The Dean’s Team

The Dean’s Team is a diverse group of engineering students who serve in a recruiting capacity for the College of Engineering. The students span the disciplines available within the College and have had important, transformative co-curricular opportunities (co-ops, student design teams, student organizations, etc.) during their Akron Engineering Experience.



Evan ArnoldEvan Arnold

Hometown
Marietta, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering with a Polymer Specialization and Chemistry Minor
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Chem-E-Care Team 2010-2013
Co-op/Internships
OMNOVA Solutions

Why UA College of Engineering
The campus was growing and located in the rubber capital of the world. It was the right distance from home to be able to live on my own and still make a trip home if necessary. Plus, it's cloe to major sports teams, has a great cooperative program and plenty of scholarships.

Why did you Choose your major?
I came from an engineering family, and chemistry and equipment are both major interests of mine. The field has plenty of opportunities all of the U.S.


Nicholas Barr

Nicholas T. Barr

Hometown
Bolivar, OH
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers, Sigma Alpha Lamba, Leadership and Honor Society
Co-op/Internships
ODOT District 11, Environmental Design Group
Why UA College of Engineering

I picked UA because it has one of the best engineering programs in the state and an excellent co-op program. It is close to home, has an attractive campus, and has gotten great recommendations from alumni. I heard that the design teams were very competitive, and I knew I would fit right in. I knew that great opportunities would come from such a well-rounded university. 
Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I always excelled in science and math. I also liked the idea of designing and building something that will benefit many people and last a long period of time.


Jamara BeardJamara Beard

Hometown
Buffalo, NY
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, New Season Gospel Choir, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

Co-op/Internships
FirstEnergy - Perry Nuclear Power Plant, The Ruhlin Co.
Why UA College of Engineering
I chose UA because its location, accredited engineering program, beautiful campus and co-op program. I know I made the right choice because UA has exceeded all my expectations.

Why did you choose your major?
After studying carpentry in highschool and learning the basics of engineering at community college, I chose civil engineering because I could utilize my background knowledge and gain a technical understanding of the industry and related fields.


Melissa Boswell

Melissa Boswell

Hometown
Copley, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics Track)
Graduation
May 2016
Professional/Student Organizations
Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Engineering, Honors Book Club, Sigma Lambda Honorary, Emerging Leaders
Co-op/Internships
Toyota, Research Assistant in UA lab
Why UA College of Engineering

I chose The University of Akron for its stand-out biomedical engineering program as well as the many opportunities available to better yourself as a student, a leader, and as a person.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose biomedical engineering because I am fascinated with learning about the way the body works and knew I wanted to go into engineering - biomedical engineering is the perfect balance of both.  I want to be able to use engineering and problem solving skills to have a direct and positive effect on the quality of life for people.


Lauren BuserLauren Buser

Hometown
Green, OH
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers, Steel Bridge team
Co-op/Internship
City of Stow Engineering Dept., PCL Civil Constructors in Seattle, WA
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose Akron for the wide variety of student groups available, as well as the great engineering program. On visitation day, we got to tour the rooms used by the concrete canoe team as well as all of the other teams. Since I knew I wanted to go into Civil Engineering, I knew that I wanted to be on the concrete canoe team at Akron. 
Why did you choose your major?
I used to be a math major, and one day it "hit" me that I was supposed to be an engineer. I was right.


Kyle DeHoffKyle DeHoff

Hometown
Louisville, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Supermileage design team, Rocket team
Internship/Co-op Positions
DHL Industries, Bridgestone-Firestone
Why UA College of Engineering?
The University of Akron provides not only a very competitive engineering program but also gives students the opportunity to earn much greater financial aid packages compared to other schools. UA also offers other academic benefits such as the Honor's College and student design teams.
Why did you choose your major?
Engineering is the ultimate applied science. Every product in the world is created or supplied due in some part due to engineers.


Katie DeLozierKatie DeLozier

Hometown
Wadsworth, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissues) with a minor in Chemistry
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Tau Beta Pi, IEEE
Internship/Co-op Positions
NASA Glenn Research Center, GPD Group
Why UA College of Engineering?
The University of Akron has a highly reputable Biomedical Engineering program. Akron offers me the opportunity to expand my knowledge, talent, and experience while staying close to the people I care about.

Why did you choose your major?
I plan to use my biomedical engineering degree to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in neonatology. I wanted a way to work in the medical field and find cures, not just treatments. Many current treatments simply control symptoms or prevent disease progress. With the biomedical engineering training I learned at The University of Akron, I hope to find permanent cures. Biomedical engineering is the future of medicine.



Tristan DipeitroTristan Dipeitro

Hometown
North Canton, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering with Polymer Specialization
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
AiChe
Co-op/Internships
Americhem Inc.
Why UA College of Engineering

I chose UA because of the great chemical engineering program and facilities.
Why did you choose your major? 
I love figuring out why things work and being challenged. A Chemical Engineering degree gives me the opportunity for both of these, as well as giving me endless oppourtunities for my future.


Matthew EstockMatt Estock

Hometown
Ashtabula, OH
Major
Aerospace Systems Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Zips Aero Design
Internship/Co-op Positions
PCC Airfoils
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose the UA College of Engineering for a number of reasons. For one, it's a highly recognized program throughout NE Ohio. I was also exposed to it quite a bit through my family - my dad earned a mechanical engineering degree and met my mom (medical technology major) here. My two older brothers recently graduated with degrees in mechanical engineering and chemical engineering respectively. My family was very positive about the College of Engineering and the experiences they had here. The co-op program was also a huge draw for me when comparing other colleges. UA's co-op program has been around for decades and they've established great relationships with local and national companies. Having real world experience in an engineering field upon graduating is a huge advantage when looking for a full-time job. 
Why did you choose your major?
I chose to major in aerospace systems engineering mainly because I've always had an interest in flight and space. I loved riding in airplanes as a kid and I was always curious as to how planes "worked."


Eric FlemingEric Fleming

Hometown
Edinburg, OH
Major
Computer Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations 
IEEE, Senior Design Team
Internship/Co-op Positions 
Telerik Inc., The Timken Company
Why UA College of Engineering?
I picked UA because I had heard nothing but great things about their engineering program. It was convenient that such a great engineering school was close to home. I did not even apply to any other schools.
Why did you choose your major?
I have always loved working on computers, whether software or hardware, it didn't matter. At a young age I saw one of my role models writing code for a game and was so fascinated that I couldn't wait to try it myself. While I was in high school I was given the opportunity to work for a software consulting company, which furthered my passion for computer programming. The decision for Computer Engineering was easy, I had a good deal of experience in the software side, and wanted to learn about computer hardware more in depth.


Mike GasperMike Gasper

Hometown
North Royalton, OH
Major
M.S. Electrical Engineering
Graduation
2016
Professional/Student Organizations
Tau Beta Pi, IEEE
Internship/Co-op Positions
NASA Glenn Research Center, GPD Group, Graduate Research Assistant
Why UA College of Engineering
I picked The University of Akron because it was close to home and I heard that it had a good engineering program. After visiting the campus I finalized my choice.
Why did you choose your major?
I picked my major because my high school physics teacher recommended I look into engineering. I liked to tinker with computers and electronics so I picked electrical engineering.



Renee HornRenee Horn

Hometown
Akron, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics)
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
SWE, BMES, University Ambassadors, Honors College Buckingham Scholar, NRHH (alumni)
Internship/Co-op Positions
L'Oreal, ABB
Why UA College of Engineering
When I visited the campus, it felt like home AND had an amazing engineering program that I was very excited to pursue. After previous experience with some lab work on campus, I was offered many more opportunities through the Honors College, including the Emerging Leaders program.  Year after year, UA has proved to me that I made the right choice, opening more doors and offering more experiences than I ever believed possible.
Why did you choose your major?
The concept of Biomedical Engineering all started with my mom joking with me that I should pick that major because it sounded so difficult. When I actually looked into it, it turns out that it was just what I was looking for. I wanted the chance to mesh together math and design while also having the chance to help people everywhere, which is exactly what Biomedical Engineering has provided for me.


Mackenzie KaserMackenzie Kaser

Hometown
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Major
Civil Engineering with a business minor
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, Honors Delegates, Society of Women Engineers, EUREKA (Honors Engineering Alliance), Women in Engineering Program, Choose Ohio First STEM Program, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio and Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) Scholarship Programs, (i)Cleveland Leadership Program

Internships/Co-op Positions
Shook Construction Co.
Why UA College of Engineering?
I had originally intended to get away from Akron for school. I was born and raised in the area and wanted a new adventure. The University of Akron offered many incentives, including the College of Engineering. I decided to stay close to home, save a little money, and become a Zip. Looking back now, I would not have changed anything. I love the city of Akron and I am proud to be a member of the Civil Engineering program at UA. I have met many people and joined many organizations that have made me the student, and person, that I am today.

Why did you choose your major?
During high school, I was always interested in math and physics. I thought I wanted to study architecture until I took an advanced art class my senior year and focused my work on drawing buildings and structures. I quickly realized that I didn't just want to make buildings look good, I also wanted to make them function efficiently and cost effectively. That led me to civil engineering. Through my co-op with a heavy and industrial contractor, I have learned that I enjoy working in the construction business. I am able to utilize the technical skills I have learned through school, and also display my ability to communicate and work in a business environment. 


Thomas KuenzigThomas Kuenzig

Hometown
Chagrin Falls, OH
Major
Electrical Engineering
Graduation
Spring 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
Chem-e-car
Internship/Co-op Positions
Pepperl and Fuchs, Safran
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose UA for many different reasons. Initially I was debating between OSU, Toledo, and UA. UA ended up being my top choice since they were the most helpful, and because of their outstanding co-op program. Also, I was able to get more scholarships, and any questions I had I was able to get an answer quickly and easily. 
Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because in high school I enjoyed AP physics and knew that I wanted to do something in engineering. As I got farther in to my physics course I noticed that the electrical portions of the class came much easier to me, so that made the most sense to major in.


Lauren KukwaLindsey Montanari

Hometown
Garfield Heights, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering with a Polymer Specialization 
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Women in Engineering, University Ambassadors
Internship/Co-op Positions
ABB Inc., Veyance Technologies Inc., Portage Precision Polymer
Why UA College of Engineering? 
The summer before my senior year of high school my parents took me and my best friend on a college road trip checking out schools from Cleveland to Cincinnati; we came to Akron the first day. My Dad suggested stopping just to look around as we passed it and I begrudgingly agreed.  After walking around campus I was totally smitten. I loved the energy at the University of Akron. My Dad still jokes that we should have just turned around and went home that first day because I was hooked and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

Why did you choose your major?
When I was young I would take apart things in the house, fascinated by the challenge of figuring out how they worked. Due to my height my victims were usually door knobs, much to the dismay of my Mom. As time went on I realized how much I loved math and science. Engineering seemed like a perfect fit for my interests.


Mackenzie LoveMackenzie Love

Hometown
Norwalk, OH
Major
Civil Engineering
Year
Spring 2015

Professional/Student Organizations
ASCE Student Chapter, Concrete Canoe team
Internship/Co-op Positions
Burgess & Niple Engineers, City of Wooster
Why UA College of Engineering
I chose The University of Akron because of the success rate with students passing the F.E. and the incorporation of the co-op program.
Why did you choose your major?
I have always been interested in the infrastructure that makes the world today work.


Garrett McHughGarrett McHugh

Hometown
Amherst, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organizations
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Internship/Co-op Positions
Ridge Tool Company
Why UA College of Engineering?
The engineering and co-op programs are some of the best in the state. The university is also affordable and close to home with a gorgeous campus that is filled with engaging professors and friendly faces.
Why did you choose your major?
Ever since I was little I've loved building things, taking things apart, and learning how everything works; especially things like bikes, tools and engines. I also enjoy math and applying my creativity to CAD models and design so mechanical engineering was perfect for me. 


Zachary MoreheadZachary Morehead

Hometown
Rootstown, OH
Major
Electrical Engineering
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organization
Tau Beta Pi, Tau Sigma
Internship/Co-op Positions
ATI Flat Rolled Products
Why UA College of Engineering?
The University of Akron's co-op program was very impressive to me when searching for a school to attend, in their commitment for the students to gain valuable experience in the workforce throughout school as well as placement in careers upon graduation. 
Why did you choose your major?
Throughout school I always enjoyed math and sciences which initially lead me to pursue a degree in applied mathematics, where a physics course sparked an interest in electrical engineering. In researching the field of electrical engineering I found there to be many challenging and hands-on areas, which I believe would lead to a more rewarding career.



Jacob SinesJacob Sines

Hometown
Poland, OH
Major
Corrosion Engineering with a chemistry minor
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organization
Uakron Ski and Snowboard Club, Marathon Petroleum Intern and Co-op Advisory Board,  Uakron Corrosion Squad
Internship/Co-op Positions
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Why UA College of Engineering? 
I picked the University of Akron because of opportunity. At UA I have the opportunity to gain a strong engineering degree while earning scholarships and incurring little to no debt.

Why did you choose your major? 
I originally elected to pursue Chemical engineering at the University of Akron, but discovered the Corrosion Engineering bachelors my sophomore year. Learning about the plethora of opportunity I would have as a member of the first graduating class of Corrosion engineers I could not resist. 


Daniel SlatteryDaniel Slattery

Hometown
Akron, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering with minor in Spanish
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organization
Tau Beta Pi, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, Golden Key, Knights of Columbus
Internship/Co-op Positions
Sheesher Buckly, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Why UA College of Engineering? 
I picked UA because of its well known engineering program and how affordable it was when I compared the cost to other schools. The other reason I chose UA was because I am far enough away from home to be on my own, but I also have the capability to easily travel home for family functions.

Why did you choose your major? 
I picked my major because I really enjoy physics and learning about the world and how devices and machinery work. I have always had a knack for the math and sciences and engineering was the right fit for me. It is a well paying occupation and it enables me to work just about anywhere in the world. 


Victoria Smith Victoria Smith

Hometown
Hudson, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering with Polymer Specialization and minor in Spanish
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organization
UA Ambassadors, Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Internship/Co-op Positions
The Lubrizol Corporation
Why UA College of Engineering? 
I chose The University of Akron because I knew that I wanted to pursue engineering and stay in Ohio. I also wanted a large school, yet at the same time have a school that attained a decent ratio of professor to student; UA has both qualities considering it is a Division I school with comfortable class sizes and professors who know me by name. After visiting UA, all I could do was imagine myself walking on campus. Furthermore, I was accepted in the Emerging Leaders program, leading me to attend Akron. Our school has an amazing reputation for engineering and I am proud to be a part of it. 

Why did you choose your major? 
Chemical Engineering peaked my interest when I came across a magazine article in high school explaining that with a chemical engineering degree, one can create cosmetics. Then I found myself in front of the Google homepage researching other opportunities engineering provides and learned that the opportunities are endless. The opportunities through this engineering program at Akron and through my co-op with The Lubrizol Corporation have been incredible and I have learned so much. Every hour of studying has definitely been worth it. I cannot imagine myself in any other major. 


Sarah SnyderVictoria Smith

Hometown
Warren, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering (Tissues/Biomaterials) with minor in mathematics
Graduation
May 2015
Professional/Student Organization
UA Ambassadors, Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Internship/Co-op Positions
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Why UA College of Engineering? 
I wanted a well-balanced university. I picked UA for its respected engineering, Honors College, and co-op programs, its campus and residence life, and its undergraduate research opportunities. 

Why did you choose your major? 
Biomedical engineering combines my two big interests in regenerative medicine and design. I chose the Tissues/Biomaterials track so I can pursue a Ph.D. and tissue engineering research after I graduate.