EK 100 Students

Student Advisor Bios

Mai

Mai Auapinyakul

Where are you from?
Born in Bangkok. Raised in London. Travel around a lot.

What’s your major?
Mechanical with Energy Concentration but have taken courses in Aerospace as well.

What did you do this summer?
I was in Stockholm, Sweden for an internship. Also did some travelling around Europe to visit friends and spent the rest of the summer (not really) enjoying the heat wave in London.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Films: Both of J.J. Abrams’ Star Treks – what’s not to like?
TV Programs: I watch too many. Currently watching: Game of Thrones.
Books: Too many but my all-time favorite would be 1984 and The Alchemist.

Do you like music, art or photography?
Music: If you must, look me up on Spotify.
Art & Photography: I did art at school and especially enjoy modern art.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Tea with The Royal Family chatting about the weather. Obviously.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
The best engineering floor there’s ever been: Warren Tower 9B. My advice? Just be awesome!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m a College of Engineering’s Dean’s Host. I also can be found in Ingalls most of the time.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Watch out for the red mini cooper with the Union Jack!

Eshana

Eshana Batra

Where are you from?
I’m originally from India, though I’ve never lived there. I was born in Thailand and have since moved and lived in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Switzerland and Turkey. If I were to pick one country that I feel the most attached to, it would be Switzerland: I graduated from High School, and lived there for 5 years (which is the longest I’ve lived in any country).

What’s your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Technology Innovation, as I’ve always been interested in the business side of engineering.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I interned at Nestle HealthCare Nutrition in Turkey as a sales analyst for a month, went to India for a couple of weeks, and had a good friend over to explore the Turkish Islands with.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Movies: Perks of being a Wallflower, Dark Knight Rises, Bollywood Movies
Books: Beloved, Alive, Kite Runner and most of the classics
T.V. Shows: Suits, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy (I don’t follow TV shows much – I’m a bigger fan of movies)

Do you like music, art or photography?
I’m not picky about any form of art. As long as they evoke some emotion within me, I’ll appreciate it.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston is the Frog Pond in Boston Commons, America’s oldest city park. I especially love it in the winter – the ambiance and ice skating feels like I’m in a movie!

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Myles Standish Hall on Beacon Street, right next to UBurger and Fins. Be sure to hang around Bradford Lounge and get to know the RA’s/other dorm-mates through evening coffee parties and movie nights - they’re always interesting.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m involved in the College of Engineering as a Student Advisor and Dean’s Host. I’m also a member of Engineering without Borders but I plan to do more this year hopefully!

Any last words to your students?
Take advantage of every opportunity that BU has to offer! More importantly, don’t underestimate the helpfulness or feel afraid of tutoring centers and office hours. It’s a priceless resource.

Nicole

Nicole Black

Where are you from?
I’m from Shelby Township, Michigan, which is suburban Detroit. Everyone always assumes that I must be really gangster to live near Detroit, but I promise you that it is mostly boring suburbs and strip malls.

What’s your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Nanotechnology.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I was finishing up my study abroad program in Sydney, Australia until July. Then, I worked at Camp Invention for students at two local elementary schools. I have also been busy planning my sister’s wedding in September as the Maid of Honor.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
My favorite TV show is “Once Upon a Time” on ABC. Snow White has always been an obsession of mine, and I love how the show artfully incorporates many fairy tales into dynamic characters. The writing, costumes, and sets are all beautiful, and each episode always leaves me on the edge of my seat for the next one.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
I love the BU Castle on Bay State Road, and it’s actually one of the reasons why I decided to come here. I have been to several magical events in the Castle, and I hope to have my marriage reception there one day. I’m looking forward to turning 21 this year so I can go to the pub in the basement of the Castle.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on Bay State Road in a brownstone my freshman year, which is pretty nontraditional for freshmen. It was a specialty community and had about a dozen other freshmen living it the building, so I was definitely not alone. It was nice because it didn’t have community bathrooms and there was a kitchen in the basement. I would encourage you to try out specialty housing at least once during your years at BU, whether engineering, women in science and engineering, or any of your other interests. There is something for everyone!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I definitely feel the most at home in the College of Engineering. Besides being an EK100 student advisor, I also work in the Undergraduate Programs Office, serve as a Learning Assistant for EK301 Engineering Mechanics, and am a member of the Technology Innovation Scholars Program. I have participated in research both in the College of Engineering and at the BU Medical Center. I think that all students should become involved in research during their time at BU because we are such a great research school, and even if you don’t love it, you have one thing crossed off your list of career possibilities.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Try to make as many friends as possible during the first few weeks of school because this is when everyone starts to form their friend groups. I was really shy freshman year and didn’t really branch out until junior year, but by that time most people already had set groups of friends.

Amber

Amber Campa

Where are you from?
I am from a small town named Donna, TX at the southern-most tip of the state.

What's your major?
I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Manufacturing. I originally started off as undeclared during my freshman year at BU.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I worked as a Product Development intern with L'Oreal USA in New York City!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
Currently my favorite TV show is Friday Night Lights. Got hooked on Netflix and now I can't stop watching!! I think I like it so much because it takes place in Texas and reminds me so much of home. <3

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love all kinds of music! Don't really have a favorite.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston would have to be the Public Garden. I love to walk down Newbury on a nice day, do some shopping, then end up at the Public Garden. You should definitely check it out sometime!

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would definitely have brunch with Audrey Hepburn and talk about her film experiences.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren Towers my freshman year. I strongly recommend living on an Engineering Floor! It's so much fun, you make tons of friends that are in your classes and everyone is going through the struggles of ENG together.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I am currently the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and am very involved with this group. You guys should definitely join if you're interested!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Don't be afraid to try new things at BU. I was a little timid as a freshman but once you get out of that comfort zone, it all falls into place! Also last year, my group didn't make the top 16! This year I want to make the top 16 and win the ENG cup!

Samantha

Samantha Chan

Where are you from?
I’m from Beaverton, Oregon. It’s about 20 minutes from Portland. Beaverton is the home of Nike and Intel, and it is also a very green place to live.

What's your major?
I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Manufacturing.

What did you do this summer?
This summer, I did an internship at Glumac, which does sustainable consulting engineering. As the Mechanical Intern, I worked on 3D drawings, researched filtration systems, and went on site visits. I also had the opportunity to represent my city in the 2013 Global Quality of Life Enhancement Program in Cheonan, Korea. It was a 10-day program where we learned about quality of life, different cultures, and gained many international friends. Overall, it was a very educational and rewarding summer.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
One of my favorite TV shows is Modern Family. It always makes me laugh, so I really enjoy watching it. I also like almost all of the Nicholas Sparks movies.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
One person that comes to mind is Princess Diana. She was very graceful, fashionable, and she broke tradition, which is so powerful. We would go shopping in London, go to plays, and of course, talk about the Prince and how to be a Princess. I want to be as empowering and compassionate she was.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on the 11th floor of Sleeper Hall in West Campus. I loved living here freshman year because most of the floor was filled with engineering students, so you would meet a bunch of people from your classes and ask each other questions if you were struggling. It was like a big family. My tip is to definitely take advantage of living right next to the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec), since you are living right on top of the best dining hall on campus. You should also go to sporting events because they are all West Campus. West is best, right?

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I love going to school at BU. There is literally a club for anything you are interested in. If not, start one! I am really involved in the College of Engineering. I am a Dean’s Host, an EK100 Student Advisor, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers President, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Secretary. I have also been a team member of the BU Synchronized Skating Team since freshman year. I feel like it’s important to get involved right away, so you can find you’re your niche and make BU your home. If you have any questions, let me know!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Going to school in Boston is one of the best experiences you can have. You are surrounded by a great city and great people. Focus on your studies, but remember to have fun and enjoy your time here. I have realized how fast college goes by and you must enjoy it while it lasts!

Michael

Michael Chin

Where are you from?
I’m from Longmeadow, Massachusetts out in Western Massachusetts, outside of Springfield. Nothing really happens out there. Notable places around are Springfield, Mass., Six Flags New England, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and soon to be MGM Grand Springfield.

What's your major?
I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering (yea, the cool one) and concentrating in Nanotechnology. Still considering a minor.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I interned for a small biotechnology startup company based here in Boston. We are working on combining photosensitive drugs/nanoparticles in combating multiple types of rare cancers from advanced breast cancers, complex skin cancers, and ovarian cancer to name a few. It was a great experience, learned a lot that accompanies engineering other than just the technical aspects. It was different since the company has yet to have a product on market and so I got to experience the FDA process, regulation, safety and risk, as well as strategic timeline planning based on funds, milestone achievements, and balancing multiple projects that can use the same technology.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
Favorite show has got to be Game of Thrones or Suits. I like a lot of other shows, mostly with clever, intellectual humor as well slapstick humor. I have hugely eclectic taste in shows, movies and music so ask me about it.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
I am absolutely a lover of the Public Gardens and the Commons. They’re great places to go all year round. On a nice sunny day, it is amazing to go and just read or relax in the sun. During the winter, it’s lit up with lights and is a beautiful (but also frosty) walk at night.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
West Campus, Sleeper 11. It used to be the engineering floor (not sure if it still is) but to my surprise, it wasn’t all engineers. As for living there, yes it may be far but it’s worth it. Get to the BUS stop in front of StuVi II at least 20 minutes early in the winter. Also, do laundry during the week, not on weekends.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m very involved with the College of Engineering as a Student Advisor, Dean’s Host, and a teaching assistant for EK127 (a class most freshmen will take). Additionally, I’ve recently joined Delta Tau Delta, a new social fraternity as of last year. Overall, I’m pretty much everywhere. I’ve pursued research but it wasn’t for me however, I think I’m going to try for a different lab this coming semester. As for academics, I’m happy with how I’m doing with respect of everything else I do outside of the classroom and I love how much I’m learning and enjoying the material.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Start checking your email like your life depends on it, because your academic life does. Be open minded, be yourself, and you’ll have no trouble making friend or finding people who share similar interests.

Danielle

Danielle Conneely

Where are you from?
I’m from Weymouth, Massachusetts. It’s a town located about forty-five minutes outside of Boston where there is nothing exciting to do besides drink Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, go to the mall, or go to the movies. (It’s a good thing Boston is located close by!)

What’s your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Nanotechnology. I am also Pre-Med.

What did you do this summer?
I spent the beginning of the summer finishing a semester studying abroad in Dresden, Germany, where I was able to explore much of Europe (If you get the chance, make sure you study abroad!). When I returned home, I worked at McDonalds (definitely not as exciting as Europe).

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Favorite Books: My favorite book is easily Wuthering Heights because my favorite genre of books is English gothic literature. I’ll read mostly anything though.
Favorite movies: My favorite genres of movies are sports movies (Miracle, Remember the Titans, Rookie of the Year) and ‘chick-flicks’ (Titanic, A Walk to Remember, the Twilight Saga).
Favorite TV shows: My favorite TV show is First Take on ESPN because I love to watch Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith bicker about sports news for two straight hours. I mostly watch shows on ESPN or the Food Network, but I also love Pretty Little Liars.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love music, especially country! I’ll listen to almost anything though.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
If I could spend some time with someone from history, it would probably be either Jackie Robinson or Rachel Carson. I would love to go to a game with Jackie Robinson now and to show him how much he positively changed the way baseball is played. I would probably try to convince him to be a Sox fan though. I would also love to spend the day with ecologist Rachel Carson to simply thank her for fighting to show us the beauty of nature and the role we play in the ecosystem.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren Towers on the engineering floor in Shields tower. Warren is filled with mostly freshman so it’s a great place to live to meet many freshman students; so don’t be afraid to say hello and make friends. One more tip: Don’t go without trying the Mac & Cheese from the dining hall in Warren; it’s the best Mac & Cheese ever!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
My niche here at BU is academic based. I love taking new and interesting courses each semester and getting the chance to meet new professors.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Be yourself and get involved in activities that interest you! Go to SPLASH at the beginning of September to check out all the clubs that BU offers and get involved in a few.

Filipe

Filipe Dourado

Where are you from?
Viana, Portugal and Somerville, MA

What's your major?
Electrical Engineering

What did you do this summer?
Worked in the Survivability and Targeting Solutions Sector of BAE Systems

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
Sons of Anarchy. Harleys Explosions and Drama, what's not to like?

What's your favorite place in Boston?
I like going down to Boston Common and grabbing a bite to eat.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would want to spend a day with Nikola Tesla. His ingenuity, brilliance, and imagination are unlike anyone to have ever lived. I would ask him to mentor me and teach me how I could continue his legacy.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Towers on the all engineering floor (4 WEST!) and it was great. If you live on an ENG floor take advantage of the fact that you all have the same work to do. Work through problems together and teach each other.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I'm involved in the BUSAT research group and I love it. Go out and find research as soon as you can because you'll get a taste of how to apply the engineering principles you are learning on the classroom.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Don't be afraid to go out and try something new!

Annie

Annie DuBois

Where are you from?
Boston, MA

What's your major?
My major is computer engineering, but I started as undeclared!

What did you do this summer?
I was a student advisor for orientation. I also continued with my internship at a local software company.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite TV Shows are Friends, Scandal, Arrested Development, The Office, Community, Modern Family, and Saturday Night Live.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I listen to all sorts of music. This summer I went to a music festival in San Francisco called Outside Lands and it was AMAZINGGGGG.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
In the summer, my favorite place is the Public Gardens. It is really pretty and a great place to relax.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on the very top floor of B Tower in Warren. If you live on a lower floor, take the stairs, not the elevator. Also you should leave your door open and meet everyone!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I play a ton of intramurals! I’ve had a few off campus jobs, and this year will be working in ERB107. I also have an engineering internship.

Alejandro

Alejandro Jose Eguren

Where are you from?
I’m actually from three different countries! Peru, Chile, and the US. But whenever I’m asked this question I usually say Panamá, where I grew and lived 8 years! I’ve spent most of my life moving and traveling all over the place.

What’s your major?
I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Mechanical. Hopefully I will also be able to graduate with a concentration in Technology Innovation all I can say is thank you high school credits (IB)!

What did you do this summer?
This summer was killer. I traveled around Italy with my grandma and aunts for three weeks. But for the most part I was an intern for PROMED in Panama where I helped install the first cyclotron in Central America! And beach, beach, beach.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I absolutely love music. Listening to it, learning about it, exploring it, playing it, you name it. My favorite instruments to play would have to be the ukulele and the bass! And my top genres would have to be Latin American Reggae, Electronica, and good acoustic stuff in general.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would definitely go on a Euro-trip or Asia-trip with physicist Richard Feynman. He was so different then many of his mentors because of his eccentric lifestyle. I would love to talk to him about his initial thoughts before a discovery and how he found his passions in life.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
For my freshman year I lived in the newly renovated Rich Hall of the West Campus dorms. The rooms were fairly large and I personalized my room by making an amazing fort. My advice to any freshman is get close with your floor mates and get involved in many things to discover what you like!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
This one is split between two places: the Student Central at the George Sherman Union (GSU) and the Imagineering Lab in the Engineering Department. Student Central is great place to go when you have nothing to do or when you want to meet new people. And the Imagineering Lab is a fantastic place to explore new ideas and work with others on creative projects.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Take advantage of all the amazing opportunities you will encounter! You’re never too young for an amazing internship. Make the best of the time you have here because they might be the best years. And for the ENG Cup, we will rock so hard that we are going to knock your socks off. Other teams won’t even see us coming!

Isabela

Isabela Haghighi

Where are you from?
Whattup n00bs. I’m from Walnut Creek, California: home of Haghighis. Located about 30 minutes out of San Francisco, Walnut Creek, or as I like to call it the Dirty Dub, is an insanely gorgeous suburb of the Bay Area. I plan on moving back there once I graduate because it’s such a great town.

What’s your major?
I’m a junior in mechanical engineering with a concentration in nanotechnology but I started off as undeclared in engineering. I chose mechanical engineering because it’s the most diverse engineering field and I love having a wide knowledge base.

What did you do this summer?
When I wasn’t too busy eating myself into a coma, I worked for the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory here at the BU College of Engineering. I spent a lot of time on the 8th floor of Photonics fabricating and perfecting a nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS) made out of graphene. And if you don’t know what graphene is Google it. NOW. It’s literally the coolest material in the world. I also went to Comic Con International in San Diego, which was definitely the highlight of my year. There’s nothing like nerd heaven.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love 80s rock, 90s gangsta rap, and 90s punk. Blink 182 is one of my favorite bands and Joan Jett is my idol. Also, Daft Punk and Glitch Mob are amazing. I have a soft spot for pop music as well...especially for Katy Perry.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston has to be Tasty Burger near Fenway. The food there awesome and they’re constantly playing great music. I had a burger with bacon bits and macaroni and cheese there this summer. SO GOOD.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on the engineering floor on 9B in Warren. Living there was so awesome. I got to meet a bunch of great people that I’m still friends with to this day. Engineering floors create a sense of community that is great to have – especially freshman year. Try to meet everyone on your floor!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m heavily involved in research at BU. I have my own office/desk in Photonics and like to pretend that I’m a grad student sometimes. I’ve been doing research on graphene for a year now and it’s awesome. Fabricating systems on the atomic level is mind-blowing. I’m also involved in the College of Engineering. This is my second year as a Student Advisor and last year I worked in the ENG Undergraduate Programs Office for a semester and got to know everyone that works there. The College of Engineering is a great community to get involved in because people here are awesome, genuine people. BU ENG 4 LYFE.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
You will enter as n00bs but leave as engineers. GET READY FOR AN AWESOME SEMESTER!!!1!!11!!!

Alexandra

Alexandra Howton (Alex)

Where are you from?
My hometown is Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. I live with my mom and dad and my younger brother, who will be a high school sophomore in the fall.

What's your major?
My major is mechanical engineering, with an aerospace concentration. I knew I wanted to do aerospace engineering since I was fourteen.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I interned in the Aeroacoustics Branch of NASA Langley Aerospace Research Center in Virginia. I completed a research project on the noise produced by the trailing edge of a flat plate subject to subsonic turbulent jet flow (basically, a lot of fluid mechanics and calculus!) The great part was the position was part of a larger student intern program, and I got to attend lectures, tours, and even a field trip to Goddard Space Flight Center.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love photography! I am actually the president of the BU Photo Club. I have a Nikon D3100 (though I still can’t promise I always know how to use it!) My favorite kind is macro.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
This is a tough question. I think I’d have to pick Lo Presti park, because I have a lot of great photography memories there. You can look out and watch the sunset over the city and it’s beautiful.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would definitely choose to meet someone in the aerospace or aviation industry, though it’s hard to pick just one. I’ll go with Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. I would ask her many questions about her experience in space, her contributions to NASA, and basically listen to anything she’d like to talk about. It would be cool just to be in her presence.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on the 9B engineering floor of Warren Towers my freshman year. Keep your door open if you’re in your room- you never know who you’ll meet just because they walk past. Also, everyone falls into a routine- having only three showers for more than twenty people can (and does) work out.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I definitely keep busy at BU. When I’m not in class or doing homework, I am helping out the College of Engineering as a Dean’s Host or Student Advisor, working with Photography Club, or dabbling with a few other clubs and honor societies. I also like exploring- it’s not often in life that you will have the city of Boston as your backyard for so long.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Don’t be afraid to be away from home. You never know how much you can learn and grow until you become entirely responsible for yourself. Good luck with your first semester!

Chris

Chris Huang

Where are you from?
I’m from Old Saybrook. It’s a small town you have probably never heard of in southern Connecticut with a population that is smaller than the undergrad class of BU. Our only claim to fame is that Katherine Hepburn is from here (if you even know who she is).

What’s your major?
I am studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Business Technology, though at one point I did consider switching to the School of Hospitality.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in their Department of Public Safety Engineering Division as an Engineering Intern.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Favorite TV Shows: Masterchef, Chopped, Iron Chef America, (anything on Food Network except for Cupcake Wars), Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Archer, Family Guy and The Daily Report.
Favorite Books: Engineers don’t read. Just kidding, I’m a Dan Brown kind of guy; I’ve read all his books along with other mainstream books such as the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series.
Favorite Movies: The Departed, The Dark Knight, Inception, Fight Club, Forrest Gump, Letters from Iwo Jima, and many more…A movie just needs to have enough explosions and I’m sold.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston hands down has to be Chinatown. It helps me get in touch with my heritage and as a foodie this is the place to go if you want some authentic food from all across East Asia. The Commons are also close by and makes an excellent place to have a picnic and play some Ultimate Frisbee.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Danielsen Hall freshman year. It was actually just recently added to the campus map, it is very far from central campus but fortunately the BU Bus stops right in front of it. Despite the distance, the rooms are very spacious and the community close-knit.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m greatly involved in the College of Engineering as a Student Advisor, Undergraduate Assistant, and Dean’s Host. I also absolutely love cooking and eating food. When I’m not whipping up crazy concoctions in the kitchen or posting food pics on my blog, I’m wandering Boston looking for the next great place to eat. My dream is to save up enough money as an engineer and then open up a restaurant called Engineer’s Kitchen or something cheesy like that.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Good things don’t come to those who wait; good things come to those who work. This is especially true in engineering, but it’s also important to enjoy good food and go on crazy adventures with your friends.

George

George Jiao

Where are you from?
Niskayuna, NY

What's your major? Are you doing a concentration or a minor?
Biomedical Engineering, minor in Biology

What did you do this summer?
I took summer courses here at BU and volunteered at BMC

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
Breaking Bad. It's the most intense, psychotic, jaw-dropping drama series I've ever seen. If you're a science major and don't watch Breaking Bad, you need to fix that.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
The Museum of Science. Duh.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Dr. Sigmund Freud. He seems like the type of guy who would have lots of very interesting anecdotes.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
Warren 9B! Avoid the dining hall at noon time. It becomes very packed and you might not find a seat.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I'm the treasurer for my class as part of Engineering Student Government. The best of ENGGOV is to be able to plan events for my friends and fellow classmates because bringing I love to bringing people together. I am also pre-med here at BU, so if anyone has any questions feel free to contact me!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Connect with everyone around you. You never know who you're going to meet.

Natalie

Natalie Jordan

Where are you from?
Randolph, MA

What's your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Nanotechnology.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I interned at Pulmatrix, a biotech company developing inhaled therapeutics. I also barely survived living in Allston without Air Conditioning!

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show is Friends and I have no shame in the fact that I can quote every episode. I also really love Seinfeld and Arrested Development.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I am obsessed with Taylor Swift!

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston is Fenway Park. I love the Red Sox, strong Boston spirit, and its proximity to my favorite FroYo spot, Zinga.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
Freshman year I lived in Warren Towers, 9B. It was a lot of fun bonding with your floor mates both in and out of classes. One of the perks of living on an Engineering floor is that someone is always working on the same problem set as you at any given hour of the day or night. Neighbors make the best study buddies!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I would say that the College of Engineering is definitely my niche at BU. I am involved as a Student Advisor and Dean’s Host and take pride in being an Engineer. I have made a lot of great friends, learned a lot of cool things, and studied more hours than I could ever imagine, all while loving almost every second of it!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Make the most out of your four years at BU! College certainly proves that time flies when you’re having fun, so don’t be afraid to be yourself and experience as many new things as you can!

Drew

Drew Kelley

Where are you from?
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Ft. Worth Texas.

What's your major?
Computer Engineering

What did you do this summer?
This summer I worked with a lab here at BU building satellites. We’re participating in a USAF program called the University Nanosat Program to design and build a satellite over the course of three years. I worked specifically on the design of the power systems for one part of the satellite.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show is either Falling Skies or The Newsroom. Falling Skies is awesome for several reasons: 1) Noah Wyle is great. I grew up watching him play Dr. John Carter on ER so I really enjoy his acting. 2) He plays a BU professor… so go Terriers! And 3) It’s got aliens. Who doesn’t like a show with aliens? Even if they are (spoiler alert) trying to kill us all. The Newsroom is just one of the most well written shows ever. Aaron Sorkin is amazing. I also grew up watching The West Wing which he created as well, so I like his style.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
PHO 613. My office. Lots of space, AC, kitchen down the hall. What’s not to love?

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Wernher von Braun – AFTER he came to NASA. The guy was a genius. Since coming to BU I’ve gotten really into aerospace and rocketry applications of engineering and there’d be no one better to talk with about that then guy who engineered the Saturn V.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
Engineering House at 1 Buswell Street in south campus. It was awesome. Though if you live in South, don’t be afraid to knock on your neighbors’ doors and get to know people. It’s a little less social than Warren or West only because it’s more spread out.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m a space guy. I’m the Vice Director of the BU Rocket Propulsion Group (a student organization that EVERYONE should at least look into. We’re awesome if I do say so myself…) and I am the chief engineer for the ANDESITE satellite program (working for Professor Ted Fritz). I can usually be found in PHO 613 or in ME 113 (the Rocket Lab) doing any number of things involving satellites or rockets or homework or my thesis or whatever. Feel free to stop by if you’d like to learn about any of that stuff!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Get involved! Find something you enjoy doing and get with it. Not only is it fun and exciting but odds are it’ll look great on a resume! Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about the stuff the group does. I didn’t know a thing about rockets before I got to BU and now I want to work on rockets when I graduate.

Jim

Jim Kugler

Where are you from?
I’m from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

What's your major?
My major is Biomedical Engineering and I am on the Pre-medical track.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I was an EMT for a local ambulance company.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite genre for TV shows would have to be comedy. If it is a somewhat well-known comedy show on TV, I have probably seen every episode and you will hear me quote it. My favorites include Archer, South Park, Blue Mountain State, and How I Met Your Mother.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love music especially alternative and classic rock. I listen to it all the time when I am doing homework, driving, or just relaxing. Some of the bands I listen to include Nirvana, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Billy Joel. Country is also starting to grow on me

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston has to be Fitrec. I consider it my home away from school. When I am not doing homework or studying, I will almost certainly be there either working or just trying to blow off some steam working out.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren freshman year on the 9B engineering floor. My tip would be to spend time in your floors common room. Some of my best memories about freshman year are in my floors common room so make sure to always stop by to see what’s going on.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
My niche here at BU would have to be my social fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Some of my best friends and memories came from my fraternity brothers that I am fortunate to have. I also participate in BU’s club water polo team where I am the goalie. I work at Fitrec as an EMT so if you see me working please stop by to say hi!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Join as many clubs and activities as you can when you are a freshman. It is where you will meet some of your best friends in college. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The textbook doesn’t always have all the answers to what you are looking for.

Emily

Emily Lam

Where are you from?
Lowell, Massachusetts -- You've probably heard of Lowell when you studied the industrial revolution and the mill girls. We're a city ~1 hour north of Boston, near New Hampshire.

What's your major?
I'm a student of Electrical Engineering, but I started Undeclared. I'm not doing a minor or concentration, but I have taken a good amount of classes in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering and other fields.

What did you do this summer?
I worked at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) as an undergraduate research assistant. Basically, we aim to use LED lighting to improve society in three key ways: efficiency (LEDs are more efficient and localized lighting), productivity (Visible Light Communication), and wellbeing (Simulate natural lighting).

Do you like music, art or photography?
I like all three. For music, I'm all over the place. I will listen to pop to rap to Broadway to film scores to indie to classical to folk to international. Basically anything. I also play piano. For art, I'm also all over the place. I like kinetic sculptures, impressionism, Chihuly!, ancient civilizations, all art. I also like to draw, mainly in pencil and charcoal. Photography, I'm just getting into. I'm an amateur. But I like to take photos of human-less compositions.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
Aah! This is a hard question. There are so many parts of Boston I enjoy. There's one place that stands out though. The Massachusetts Ave Bridge at night. One look at that Boston skyline against the Charles River and you really get to feel the gravitas and beauty of Boston.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Nikola Tesla. I would tell him about our modern technology and then watch him invent teleportation because he’s the type of guy who would be able to figure it out. I would try my best to help out; maybe just by being in his aura, I will be smarter. :D

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
15A, W.I.S.E. Floor, Warren Towers. Tip: Leave your door open, and you'll get visitors or hang out in the common room. It's an easy way to meet new people. Enjoy the freshmen atmosphere. There’s also a bike room in the garage of Warren Towers.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
As cliché as it sounds, my niche here at BU is the ENG community. I enjoy researching and taking classes with the faculty here. My classmates are awesome. And the nerdy activities are fun, and, well, nerdy. I also like to help out the college by participating in outreach activities, Dean’s Host activities, and student advising activities.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
I recommend getting a bike! Biking is a great way to explore and get around Boston – plus, it’s also exercising. Also, get excited for ENG Cup!! Despite what other SAs may think, we are going to be ENG CUP 2013 CHAMPIONS!!

Evan

Evan Lowell

Where are you from?
Northridge, CA which is a suburb of Los Angeles.

What's your major?
Mechanical Engineering with possible concentrations in technological innovation and nanotechnology

What did you do this summer?
I did research with professor Bishop on micromachines that we used to create nanostructures. In my free time I practiced a ton of kung Fu and started taking kickboxing classes. I also played ultimate in Davis Square every week.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
I’m horrible with favorites, but two of my favorite TV shows are Archer and Avatar the Last Airbender. Archer is unbelievably witty, silly, and dark, while Avatar blew my mind when I was younger (and it still does).

Do you like music, art or photography?
Yes. I love pretty much any music other than country, but my favorite genres consist of pop, indie, alternative, and classic rock. I have a deep appreciation for art, but I particularly enjoy impressionist and modern works.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I’m stuck between Friedrich Nietzsche and Nikola Tesla. If it were Nietzsche we would discuss philosophy and he would teach me how to grow a mustache as awesome as his. Tesla and I would change the world of science….. again.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren towers and I think that everyone’s experience in Warren is dependent on how close they are with their floor so make friends!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I do research, am on the rocket team, and do quite a bit of martial arts. I also was an ENG Dean’s Host last semester.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
IN THE ENG CUP, WE SHALL DEMOLISH ALL THE OTHER ENGINEERS, SO THAT WE MAY CLAIM GLORY AND HONOR FOR OUR ANCESTORS AND CHILDREN… or at least have fun trying.

Connor

Connor Mathews

Where are you from?
I’m from beautiful Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. And yes, it really can be like the show Portlandia.

What's your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer Engineering.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I took a couple classes and interned for Sustainability@BU where I did a little web development and worked to reduce the energy usage of labs on the Medical Campus.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love art! Boston has some awesome museums and I love going to the MFA. On Wednesday nights they have Drawing in the Galleries with live models, which is pretty swell.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston is the Common. Just thinking about going there on warm summer nights to listen to music or catch Shakespeare on the Common gives me warm, fuzzy feelings.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Oh man... I don't often think about historical figures, but when I do I think about Buster Keaton. The man was pretty much the greatest silent film comedic actor ever. I never thought I could laugh at a black and white silent film until I saw his! I'd just like to hang out and hear him talk about his films.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
Freshmen year I lived in Sleeper Hall in West Campus. It was great! It can be tempting to just hang around West Campus and Allston during the winter, but venture east too!

Any last words to your students?
I've been pretty involved in the Community Service Center here at BU. I would highly recommend doing Student Food Rescue and Alternative Spring Breaks (especially the Horse Cave, KY trip which I coordinated last year)! Last summer I worked in a lab on campus, and this summer I've been working for Sustainability@BU.

Nate

Nate Michener

Where are you from?
I come from the town of Mansfield, Massachusetts, which is about an hour south of Boston. I graduated from Mansfield High School in a class of 360 students.

What’s your major?
I am studying Computer Engineering, and I hope to pursue a concentration in Energy Technologies and possibly a minor in Electrical Engineering.

What did you do this summer?
I spent this summer working full-time as a software intern for a control systems company in my area. I also tried to spend plenty of time outdoors enjoying the summer weather, which included a family vacation to New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Delaware.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
I am an ardent lover of the Lord of the Rings books and movies (not just the trilogy—The Silmarillion is my favorite book and I was a huge fan of the first movie based on The Hobbit). This summer, however, I’ve been eating up the A Song of Ice and Fire books upon which the TV show Game of Thrones is based.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I don’t have too many strong opinions when it comes to music, but I like pop and rock in their various forms, and I also enjoy listening to movie soundtracks when I study.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite places in Boston are anywhere I can go for a good run; Brookline is great for a hill workout, but I spend most of my time on the Esplanade bike path along the Charles River. The open expanse of the river gives me a nice break from the city streets.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on an engineering specialty floor in Warren Towers. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Make sure to bond with your floor mates in your common room and elsewhere as much as you can; you’ll form some great friendships and feel very welcomed and at-home when you return to your dorm at night.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m a member of the non-travel portion of the BU Quidditch team. It’s a great group of people to mix with and a fun sport to try out; I highly recommend it. This fall, I’m also hoping to get involved in some research which will be about the efficiency and performance of microprocessors.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Make sure you take advantage of the fantastic public transportation system provided by the MBTA. There are many, many, many fantastic things to explore in and around the city of Boston and it could not be easier to go on an adventure with your friends to see something new.

Paulina

Paulina Michon

Where are you from?
Brooklyn/Queens, NY / Krakow, Poland

What’s your major?
Electrical Engineering and still deciding on a concentration.

What did you do this summer?
After studying abroad in Madrid, I worked in New York City.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Favorite book: The Little Prince
Favorite movies: Gran Torino, Gladiator, Life is Beautiful, A Beautiful Mind, Inglorious Bastards, I can go on forever…
Favorite TV shows: How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
Yamato! Why? All-you-can-eat sushi!

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would love to take dance lessons from Elvis Presley, oh and listen to his singing of course.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren Towers on 12C (Engineering Floor) where I met most of my friends. At Warren it’s really easy to meet people so if that’s where you are, take advantage!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m a Dean’s Host at the College of Engineering, and I like joining intramural teams (soccer and volleyball).

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Do not be afraid of anything! Really, everyone makes college (especially engineering) sound very scary when in reality everyone can get through it if they study enough. Take advantage of all the amazing things BU and the rest of Boston have to offer, and don’t forget to relax and have fun.

Amarisa

Amarisa Robison

Where are you from?
Sierra Madre, CA

What’s your major?
I am majoring in computer engineering but I started as undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences and then switched to mechanical engineering then electrical and finally computer…I’m a bit indecisive, if you can’t tell, so don’t worry if that’s how you’re feeling!

What did you do this summer?
This summer I interned with a non-profit global Christian organization called Cru in Fort Collins, Colorado. I got to be in charge of the user interface for the latest edition of one of their iOS apps, which was really cool. I was also on what Cru refers to as a “summer project”, so whenever I wasn’t at work I got to spend time with an awesome group of 44 other students. We were able to get involved in the community and we had some pretty awesome adventures, like white water rafting!

Do you like music, art or photography?
I absolutely love music. I have a habit of singing pretty much all the time, and most of the time I don’t even realize it. I also like pretty much all genres, except heavy metal. I just don’t really know what’s going on with that one. I do especially love pop, rap, folk, and Christian music. Art in general is pretty cool too.

What’s your favorite place in Boston?
I absolutely love being halfway across the Mass Ave bridge on the side that’s closer to the city, especially once it’s dark and all the city light are on. It’s a wonderful place to just stop and think about life and see the busy-ness of the city without being in it for a moment.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Sleeper Hall in West Campus. West Campus can feel pretty big and daunting, (the dining hall over there is definitely the most intimidating one on campus), but be bold and talk with your floor-mates! Once you get to know people it starts to feel more and more like home. And make friends with people while you’re standing outside at 11pm because the fire alarm went off, (cause that tends to happen a lot).

Tell us know about your niche here at BU!
I absolutely love the College of Engineering and I think it’s more of a family than any other college here at BU. I love being involved as a Dean’s Host and now Student Advisor and Senator. I also am very involved in the on-campus Christian group called Cru. It’s been a wonderful way to get to know and grow in faith with other students in all different years and from all of the different colleges at BU.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Get to know your professors and never be afraid to ask questions! Also, we will definitely be the best, craziest, most fun and wonderful EK 100 group out there, and we’ll obviously be the biggest competition for the ENG Cup, so to everyone else, watch out!!

Zac

Zac Sacher

Where are you from?
I’m from Southold, New York, a small town on the east end of Long Island.

What’s your major?
I’m studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Technology Innovation.

What did you do this summer?
I spent part of my summer in Oceana, VA with a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet squadron. I had the opportunity to fly supersonic and do some fun aerobatic maneuvers!

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
I really enjoy reading historical non-fiction books. I love that some books go so in depth on one particular person or event and you learn so many interesting facts just by turning a few pages. Usually, I find books that are useful in my everyday life such as biographies of leaders and ones based on topics that pertain to the world we live in.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I’m a huge music fan. Some of my favorite genres are blues, rock and roll, and funk. I really enjoy going to live concerts no matter how big or small the artist is!

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would love to meet Ben Franklin just to spend some time in America’s colonial period. I would probably just try and pick his brain about his later life and involvement in the founding of America.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren Towers freshman year. I made some really good friends on my non-engineering floor that I still hang out with today.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I try to involve myself in various communities within BU. I am part of the Naval ROTC program here, a TA for EK 127, and I try to keep involved in as many university activities as possible. I love going to hockey games and the numerous diverse events that BU has to offer. I’ve attended unique lectures, club meetings, and many other events that piqued my interest. The beauty of being at a larger university is myriad of smaller communities you can learn about or involve yourself in if you choose.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
This is my first time being a student advisor and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Austen

Austen Schmidt

Where are you from?
I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for the first 19 years of my life. As most of my friends will probably tell you, there probably isn’t anything I like talking about more, so ask me anything!

What’s your major?
Electrical Engineering

What did you do this summer?
Interned as an electrical engineer with Jacobsen working on the design of electrical systems within their vehicles. It entailed prototyping, building, troubleshooting, and eventually producing schematics and wire harnesses that allowed controllers from various companies to work together as a fully functional and extremely durable electrical system.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
I cannot decide between Suits or Game of Thrones, I suppose it depends on the mood. I secretly want to be a mix of Harvey Specter and Ned Stark, though I haven’t figured out exactly how that would work yet.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
If I could spend one day with a historical person, it would probably be Einstein. Yes I realize it’s probably a common answer, but I would like to know how exactly he went about coming up with the theory of relativity amongst his hundreds of other theories. All I can picture is him doing some very mundane task like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea, and then just saying “Ahh! It’s so simple!”

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Sleeper Hall on floor 11 my freshman year, and will be an RA in Clafflin Hall this year on floor 10. I absolutely loved living there, I met so many people, and most of the friends I made in that dorm are some of my closest ones today. My one tip would be to view the common bathrooms as a good thing! Think about it, every morning you get up to brush your teeth, and you run into someone you might not have met otherwise. It’s a beautiful thing…sort of.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
Number one, join the BU Jiu Jitsu club! I’ve been in it for 2 years and it’s given me a good amount of great friends and even more great workouts. If that’s just not your thing, there are so many clubs out there to join, and I challenge you to join or participate in at least 2 or 3 of them during your time here at BU!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Utilize your professors, and don’t be afraid of them. You’ll hear this a lot at BU, but honestly they want to help you so make the most of it! Also, engineering can be tough, so I suggest staying active and getting out as much as possible in your spare time, it keeps the brain happy.

Kevin

Kevin Smith

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Georgia. You might have heard of Atlanta, the best city in the South.

What's your major?
I am a Computer Engineering major, so if you have problems in MatLab just call me.

What did you do this summer?
Because I studied abroad during the spring semester, I decided to spend the summer with my family. I’m going to truly miss them heading back to school.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite book is The Cat in the Hat, and I think the movie The Cat in the Hat better. I guess I’m a big Dr. Seuss fan.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I listen to all types of music; I love R&B though. Whenever I need to relax 90s R&B is the first thing I turn to.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
If I could spend time with anyone in history, I would have a tea with the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. He was one of the best Generals in the history of the Roman Empire. I would talk to him about bringing such a large society, the Roman Republic, into a new era, the Roman Republic.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Warren towers freshman year. I would recommend living on an ENG specialty floor, and getting to know other engineers.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
This is college, enjoy yourself, but remember that academics come first. Also remember, that my team is going to win the ENG CUP!!!

Michael

Michael Snyder

Where are you from?
I'm from San Angelo, TX. It's a smallish town but is in the middle of nowhere, so it's considered the "big town" in the area. The closest big city is San Antonio, which is 3 hours away. I'm a Texan before anything else, so if you ever want to talk about Texas, I'm here!

What's your major?
I'm majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in chemistry.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I did genetics research at Johns Hopkins. I worked on a new method to deplete endogenous proteins, as opposed to RNAi or DNA modification. It was incredibly interesting, and I learned so much while I was there. Also, I took a cruise with my family around Central America, which was full of good times. Lastly, I went to Peru with a friend from back home, and we hiked the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu sans guide. So you could say I had a pretty busy summer.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I'm just starting to get into art, and so far I really like impressionism, so artists like Monet, Manet, and especially Cassat. I started doing film photography, but my camera is currently out of service. I need to get it fixed soon, so I can get back into that. I like nearly all music (although I can't stand parodies or mashups), but I guess I listen mainly to rap and more ambient indie rock. My favorite band is the Shins.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I would travel around America with Jack Kerouac, talking a little bit in French and a large bit about life.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I was on the all-male ENG floor in the Towers. Do things with your floor mates! You will see those guys in class for the next 4 years, so it's great to have a support group for work and friends in class from the beginning. Also, specialty housing is the best.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I'm on the snowboard team and have a great time boarding and hanging out with them. Also, being a Francophile, I'm an active member and voice in the Francophone Association at BU. I do research in an immunology lab, help out with ENG as a Student Advisor and Dean's Host, and try to go to concerts when I can. I also like exploring Boston and finding new places and things around town.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
2 things:
1) Make older friends! They will help you out now and later in more ways than you know. Just because you're a freshman doesn't mean you can't chill with upperclassmen.
2) My group better get ready because we are winning ENG Cup. FACT.

Alex

Alex Stockrahm

Where are you from?
Detroit, Michigan

What’s your major?
Electrical Engineering

What did you do this summer?
I was a learning assistant for PY 105 and 106, took summer classes, vacationed in New York and Maine, went skydiving.

What's one of your favorite books, movies or TV shows?
Breaking Bad for reminding us all that we can do anything we set our minds to.

Do you like music, art or photography?
In no particular order and by no means comprehensive: Funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown), Rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hendrix, Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins) Hip-hop (Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan), Jazz (Mingus, Coltrane, Billie Holiday), Soul & Motown (Aretha, Mr. Redding, D'Angelo, The Temptations), Blues (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, BB King), and an occasional throwback. I'm pretty open to suggestions.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
The man, the myth, the legend: Nikola Tesla. We'd kick back, relax and talk smack about Tommy Ed'. Then I'd show him an I-pod.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I got my start in Towers, 4 West. If you have a room near the bathroom, WD-40 will fix the blood-curdling shriek of the door hinges when it's time to get some serious rest. Also, don't stand for people throwing up in the sink under any circumstances. Kids from the Northeast do that sometimes, even when they have to walk past a toilet to get there. Disrespect them mercilessly when the time comes, it's your sink too.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I do some stuff in the teaching realm; I've been a physics LA for three semesters going on four. I am a resident of Allston, a full-time job in itself, and enjoy spending time with my friends all over the city.

Any last words to your students?
Inspire yourself, your life is yours; it fits you like your skin. You rise as high as your dominant aspiration, you descend to the level of your lowest concept of yourself. Free your mind. Also, take some time to find yourself while you're out here at school. There are too many kids at this place to keep track of what they all think.

Heather

Heather Towey

Where are you from?
I’m from Smithtown NY, right smack in the middle of Long Island a perfect distance away from both the beach and the city.

What’s your major?
I’m a Computer Engineer major.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I worked at an engineering company called Telephonics located in Farmingdale, NY. The company designs and manufactures both radar and communication systems used by the military and some civilian companies. I worked on two projects this summer. I designed a program called the Data Logger and Analyzer Program which was very GUI based coding and involved updating two old programs into a more user friendly program. I also worked a little with embedded systems by writing a checksum function for different radar antennas.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I love music and really have love for all genres however my favorite would have to be the oldies especially the beach boys and doo-wop from the 50’s and 60’s.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
Chris Farley cause I think he’s absolutely hysterical and so sad that he died so young.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived in Sleeper Hall on the engineering floor. I would just encourage you to really interact with the people on your floor. I was rather shy my freshman year and didn’t really talk to many people on my floor, but have now become friends with a lot of them through engineering classes. I just wish I would’ve met them sooner.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
Well I don’t think this can be considered much of a niche but I work at Agganis Arena in the Concession stands and have worked my way up to stand manager. I’ve even been working there longer than my boss. It’s great because I can hear all the concerts for free.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Engineering is pretty tough but STICK WITH IT! There are so many support systems within the college of engineering and it will really pay off in the end. The internship I had this summer was so interesting and all of my mentors keep saying how badly companies want engineers.

Juliana

Juliana Valentin

Where are you from?
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, I went to high school in Southern California in Fontana, CA (halfway between LA and Palm Springs). But since starting college I’ve split my time between Boston, France, and Chicago, so in a sense, I have many places that feel like home because each has influenced me in one way or another :)

What's your major?
Biomedical engineering with a self-designed, unofficial “concentration” of mechanics/biomechanics, neuromuscular disorders, and sensorimotor rehabilitation.

What did you do this summer?
For the first part of the summer I travel a bit. I visited my brother in Baltimore and went camping near Ocean City on an island with wild horsies! We also explored DC by bike; my favorite places to visit were the Spy Museum and the National Zoo. Then I soaked up the sun in SoCal. My roomie and I road tripped from LA to San Francisco, driving on the Pacific Coast Highway on our way up (the scenic drive of a lifetime, I highly recommend it!). The rest of the summer I was a research intern at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in Northwestern University’s Neuromuscular Control and Plasticity Lab. I spent my time between Evanston and Chicago, exploring art galleries, coffee shops, and bookstores, reading, catching some incredible concerts (Robin Thicke, Lollapalooza, John Mayer), and meeting interesting people.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I appreciate all three as forms of expression when words simply are not enough to do a certain idea, dream, emotion, or memory justice. Contemporary, whimsical art (Rex Ray, for example; I love places like the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore!); soulful, jazzy, folky, bluesy music with honest lyrics (think Citizen Cope, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Duffy, The Lumineers, ITM, etc.); and travel, street-portrait, or documentary photography (like Humans Of New York) are my favorites.

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
I’d like to meet Howard Thurman, Dean of Marsh Chapel at BU in the 1950’s and 1960’s and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. Having worked at the Howard Thurman Center for two years at BU, I’ve been influenced by his ideology since starting college, especially regarding personal self-exploration and “common ground”– the idea that any two people from anywhere in the world can find something they share in common with one another, on one of countless levels – if anything, being human alone is enough to brings us closer. I feel like the world could really use some of Thurman’s valuable insight these days.

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I went with the choice of the classic engineering freshmen floor of 12C in Warren Towers. Overall, an excellent experience with some of the most genuine, funny, and energetic students BU has to offer. However, a tip to keep in mind: make sure you get to know and befriend the students on your floor, but don’t be afraid to venture down or up to other floors and talk to random people in non-ENG majors! Everyone is very friendly and this is probably the easiest time in college to make absolutely random new connections.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
BU is my oyster! I don’t feel like I am restrained to one single activity being my “niche”; rather my niche is found in the balance between my involvement in the College of Engineering, intramural and random pick-up soccer and volleyball at FitRec, my involvement in sensorimotor research projects within the Stepp Lab, etc etc. BU is a place where learning is a passion; you are free to expand your horizons as far as you allow yourself, and that realization has made for the best college experience. My motto: redefining what it means to have it all, one day at a time :)

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
I <3 EK100! Can’t wait to meet my amaaazing advisees!

Harvin

Harvin Vallabhaneni

Where are you from?
Alpharetta, Georgia

What's your major?
Biomedical Engineering concentrating in Nanotechnology

What did you do this summer?
I did research in Professor Han’s lab on DNA Origami. Basically I created boxes out of DNA. On the side I did an internship at Philips Healthcare. I also won an episode of Fear Factor at Universal Studios in Orlando (didn’t have to eat any snakes though).

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
[Favorite movie of the summer] This is the End (Emma Watson + every respectable comedian = Best movie ever).

Do you like music, art or photography?
Growing up in Atlanta I was exposed to all kinds of music. I’m huge into hip hop: J Cole, Kanye, Jay-Z, Wale etc. I also can appreciate a good rock song and some country music (Zac Brown Band)

If you could spend some time with someone from history who would it be?
He’s still alive but I really want to meet Elon Musk (founder of Pay Pal, Tesla Motors, Space X). The man epitomizes entrepreneurship. The companies he starts are highly visionary (electric cars, space travel) yet he seems to always come out on top and pushes the envelope. Plus, Tony Stark from Iron Man was based on him- how cool is that?

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
12C Baby! I lived on the engineering floor in Warren Towers. It’s an absolutely great floor to live on. There’s always something going on and it’s incredible to walk into every lecture knowing another engineer there. I’d encourage any ENG floor resident to visit the other floors too. Freshman year is the easiest time to meet non-engineers: take advantage of it!

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I’m big into student life on campus. I serve on Engineering E-Board and also on the BMES E-Board. Outside of engineering I’m involved with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I love meeting people and BU’s diversity means that there’s always an interesting person to meet!

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
Freshman year will be the best year of your life. Leave your door open, go to a hockey game (or a couple), stay up late with friends and you’ll be fine.

Sam

Sam White

Where are you from?
Right now my family lives in Franklin, Massachusetts. Home of the first public library! But I have moved eight times growing up, and I have lived all over Illinois, Indiana, and New York.

What's your major?
I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering.

What did you do this summer?
This summer I worked as a beauty advisor at Walgreens part time, and took a C++ class the second half of the summer.

What's your favorite book, movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show of all time is definitely Lost, but if I ever see that there is a reality TV marathon, like the Real Housewives or Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I will watch the whole thing. I’m addicted.

Do you like music, art or photography?
I’ve been told I have terrible taste in music, but I just got over my obsession with Justin Bieber! I still love One Direction, and pretty much anything that the lyrics are straightforward and repetitive and with music that’s pretty peppy. Favorite song of all time is definitely “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown.

What's your favorite place in Boston?
My favorite place in Boston is either the Boston Garden or the grassy area of Commonwealth Avenue. I love walking through there and seeing all the puppies!

Where did you live freshman year? Do you have any tips about living there?
I lived on the engineering floor, 9B, in Warren Towers. That was the best decision I have ever made. Warren is very social, and it was perfect living next to all freshman engineers. We all got very close, and it helped a lot with homework and studying.

Tell us about your niche here at BU!
I am just now getting involved in the College of Engineering as a Student Advisor and a Dean’s Host. It’s very fun to show of the college. Aside from that you can find me at the gym pretty much every morning when it opens. The morning is my favorite time of day.

Words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
My best advice is meet as many people as you can, inside engineering and out. The coursework is definitely challenging, but having a good group of friends changes the whole experience. Anyway, let’s kick some butt in ENG cup!