentor Program

One of the most beneficial things we can do for our students to ensure success is provide guidance and leadership. That's exactly what the CEAS Female Mentor Program is designed to do. It pairs accomplished UW alumnae with sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate mentees in an effort to establish connections that will last a lifetime.
Read more about our mentors and mentees below.

Mentor: Robin Hill

Robin Hill mugshotAdjunct faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

Retired from many years of teaching computer science at various universities, including UW, and several years of faculty assistance with technology, I now am an adjunct faculty member in both the Department of Philosophy and the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.  Finally given the time necessary, I am pursuing research in the philosophy of computer science through conferences and publications. I hope to help students along the rocky road of an academic career through guidance on overcoming obstacles and finding their own ways to flourish.

My academic credentials:
Ph.D. in Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994;
M.S. in Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, 1980;
M.A. in Mathematical Logic, University of East Anglia (Great Britain), 1979;
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Wyoming, 1975.

Mentee: Eloise Fadial

Eloise FadialI am a rising sophomore at the University of Wyoming, majoring in chemical engineering and pursuing minors in music and anthropology. My experience ranges from performing on the violin at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, to engaging and learning with engineering students from around the country at the Naval Academy STEM program, to preserving Wyoming’s natural places as a member of the Wyoming Conservation Corps. At UW, I am the recipient of the McElhone, Presidential Hathaway and UW College of Engineering  Undergraduate Research Scholarships.  I am member of the UW Honors Program, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Wyoming Honors Organization. As a great lover of the outdoors, I have been working for the past six months with the company BackpackingLight as an engineering intern and backcountry guide. My research project for BackpackingLight involves observing the effects of wind on various ultralight shelters. At the completion of my research, my findings are to be published on the BackpackingLight website. In addition, I have been asked to serve as a guide for BackpackingLight, leading a trek through Montana’s Beartooth Mountains in August. I am currently seeking any research opportunities within the College of Engineering that are applicable to my field of study, specifically my great interest in all things biochemical and biomedical.


Mentor: Sherrie Merrow

Sherrie Merrow mugshotDirector - NGVAmerica State Government Advocacy

Sherrie Merrow is the NGVAmerica State Government Advocacy Director, leading a team of 160 people from more than 60 member companies located throughout the nation who focus on state advocacy for natural gas vehicle and infrastructure policy, regulatory requirements and the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust planning and projects to grow the natural gas vehicle industry. In addition to her work for NGVAmerica, Sherrie works in the oil and gas industry as an advisor for natural gas vehicle programs. She holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and literature.

Mentee: Damiana Murdock

Damiana MurdockI will be a sophomore this year. I was an International Baccalaureate Diploma student and recipient in high school. I always thought I had wanted to become a doctor, but when I learned that I did not like germs I thought learning about the materials behind the doctor would be a better route. I want to be a chemical engineer with a focus in biology, and my ultimate goal is to work in the development of medicine. This school year my personal goals include building better relationships with professors (I have no problem approaching them but I feel I should rely on them before I finish my prerequisites) and to spend more time on the classes I need to work on rather than the classes I enjoy (time management). Professionally, I want to begin looking for internships I would be able to participate in during the summer and to build relationships/work with engineering faculty that may help me do so.


Mentor: Amy Sharpe

Amy Sharpe mugshotProfessional Engineer within the University of Wyoming Facilities Engineering Department.

I graduated from UW in 2012 with a bachelor’s of science in architectural engineering. As a design engineer at  the university, my primary areas of focus are structural design, space reconfiguration, accessibility, athletic facilities and classroom designs. To balance the “engineering brain," I recently received my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification and have taught a few children’s yoga classes in the community.  I also enjoy spending time on the local hiking trails with my husband and two young daughters. I hope to mentor other young engineers as they transition from college to the professional world.

Mentee: Reenu Paul

Reenu PaulMy name is Reenu Paul and I am from India. I moved to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and neuroscience. My personal goals are to diversify my experiences and continue learning every day. By focusing on self-development, I hope to add value to society with everything I do. My professional goals are to explore bio-engineering options and gather relevant job experience. With enhanced inter-personal skills I hope to network and engage with more people in STEM.


Mentor: Christie Roberts

Christie Roberts mugshotCivil engineer and Owner of Gertsch-Baker Engineering and Design

Gertsch-Baker is a local engineering and architecture firm that has been serving Laramie since 1973, and I’ve been at the helm since 2010. Both my husband and I are graduates of the University of Wyoming and we have two young daughters that keep us busy and entertained. Though we moved away after graduation, we boomeranged back to Laramie and have been living here since 2005. We enjoy the recreation opportunities here; I’m primarily a cyclist, but we climb, hunt, ski, and fish as well. I’m grateful for a network of supportive women in my life and recognize the value of female community in all areas of life, so I’m excited to connect with budding female engineers.

Mentee: Hannah Vehige

Hannah VehigeI am currently a senior studying civil engineering at the University of Wyoming. I plan to graduate from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in civil engineering in spring 2018. I have already completed most of the general education requirements and will be taking primarily senior level classes this fall and spring. I would like to work within the transportation sector of civil engineering. As I look toward the approaching school year, there are a few goals I have set for myself. My main personal goal for the year is to maintain a good balance between my academic, work and social lives. I would also like to make sure that even when times get busy I am still taking good care of myself and maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. Professionally, my biggest goal this year is to secure a job for after I complete college. To help achieve this goal I plan to continue to strive for academic success and to both take and pass the F.E. this year. Additionally, I plan to continue to learn from my job as an intern for the Laramie Design Squad (part of the Wyoming Department of Transportation), and the various clubs and organizations I am involved in.


Mentor: Jera Schlotthauer

Jera Schlotthauer mugshotProfessional structural engineer at Martin/ Martin Wyoming in Cheyenne, Wyo.

I attended the University of Wyoming where I received my bachelor's of science in architectural engineering in 2010 and master's of science in civil engineering with a focus in structures in 2012. Born and raised in Wyoming, I feel very fortunate to have been employed by a great company close to home where I get to work on projects both at the University of Wyoming and across the state. It is my hope as a mentor to provide guidance and encouragement for our young female engineering students in the Female Mentor Program. I was fortunate to have a number of great mentors while attending the university. I am glad that I can now return the favor by hopefully being a mentor that helps make the transition into the professional world easier for these future engineers. 

Mentee: Annaliese Fitzsimmons

Annaliese FitzsimmonsI am a junior double-majoring in civil engineering and environment and natural resources (ENR). I will hopefully be graduating with two bachelor’s degrees in May 2020. I am planning on pursuing a master’s degree after that, hopefully in Montana, Washington or Wyoming. A few of my professional goals this coming year include continuing my work as the Society of Women Engineers outreach coordinator, which includes the Women in Engineering Conference. I am also interested in finding out more about undergraduate research opportunities this coming year. As for personal goals, I am definitely interested in working more on my school/life balance and finding ways to organize myself a little bit better.

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