Engineering & Applied Sciences

Student Profiles

These students have taken full advantage of the "full spectrum" of opportunities available at the Hajim School.

Mary Bucklin

bucklinA senior in Biomedical Engineering, Mary is involved with the BME department as a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to BME class, is on the e-board for BMES, tutors, and has worked in Asst. Prof. Mark Buckley’s lab as a research assistant since her sophomore year. She also is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Eta Mu Beta honor societies. Outside of BME activities, she founded the College Diabetes Network club on campus, is a member of the Protestant Chapel Community, and played for two years on the varsity field hockey team. In her spare time, she loves coaching, outdoor activities and long distance running. The past two summers she has worked in a research lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University studying ankle brace designs for correction of tendon dysfunction. She wrote a paper and presented research at the Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in San Antonio, Texas and Seattle, Washington. After graduating, her plan is to pursue a PhD in BME. 

Rose Mbaye

mbayeA senior majoring in Biomedical Engineerin, Rose is from Senegal. She is very interested in biomedical advances in the field of infectious diseases and the use of biotech advances in drug and vaccine design. As an undergraduate student, she served as a teaching assistant for the biology department, but also as an undergraduate technical assistant in Prof. Richard Waugh’s lab in the Biomedical Engineering department and later in Asst. Prof. Michael Elliot’s lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical Center. Outside of school, Rose very much enjoys singing and dancing. Last year she joined a gospel choir course in the fall and also served as the co-captain of the West-African Dance group Ma’frisah. Additionally, she has a passion for traveling, and learning new languages and cultures. She left her home country Senegal to finish high school in South Africa, came the United States for college and went to Spain during the spring of her sophomore year for a semester study abroad in Madrid, studying at the University Carlos III de Madrid. 

Josh Jachuck

jachuckA senior majoring in Chemical Engineering, Jason is the Publicity Chair for AIChE, the Vice President of Club Squash, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for CHM 203 and CHE 243. He has also participated in undergraduate research, including an investigation of the effects of biodiesel composition on engine emissions, and a project involving the synthesis of biomaterials. During the summer of 2013, Josh interned at a clean technology company assisting with the development of wastewater treatment solutions for fracking. During the summer of 2015, he worked as an intern for NYSERDA in their Transportation Group. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing tennis, having competed on the Men’s Tennis Team during his freshman and sophomore years. After graduating, Josh plans to pursue a career in the energy industry.

Madeleine Laitz

laitzA senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in English, Creative Writing, Madeleine is especially interested in green initiatives. In 2013 she conducted research at UCLA on the fate and transport of antibiotic resistant genes in the environment. She interned at MIT in 2014 and 2015 as a research assistant in the Biological and Environmental Engineering departments, working on the synthesis of a mutagenic compound for the treatment of AIDS and the toxicological analysis of rare earth metals. At the U of R, Madeleine is currently working in Dr. Wu’s CHE lab and is a member of Dr. Foster’s Computational Fluid Dynamics Group. She has been a Teaching Assistant for CHE 113, CHE 243, and is one presently for CHE 225. In her spare time, Madeleine plays the violin and is the concertmaster of the UR Chamber Orchestra and co-concertmaster of the UR Symphony Orchestra. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering with a focus on environmental technologies.

Adam Scrivener

scrivenerAdam is a Junior majoring in both Computer Science and Mathematics, with clusters in Linguistics and Music Theory. His interests in computer science are algorithms and complexity theory (any kind of theory, really), and he intends to do algorithms research with Professor Stefankovic. Adam also did research in computational nanophysics with an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. In addition, he is a member of the juggling club, and takes private piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music. Adam hopes to pursue either a Masters or PhD in computer science or mathematics.

Luisa Neves

nevesLuisa is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, with clusters in English and Linguistics. She is a Writing Fellow for the University. She currently works for the Broker Method, a startup company focused on real-estate education and training, doing web design and development, and UX/UI testing. This past summer, she also interned at IBM, working with a z/OS team to create a mobile app for their mainframe analytics product. When not coding or reading mystery novels, Luisa enjoys playing both college and club Ultimate Frisbee. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science. 

Kiara Osolinsky

osolinsky  A senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in networking, communications, and signals, Kiara is also minoring in mathematics and music. During the summer of 2013 and the 2014 spring semester she conducted research with Professor Tolga Soyata in Double-Based Number Systems and mobile cloud computing. In addition to her research experience, Kiara served as a workshop leader for ECE 111. On campus she is a member of the University of Rochester Carillon Society. Kiara hopes to either continue on to a master’s program for ECE or into the defense industry.

Nicholas Pegoli

pegoli This senior is a Rochester native pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is taking a cluster of classes in Public Health and thoroughly enjoys visiting state and national parks. His Mechanical Engineering interests include optimizing material properties and is currently involved with undergraduate research in the Hopeman material science laboratory. Nicholas is also a tutor for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In the future, Nicholas hopes to attend graduate school for material science.

Yuting Yang

yang A senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in International Relations, Yuting has been a teaching assistant for ME104Q Engineering of Bridges for the past two years. She also has been doing research on kinematic limit analysis for arched structures with Professor Perucchio and Professor Muir. In the past two summers, she has interned at Changan Ford in Chongqing, China and participated in Xerox Engineering Research Fellowship respectively. Outside of the classroom she gives engineering and campus tours and volunteers through STEM Initiative. After graduation she hopes to work in aerospace engineering industry.

Julia Kent

kent This senior from the Mid-Hudson Valley is majoring in Optical Engineering with a minor in Creative Writing Poetry. During the fall of her junior year she studied abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for which she was awarded the UC International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Scholarship. Julia is the president of the UR Hatha Yoga club, Community Service Chairwoman of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, and member of the Outing Club, Meditation Club, and College Feminists. She loves to backpack and ran the Rochester marathon. She was a workshop leader for OPT 241. Julia is also a research assistant in the Materials Lab at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. She is spending part of her 2015 summer in Peru to study Water Resource Management. Julia is applying for a STEM Fulbright scholarship to India and plans to pursue graduate studies in any environmental application of Optics, such as Atmospheric Optics.