Clark Engineering Scholars

Clark Scholars

The Clark Engineering Scholarship program was established in January 2011 with an $8 million gift from A. James Clark, chairman of the board and CEO of Clark Enterprises Inc. Scholars are chosen each year from top performing freshman who show outstanding potential to excel as future leaders in the engineering profession. The first class of Scholars (the 2011-2012 Scholars) was selected in May 2011, with subsequent classes selected annually thereafter.

Learn more about the scholarship and its requirements


 


Freshman

Sydney Bailes
Sydney Bailes is a rising sophomore in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  She is a member of the University Honors Program, and will be an Honors Peer Advisor for the 2016-17 year. Sydney is also involved in various student organizations on campus including GW Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineering World Health, along with the service organization engageDC.  In the summer of 2015, Sydney interned with Metamorph Software in Nashville as a modeling technician working on modeling and testing circuits using Metamorph's original software.  Sydney is originally from Nashville, Tennessee

 

 


Jackie Bellefeuille
Jackie Bellefeuille is a rising sophomore in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, pursuing an major in systems engineering and minors in computer science and political science. She is the vice president of the GW Robotics Team, is a member of the GW Chapter of Engineer’s without Borders and the Society of Women Engineers, and is a Student Admissions Representative.  During the summer of 2016, she will intern with the City of Bloomington’s Engineering Department.  Jackie is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


 

 


Parmvir Chahal
Parmvir Chahal is a rising sophomore in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, pursuing a degree in computer engineering.  Parmvir is a mentor for the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN), social media chair and program director of the GW Sikh Student Association, and member of GW Bhangra. Parmvir is from Alexandria, Virginia.

 




 


Joelle Dowling
Joelle Dowling is a rising sophomore in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  She is a sister in the Kappa Delta sorority and a member of the GW Ultimate Frisbee team.  Joelle loves to spend her free time going on runs around DC and exploring the incredible food the city has to offer.  Joelle is from Washington Township, New Jersey.

 




 


Meghan Englert
Meghan Englert is a rising sophomore in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  She is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and is focusing her studies on biomechanics.  She hopes to work on designing and developing prosthetic devices in the future.  Meghan is a member of the GW Club Softball Team and serves as the fundraiser chair for the team.  She is from Wyckoff, New Jersey.

 




 


Conor Gillespie
Conor Gillespie is a rising sophomore in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with interests in the automotive industry and in entrepreneurship.  At GW, Conor is a member of the SAE Baja team, is a fellow in Compass Fellowship, and performs with the University Orchestra.  In April 2016, he was invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University at UC Berkeley for training related to his startup company, which makes 3D printed instruments.  Conor enjoys playing the violin and participating in intramural sports.  Conor is from West Chester, Pennsylvania.



 


Clare (Cal) Lohrmann
Clare (Cal) Lohrmann is a rising sophomore in the Department of Computer Science. She is pursuing a B.S. in computer science with a focus on data science. Clare is member of GW’s ballet group, Balance, and enjoys dancing and watching documentaries in her free time. During the summer of 2016, Clare will be doing natural language processing research under the supervision SEAS Professor Rahul Simha. Clare is from Downers Grove, Illinois. 

 


 

 


Jonathan Medley 
Jonathan Medley is a rising sophomore in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  He is pursuing a second major in theatre as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.  Jonathan works in various technical roles in the Department of Theatre and Dance productions, with a focus in lighting design.  Jonathan will mentor incoming SEAS freshmen, beginning this fall, as a member of the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN).  Jonathan is from Richmond, Virginia.


 


 


Kyle Pett
Kyle Pett is a rising sophomore studying mechanical and aerospace engineering.  His hobbies include swimming, hiking, and exploring new places, whether here in Washington, DC, or at home in Toms River, New Jersey.  He works at the National Air and Space Museum as part of the museum’s Explainers Program helping visitors understand the exhibits.  Kyle is a first-generation college student and enjoys being a part of the first-generation GW student community, whose members help each other progress through college.  



 

 


Dietrich Reidenbaugh 
Dietrich Reidenbaugh is an undeclared rising sophomore in SEAS.  He works part time for the SEAS Computing Facility and is involved in the GW Student Association.  He enjoys exploring D.C., travelling, bicycling, programming, tinkering with technology, and keeping up with current events. Dietrich is from Boise, Idaho.

 





 


Alexander Snouffer
Alexander Snouffer is a rising sophomore from Hagerstown, Maryland, majoring in mechanical engineering, with a concentration in patent law, and minoring in mathematics. Alex is active in intramural sports (playing for the engineering team) and also tutors other students in math and science.  Outside of school, he enjoys restoring vintage metal working machinery and mechanical antique watches.  He is currently designing and constructing his own mechanical watch.  Alex interned during the summer of 2015 at Crist Instruments, an engineering design and development firm in his hometown, and he currently works for Denier Jewelers.


 


 

Sophomores

Colby Bott
Colby Bott is a sophomore in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Colby is a mentor for the School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Peer Advisor Network (SEASPAN), works with TEDxYouth@ColumbiaHeights, which independently organizes TED events, and performs with student theatre and the GW Band.  In the summer of 2015 he interned with the State of Massachusetts Highway Department on public works projects.  Colby is from Plymouth, Massachusetts.  

 

 

 


Sara Foreman
Sara Foreman is a sophomore in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with a focus in medical imaging. Sara assists in managing a tutoring program of SEAS students who tutor at local high schools in STEM subjects. She interned at the GW Office of Undergraduate Admissions as part of the Visitor Information Program during the summer of 2015. Sara is from Malverne, New York. 

 



 


Robert Gifford
Robert Gifford is a sophomore in the Department of Computer Science. He is a founding member of the Systems Hacker Club and is enrolled in the University Honors Program. Robert enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee on the National Mall and pursues music as a hobby. During the summer of 2015, Robert conduct operating system based research at GW under the supervision of GW Professor Gab Parmer. He hopes to assist the GW research team by implementing compartmentalized NetBSD code into the developing Composite operating system.  Robert is from is Nantucket, Massachusetts.

 

 


Thomas Lane
Thomas Lane is a sophomore in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He is minoring in sustainability and is very interested in the design and construction of eco-friendly buildings and structures.  Thomas, an avid runner, is a member of the GW club cross country team and particularly enjoys exploring Washington, D.C. while running. During the summer of 2015 he interned with Sol Consulting in Dayton, Ohio, assisting with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects. Thomas is from Oakwood, Ohio.


 

 


Kate McNally
Kate McNally is a sophomore in the Department of Computer Science. Along with her computer science major, she is also pursuing a minor in mathematics. Kate is a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity on campus as well as the School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Peer Advisor Network (SEASPAN). She enjoys spending her weekends at Nationals Park, the eastern market, or with her sorority sisters. In the summer of 2015 Kate interned with PacSun's digital marketing team in her home town of Orange County, California. 


 

 


Zainab Mahmood
Zainab Mahmood is a sophomore in SEAS who is studying biomedical engineering.  She was a winner of a shared $100,000 scholarship in the 2013 Siemens Corporation Competition in math, science and technology for her project with high school classmates Priyanka Wadgaonkar and JiaWen Pei entitled “The Isolation and Characterization of an Ozone Responsive Stress Related Protein in Ceratopteris Richardii.”  Zainab interests include performing scientific research, tutoring students in math and science, playing the violin, fencing and lacrosse. During the summer of 2015 she completed a research internship at Stony Brook University.  Zainab is from Hewlett, New York.

 

 


Jillian Miles
Jillian Miles is a sophomore in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, working toward a degree in systems engineering. Jillian is a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional engineering sorority, as well as the Society of Women Engineers. She also performs with Balance: The GW Ballet Group, and gives campus tours as a student admissions representative. Jillian hopes to pursue a career in systems engineering relating to international development. In the summer of 2015 she interned with Alstom Power working on supply chain management. Jillian is from Richmond, Virginia.

 

 


Nathalie Mitchell
Nathalie Mitchell is a sophomore in the Department of Computer Science. She is a member of the executive board for the Society of Women Engineers at GW. During the summer of 2015, she worked on a computer science research project at GW for teaching literacy with Professor Rahul Simha. Nathalie is from North Potomac, Maryland.

 

 

 

 


Tania Singh
Tania Singh is a sophomore who is studying biomedical engineering.  She particularly enjoys visiting all the memorials and the unique opportunities offered by attending college in the nation’s capital. During the summer of 2015 she completed a research internship with GW Professor Vesna Zderic.  Tania is from Edison, New Jersey.  

 


 

 

 


Caitlin Whitter
Caitlin Whitter is a sophomore in the Department of Computer Science. Her technical and research interests include software development and artificial intelligence. She interned with the Artificial Intelligence Center at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory during the summer of 2015. Caitlin is an executive board member of the National Society of Black Engineers, as well as a member of the Society of Women Engineers, GW Tech Collective, and Engineers Without Borders. In her free time, she enjoys working on programming projects, reading, and exploring Washington, D.C. with her friends. Caitlin is from Washington D.C.

 


 


 

Juniors

Elias “Eli” Andrew 
Elias "Eli" Andrew is a junior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, with a minor in economics.  Eli is an active participant in the GW Tech Collective, tutors high school students in math and science at the Washington, DC School Without Walls, and plays on the GW club baseball team.  He is a recipient of the GW Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and is a mentor for the Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN).  Eli studied at University College Dublin during the spring 2015 semester, and worked as a research assistant on a cloud computing project with Professor Howie Huang during the summer of 2015. He is from Westport, CT.

 

 


Abbie Gillen
Abbie Gillen is a junior from Johns Creek, Georgia. She is pursuing a degree in Systems Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Biology. She is a member of the University Honors Program, where she serves as a part of the Undergraduate Programming Board. Abbie is a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional engineering sorority, and is also a part of the GW student admissions representative (STAR) tour guide program. During the summer of 2015 Abbie working as an intern at the Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute at Northeastern University.

 


 


Conor Lyman
Conor Lyman is a junior from Simsbury, Connecticut, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. Conor spent the spring 2015 semester studying abroad at University College Dublin in Ireland. At GW, Conor is a member of the GW Rocket Team and Engineers Without Borders, and is also a mentor to incoming freshmen as part of the Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN). Conor spent the summer of 2015 conducting research with Professor Adam Wickenheiser at GW.

 

 

 


Gabby Potvin
Gabby Potvin is a junior in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.  She is pursuing a degree in Systems Engineering with a minor in business administration.   Gabby is interested in bringing her leadership and creative problem solving skills to a global corporation.  She tutors high school students in math and science and enjoys playing on many intramural sport teams.  Gabby is also the fundraising chair of the GW Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.  During spring to summer 2015 she studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan.  Gabby is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

 


Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro is a junior in the Department of Computer Science. He is interested in entrepreneurship and robotics. During his sophomore year 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. His research interests include studying how humans fall in order to develop a system that would allow robots to catch individuals. Joshua is the vice president of the GW Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and works for the GW Business Plan Competition. During the summer of 2015 he interned at International Business Machines in Rochester, Minnesota as a cloud software development and testing intern. Joshua is from Tampa, Florida.

 


Abigail Shriver
Abigail Shriver is a rising junior in the Department of Computer Science. She is pursuing a BS in Computer Science, with an emphasis on Computer Security and Information Assurance, and a concurrent degree in International Affairs concentrating in security policy. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Women in Computer Science, Women in International Security, GW Pre-Law Student Association and the Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. During the summer of 2015 Abby interned for Girls Inc., mentoring girls in middle school and high school to pursue careers in the STEM field. She is from Westminster, Maryland.
 


 


Sragvi Tirumala
Sragvi Tirumala is a junior in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and is pursuing a degree in that discipline. Sragvi is a representative for the GW Biomedical Engineering Society. During the summers of 2014 and 2015 he worked with GW Professor Loew on a project regarding biomedical imaging.  Sragvi will be spending the fall semester 2015 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Sragvi is from Freehold, New Jersey.

 

 

 

 


Katherine Walker
Katherine Walker is a junior in the Department of Computer Science. She is interested in computational genetics and computational chemistry. She plans to pursue a PhD in computational science. Katherine has completed research on diabetes, obesity, and circadian rhythms with the Jackson Center for Genome Dynamics. Katherine is involved with the Association of Computing Machinery, the Society of Women Engineers, and the GW Tech Collective. During the summer of 2015 she interned with Visa Financial Services in Austin, Texas. Katherine is from Charlotte, North Carolina.

 


 


 

Seniors

Dor Hirsh Bar Gai
Dor Hirsh Bar Gai is a senior in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. He is pursuing dual degrees in systems engineering and philosophy, with a minor in sustainability. Dor is interested in integrating engineering principles with public policy to address sustainable solutions for green energy and city planning. A recent focus point has been on sustainable food systems and the integration of food systems, energy and education. In the summer of 2015 Dor interned with the Foodworks program at Middlebury College in Vermont.  Dor is a math and physics tutor at the Washington, DC School Without Walls, a small public magnet high school, and is involved with Grow Garden and urban agriculture at GW. Prior to joining the GW community, Dor served in the Israeli Army for four years, including service as an officer.  Dor is from Caesarea, Israel.  

 


Adam Gray
Adam Gray is a senior in the Department of Computer Science. He is specializing in human-computer Interaction 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. He is involved in the GW Entrepreneur Club and the GW Tech Collective, a student organization that gives members the opportunity to pursue their interest in technology and innovation through a combination of workshops, trips, lectures, and social events. Adam completed his second internship at the Microsoft Corporation during the summer of 2015. Adam is from Brookline, Massachusetts. 

 


Samantha Starr
Samantha Starr, a senior in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is from St. Charles, Missouri. After graduating, Samantha will attend the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences to pursue an M.D. She intends to utilize her engineering and medical skills to create affordable artificial organs. As an undergraduate, Samantha has been an active member of the GW community.  She was a member of the Women's Leadership Program, gave GW campus tours, and currently serves as the secretary of the Biomedical Engineering Society and president of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. She also volunteers at the GWU Hospital in the Women’s Center and volunteered for two years with the American Red Cross, International Services. During her sophomore years, Samantha spent a semester abroad at the University of Melbourne.

 


Ian Wong
Ian Wong, a senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is pursuing a major in civil engineering with an environmental concentration and a minor in business administration.  Ian is interested in finding economically efficient ways of expanding Hawaii’s first elevated rail system and wants to help preserve Hawaii’s natural environment. He is co-captain of the GW men’s volleyball club team and the GW Hawaii Club.  He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the GW Chapter of Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity.  Ian studied in Istanbul, Turkey at Bagazici University in the spring semester 2014. During the summer of 2015 Ian was an intern with Clark Construction in Washington, DC.