Clark Alumni Scholars

 

Elias Elias "Eli" Andrew  graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a minor in economics in 2017.  During his time at GW, Eli was an active participant in SEAS tutoring, and the tutoring program for high school students in math and science at the nearby School Without Walls. Eli is also passionate about entrepreneurship and was a semi-finalist in the GW New Business Venture Competition. Eli is employed as a software engineer at SalesforceIQ in Palo Alto, California.  He is from Westport, Connecticut.

 

Connor Lyman Conor Lyman , originally from Connecticut, graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical and aerospace engineering. While at GW, Conor was very active in the SEAS community. He was a SEASSPAN mentor to incoming freshman engineering for three years, serving his senior year as the organization's vice president. Conor also was a SEAS tutor and spent two years as an undergraduate teaching assistant for freshman- and sophomore-level mechanical engineering classes. Conor also studied abroad in the spring of his sophomore year in Dublin, Ireland. He spent one summer as an undergraduate research assistant in a robotics lab on campus and spent the summer before his senior year interning for Google in its wearable technology division. Conor now works for Lockheed Martin in California as a research scientist.

 

Abbie Abbie Gillen  graduated from GW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in systems engineering with minors in computer science and biology. While attending GW, Abbie participated in the professional engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, the STAR tour guide program, and GW’s Honors Program. Abbie studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain during her junior year, and completed internships at the National Institutes of Health and the Northeastern University Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute. She is currently working at Vencore in Chantilly, Virginia. Abbie is originally from Johns Creek, Georgia.

 

Gabby Potvin Gabby Potvin, from Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated in 2017 with a degree in systems engineering and a minor in business administration. Throughout her time at GW, Gabby gained valuable experience in many different industries through various internships with PwC, the International Finance Corporation, Ameritas Insurance, Clark Construction, and Kao.  She is particularly interested in data analytics and process automation. Gabby will start her career as an advisory associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, on the public-sector Data Analytics Team. Engineering, volunteering, and international travel are three of her passions. Gabby enjoyed her involvement with Engineers Without Borders as the fundraising chair and co-president.  She studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan in 2015.

 

Josh Shapiro Joshua Shapiro graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, focusing on machine learning and natural language processing. During college, he served on the executive board for the GW Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and acted as an undergraduate teaching fellow for Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, and Algorithms. Joshua spent a semester studying abroad at The Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. As a sophomore, he interned with the social venture Pedal Forward, where he helped design a Kickstarter marketing campaign and competed in the Rice Business Plan Competition, winning $10,000 for the company. Joshua interned with IBM Cloud Managed Services for two summers. Currently, Joshua is working for IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York, focusing on machine learning with Watson. He is from Tampa, Florida.

 

Sragvli Sragvi Tirumala graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering. He interned with SEAS Professor Murray Loew on a project involving breast cancer detection using infrared thermography, and later as a research intern at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. As an undergraduate, Sragvi was correspondence secretary for Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and an active member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He was also the top ranked undergraduate "Super Smash Bros. Melee" player at GW. Sragvi credits a developing passion for the arts to his semester studying abroad at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Sragvi notes that "the experience showed me the pervasive influence of culture in our choices, and revealed just how much freedom we have within our own culture." He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Columbia University. Sragvi is from Freehold, New Jersey.

 

Katherine Katherine Walker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in computer science in 2017. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed research opportunities with SEAS Professor Poorvi Vora and internship opportunities with Scatter, Visa, and Etsy. She served as the co-chair of the Women in Computer Science group and co-founded a Women in Computer Science mentorship program to pair incoming female freshmen with upperclassmen in computer science. Katherine also tutored engineering students in math and computer science during her sophomore and junior years. Thanks to the Clark Scholars program and a partnership with Korea University, Katherine traveled throughout Southeast Asia and studied in Seoul, South Korea her junior year. Katherine is relocating to New York City, where she will work as a software engineer.

Dor Dor Hirsh Bar Gai, originally from Israel, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 2016. As an undergraduate he focused his studies on sustainable infrastructure, urban food systems, and social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability. With the support of the Clark Engineering Scholars Program, Dor participated in Foodworks and worked on local food initiatives with Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets during the summer of 2015. During his senior year, he interned at the GW Solar Institute as a solar analyst for low-income solar projects. Throughout college, Dor has tutored School Without Walls students in science and math and has been a resident advisor. In 2017, Dor completed a Master of Science degree in environmental and energy management with a graduate certificate in sustainable urban planning through GW’s Presidential Administrative Fellowship (PAF). He also worked for SEAS on sustainability and academic affairs as part of his PAF placement.

 

Adam Gray Adam Gray  graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, focusing on both the design of human-computer interfaces and machine learning.  Also passionate about entrepreneurship, Adam was a finalist in the 2012 Pitch George elevator pitch competition, a business plan competition in which contestants have three minutes to convince a panel of judges to invest in their start-up venture. During his time at GW, Adam completed an internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Lab and two internships with Microsoft Corporation. Following graduation, Adam returned to Microsoft to work on the HoloLens UX Platform team. Adam is from Brookline, MA.

 

samantha Samantha Starr , from St. Charles, MO, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering in May 2016. During her time as an undergraduate, she completed research at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis. She served as president of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity during her senior year. She also served as the secretary of the Biomedical Engineering Society during her junior and senior years.  In the classroom, she served as a learning assistant for University Physics I and II and as an undergraduate teaching fellow for Biomedical Engineering Seminar I and II. Samantha completed a semester abroad at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia during the spring semester 2014. Currently, Samantha is pursuing an M.D. at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

 

Ian Ian Wong  graduated from GW with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering and a minor in business administration.  Ian notes that the Clark scholarship gave him the confidence that he could succeed in a foreign environment.  He was co-captain of the GW men’s volleyball club team and the president of the GW Hawaii Club.  Ian was named to the all-tournament team at the 2016 National Club Volleyball tournament for his division.  He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the GW Chapter of Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity. He received the Tau Beta Pi scholarship and Theta Tau Kalv scholarship.  Ian studied in Istanbul, Turkey at Bagazici University in the spring semester 2014, and served an intern with Clark Construction on the District House, GW’s new super dorm. He now works for Clark as an engineer.  Ian is from Honolulu, HI.

Nicholas Nicholas Asarese graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical and aerospace engineering  in May 2015. He was a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, given to those in the top 2% academically in their class. He served as president of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society during his senior year. Nicholas was also a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Society of American Military Engineers, and  the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, and he served as a residential advisor for incoming freshmen engineers. He is also a recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Medal of Honor Scholarship. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and following his initial infantry training, attended Naval Flight School in Pensacola, FL. Nicholas is from Honeoye Falls, New York.

 

Fusco Emily Fusco,  originally from Beverly, Massachusetts, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and mathematics in August 2015.  While an undergraduate, Emily completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has interned with the United States Naval Research Laboratory since her junior year.  In addition to tutoring computer science and mathematics, Emily was involved in both the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority and Epsilon Sigma Alpha community service sorority. She had leadership roles in both organizations, serving as Engineers' Council representative for ΑΘΕ and as a member of the executive board for EΣA.  Emily completed a semester abroad at University College in London, England during the fall semester 2013.  She subsequently began working towards an Master of Science in Cyber Security in Computer Science at GWU while continuing work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

 

Andrea Andrea Lehn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering  in 2015. While at SEAS she worked with MAE Professor Megan Leftwich to investigate the role of amniotic fluid during child birth and was a visiting student at Harvard University's Lauder Lab to study instabilities in swimming hydrodynamics. Without the Clark Scholarship, these in-depth and meaningful research engagements would not have been possible. She is also grateful for support to study abroad at The University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. After graduation she joined the Experimental Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

 

Josephine Josephine “Josie” Mascher graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in May 2015. While at SEAS, she held leadership positions in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of Energy Engineers, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She was an active member of the SEAS Peer Advising Network where she mentored incoming freshmen. One of her most memorable college experiences was studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland.  Josie interned with Clark Construction on the new GWU Science and Engineering Hall and now works for this company as an office engineer. Josie is from Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Allan Morales Allan Richmond “Arich” Morales graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering  in May 2015.  During the summer of 2014 he participated in the Computational Science for Undergraduate Research Experience at the National Institute of Computational Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While at an undergraduate at GW, Arich was a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity,  the Philippine Cultural Society, and the Agape Christian Fellowship. In the spring semester of 2013, he studied at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Arich continued his education through the combined five-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at GW. Arich is from Los Angeles, California.

 

Shayda Shahbazi Shayda Shahbazi  is from Oak Hill, VA, and graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.  During her time at GW, Shayda was involved in the Society of Women Engineers, serving as Engineers Council's representative, treasurer, and president. In the spring semester of 2013, she studied at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. During her undergraduate career, she interned with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, and Cisco Systems. Currently, Shayda is a student associate at an intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC and is a law student attending Georgetown University Law Center.

Liam CusackLiam Cusack is an alumni of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. During his college career, he was involved  with acapella, athletics, and several SEAS extracurricular groups. Liam notes that the Clark Scholarship helped him gain confidence in his leadership and technical capabilities. He interned with GW Professor Erica Gralla during the summer of 2014, focusing on the optimization of humanitarian logistics in disaster response. Liam now works at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he uses systems engineering to provide significant contributions to critical challenges facing governmental organizations, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space.

 

John DonahueJohn (“Jay”) Donahue graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical and aerospace engineering in May 2014. Jay completed a study abroad semester in Dublin and notes that “…seeing all of the different lifestyles, career paths, and cultures inspired me to bring some of these cultural characteristics back to GWU.” While at GW Jay was a member of the SEAS Entrepreneur Club and the GWU Relay for Health. Jay is from Radnor, Pennsylvania and works for Northrup Grumman Corporation.

 

 

GenevaGeneva Goldwood graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in May 2014.  She was the SEAS Distinguished Scholar at the May 2014 graduation and a 2013 recipient of the GW Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.  While at GW she was active in the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority, the SEAS chapter of Engineers without Borders, and GW’s Autism Speaks organization.  Geneva, who studied in Dublin, Ireland during the spring semester 2012, comments that “removing myself from the culture I am accustomed to has helped me to see the world a different way, and also to understand myself differently.” Geneva is from Tacoma, Washington.  She works for with K2M, a Leesburg, Virginia biomedical products firm.

 

Molly Olsen Molly Olsen  graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in May 2014. During her time at SEAS she studied abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea; was a mentor for freshmen for three years as a member of School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN); held multiple office positions for the GW Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers; and held a position on the Engineers' Council.  As an undergraduate, she interned with Clark Construction on the new GW Science and Engineering Hall for two years. Molly currently works for Skanska USA Building as a project engineer on the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport in New York City. She intends to apply to business school in 2017. Molly is from Liberty, NY.

 

Sarah RoodSarah Rood graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in May 2014.  While at GW she was a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi honor society, Theta Tau engineering fraternity, and the Colonial Brass and Symphonic Band.  Sarah studied in Dublin, Ireland in the spring semester 2012, and says that the experience allowed her “…to have a greater perspective on the world, especially through the lens of engineering.”  She subsequently pursued a Masters in Engineering Management at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Sarah is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

 

Janeen WilliamsJaneen Williams graduated from SEAS with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in May 2014. Janeen subsequently graduated from Northwestern University in June 2015 with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and now works as a Medical Device Analyst for ProcuredHealth in Chicago. While at GW she was the President of the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering society, Records Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and was a member of both the National Society of Black Engineers and the SEAS Peer Advising Network. She studied overseas in Dublin, Ireland in the spring semester 2012. Janeen is from Uniondale, New York.