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Aerospace Engineering

Carlos Caceres

After graduating UVA with a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2011, I completed a master's in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2014, where I was a member of the Mechatronics Lab working on electric vehicles. I'm currently working for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as an engineer and data scientist. Through this position, I have the opportunity to work on incredibly interesting projects in the fields of neuroscience, machine learning, and remote sensing, among many others.

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Biomedical Engineering

Brittany Taylor

I am currently a PhD Student in the Biomedical Engineering program at Rutgers University and on track to complete my studies in May 2016. My research is on the characterization and development of a scaffold for bone tissue regeneration. My next step is to obtain a postdoctoral position with plans on becoming a tenure-track professor in the future.

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Jessica Ungerleider

I graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 with minors in Engineering Business and Bioethics. Immediately after graduation I began my Ph.D. program. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on designing both naturally derived and synthetic injectable biomaterials to target and treat ischemic cardiovascular disease. While at UVA I co-founded a medical device company, ProVazo LLC, with which I am still involved in a limited capacity as a grad student.

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Chemical Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Michael Boone

I work as a Transportation Engineer for HNTB's Intelligent Transportation System, Tolling, and Transportation groups. As part of their technology implementation team, I focus on delivering innovative and alternative technical concepts, like Managed Lanes, All-Electronic Tolling, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle applications, for our changing roadway infrastructure. I received my master's degree in Management from Wake Forest's School of Business and my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I am excited to help you leverage your interests and talents. Feel free to connect via LinkedIn at:

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Computer Engineering

Matthew Manley

I am the face of an organization that strives to help businesses become more efficient in running their company. Every day I search for businesses that need Paycom's services because their day-to-day practices are antiquated. Once I identify them, I set up individual meetings and help by discovering how Paycom can streamline their operations and make HR and payroll employees jobs easier. The tools do exist and it's important to show that a company with a firm customer-oriented mission is willing to partner with them to provide it.

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Email Manley@Outlook.Com

Computer Science

Julissa De Guzman

Currently I am working in at BAE Systems in Manassas, VA as a Software Engineer. I am also in my last semester of Graduate School at George Mason University for my Masters in Software Engineering.

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Ronald Hernandez

I'm currently an iOS and Android Developer for Solstice Mobile in Chicago. Recently, I've been working mainly on iOS Applications for iPhones and iPads. I had the opportunity to work with both Swift and Objective-C. While at UVa, I was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as President of the Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.

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Email Rbh5f@Virginia.Edu

Electrical Engineering

Dan Klopp

I'm a 2009 EE graduate, who has spent the last six years working in consulting, labs, and staff positions. My work has focused around system engineering, high performance computing, distributed cloud computing and increasingly rhetoric. I'm a programmer and systems expert in California, also known as "DevOps". I'm leading and producing the technical implementation and processes for the company's cloud product portfolio. The company is Infoblox, and I'm a "Staff Software Engineer." I've worked in Virginia and California, and over the last two years interviewed 100+ candidates for technical positions. I'm more than happy to answer career questions, interview / resume questions, or "what I would do different" questions to those interested. I can even answer what was my most dreaded class, and what was the most professionally useful (intriguingly they are one of the same: STS!)

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Racheida Lewis

I graduated with a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in May 2015. I am currently a 1st year PhD student studying Engineering Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. My research interests include first year engineering programs and their affects on student major choice. In the future I hope to secure a tenured track faculty position in an Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

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Engineering Science

Nada AL-Hassan

I graduated with a BS in Engineering Science with minors in (Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry) in May, 2012. After graduation, I did a health internship on breast cancer in a refugee camp clinic in the Middle East, worked as an Emergency room scribe and a medical interpreter. Currently, I work as a Technology Integration Specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, MD. This field is close to Healthcare IT than Engineering as I work with a system called EPIC (an Electronic Medical Records). While at UVA, I was a tutor with the CDE, a peer mentor with Middle Eastern Mentoring Program among other activities. Feel free to ask me about Epic, Healthcare IT, Refugees, Engineering Science, etc ... Also, feel free to connect with me via Linkedin at Nada N. AL-Hassan or via email.

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Email Qatralnada22@Gmail.Com

Lauren Griggs

I graduated with a B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Nanomedicine in 2012. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University in the Cell and Matrix Mechanics Laboratory. I investigate how cells interpret mechanical signals from their surroundings and use those signals to grow new tissues. Upon graduation, I intend to pursue a postdoctoral position followed by a tenured track faculty position in Biomedical Engineering.

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Hanifah Hendricks

I received my B.S. in Engineering Science with concentrations in Biomedical Engineering and Biology in December 2014. I am currently pursuing my medical interest and am enrolled in the Pre-Health Post Baccalaureate Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UVA I was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers where I mainly participated in The Day in the Life tutoring program at Zion Union Baptist Church. I was also a member of Fashion for a Cause and Club Volleyball. If you have any questions at all, or any specifically about Engineering Science or pursuing a medical degree, do not hesitate to ask.

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Delia McGee

I am currently a Coordinator of Process Management at HBO in New York. I work specifically with the engineering teams in Media Technology Operations to ensure efficient process management and interaction between groups. Having graduated UVA with a BS in Engineering Science with concentrations in Systems Engineering and Applied Math, I apply many of the skills I learned in my engineering courses to the day to day work she does at HBO. While at UVA, I was a member of the National Society for Black Engineers, through which I was a tutor at Zion Union Baptist Church. I was also a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the University's only engineering sorority and a TA at Charlottesville High School for two years. Please feel free to reach out!

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Mechanical Engineering

Abayomi (Yomi) Famuyiwa

I graduated May 2014 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, I am a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Master's student at Michigan Technological University with the plan to graduate in May 2016. My thesis research focuses on vehicle testing and integration of innovative matrix natural gas tanks onto a 2015 Silverado to promote the use and benefits of natural gas vehicles to the public. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for two lab courses that focus on hands-on experience with hybrid vehicles and technologies.

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Email Aaf3dk@Virginia.Edu

Christine Lenardson

I am an entry-level engineer at Clark Construction and living in Washington D.C. Originally from Southwest Florida, I enjoy playing with puppies, trying new restaurants and teaching science experiments at local middle schools. My favorite thing about UVA is the amazing people that I got to meet there. From studying together to exploring Charlottesville together, the friends that I have made have really enhanced my experience. While at UVA I was involved in GEMS (Girls Excited about Math and Science), SWE, Silver Wings, and Alpha Delta Pi.

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Email Clenardson22@Gmail.Com

Rodrigo Lopez

I am an Associate with McKinsey and Company based out of the Mexico City office serving clients across Latin America. Prior to McKinsey I worked for Capital One in the Northern Virgina area and earned my MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While at UVA I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Business, I participated in the Science and Technology Policy Internship Program and was an active member of SHPE and Tau Beta Pi.

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Email RodrigoLopezAlsina@Gmail.Com

Ventress Williams

I graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department in 2015. I am currently working at General Motors as a HVAC HMI Controls Verification Engineer. While at UVA, I was President of the National Society of Black Engineers, a Peer Advisor, and a Quest Scholar. I am also a brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters Degree in Computer Science in the near future.

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Email Vcw5fw@Virginia.Edu

Systems & Information Engineering

Sean Brown

I graduated from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2013 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. I am currently a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington D.C. area. I am an Operations Research analyst supporting the Department of Defense. I use skills such as modeling and simulation, data analysis, and programming to build tools that improve the efficiency of client's processes. Moving forward, I want to get involved in Data Science within the firm. During my time at UVA, I was a peer advisor, member of the Collegiate 100 Society, and President of the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Grace Knox

I am a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamiliton in Washington D.C.. My primary role is a software developer on the Strategic Innovation Group's digital team. I am involved with the design, development and deployment of both mobile and web applicaitons. While at UVA, I earned a BS in Systems Engineering with an application in human factors. I was also co-chair of the SEAS Dean's Ambassadors Program, a tour guide of the engineering school, member of the UVA Women's Squash team and member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.

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Matthew McFarland

Currently, I work as a project engineer for UTC Aerospace Systems in the F135 Electrical and Advanced Sensors Buy group. In my role, my primary responsibility is to oversee the development and testing of electrical controls hardware used on the F135 military engine. I am also responsible for leading an integrated product development team through engineering designs and resolving all customer technical issues with fielded hardware.

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Akira Powell

I graduated from the Information and Systems Engineering department in May 2014. I am currently enrolled in Auburn University's Dual Master's degree program in Business Administration and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Upon completion of this program in May 2016, I plan to move back to Northern Virginia to pursue a career in program management, operational improvement, or data analytics within the healthcare or defense industry. While attending the University of Virginia, I presided over the Virginia Competitive Cheer Club and served in the Programs Committee for the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Brittany Williams

I am currently an Associate at Goldman Sachs based out of London, United Kingdom. In my role, I am responsible for minimizing the firm's credit losses by monitoring a portfolio of clients across the Consumer Retail, Industrials and Real Estate sectors. In August 2016, I will be pursuing my Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

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