Student Advising Program

Have questions about professors, courses, or your major application process? Which engineering discipline would you like to pursue and what does each major specifically entail? Questions about internships or organizations you should join?

Contact a student advisor!
In order to ensure that everyone is able to do their best at UVa, the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE) has a team of peer advisors ready to answer any questions you may have. These upperclassmen have walked in your shoes and are ready to share their experience.

Have questions about the program or which student advisor you should reach out to? Contact Jessica Wey Robinson at Jrobinson@Virginia.Edu (434)924-0624 or Morgan Lataillade at Mpl8yh@Virginia.Edu.

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Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Darius Carter

Major
Mechanical

Minor
Materials Science

Research
Dr. Bart-Smith - Mechanical - Studying Cetacean Fluke Structure

Clubs & Organizations
NSBE, Marching Band, Alpha Phi Alpha, OAAA - Peer Advising

About Me
I am a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering hailing from Richmond. When I am not in class or lab, I'm probably in the CDE or with the marching band playing tuba. I am "el Jefe" of the National Society of Black Engineers chapter and am the secretary for the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. During my free time I play intramural sports (Basketball & Flag Football), cook food, play fifa, watch Netflix and Empire, and hang out and listen to music.

How to Contact Me
Text at 804.350.2477 or Email Djc3xy@Virginia.Edu

Jose Vargas Badilla

Double Major
Aerospace and Mechanical

Research
Atmospheric Corrosion of Aluminum 5XXX Series under Professor Kelly at the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering here at UVA

Clubs & Organizations
Hoos Flying

About Me
I am a third year student from San Jose, Costa Rica. However, I have spent my last seven years here in Virginia. When not busy with schoolwork or working in the lab, I like to discover series on Netflix (I'm currently watching The Office and Better Call Saul). I also enjoy teaching myself how to play the guitar and hanging out with friends.

How to Contact Me
Text at 571.340.7724 or Email Jpv5tz@Virginia.Edu

Biomedical Engineering

Nick Asby


Internships
NASA Langley LARSS Program (Summer 2014)

Research
Undergraduate Research Assistant through the Munson Lab (Summer 2015-Fall 2015 and will continue through the rest of my time here)

Clubs & Organizations
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, ORecords, Abundant Life (Tutoring through Johnson Elementary)

About Me
I'm a 3rd year BME hailing from Williamsburg, VA. Although I love BME, if I'm not in lab or class, I'm probably doing something with music. I've played drums in a variety of settings since 5th grade and am continuing to do so here in Charlottesville! If I'm not in lab, class, or playing music, I'm probably binge watching Scrubs or The Office on Netflix, eating Mexican food, cheering on anything UVa Basketball, or reading.

How to Contact Me
Nwa5fz@Virginia.Edu

Nelson Barrientos


Internships
Shadowing position at UVA's Hospital Neurosurgery Department - Dr. Kenneth Liu

Research
Research Assistant at UVA's Neuroscience Department - Dr. Jung-Bum Shin's Lab

Clubs & Organizations
Madison House - Medical Services

About Me
I'm a third year, born in El Salvador, but I live in Falls Church, VA. I am interested in medicine and hope to go to med school after graduation. In my free time, usually I study, but sometimes I watch Netflix, play videogames, go out with friends, etc.

How to Contact Me
Nb5vf@Virginia.Edu

Morgan Lataillade


Minor
Studio Art

Internships
University of Virginia Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Pierce-Cottler Laboratory Origio

Research
Pierce-Cottler Laboratory - Vascular and Tissue Engineering

Clubs & Organizations
National Society of Black Engineers (current Secretary), Engineering Students Without Borders, Fashion for a Cause

About Me
Hello Everyone! My name is Morgan Lataillade, and I'm a third-year BME from Alexandria, Virginia (""NoVA""). When it comes to academics, my specific interests include almost anything within the realm of molecular biology. However, when I'm not studying, I love to create art (drawings, paintings, and even henna), try new types of food, and (of course) binge-watch my favorite shows on Netflix. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with me, even if it's just to say hi!

How to Contact Me
Text at 571.329.5921

Kara Mason


Research
UVA REU - Blemker Lab

Clubs & Organizations
NSBE, One Way

About Me
I am a third year from Midlothian, Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering. During my time at this school I have gotten involved in research, the National Society of Black Engineers, and tutoring. In my free time I like to paint pictures and spend time with friends.

How to Contact Me
Text at 804.314.7616 or Email Kmm3by@Virginia.Edu


Chemical Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jennifer Butler

Clubs & Organizations
Cavalier Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Basketball Band

About Me
I'm a third year from Yorktown, VA (the town, not the high school). I spend far too much of my time on band-related activities, but when I have a spare moment I'm into crafting and watching sci-fi movies.

How to Contact Me
Text at 757.817.5378 or Email Jab8md@Virginia.Edu

Sarah Cathey


Clubs & Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers (Secretary), Madison House, Global Water Brigade, Alternative Spring Break"

About Me
I'm a third-year Civil Major from Chincoteague Island, a smaller than small town off the east coast of Virginia. My hobbies include any and all music related endeavors and in general, being outdoors. I work with CavForce, a student-run ticketing office at UVA for sporting events. Though much of my free time at UVA has become occupied by various volunteering efforts, you can typically find me at any home hockey game cheering on the Hoos or studying/relaxing at Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters.

How to Contact Me
Text at 757.990.9301 or Email Sac4vx@Virginia.Edu

Bethany Gordon


Minor
Linguistics

Internships
National Society of Black Engineers International Headquarters

Research
MATS UTC Undergraduate Research Program-Flexural Strength of Shape Memory Alloy Reinforced Concrete / Smart Structures

Clubs & Organizations
NSBE, ESWB -- Armenia Housing Project, Cavalier Christian Fellowship, ASCE, UVA Linguistics Club

About Me
I'm a 4th year (doing 5 years undergrad) from Richmond, VA. I am a civil major and plan on studying Structural Engineering in graduate school. I'm involved in NSBE, Cavalier Christian Fellowship, and ESWB Armenia. In my free time, I like to go to the movies and sleep!

How to Contact Me
Email Bmg6bt@Virginia.Edu

Syed Kazmi


Internships
Systemic Solutions: They are a company that creates STEM workshops for various counties in NOVA. My personal role with them was to create a few workshops that would introduce CAD, 3D modeling, and printing to grades 3-12.

Clubs & Organizations
ASCE- American Society of Civil Engineers

About Me
I am a third year engineering student, interested in a variety of topics aside from just engineering. These include drawing, philosophy, music, both listening and playing. I have taken a few courses at UVA concerning the first two interests. My Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are normally very open. In my time here at UVA, I have tried a bit of everything from events happening on grounds to volunteering with various organizations that are in Charlottesville including a few concerts at studio IX downtown and the VA Film Festival.

How to Contact Me
Text at 571.239.5877 or Email Sak3bf@Virginia.Edu

Sarah Nerette


Minor
Engineering Business and Global Sustainability

Research
Possible upcoming research project in Haiti

Clubs & Organizations
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers, NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers, GWB - Global Water Brigades, University Salsa Club

About Me
I am currently a third year Civil Engineer, on the Water and Environmental Resources Track. I am a Rodman scholar here at the University. I am an international student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I am a member of the University Salsa Club. My hobbies include dancing, reading and sleeping.

How to Contact Me
Text at 954.980.2594 or Email Sen3gt@Virginia.Edu

Computer Engineering

Byung Joo Shin


Minor
Engineering Business

Internships
I worked at Amida Technology Solutions during Summer of 2014. Amida focused on aggregating different forms of health data into one personal record.

Research
I am a research assistant in the High Performance Low Power Lab. I work with the kickstarted Parallella board and assist grad students. I also help out with writing software for ROMAC Laboratories in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

About Me
Hi, my name is Byung and I am a 4th year studying in Computer Engineering. I'm from Annandale, VA. I immigrated from Korea when I was eight. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I'm really into window shopping computer peripherals and headphones, reading to decrease my long line of tabs, writing whatever's on my mind, and of course exploring the Reddit frontier. I also like watching football and throwing it around casually - it's fun! Anyways, I'd love to get to know you. You might learn something interesting. Same goes for me too. Email me(can't give you my number yet), and we'll get food!

How to Contact Me
Email Bs5ht@Virginia.Edu

Computer Science

Jason Valenzuela


Internships
Structural Systems and Solutions

Clubs & Organizations
Academical Village People, SHPE, Alternative Spring Break, Phi Sigma Kappa

About Me
My name is Jason Valenzuela, and I'm from Reston, VA (NOVA). I'm a 3rd year currently studying Computer Science through SEAS and I am really enjoying the program! During my free time, I am usually rehearsing with my a cappella group, the Academic Village People, or hanging out with my friends.

How to Contact Me
Text at 571.337.4895 or Email Jev4zs@Virginia.Edu

Electrical Engineering

Nanomedicine Engineering

Yonnie Michael


Minor
Chemistry

Research
Research Assistant in Immunology - Dr. Alison Criss and Biochemistry - Linda Columbus"

About Me
I'm a 3rd year from Springfield Virginia. I love to spend my free time at the gym either working out or playing basketball. These days I am spending a lot of time on the application process to medical school.

How to Contact Me
Text at 703.200.0228

Systems & Information Engineering

Hunter Davlin


Double Major
Economics

Clubs & Organizations
E-guides, Financial Decision Engineering Group

About Me
Hey guys, my name is Hunter Davlin. I'm a third year from Virginia Beach double majoring in Systems Engineering and Economics. I am interested in working in financial engineering, so I'm currently trying to learn more about opportunities in that field. As a first- and second-year I changed my major several times each semester, so I'm familiar with the overwhelming struggle. In my free time, I like working out, exploring Charlottesville, and hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out to me if you need help!

How to Contact Me
Text at 757.567.7718 or Email Hjd3mr@Virginia.Edu

Jasmine Jellá


Double Major
Cognitive Science

Internships
2 years as software developer and systems engineer for Objective Interface Systems

Clubs & Organizations
Mahogany Dance Troupe, Alpha Omega Epsilon

About Me
I'm a 3rd year and yet another NoVa-ite, but was born and mostly raised in the beautiful state of California. I attended the Academy of Science in high school and started attending UVa in the E-school. Outside of class, I spend a lot of my time dancing (ballroom and now hip hop with Mahogany Dance Troupe). With whatever precious free time I have left, I love playing video games, reading, and tutoring friends.

How to Contact Me
Text at 703.376.7710 or Email Jhj6px@Virginia.Edu



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