Dean's Team

 

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.



Ana BaccoAna Bacco

Hometown
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico
Major
Corrosion Engineering
Professional/Student Organizations
National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Why UA College of Engineering
University of Akron is the only college that has Corrosion engineering and also has a good chemical engineering program. It is also close to home and has a beautiful campus.
Why did you Choose your major?
Corrosion engineering is in major demand. There are no existing corrosion engineers as of now. Corrosion engineering applies to many fields.


Jillian Chenot

Jillian Chenot

Hometown
Stow, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Co-op/Internships
LuK
Why UA College of Engineering

The engineering program is one of the best with an outstanding co-op program. The campus is growing so much and looks great. When I visited the people were amazing and so welcoming there wasn't much to think about. I love it here at Akron.


Devin CrossDevin Cross

Hometown
Akron, OH
Major
Aerospace Systems Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Captain of the University of Akron SAE Aircraft Design Team
Treasurer and Charter member of the University of Akron Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) chapter
Former SAE Formula Car Racing member
Co-op/Internships
Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems (Now UTC Aerospace) - Research and Development
BGI LLC - Aerospace Systems Engineering
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems - Project and Braking Systems Engineering
Why UA College of Engineering

I chose UA for its acclaimed engineering program, direct admission into the engineering college, financial aid, great co-op program, its location close to home, low tuition (relative to other Ohio colleges), competitive design teams, and my family has a history going back several generations at UA. The campus is beautiful, and the engineering program is phenomenal! When I came to campus on my first visit, all the people were so nice and enthusiastic. How could I not choose UA?!
Why did you choose your major?
I have always wanted to be an engineer. My parents told me that I said I wanted to be an engineer when I was 2-3 years old. Creating and designing anything, particularly machines that could fly or travel into space, has always been something I enjoyed doing. As a young boy, I would draw blueprints for motorcycles, planes, and rockets and then build my designs out of Lego blocks. Not much has changed over the years, except for maybe the Lego part. I hope to one day be a great engineer creating and/or working on planes, rockets, satellites, helicopters, etc. 


Devin Cross

Katy Dzurisin

Hometown
Parma, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics Track)
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Alumni Board, Honors Delegates 
Co-op/Internships
REU (Research Experience for Undergrads) at Saint Louis University, L'Oreal USA, Zimmer, Inc. 
Why UA College of Engineering

I knew that I wanted to stay in state for college, and I also knew that I wanted to attend a university that had a great engineering college. After getting to meet with some of the faculty and students in the Biomedical Engineering department and touring the campus, I felt at home at UA and knew that this would be the place I would spend the next years of my life. 
Why did you choose your major?
I have always been interested in the human body and the medical field in general. After deciding I didn't want to become a doctor, a teacher introduced me to biomedical engineering. The combination of problem solving, anatomy and being able to help people was the perfect match, and I've loved BME ever since. 


Austin FeuchtAustin Feucht

Hometown
Maineville, Ohio
Major
Construction Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Co-president of ASCE Student Chapter
Co-captain of the Concrete Canoe team
Co-op/Internship
Timmerman Geotechnical Group - Field Technician
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 originally chose Civil Engineering because I loved everything about the construction field. I like to build things, I love working outside, and managing workforces. I knew I wanted to go into project management, and civil engineering was the best way to land that sort of position.


Amy GaoAmy Gao

Hometown
Akron, Ohio
Major
Electrical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
IEEE, SWE
Internship/Co-op Positions
Philips Healthcare
Peters, Tschantz, & Associates Inc.
Honda R&D Americas, Inc. 
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose the University of Akron because it is one of the best engineering schools in Ohio with a lot to offer. The campus is beautiful and the staff members are very helpful. 
Why did you choose your major?
I chose electrical engineering because I always enjoyed taking electrical hardware apart and seeing how everything works. I wanted a major that I can design and build anything I put my mind to. 


Mike GasperMike Gasper

Hometown
North Royalton, OH
Major
Electrical Engineering
Graduation
2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Tau Beta Pi, IEEE
Internship/Co-op Positions
NASA Glenn Research Center, GPD Group
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.



Melissa HeadlandMelissa Headland

Hometown
Warren, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering with a Chemistry minor
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Society of Women Engineers, University Ambassadors, Honors Delegates, National Residence Hall Honorary, Engineering Student Council, EUREKA Honros Engineering Alliance
Co-op/Internships
The Dow Chemical Company, Bridgestone
Why UA College of Engineering

While searching for colleges, I focused on finding a school that would provide a well-rounded college experience. I wanted great academics, an opportunity for on-campus involvement, NCAA sports programs, and the ability to gain hands on work experience. After looking at the majority of the big engineering schools in the region, I found The University of Akron to be the perfect fit. I loved the co-op program structure, class sizes, and the many programs available to incoming freshmen. Akron has a great balance of all the different qualities I was looking for in a school.
Why did you choose your major? 
Having always enjoyed math and science, I knew engineering was the right direction for me. I chose mechanical engineering because of the broad range of industries the degree applies to. With an ME degree, I can work in renewable energy, chemicals, biomedical fields, the auto industry, traditional manufacturing areas, and many more.  



Megan HuebnerMegan Huebner

Hometown
Strongsville, OH
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
American Society of Civil Engineers, UA Concrete Canoe, American Institute of Constructors
Internship/Co-op Positions
Turner Construction Company
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose The University of Akron because of the engineering and co-op program they offered. Also, the class sizes are kept smaller which provides the opportunity for the professors to get to know you by name, not a number.
Why did you choose your major?
Many of my family members are engineers or work in an engineering-related field so I have grown up around it; I have always had an interest in how things are designed and built. I also enjoy being able to provide people with something that will be beneficial to them for many years such as their homes, offices, hospitals, sports arenas and convention centers.


Katie KitnerKatie Kitner

Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations 
American Society of Civil Engineers, Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, National Society of Leadership and Success, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Women Engineers
Internship/Co-op Positions 
Jones Stuckey
Why UA College of Engineering?
I chose The University of Akron College of Engineering because of the engineering and co-op program.  I was also looking for a school that would offer smaller class sizes and campus.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose civil engineering because I enjoyed the maths and sciences in high school and was drawn to the structural area of civil engineering.


Matt EstockMaggie Knisley

Hometown
North Canton, OH
Major
Mechanical Engineering, business minor
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Collegiate Member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), EUREKA Honors Engineering Group, University Ambassadors, Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, Engineering Student Council
Internship/Co-op Positions
Joy Global, Inc.; Honda Engineering, North America Inc.
Why UA College of Engineering
The co-op program at The University of Akron is outstanding. I could not find one comparable to it out of all the schools I visited before choosing Akron. The staff is organized, knowledgeable, and connected, giving students the chance to work for the most sought after employers
Why did you choose your major?
At first, all I wanted to be was a Disney Imagineer, so I chose my major in hopes that I would one day bring joy to others with my designs. Though that is still a dream job of mine, I now realize even more how engineering can be used to help others in need and make a better, safer, and more efficient life for all. 


Abby KonturAbigail Kontur 

Hometown
Akron, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Engineering Student Council, UA Chemical Engineering Car Design Team, UA Honors College Delegate, Society of Women Engineers, Toastmasters, International, National Society of Leadership and Success
Internship/Co-op Positions
General Electric, Swagelok Company
Why UA College of Engineering
The University of Akron’s College of Engineering maintains a prestigious reputation in research, involvement and advancement. They invest in their students and take on social and environmental responsibility as a part of their values. I was so intrigued with the education I could receive as a woman interested in a technical field that I decided the University of Akron would be my school and I switched majors to Chemical Engineering. I have not looked back since. 
Why did you choose your major?
For the last years of high school, I spent my time at the University of Akron as a Post-Secondary student pursuing a degree in Math and Science Education. My senior year of high school, I networked with several freshmen in the College of Engineering and my interest was piqued by the projects they were assigned, their responsibilities, and the challenges inherent in the curriculum that broadened their thinking. I wanted a career that would challenge me and where I could make a difference. I found that in Chemical Engineering, and specifically, at the University of Akron.


Shawn MarksShawn Marks

Hometown
Green, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics Track
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Tau Beta Pi, Mortar Board National Senior Honors Society, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Internships/Co-op Positions
PerkinElmer
Why UA College of Engineering?
I picked The University of Akron primarily because it was close enough to my house that I was able to commute and still be involved in campus activities after hours. Additionally, I had heard great things about the engineering programs here at UA and the scholarship opportunities were much greater here than at other similar schools in Ohio.
Why did you choose your major?
I picked Biomedical Engineering because I'd always loved science and math and was highly interested in anatomy and physiology. The ways in which medicine and technology are advancing the world as we know it seemed like an a worthwhile path to take in my education.


Nicholas FragaskatosHans Meyer

Hometown
Tucson, AZ
Major
Corrosion Engineering
Graduation
Spring 2016
Professional/Student Organizations
Corrosion Squad, YoungLife, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC)
Internship/Co-op Positions
FirstEnergy's BETA Laboratory
Why UA College of Engineering?
I picked UA because they offered a degree in Corrosion Engineering and because of the importance they place on the students' co-op experience.
Why did you choose your major?
I picked Corrosion Engineering because I wanted to do something unique, and the job outlook of this major looked good.


Lindsey MontanariLindsey Montanari

Hometown
Tallmadge, OH
Major
Biomedical Engineering, Mechanics track and Mechanical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
Society of Women Engineers, Regional Collegiate Representative, Biomedical Engineering Society, Women in Engineering Program, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Internship/Co-op Positions
GE Healthcare
Why UA College of Engineering?
I picked UA because my mother works there and I was always around UA growing up. Many of my high school friend's older siblings went to Akron for engineering and they are very successful and happy today and they loved their time in college. Plus, our engineering school is very well known and respected.
Why did you choose your major?
I've always loved math and science but I didn't know how to apply these passions. Throughout the years, my family has experienced many health issues and deaths and I wanted to help others like them in the best way I know how: engineering. Plus I attended the middle school and high school Women in Engineering camps through UA and these camps helped guide me in the right direction.


Ben HarveyScott Schoemer

Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Tissues Track
Year
Spring 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
The University of Akron Ambassadors
Internship/Co-op Positions
Dr. Willits' Biomaterials and Tissues Lab
Why UA College of Engineering
Being from out of state, I didn’t know very much about The University of Akron before my first campus visit but as soon as I stepped on campus I was extremely impressed and knew I was going to be a Zip the following fall.  The College of Engineering is very well respected and provides its students tons of opportunities for real world experience through the co-op program and on-campus research.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose biomedical engineering because I want to work in the medical field but couldn’t see myself as a doctor or surgeon.  Also I wanted to help the doctors and surgeons who work with patients on a day to day basis be able to provide better care for their patients.


Todd SimmeringTodd Simmering

Hometown
Mansfield, OH
Major
Chemical Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organizations
National Association of Corrosion Engineers, American Institute for Chemical Engineers, UA Ski and Snowboard Club
Internship/Co-op Positions
Marathon Petroleum Company, ConocoPhillips
Why UA College of Engineering?
Initially, I visited Akron because my brother was attending the university and gave the engineering program great reviews (he was a mechanical polymer). During that visit I noticed how much the campus had changed since my brother first moved in four years prior. There were new dorms, parking garages, grass areas, and even a brand new football stadium right on exchange. The evolution of this campus was incredible. I felt like the university was going to not only offer me a top tier education but also the full college experience which is what I wanted and what Akron has provided.
Why did you choose your major? 
I chose chemical engineering largely for the challenge I knew it would provide and versatility it would add to my career path. I had heard of chemical engineers managing chemical processing plants, researching medical technologies or even being an associate analyst at an investment bank which showed me that the degree will open up a lot of doors.


TagirUsaaman Taugir

Hometown
Akron, OH
Major
Civil Engineering
Graduation
May 2014
Professional/Student Organization
Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs), American Society of Civil Engineers
Internship/Co-op Positions
HydroGeoLogic (HGL)
Why UA College of Engineering?
I wanted to go to a university that was in my hometown. The University of Akron is also an excellent engineering school so it was a perfect fit for me.
Why did you choose your major?
In high school I was enrolled in the program called Project Lead the Way. The program introduced young students to the different types of engineering fields over a period of four years. I was attracted to the civil engineering aspects in the courses.