International Student Peer Coaching (ISPC) Program
The International Student Peer Coaching Program (ISPC) is a team of engineering students with the desire to coach students with their transition into Purdue University. Our goal is to mentor engineering students to find a balance between personal, academic life and to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. All coaches are trained by the undergraduate education team in the College of Engineering.
We offer peer to peer coaching on:
- Time management
- Study skills
- Developing professional skills
- Balancing personal and academic life
- Adjusting to life in the U.S.
Adlan Amran is a sophomore in Civil Engineering. He is from Pahang, Malaysia. Adlan specializes in promotions and graphic designing and had been marketing several events in Purdue University. He currently leads the marketing department of ISPC and is aspired to make ISPC more well known to the international engineering students. Besides engineering and designing, Adlan appreciates art & music - he plays the bass in a rock band.
Beatriz Licona Vallarino
Beatriz is from Panama City, Panama. She is a Junior pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in German. She joined Purdue as a transfer student in Spring 2015. Beatriz is involved in Purdue IEEE and she is also an Electrical and Computer Engineering ambassador. Apart from engineering, she enjoys meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and reading.
Thu (Ivy) Huynh is a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Mathematics and Psychology. She’s from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Her love for chemistry and mathematics inspires her to become a chemical engineer, specializing in renewable energy or consumer products production, because she gets to see the impact of these products in everyday life. She is currently a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Asian American Association. She is also an Honors Engineering peer mentor and a Linear Algebra teaching assistant. Apart from engineering, she enjoys reading, watching crime television shows, and biking.
Mahima Grover is a sophomore majoring in Biological Engineering with a minor in biotechnology from New Delhi, India. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant and an ABE ambassador at Purdue. She is also involved with learning communities such as EPICS and Women in Engineering. Apart from Engineering she is highly passionate about science, dancing and travelling.
Melanie Grande is a senior in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She is from Florida, USA, and spent almost a year in Germany in 2016 for internship/study abroad. She is involved in the Society for the Exploration and Development of Space and has been a member of the Purdue Lunabotics team for the NASA Robotic Mining Rover Competition. Additionally, she is part of an international team working on the Poland Mars Analog Simulation with the UN Space Generation Advisory Council. Besides space, Melanie also enjoys reading, climbing, and travelling.
Rahul Kartik is a sophomore in Computer Engineering. Rahul is from Chennai, India. Rahul is involved on campus and is currently a part of Purdue Aerial Robotics Club (within IEEE), Purdue Lunabotics and Purdue MIND. Rahul also enjoys going to hackathons. So far, Rahul has been to 4 hackathons in 4 different Universities and hopes to go to many more. Apart from Engineering, Rahul enjoys learning new languages, new cultures and meeting new people.
Revanth Nadipally is now a Senior in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Economics and Management, graduating in December 2017. He is originally from Hyderabad, India. While at Purdue Revanth has under his belt a study abroad in Spain, a 3 session Co-Op with Hendrickson International and a summer internship at Hitachi Automotive Systems. Revanth is now the manager of the ISPC program and has been an ambassador for the Office of Professional Practice. Revanth is an avid traveler, loves taking pictures and reading.
Takayuki Miyauchi is a native of Japan and has lived in Singapore for 8 years and Thailand for 3 years. He is a freshman and is planning to pursue Aerospace Engineering. Taka is a member of the Purdue Club Baseball team and the Japanese Student Association (JSA). He is also a part of the Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program.
Thivesh is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he is currently a senior in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Global Engineering Studies. During the Spring and Summer of 2017, Thivesh studied abroad in Germany and also had the opportunity to work as a junior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems as part of the Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program. Thivesh enjoys learning languages, traveling, and meeting new people from diverse cultures.
Yash Shah is a native of India and has lived in the UAE since 2008. He is a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering with minors in Economics and Mathematics. He serves as a STAR ambassador and a BGR team leader. Yash is currently in a 3-session co-op with SoCore Energy in Chicago. Apart from Engineering, Yash is highly passionate about music, singing and leadership.
Darshini Render (ISPC Director)
Assistant Director of Student Success, College of Engineering Undergraduate Education
Darshini is a higher education scholar-practitioner with 8+ years of experience in working with international students; specializes in international student holistic counseling, career development and programming; skilled in cross-cultural competency development, teaching and research; and a national advocate for international student needs. She strives to empower international students for lifelong success in engineering and beyond.