Pathway Scholars

Our Purdue Engineering Pathways Scholars are selected from hundreds of summer undergraduate research applicants. Learn more about our current Pathways Scholars below!

Oliver Aceves

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Bio: I am a Latino from northern California. I attend the University of Notre Dame, where I am a part of the marching band and several scholars programs. I am interested in all things mechanical engineering, so I am currently still attempting to decide what exactly I want to concentrate on. That is the main reason I am at Purdue this summer, to explore my interest in materials engineering.

Abdul Ahmed

Undergraduate Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bio: I am a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute majoring, in chemical engineering and minoring in economics. This summer, I am working with Prof. Cornelius Masuku. In the future, I aspire to contribute to the global development of energy systems.

Olorunjuwon Ajayi

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Bio: I am a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am majoring in Computer Engineering student with a double track in Communications and electronic systems and minoring in entrepreneurship. I am a McNair Scholar and Grand Challenge Scholar. My current research at UMBC is focused on studying the AM-to-PM Conversion in Carrier Photodiodes with Dr. Menyuk. After graduating, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Electrical Engineering.

David Amelemah

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University
Bio: Since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a pharmaceutical scientist. I struggled with severe acne for years, and I put most of my hope in the medication from the dermatologist. Realizing there were far more serious ailments or diseases without any suitable treatments, I knew I wanted to focus my career on drug discovery to help those in need.

A. Lili Castillo

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine
Bio: I am a student at the University of California, Irvine majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. My research interests include how diversity and inclusion can be further implemented within undergraduate engineering institutions to best serve and retain individuals of diverse backgrounds within the field. I hope to continue her passion by pursuing a degree in Engineering Education to eventually become a professor.

Guillermo Castro

Undergraduate Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Bio: I am an aerospace engineering major at PSU. My dream career is to be involved in space exploration whether it be by planning the missions or actually taking part in them as an astronaut.

Gregory Cook

Undergraduate Institution: Oakland University
Bio: I'm a bioengineering major at Oakland University. I am very interested in conducting research regarding the materials/design process for external/internal 21st century prosthetics.

Calleb Diaz Acevedo

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Bio: My name is Calleb J. Diaz Acevedo, and I am getting my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. My objective is to work on the development of transitional energy sources to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

Belen Flores

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, Indiana
Bio: I am a dual-degree student at Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, Indiana majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering. In the past, I have worked on research involving biological and anthropological acoustics and was a part of a locomotion lab. I aspire to attend graduate school where I can pursue my passion for improving the quality of people's lives through a PhD in the environmental or pharmaceutical field.

Maria Gibbs

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Bio: I am studying Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. I have a wide range of interests in the aerospace, math, and health fields, and I plan to attend graduate school in the future. My career goal is to develop technology that will improve the quality of life for others. This summer, I am thrilled to be working on a research project on Epidemic Modeling with Professor Pare in the ECE department.

Manuela Haddad Correa

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I am a student at Purdue University double majoring in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology & Genetics and minoring in Psychology and Biotechnology. I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil and I aspire to continue in Academia to pursue a Ph.D. and become a Professor while doing research, most likely related to genetic engineering. I will be working with Dr. Kari Clase this summer from the Biological Engineering department.

Amel Ksaibati

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wyoming
Bio: I am studying Chemical Engineering, and I have ambitions to go on to graduate school. For the summer of 2021 I will be conducting research through the SURF program in joint with CISTAR and Purdue University. I will be working with Dr. Allison Godwin on developing computational methods to classify unlabeled chemical reactions using large data sets. During my free time I enjoy photography, hiking, and exploring new places.

Feris Kury

Undergraduate Institution: Arizona State University
Bio: I am studying chemical engineering at Arizona State University, in hopes that I pursue a career in flavorism or food engineering. My dream profession would be to make all types of flavors for potato chips, Oreos, and more!

Mackey Long

Undergraduate Institution: Auburn University
Bio: My name is Mackey Long, and I am from Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, I study materials engineering at Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. I am interested by what is vary small, the nanoscopic world, and how it relates to our macroscopic reality.

Kojo Marfo-Sarbeng

Undergraduate Institution: Villanova University
Bio: I am a chemical engineering major from Reisterstown, Maryland studying at Villanova University. I was selected for the CISTAR REM Program and will be researching the future of energy.

Morgan Moses

Undergraduate Institution: University of Alaska Anchorage
Bio: I am a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage where I am double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science. My interests are in system dynamics, biomechanics, differential geometry, and computational programming with aspirations of teaching and conducting research at the university level. In my free time, I ride my horse Hecate and paint tiny plastic spacemen.

Lainey Orr

Undergraduate Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Bio: I am an aspiring chemical engineer at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I have prior work experience in research and development for the semiconductor industry.

Michael Pardo

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: My research this Summer involves designing and developing a test chamber for x-ray characterization of aerospace alloys in corrosive environments. My professional interests include potentially earning a master's degree and going into the aerospace industry to implement the knowledge and problem solving skills I have learned in my research.

Kayla Richardson

Undergraduate Institution: Arizona State University
Bio: I am a student at Arizona State University studying Electrical Engineering with a focus on Power & Energy. I hope to become an effective leader in my field by gaining research experience and technical skills related to smart grid technologies while furthering my education through graduate studies.

Kaya Robinson

Undergraduate Institution: Villanova University
Bio: I am a Presidential Scholar at Villanova University majoring in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, and Honors. This summer I am excited to explore my passions for research while also learning more about the field of engineering and possible paths I can take. I have so much to learn!

Chris Rodriguez

Undergraduate Institution: University of California Irvine
Bio: I am a first-generation student looking to get my foot in the tech industry. I wish to better my life and others through technology and STEM in general.

Yan Saltar

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Bio: I am a University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez student studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and Environmental Engineering. I am currently working with Prof. Alexander Dowling from Notre Dame developing mathematical models to track the mass and energy flows in a natural gas processing system. In the future I desire to obtain a Ph.D. in superstructure optimization and dive deeper in research.

Francis Sampson

Undergraduate Institution: Rice University
Bio: I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in African and African-American Studies at Rice University. This summer, I will be working with Professor Michael T. Harris at Purdue University. While I am still exploring my academic and career interests, I plan to combine my love for engineering and passion for Black life in the near future.

Teah Scott

Undergraduate Institution: Howard University
Bio: I am a student at Howard University majoring in Chemical Engineering. I plan to get my doctoral degree in a chemical or medical-based engineering because I aspire to research in that field professionally. I would love to do research at the intersection of engineering and global health. One of the companies I hope to work for in the future is Medtronic because they are continually at the forefront of biomedical engineering and design.

James Swindell

Undergraduate Institution: Mississippi State University
Bio: Current Undergraduate Research Assistant at Purdue studying under the mentorship of Dr. Marcial Gonzalez. Our research involves particulate engineering with a focus on manufacturing and computational analysis of composites and their microstructure. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. from Purdue and work at JPL studying space exploration vehicles.

Don-Terry Veal

Undergraduate Institution: Morgan State University
Bio: My research thus far has studied Density Functional Theory (DFT) at Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland-Sophomore). With DFT, we can more accurately predict how particles at subatomic levels will interact with one another. The goal is to calculate the energy band diagrams of silicon carbide for various quantum defects and eventually apply findings towards a quantum computer.

Nicholas Verastegui

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I am interested in Cybersecurity and Computer hardware. I also have an interest in software engineering.

Tristan Wiley

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I am studying Materials Engineering, researching with Professor Chelsea Davis with the AAMP UP program this summer. I am interested in materials of all kinds, and looking into graduate school.

Fernando Aguilera de Alba

Undergraduate Institution: Arizona State University
Bio: Fernando is a rising senior in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. At Purdue University, he is part of the Heinz Lab researching the presence of comodulation masking release (CMR) in normal-hearing chinchillas to further the study of cochlear synaptopathy in the same animal species. During his free time, Fernando likes to play soccer, produce informative content, attend music festivals, and travel around the world.
Current University: Ph.D. student at Purdue University

D'Angelo Aguirre

Undergraduate Institution: University of California San Diego
Bio: I am a University of California San Diego student majoring in Bioengineering with an emphasis in biotechnology. My curiosity of the small and complex components of life has driven my attention to the applicability of engineering principles to solve the worlds most daunting health and energy issues by manipulation of biological systems. I am excited to see what this passion teaches me, the friendships and mentors I find through collaboration, and the positive impact it has on society.
Current Position: Employed at Plexium

Nicole Attram

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County
Bio: I am a Meyerhoff Scholar at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), majoring in Mechanical Engineering on the PreMed track and going into my second year of study. In the future, I aim to earn an MD/PhD in Bioengineering.

Maximilian Cobos

Undergraduate Institution: Wabash College
Bio: I am a dual-degree engineering student at Wabash College participating in undergraduate research at Purdue University with Prof. David Warsinger. I am a rising senior majoring in Mathematics, with a minor in Chemistry, who intends to pursue Chemical Engineering.

Bryant Dean

Undergraduate Institution: Morehouse College
Bio: Bryant is a rising Junior studying Applied Physics in the dual-degree program at Morehouse College. He has an interest in Mechanical Engineering.

Rafael Estrella

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arkansas
Bio: Rafael studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. This summer he is performing research with Prof. Justin Weibel at Purdue University.

Alec Gonzalez

Undergraduate Institution: Texas A & M University Kingsville
Bio: I am a student from Texas A&M University - Kingsville majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in computer science, business administration, mathematics, and security engineering. As you may have guessed, I have many interests including tennis, writing, and my latest being coding. Even though they might not all be directly related, I hope to leverage all of my accumulated knowledge in my future career.
Current University: Clemson

Victoria Gonzalez

Undergraduate Institution: Arizona State University
Bio: Victoria is a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University and is passionate about her work. She is aspiring to become a leader in the Data Science field.
Current University: Columbia University

Ricardo Hernandez

Undergraduate Institution: Texas Tech University
Bio: My name is Ricardo Hernandez, a Texas Tech University Mechanical Engineering student, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have a strong passion for learning and teaching. My life goal is to follow in the footsteps of those that have inspired me, my past teachers/professors.

Emi Mondragon

Undergraduate Institution: Trinity University
Bio: I am going to be a senior Engineering Science major with a focus on Electrical Engineering and minor in Mathematics and Physics at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and have worked with Sandia National Laboratories as a student intern for the last three summers. This summer I am working on a joint project between Sandia National Laboratories and Purdue University (Prof. Kevin Webb) on computational analysis and theory of particles to interpret transmitted and reflected light in a fog-like environment.
Current University: PhD Student at The Johns Hopkins University

Abigayle Moser

Undergraduate Institution: Iowa State University
Bio: Abigayle is studying Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. She aspires to earn a Ph.D. and continue to pursue a dynamic research career exploring issues pertinent to energy opportunities within global sustainability and renewable energy systems. Her research portfolio has become diverse working with nanosurfaces and superhydrophobic coatings, performing particle image velocimetry (PIV), and utilizing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to explore complex flow fields. This summer Abigayle is working with Prof. Luciano Castillo.

Adriana Munoz Soto

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Bio: Adriana is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. At Purdue, she is currently working on research with Professor John Sutherland and Graduate Student Matthew Triebe investigating the development of a cost model for a milling machine with a focus on the role of material cost. Adriana desires to continue graduate studies in Mechanical Design Engineering.

Dorinda Ntim

Undergraduate Institution: Praire View A&M University
Bio: Dorinda Ntim is an aspiring Chemical Engineer from Prairie View A&M University who strives to become an expert in her field. Originally from Accra, Ghana, Dorinda set out to be impactful to many nations and she aims high, beyond the endless sky, because that is really the limit. This summer Dorinda is working on a CISTAR project.
Current Position: Employed at Eastman

Alan Pistone

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I am a first generation American from a Hispanic household and a rising junior at Purdue University. My current research is focused on studying halide perovskite's and creating halide perovskite solutions for use in solar cells with Prof. Letian Dou.

Sterling Reynolds

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Bio: Sterling Reynolds is a senior Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) advised by Dr. Arturo Montoya. Sterling has contributed to the UTSA developed hyper-complex finite element method (ZFEM), interned at the Naval Research Labs under the Materials Science division, and has assisted the development of high performance finite element code for real-time hybrid simulations with the Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitat Institute (RETHi). Primary research interest is developing novel computational methods applied to real-time hybrid simulations to create safer and affordable engineering systems. This summer Sterling is working with Prof. Shirley Dyke.

Julio Rivera

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Bio: Julio is a rising Senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. This summer he is performing research with Prof. Jacqueline Linnes in Biomedical Engineering.
Current University: Ph.D. student at Purdue University

Makayla Roma

Undergraduate Institution: University at Buffalo
Bio: I am a rising senior attending the University at Buffalo with hopes to pursue a PhD in Industrial engineering. My passion lies in healthcare research with a focus on long term care. I hope that through my work I will be able to provide sustainable solutions to the long term care system that can improve health outcomes and give elderly patients a better quality of life. This summer I am working with Prof. Paul Griffin.

Xochilth Saldana

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego
Bio: Xochilth is a rising Senior studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of San Diego. Xochilth plans to pursue a PhD and is excited to prepare for a career as a professor. This summer she is performing research with Prof. Sara McMillan.
Current University: Ph.D. student at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Daria Shkel

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine
Bio: I am a rising Junior at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Electrical Engineering. I am interested in interdisciplinary research on the intersection between Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. This Summer I am working with Professor Dana Weinstein on the optimization of Focused Ultrasound as produced by Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers (PMUT).

Javi Solano

Undergraduate Institution: University of Houston
Bio: Javi is a rising senior at the University of Houston majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on failure progression in aerospace grade laminate composites with Prof. Michael Sangid. He is interested in pursing a PhD in materials engineering with hopes of one day leading his own research group. In his free time he likes to ride his bike, learn new coding languages and experiment with different types of scientific software.

Fernando Davis

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Bio: I am interested in research for signals and image processing, computer imaging including tomography, statistical analysis and cyber security based machine learning. Pathways 2019

Ángel Enriquez

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Bio: I am a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at Purdue. My current research focus is on developing actuators for biomedical applications. Specifically working towards improving the reliability of implantable sensors. Pathways 2017
Current University: Purdue University

Christian Figueroa-Espada

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Bio: I earned my B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests lie in the interface of biomaterials, drug delivery, and immunology designing RNAi therapeutics to target cancer progression. I aspires to pursue a career in academia and ultimately become a leader within the Latino STEM community. Pathways 2016

Emily Garcia

Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley
Bio: As a UC Berkeley alumni, I am now a Ph.D. student at Purdue University as both an NSF and Purdue Doctoral fellow co-advised by Drs. Zachary Hass and Paul Griffin. I am also a graduate researcher for the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. My research focuses on optimizing transitional care for long term care patients and their caregivers. On the side, I have collaborated with prior teachers to expose minority students to engineering careers. Pathways 2019
Current University: Purdue University

Debraliz Isaac

Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Bio: I received my bachelor's in aerospace engineering and minor in mathematics from the University of Central Florida in May 2019. I began a direct Ph.D. at Purdue University in the fall of 2019. I am currently working under the guidance of Prof. Justin Weibel from the Cooling Technologies Research Center and Prof. David Warsinger from the Warsinger Water Lab. Pathways 2018
Current University: Purdue University

Phillip Lipinski

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I am a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering. My research interests include topics in electromagnetics, optics, and signal processing and how these interdisciplines may be used to develop new methods of computing, transmitting information, and achieving fundamental breakthroughs in the understanding of natural phenomena on a miniscule particle scale. Pathways 2017
Current Position: Master's completed in Spring 2021

Esai Lopez

Undergraduate Institution: New Mexico State University
Bio: My research is at the interface of chemical engineering and environmental remediation. At New Mexico State University, I worked on remediating radionuclide contaminated soil. Currently I am working on utilizing diffusiophoresis to purify water. Eventually I want to become faculty at a land grant university. When I am not in lab, I can probably be found taking a road trips or playing tennis. Pathways 2019
Current University: PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kevin McIver

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University
Bio: I currently perform research in computational simulation of safety equipment and human injury for sports and military applications. Long term I am interested in pursuing a career in R&D in military technology for US national defense. Pathways 2017
Current University: PhD student at Purdue University

Lane Schultz

Undergraduate Institution: Fort Lewis
Bio: My field of research involves high throughput analysis of atomistic modeling. We gather physical descriptors for metallic glasses for machine learning to attain less accessible material properties. Pathways 2016
Current University: Research Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison