ePALs Help Others Earn Degrees

ePALs help other students earn degrees in engineering or computer science. Visit the FAQs page to learn more about the program.

Meet the ePALs

Lydia Aman

Lydia Aman

Chemical and Biological Engineering, Junior
Homedale, Idaho

liddymarie123@yahoo.com

 

My involvement with the College of Engineering activities really started when I joined the Engineers Without Borders club my freshman year. I traveled to Kenya the summer after my freshman year (2015) to help put in a well and was the Water Committee Chairperson for the 2015-1016 school year. During the 2015-2016 school year, I also joined Society of Women Engineers and the Women in Engineering Advisory Board. I will be traveling to the Society of Women Engineers National conference in Philadelphia in the fall of 2016. I really attribute my success in engineering so far to surrounding myself with engineering peers in each of these clubs. As a younger student, it helped to see how already-successful engineering students that were juniors and seniors did so well. By being an ePal, I hope I can help do this for future underclassmen like so many other students helped me. 

I started working at the Center for Biofilm Engineering in the Environmental lab as a research assistant for Neerja Zambare and worked under Dr. Ellen Lauchnor. This research was investigating different remediation methods of mine and coal-producing operations. I'll continue this work in fall 2016. Working in a lab really helped me apply concepts that I was learning in the classroom to actual engineering practices, especially when I was sitting in class wondering why a professor is going through a 20-minute derivation of an equation. In the summer of 2016, I became a Quality Control intern with Basic American Foods in Shelley, Idaho. 

When I'm feeling lazy, I like to sit and watch movies (mostly Disney!). When I'm feeling adventurous, I like to explore the beautiful area around Bozeman by either hiking, snowboarding, or camping. I also like to do yoga when school stresses me out.

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Sarah Brintnell

Sarah Brintnell

Mechanical Engineering Technology, Junior

Bismarck, North Dakota

sarah.brintnell@gmail.com

After graduating high school, I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I loved art, math, and science. In high school, I was involved with the school newspaper as a photographer and an entertainment writer; I also took some classes in design. So, I decided I would go to college for graphic design. After my first drawing class, I realized I didn’t like being pressed while drawing. After my first semester, I decided to focus on my love for math instead.

During my second semester, I took a soils class and it became my favorite class. So, I looked into engineering but realized I didn’t want to work with soils; and I like working more hands-on. With those thoughts in mind, I decided to find out what the mechanical engineering technology degree was like, and I love it.

After being in the MET program, I joined the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); I also got involved with Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

I usually watch YouTube videos, enjoy making Do It Yourself (DIY) crafts, taking photos, shooting and editing videos, and hanging out with friends. I still have a major passion for arts; so, because of that, I find all sorts of DIY crafts.

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Josh Carter

Josh Carter

Mechanical Engineering and Microbiology, Senior

Watertown, South Dakota

carter__jjc@hotmail.com

I’ve been on campus for four years now and have worked in a structural biology lab for nearly all of that time. This has been a really cool opportunity that has allowed me to pursue my passions and travel all over the globe presenting my research and firing electron beams out of gigantic synchrotrons. Coming to school, I didn’t have a great idea of what I wanted to do, so instead of picking one major, I just decided to run with them both. I have loved the diverse topics and problems that I got to work on, as well as the students and teachers in both majors. In addition to school and research, I am also actively involved in the Honors College (Hike and Read counselor 3 years running!) as well as Sigma Phi Epsilon and other campus and community organizations such as Eaglemount. I’m happy to talk about how to get involved on and off campus and the different opportunities there are for students looking to make an impact on campus.

One of the best parts about MSU is the outdoor opportunities just off campus. I can often be found hiking, climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking, and backpacking in any of the nearby rivers and mountains. In addition, I am an avid soccer and Ultimate Frisbee player, and I play several different instruments, including guitar, ukulele, and the Cuban tres. I’ve recently acquired my own 3D printer and am hoping to begin building prosthetic arms soon as a side hobby. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about navigating school, extra-curriculars, or life in general!

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Libby Desch

Libby Desch

Financial Engineering, Engineering Management (minor), Senior

Helena, Montana

desch2012@gamail.com

I started my freshman year of college as a chemical engineering student because of my love of chemistry. I worked in the lab for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at MSU, helping a PhD candidate with research on aerobic and anaerobic thiosulfate oxidation by subglacial chemoautotrophs. Although I enjoyed working in the lab, I decided to switch gears after joining Engineers Without Borders. After traveling to Kenya in the summer of 2015, I became fascinated with economics and how to help the world in different ways through engineering. It was then that I began the new curriculum of Financial Engineering.

After switching my major after three years, I could not be happier! I failed many times when studying chemical engineering, but that is not why I switched majors. I learned not to be afraid of failure and not to be afraid of changing paths to what I am truly passionate about.

I am a huge proponent of skiing and probably am not studying as much as I should be between the months of January and April! During the other months I love watching sports, fly fishing, sailing and hiking.

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Kim Dowaliby

Kim Dowaliby

Civil Engineering, Junior

Warrenton, Oregon

kimdowaliby@gmail.com

I started as a general engineering student that leaned toward industrial engineering. As I took a few more classes I realized that civil engineering is where I needed to be. I’ve changed my major a few times and I know what it’s like to start in general engineering and find a path. I’ve struggled through classes and learned that sometimes you just have to be the nerd that sits in the front of class writing everything down. I’ve gotten involved with the First Robotics Competition as a volunteer and look forward to getting involved with on-campus research within the next year.

Usually if you can’t find me, I’m at the library… I do study a LOT, but free time still manages to come about. I love hiking and finding new places to explore. I enjoy playing intramural basketball, biking, cooking, and painting. I’m trying to get into skiing because “when in Bozeman,” but, due to my low level of coordination, it might take a while.


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Shelley Dworkin

Shelley Dworkin

Mechanical Engineering
Fort Collins, Colorado

mo.dworkin@comcast.net

I am continuously involved with our engineering college and our community as a whole at Montana State University. I have had some amazing experiences being apart of quite a few clubs. I have been involved with Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Engineers (WIE), Ambassadors, and peer advising. I love being able to help others and make a difference. These clubs allow me to help support other students and make sure their time here at MSU is just as amazing as mine has been. Plus, I have met so many inspiring and caring people through this club that have made my experience here perfect.

I have also been involved with research on campus. I thought I wanted to be involved in a medical concentrated engineering field; however, after working in a lab based on medical research I realized that it wasn’t something I wanted to be working in. This was a great experience for me because I got to do some great research, I got to work in a team and, most important, I learned more about what I was interested in and what I don’t want to pursue as a career.  

I have also had two internships, one at The Boeing Company and one at Cummins. These gave me experience in industry, working with a group, working in different CAD programs and meeting deadlines. They also gave me experience in getting a job, interviewing, making a resume, and participating in the career fair. This can be a very intimidating process, but I found it is worth it and that getting a job as an underclassman is possible.

Besides all the activities I am involved in, I also have classes. I have learned that if you put the effort in you will see it in your grades and the opportunities you get. Being in school is about learning and that means more than just getting a 4.0. It means learning from your mistakes, learning how to work with others, learning how to live on your own, learning how to make opportunities for yourself, learning how to get involved and learning that a B+ isn’t the end of the world.

When I am not studying, I am getting involved on campus and with various organizations. Almost all of my time is spent volunteering and helping others for different organizations.  I also enjoy supporting our Bobcats in many of our sports. I have yet to miss a home football game and you can find me at just about every other sporting event. I also enjoy reading, especially outside in a nice park. When I need a break from all the math, I head to work at the ASMSU day care on campus. The kids are so carefree and I absolutely love being able to run around and play with them. Enjoying Bozeman with my friends is my favorite past time, which includes going to the rodeo, attending concerts and going on hikes to explore the beautiful mountains.

Ted Dwyer

Thomas E. Dwyer (I go by my initials, TED)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (Senior victory lap)

Vail, Colorado

thomas.teddwyer@gmail.com

I started out undeclared and took the intro to mechanical engineering class. I also took some core classes, math, and other classes of interest to make sure I kept the ball rolling. I received a job working in the M&IE Machine Shop my first semester as a cleaning and organizing assistant. I received my job through a teacher, Tom Jungst. He took me out to lunch when he was considering hiring me and we discussed my interests. He suggested I do Mechanical Engineering Technology, so I signed up. Tom has been my mentor and boss throughout school, always somebody I can talk to about life, jobs, internships, school, and a lot of skiing. He has guided me through college and I will forever be grateful for that. On more than one occasion, I have questioned my major and thought that I should have continued in the ME program. I am now fully confident that I made the correct decision. As I have progressed through the years, I have helped to TA (teaching assistant) machining and CNC classes, run open shop hours for capstone projects, and helped to rework some of the systems put in place for these open shop hours. The “glorious” cleaning job I received freshman year has given me priceless experience in my area of work. I am working in a design internship for the summer, building wheelchairs for severely disabled children.

I work some school nights running open shop hours for the M&IE Shop during fall and spring semester. I try to make sure that I have at least one day every weekend during the fall semester to do completely non-school related activities, such as camping, hiking, swimming, tubing, and relaxing at home. During the winter, I work at Big Sky Ski School every Saturday and Sunday, teaching a locals program I have had for three years. I have managed to get Tuesday and Thursday completely off every spring semester of college by saving my core classes for that semester. On those days off, I am guaranteed to be skiing unless I have a large exam coming up. I ski Bridger and Big Sky as well as some back country, just depends on the snow. During the summers, I would usually go home to Vail, Colorado, and work for a catering business until this summer, when I have an internship. During the summers, I go hiking, rafting, tubing, skiing in the Beartooths, concerts, Frisbee golfing, and generally lots of outdoor activities.

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Brooke Filanoski

Brooke Filanoski

Chemical Engineering, Senior

Spokane, Washington

filanoski@icloud.com

At first, I was terrified of college. I had never set foot in Montana, gone into a residence hall, or taken out a loan. In addition to being an incoming freshman, I was the first in my family to attend a university. Yet, I was not discouraged and instead decided to get the most out of my college experience. I utilized the resources across campus and found my rhythm, but decided to step out of my comfort zone once again. I began research at the Center for Biofilm Engineering as a freshman and was hired as Resident Advisor my sophomore year. More so, I am a McNair Scholar and a student of the Honors College. I have had the pleasure of meeting Neil deGrasse Tyson through the Leadership Institute here at MSU and presented in our Undergraduate Research Celebration. This year, I will be the Assistant Resident Director of South Hedges Hall and will be finishing up my last year of Chemical Engineering. Lastly, I hope to attend pharmacy school after my time here at MSU!

I spend a lot of time with my friends and residents. I enjoy planning fun programs for my floor or making artsy crafts for my hall. I always have a Netflix series on hand to binge watch but I usually try to go on a run instead. I am signing up to run a 5k and half marathon this school year! I also love drinking coffee and going on bike rides. I enjoy the nicer, warmer weather that Bozeman has to offer.

Kayla Keepseagle

Kayla Keepseagle

Chemical Engineering and minor in Mathematics, Senior

Bismarck, North Dakota

kayla.keepseagle@gmail.com

To me, engineering has given me the gift of looking at life situations with a more in-depth point of view. If you have ever wondered ‘why something is the way it is’, engineering is the place for you!

I’m currently involved with research; I’m working on measuring oxygen concentration gradients within biofilms using NMR techniques. This summer (2016) I will be going to a national conference in Washington, D.C., to present this research. Being involved in undergraduate research has allowed me to grow as a person, learn the importance of time management and has inspired me to strive for graduate school.

This past semester, I got a concussion snowboarding and there was several times I wanted to quit. Looking back, I never thought I would come this far, but by being involved in on-campus activates, letting my professors know about my situation, calling my mom and having a good friend/mentor support group, I made it through the toughest semester of my academic career! I love what I’m studying and wouldn’t change it for anything.

I would consider myself a serious chemical engineering student six or seven days of the week. On Saturdays, you can find me rollerblading with my black Lab-German shepherd puppy, snowboarding at Big Sky, mountain biking, fly fishing, hula hooping, hanging out with friends, painting, and thinking about the homework I’ll do tomorrow.

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Bridget Kilcrease

Bridget Kilcrease

Mechanical Engineering, Junior
Missoula, Montana

bl_kilcrease@msn.com

The past two summers I have done research in the Montana Microfabrication Facility on campus, making tiny deformable mirror membranes designed for use in confocal laser scanning microscopes. While classes were in session, I participated in my Residence Hall Association (president of almost one half of one floor), a couple of outreach activities directed at high school students interested in STEM fields, and spent a year in Air Force ROTC. I have also experienced a major change, test failure, class dropping, and inordinate amounts of self-doubt. I try to take everything in stride and be flexible, especially when things don't go my way and it has been working out so far!

I am usually pretty busy but when I get a moment, I am normally forgetting to complete important tasks because I didn't write them down, watching Game of Thrones or Scrubs reruns, cooking elaborate and mostly edible Asian-inspired meals, reading or attempting learn to play the piano.

I am also a member of the MSU Women's Rugby Club and that pretty much consumes my free time and then some. It is a great time though, we won our conference last semester, did really well in Nationals and are shaping up to go to Nationals again this season. It’s a great way to relieve stress and stay in shape, plus I get to hang out with some great (slightly crazy) people.

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Audrey Larson

Audrey Larson

Mechanical Engineering, Junior

Littleton, Colorado

audrey.larson18@gmail.com

At MSU, I have participated in a number of clubs and activities such as Tau Beta Pi, Tech Ed, and intramural sports.

I love living in Montana because of all the beautiful places to hike, climb, and ski. I also really enjoy playing volleyball at Bozeman Pond, coloring in my favorite coloring book, and playing cards.

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Levi Merkel

Levi Merkel

Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (minor), Senior

Helena, Montana

levimerkel@gmail.com

A little bit about myself. I am an AIChE member, which is a great way for students approaching graduation to get insight into industry and get an idea of the kinds of jobs that are out there. I have had internships the past two summers with a process design consultant and will be working at CHS in the summer of 2016 doing process and electrical engineering. Against many people's recommendations, I changed my degree path during my senior year, and it's been the best decision of my entire life. I was originally a Chemical and Biological Engineering major; I find Biological Engineering applications highly interesting; however, it wasn't something to which I wanted to dedicate my career.

As far as my classes are concerned, I have always loved learning and enjoyed being in the classroom. I am the nerd who sits in the front and ferociously takes notes in an attempt to absorb all of the topics that are being presented in the lecture. However, my biggest struggle of my college career was Physics I. Not Physical Chemistry. Not Reactor Kinetics. Physics 220. On the first exam I got the lowest grade I ever received on an exam. After that, I thought I was doomed in engineering. So, if you have any mentees who are struggling in Physics and feel like they want to cry, send them my way and I'll cry with them because I know their pain.

I’m never NOT studying… Ask my girlfriend. Just kidding, I have found that I do much better in school when I take the time to relax a little bit. I enjoy playing the guitar, reading articles about the Denver Broncos (who, by the way, are the greatest), hiking with my girlfriend and her dog, going to the gym, playing basketball, and snowmobiling with my brother and dad. I am also a self-proclaimed pseudo-semi-amateur-kinda-professional disc golfer and a Candy Crush fanatic (I’m not as obsessed as some addicts, but it’s close). Also, I enjoy simply talking to people about anything*: life, food, plans for the future, the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow.

*Note: This line should say “pretty much anything.” Not a big fan of talking politics or religion. A lot of people get a little too fired up and the shouting frightens me.

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Taylor Oeschger

Heather Nold

Civil Engineering, Senior

Littleton, Colorado

heather.nold@gmail.com

While at MSU, I have come to love Bozeman and all it has in store. From spending weekends backpacking in the Crazies, shredding at Bridger, to cranking out long hours in the library, it has been a ride of a lifetime, and I’m really looking forward to my final undergrad year, hoping it will be the best one yet. I’ve made some lifelong friends in engineering, Ultimate Frisbee, residence hall association, and student ministry groups.

In addition to getting plugged in on campus, I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in some research in Land Resources and Ecology my freshman year, and, for the past two years, I have been pursuing my own undergraduate research project looking at the hydrologic benefits of green roof technology. (My next research is to acquire enough pixie dust to fly to Neverland and escape the adult world, so if you have any leads on Tinker Bell, please drop me a line.)

Outside of school, I’ve also had internships under both a general contractor and a Civil Engineering consultant focusing in Land Development. Both have been great experiences, and I’ve met a lot of fantastic mentors in the industry as well as several mentors at MSU. Studying Civil Engineering in Bozeman has been one of my favorite experiences. I really look forward to supporting some new students as they balance an active life outside of the classroom with being successful in school and achieving a quality education. Cheers! I look forward to meeting you!

spontaneous dance parties, Ultimate Frisbee, soaking up the sun, trying to climb rocks, skiing yellow snow, riding my bicycle, and cooking yummy food.

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Taylor Oeschger

Taylor Oeschger

Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering, Senior

Sacramento, California

taylor.oeschger@gmail.com

My favorite experience so far is doing research in the Center for Biofilm Engineering. I have been doing research since my freshman year. I have been funded through the Undergraduate Scholars Program and had the amazing opportunity to attend the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. I have researched topics in the field of rheology, alginate gelation and, most recently, the biofilms of Antarctic bacteria.

Outside of research, I am a part of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. This will also be my second year serving on the Board of Women in Engineering. I am so excited for my first internship with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory this summer where I will research the biofilms of sulfate-reducing organism.

Often, there is no time when I am not studying, so I make up for it by knitting or crocheting in class. I love making blankets most of all. My most recent interests are in calligraphy and psychology.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to talk. So please, feel free to start up a conversation with me anytime!

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Karl Ohaus

Karl Ohaus

Computer Science and Minor in Japan Studies, Senior

Chester, Connecticut

karl.ohaus@gmail.com

I started out as a Mechanical Engineer, didn't really enjoy the work, and switched to Computer Engineering.  A few failed classes over the course of two semesters and some soul searching later, I switched to Computer Science, where I have since settled and finally started to live up to my own expectations. Outside of my major, I took a Japanese language class on a whim and have been enthralled with the language and culture ever since, so much so that it is now my minor and I have studied abroad there.

I have a lot of hobbies that I partake in when not studying or sleeping.  In no particular order, I consider gaming (PC mostly), sports (hockey, basketball, soccer, and quidditch), Anime, skiing, hiking, baking, and improv comedy as hobbies.  I'm also president of the Anime Club on campus.

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Chinomso Emmanuel Onuoha

Chinomso Emmanuel Onuoha

Chemical and Biological Engineering, Senior
Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria

ceoinchrist@yahoo.com

Coming over to the United States to study is a decision I am happy I made. Initially it was difficult to be all by myself, being exposed to a new culture, different weather, food, way of thinking and so on. This was the first time I left the shores of my country and for sure I knew I would be in for some surprises. Navigating my freshman year up until my senior year has been an exciting as well as a learning experience. I made some very good friends who offered support to me during challenging times. Working while going to school also meant that I had to learn time management in addition to finding a study pattern that best suited my schedule. I got involved in clubs and research on campus, which enabled me to serve Montana State University and the Bozeman community in addition to learning more about the world of science and technology. I have also enjoyed sharing my faith and experiences as well as getting to meet new people.

I like to play the piano and the guitar. When the weather is nice and conducive, I like to join my friends to play soccer. I also like to spend my free time sharing God's word with friends and new people I meet.

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Cody Paseman

Cody Paseman

Mechanical Engineering, Senior

Deer Park, Washington

cody.paseman@gmail.com

So far here at Montana State University, I have had a great time. I work in the Montana Microfabrication Facility as a student researcher and serve as the president of the motorcycle club here on campus. (Contact me if you want to go riding!). I’ve made it through three years of the ME program here, and I am still going strong. Of course, the first two years I was still getting used to the college environment and hadn’t fully developed better time allocation and studying skills. Not until my junior year, did I really figure it out.

Before then, living in the dorms and then my first college house were radical and new experiences, which took some getting used to. Learning how to live on your own is part of the entire college experience; it’s more than just going to class and studying. You would be surprised how many people forget to feed themselves in a long day of studying for finals! Regardless, having a drive to be interested in what you are studying, as well as trying to balance a busy lifestyle are some essential skills that have helped me get to where I am today.

After I had figured out my academic life, I was able to add extracurricular activities to my schedule. I became a COE ambassador, founded the motorcycle club and joined ePals. Before that, I still made sure to get out and enjoy the awesome area surrounding Bozeman. Depending on the season, I love being out skiing, riding motorcycles, camping, fishing or trying any other outdoorsy hobby that comes up. (You will find there are many to do around here.) If the weather isn’t nice out, I enjoy playing music, watching old episodes of Futurama, tinkering on things, or hanging out with my roommates and our critters.

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John Ryter

John Ryter

Mechanical Engineering, Senior

Hamilton, Montana

ryterj@live.com

I've been involved in research in the High Temperature Materials Laboratory since the summer after my freshman year, where I've gotten some good experience in materials science and attempted to pursue my dream of working in the renewable energy field. I was the historian for Engineering Without Borders for a year, but I've since taken a break from the club to focus on school and research. As a mechanical engineering student doing the mechatronics minor, I've faced a lot of frustration due to how much more I enjoy the computer science and electrical engineering courses than those in my own major. It makes me wish that I'd had more guidance when choosing my own major, which is a big part of why I want to help others choose theirs. 

Primarily as a result of my disillusionment with my major, I am a consistent back-of-the-class student. I struggle to pay attention, though I've found that keeping my phone in my pocket helps a lot. I interned at Los Alamos National Lab last summer, where I worked in the weapons division. I found that I did not enjoy the work there, further adding to the problems I've faced in the selection of my major. However, I'll be back at LANL again this summer with a renewable energy group, where I will hopefully begin to figure out what direction I want to go. I'm also trying to minor in German.

I try to set aside one day every weekend for non-school-related activities, with the other set aside for homework. On the free day I'm usually hiking, mountain biking, skiing, climbing, or otherwise fulfilling Bozeman stereotypes. Although I grew up in Montana, I was a very late bloomer in terms of outdoorsy things, so I understand how hard it can be to start. You'll also find me at the bouldering wall on campus 2 or 3 days out of the week as a means of socializing and finding some means of physical activity. I also love to read, but school does its best to get in the way there as well.

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Bukola (Bukky) Saliu

Bukola (Bukky) Saliu

Chemical Engineering, Senior

Jos, Nigeria

bukola.saliu@msu.montana.edu

I started college as an international student who didn’t go home as often as other people did. (So, if you have any questions about being away from home in college, I can help with that). I enjoyed almost all my classes because the professors were really helpful and they wanted me to succeed, not just by getting a good GPA, but by learning the material and being successful when I go into the working industry. I tried to develop good relationships with my professors because they are amazing people. I still talk to my professors from freshman year.

I became a Resident Advisor my junior year in the Residence Halls and did that for two years. I was able to be a good example for younger students who were navigating college, either for the first or second time.

I got an internship last summer with the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., and participated in an American Studies program.

I haven’t gotten a lot of free time to do what I enjoy the most, but when I’m trying not to study, I’m sleeping, watching a chill movie to help me relax, or just hanging out with friends, so I don’t think too much about my books. I also enjoy reading books other than my textbook, when I get the chance.

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Riley Shearer

Riley Shearer

Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Economics, Senior

 

rileydshearer@gmail.com

I have been fortunate to have had many experiences in my first four years at MSU. I have worked in two different research labs and now work for an economics professor, looking into the health effects of raw milk production. I am also involved in student organizations, such as American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I have found that these student organizations offer a great opportunity to make lifelong friends. Outside of MSU I have interned at Celanese Corporation and the Montana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. My favorite experience, though, has been volunteering with Eagle Mount. It is always a blast to take the amazing participants out skiing or rock climbing.

One of the best things about MSU is the ample opportunity for fun in areas surrounding Bozeman. In the winter, I can be found at Bridger or skiing in the backcountry a couple days a week. When the snow has melted, I enjoy rock climbing or mountain biking after class and have been known to slip away for a weekend backpacking trip.

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Molly Tomlinson

Molly Tomlinson

Computer Engineering, Senior

Dublin, Ohio (kind of)

moltomlinson@yahoo.com

I joined the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority on campus my sophomore year, and now I am the president! I have really loved being a part of the house; it has stretched my leadership ability to so many new levels. I also was in the MSU symphony orchestra for 2 years but had to stop this year due to class conflicts. This summer, I have an internship with BNSF railway in Fort Worth, Texas.

When I chose to come to MSU from my high school in Ohio, (I moved to that school from Northern Virginia halfway through my junior year), all I knew was that I did not want to be anywhere near Columbus (the location of OSU, which I have nothing against. It's just that 85% of my graduating class was going there). So I picked MSU, knowing not a soul out here and not really having a clue what I wanted to do. I decided computer engineering sounded cool because I knew from the week we spent in high school physics on electricity that I liked circuits. Here I am today; it all worked out. It wasn't easy getting to this point in my college career, but it has been so worth all of the hard work and late nights spent in the Penthouse lab (that is what we call our computer lab in the ECE Department because we are on the 6th floor of Cobleigh)! 

I am also an Ambassador for the College of Engineering. Getting involved through that has been a great experience for me because I have learned so much about all the COE has to offer, and I get to make a positive impact on high school students trying to decide what they want to do for the next four years (or more).

I love to read and do puzzles. I also love dogs, so I spend a lot of time taking my friend’s golden retriever on hikes and to the dog park. Over the summer, I spend a lot of time in the water, skiing and wakeboarding as well as just boating. For the summers of 2014 and 2015, I spent my time working at a resort on a lake in Minnesota actually teaching people how to ski and wakeboard. That was quite the experience! I wish I could do that when I am not studying during the year!

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Megan Weller

Megan Weller

Computer Science, Senior

Billings, Montana

mweller213@gmail.com

I’ve had a great experience with the COE and the Computer Science Department. I’ve attended the Grace Hopper conference twice and have been to San Francisco with other students and faculty. This past year, I’ve been an ambassador for the COE, which is really fun and I’ve learned a lot about MSU and the COE. I’m also involved in the Association for Women in Computing where we go over mock interviews, résumé critique, and play games.

I’ve enjoyed a lot of my classes, and I am now taking the senior-level classes so I get to pick and choose what I’d like to learn. The COE and the CS Department have given me many opportunities for research outside of the classroom, and I will be doing a software engineering internship with SoFi this summer.

I really enjoy watching television series (Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Better Call Saul), exploring Bozeman and its surrounding areas, and visiting local coffee shops and restaurants! I like to work on personal projects (design and coding) to get my mind off of school!

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Sandra Zmeu

Sandra Zmeu

Mechanical Engineering, Junior

Pleasanton, California

sandra.zmeu@gmail.com

Before I came to Montana State, I had no idea what to study. I thought about doing environmental studies because I have worked at national parks on trail crews and love the outdoors. Then, in my senior year of high school, I took an auto mechanics course and I loved it. Since then I have decided to pursue Mechanical Engineering. Although it has been a challenge, I recently finished my second year. I am an active member of the Women in Engineering Board, where I've been able to help organize engineering activities on campus, which has been fun and a great way to become more organized and involved at MSU.

I look forward to my third year as an ePAL and hope to find an internship this coming summer.

When I'm not studying, I like hanging out outside or hanging out with my friends. When I lived in California, I surfed a lot and now that I live in the Montana, if I'm not studying, I'm usually skiing at Bridger. Another important part of my life is traveling. I am Romanian, so I have traveled throughout Europe and plan to travel as much as I can in my future and live in as many different and exciting places as I can.

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