’31E Scholar Society

1931E Scholars at the ’18 Banquet Dinner


’31E Student Society Executive Board (2019-2020)

President – Joe Taylor

Vice President – Lindsey Furness

Treasurer – Allison Wilcox


Recent Get-Togethers

Among a variety of things, the scholars of ’31E enjoy…

…summer picnics in the beautiful outdoors…

…cider mills…

…and simply hanging out together!!


’31E Class of 2020

Joey Costello

Joey is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in Electrical Engineering. With a passion for medical research, he conducts research in the Center for Translational Neuroengineering and Neuroscience at the UM Hospital. He works on improving Deep Brain Stimulation surgery through computational modeling. Joey also volunteers weekly in the Cancer Center where he helps patients with iPads and laptops. On campus, Joey is a member of the electronics sub-team of M-HEAL Project Clear Lung. The team is developing a low-cost device for diagnosing pneumonia in developing countries and hopes to travel abroad with a prototype within the next year. In his free time Joey practices with the Michigan Triathlon Club. Last spring he qualified for and competed in the Collegiate National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the team Race Director and organized a local triathlon this past summer. Joey also enjoys reading, app programming, and having fun with family and friends.

Erin Deutschman

Erin is a senior from Dearborn, Michigan studying Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Costume Design.   On campus, she is the treasurer of Unversity Lutheran Chapel’s student group, the Internal Vice President for the University of Michigan’s Society of Women Engineers, and a stage manager for NERDS theater group. She is currently involved in Dr. Chesney’s Gameday Mixed Reality project, where she is helping build a virtual reality application with 360-degree video of sporting events on campus to help entertain hospitalized children.  She has really enjoyed exploring the emerging technologies of virtual reality while working to help others.  In her free time, she enjoys sewing, reading comics, going on walks, riding her bike, and listening to her favorite musicals/podcasts.

Taylor Feddersen

Taylor Feddersen is a senior from Champaign, Illinois majoring in Computer Science and pursuing the International Minor for Engineers and the Multidisciplinary Design Minor. She interned this past summer with Microsoft on Minecraft Education. On campus Taylor is an instructional aide for Engineering 100 – Gaming for the Greater Good – where students develop video games to help children with visual impairments. Taylor is a Career Fair Director and the Web Presence Officer for U of M’s Society of Women Engineers. She studied classical ballet for 18 years and is continuing her lifelong passion by performing as a Principal Dancer with the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker. She has taught ballet classes in both Champaign, IL and in Manila, Philippines, and has danced in over 100 ballet performances.

Ambria Hopfe

Ambria Hopfe is a Chemical Engineering major with an interest in the food industry. She hopes to someday bring safer and more sustainable food manufacturing practices to mainstream food companies. Ambria is currently the co-chair for Project Development for the Food Industry Student Association (FISA), where she works to connect the organization with opportunities at local food companies to optimize their processing practices. Over the summer, she worked with a project team in collaboration with Ann Arbor Distilling Company to develop a formulation for a blue gin celebrating the bicentennial year of the University of Michigan. Also an avid baseball fan, Ambria is the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Sabermetrics Club (M-SABR), focused on creating and publishing quality content about baseball statistics and trends on the organization’s website. She has also worked as an umpire for local youth baseball leagues in the summers for 8 years, teaching young players the ideals of good sportsmanship and integrity. Last year, Ambria was a student researcher in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and was a member of the Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program (WISE RP). In her free time, she loves to play the cello, make balloon art, and toss a baseball around with her family.

Michael Klettner

Michael is a senior from Traverse City, Michigan pursuing a degree in Computer Science Engineering alongside a minor in Music. On campus, he is involved with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club as their Operations Manager where he oversees all logistics for the Club, including planning each year’s tour. Additionally, he enjoys volunteering through St. Mary’s Student Parish with their Alternative Spring Break program, having spent time in Flint and Chicago the previous three spring breaks. This year, he will be leading the trip to Baltimore. In his free time, Michael can be found playing ping-pong with friends, watching TV shows, and singing and listening to music.

 Joseph Taylor

Joe is a junior pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Raised in rural Nebraska, he came to the University of Michigan to seek exposure in industry—particularly automotive and aerospace. Joe stays pretty busy most weeks between UM’s Supermileage team, Net Impact, and working as a media assistant in the School of Education. He’s found a lot of joy with his role as Vice President and service chair of Triangle Fraternity, where he helped coordinate volunteering events and philanthropy fundraisers. As health and wellness chair this semester, he is planning gym/running workouts and setting up nutrition plans with friends. Professional-wise, Joe collaborated with the South Africa National Space Agency on ionospheric research in the summer of 2018 and absolutely loved exploring that part of the glove for the first time (detailed in a blog: link)! His other summers have involved drivetrain design work with Chamberlain Group in Chicago and safety/crash worthiness engineering at Toyota R&D in Saline, MI. Joe wants to express his sincere gratitude to the Class of ’31E for all their support and generosity and loves the relationships he’s built in this community


Garrett Zuck

Originally from Munster, Indiana, Garrett is a master’s student in aerospace engineering focusing on propulsion systems. He completed his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and earned the International Minor for Engineers, which included a summer studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Within the College of Engineering at Michigan, Garrett has been an integral member to many project teams: one senior design team built a propeller-driven wall-climbing robot, the other conceptualized a small satellite mission to Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and he was the structures lead on the Michigan Hyperloop team. Additionally, he has been involved with various engineering community outreach projects.

Garrett most recently completed a summer internship with Northrop Grumman. Previously, he interned at SpaceX working on the propulsion system for Crew Dragon, which will soon ferry astronauts to orbit. He also spent a summer in Ann Arbor doing aerodynamic shape optimization research in the Multidisciplinary Optimization Lab.

On campus, Garrett was a four-year member of the Michigan Marching Band Drumline, which makes him a veteran to game days in the Big House performing for more than 100,000 fans of the maize and blue.


’31E Class of 2021

George Adamson

George is a junior from Newport Beach, CA studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Meteorology. After graduation, George hopes to design propulsion systems that make air and spacecraft operate more efficiently. This past summer George was an intern at AAE Aerospace in Huntington Beach, CA. He worked on the design and manufacturing of composite materials to insulate rocket nozzles. On campus, he is a member of the M-Fly Design Team, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, and the Engineering Honors Program. He has also gotten involved with 3D printing at the Duderstadt Center. His favorite part of engineering is watching an idea transform from a computer model to a functioning device. In his free time, George loves to follow local weather events and interact with computer weather models. He also enjoys reading, running, and flight simulation software.

Lindsey Furness

Lindsey Furness is a junior from Grand Rapids, Michigan majoring in Biomedical Engineering. With an enthusiastic passion for medicine and helping others, Lindsey aspires to attend medical school after finishing her undergraduate at Michigan. As such, you can find her shadowing in the hospital, working as a scribe, and volunteering around Ann Arbor. Lindsey also is a part of a Biomedical Manufacturing and Design research laboratory here at Michigan, helping to design and develop a nasopharyngeal airway device to help treat nasal obstruction and sleep apnea. Lindsey is the Pathways Program Director for Wolverine Tutors on campus, an organization that tutors at-risk middle school and high school students at local schools around Ann Arbor as well as offering online tutoring to various schools across the country. She also helps run Cost Assistance for Resilient Engineers, raising money to support students facing financial emergency. As an avid singer and performer, she has been a part of MUSKET in the past and is currently a part of Good News Christian Acapella, where she eagerly exercises her musical arm. When not doing any of that, Lindsey enjoys exercising, traveling, exploring Ann Arbor, and spending time with friends and family. She is privileged to be a part of this scholarship society and is grateful for the class of 1931 and the entire committee for their support and encouragement.

Michelle Gehner

Michelle is a junior from Morton, Illinois majoring in Electrical Engineering with minors in Business and Multidisciplinary Design. In the future, she hopes to design electronics and power systems for robotic spacecraft to study our solar system. On campus, she is the current President and former Electrical Lead of MRover, a robotics design team that builds a competitive rover every year. Over the summer, Michelle interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA as an Electrical Flight Systems Engineering Intern. At JPL, she worked on the Europa Clipper, a mission to study Jupiter’s ice-covered moon. She is also a departmental ambassador in ENGR110 where she mentors new students in the fall. Outside of engineering, Michelle continues her involvement in music as a member of the horn section in the Michigan Marching Band. In her free time, she loves talking about interplanetary missions, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Connor Inglis

Connor is a junior from Carmel, Indiana majoring in Computer Science. He grew up playing soccer, winning four state championships and competing in the Sweet Sixteen nationally. After a career ending injury, Connor now uses coding to continue his passion for sports. He is a manager and data analyst for the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer Team. He is working to help change the way coaches make substitutions at the collegiate level by learning how an individual’s player performance is affected as she gets tired over the course of a game. Over the summer, Connor interned at DICK’s Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh where he helped build the front end of the new Point of Sale that will get released to all stores nationally. When he wasn’t working, he could be found behind the boat, dominating his work intramural soccer league, or playing disc golf with his friends. After being surprised that there was not already a disc golf course on campus, he decided to make a change. He is in the process (working with Rec Sports and a member of the National Disc Golf Association) of getting his disc golf course design approved and built on campus by the University. While in school, he can usually be found on one of his six intramural teams, at the soccer stadium, or in the library.

Jacob Mackey

Jacob Mackey is a junior from Commerce, Michigan pursuing a dual degree Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor’s in Business Administration. On campus, he is the Vice President of Operations of APEX Consulting Group, where he manages the organization’s scheduling, University-wide recruitment process, and finances. As well, he is the Vice President of Fellowship of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Over the past year, he has been pursuing his FAA Private Pilot’s License flying out of the Ann Arbor Airport through the Michigan Flyers. He is passionate about sailing, racing competitively at Detroit Country Day School for four years and spending summers at Pontiac Yacht Club as a sailor and later as a coach. In his free time, he loves to exercise, go hammocking and biking, play the guitar, and manage his personal investments.

Benjamin Manley

Benjamin Manley is a junior from Miami, FL studying Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Physics. Over the last two years, he’s worked on Michigan Hyperloop, a design team that builds a prototype pod for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. On the team, he works as the Controls Subsystem Lead, managing a group of engineers to create the computer system and sensor array to autonomously run the pod. Benjamin is also a member of the Producer Board of the M-agination Films production club, having acted as Producer, Editor, and Sound Recordist on numerous films, and works as a Graphic Designer for The Every Three Weekly, UMich’s satirical newspaper. Last summer, he studied abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. This summer, he worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Honeybee Robotics, a spacecraft mechanisms corporation in Pasadena, CA, where he developed software for an embedded planetary sample collection computer. On the side, he enjoys playing the piano, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Gabriella Rodriguez

Gabriella Rodriguez is a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan studying Electrical Engineering. Freshman year she was a part of the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). For the past year Gabriella has been working in Professor Shanna Daly’s lab, under the supervision of Jin Woo Lee, doing engineering education research. The first project she has worked on in this lab was observing the effects of the Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED) learning blocks on the product design behaviors of mechanical engineering students. Her next project is observing how entrepreneurs who have developed innovative technologies apply their technology to real-world problems. She feels that her research has taught her many ideation, design, and engineering problem-solving strategies.  In the future, Gabriella plans to pursue a Master’s degree related to Biomedical Engineering in order to develop medical products. Gabriella enjoys biking, puzzles, and team activities but she finds true entertainment in disassembling and reassembling technology.


Allison Wilcox

Allison is a junior from Allentown, Pennsylvania pursuing a biomedical engineering degree with a minor in German. Over the summer she studied 3D printing material science in Berlin while improving her language skills. After which, she went back to Aesculap Implant Systems, designing and testing orthopedic implants and instrumentation for spine surgery. She is passionate about designing affordable orthopedic devices and works on the mechanical subcommittee for Michigan Neuroprosthetics design team to create a low-cost prosthetic hand for growing children. Allison is the president of CARE and serves as one of the College Relations Co-Officers for UM’s Society of Women Engineers, as well as the FIRST Lego League Coordinator for the FIRST Alumni & Mentors Network at Michigan (FAMNM). She loves working with kids and enjoys doing STEM outreach events with her clubs. Allison can often be found in the BME 3D fabrication lab, where she works during the school year. In her spare time, Allison enjoys reading, hiking, IM sports and cheering on Michigan athletics.


’31E Class of 2022


Tyler Bartlett

Tyler Bartlett is a sophomore from Commerce, Michigan, who is pursuing an aerospace engineering degree, as well as minors in physics and computer science. He has been passionate about spaceflight from a very young age, having travelled both to Florida to see a Space Shuttle Launch and to Alabama for Space Camp. In high school, he built and flew a rocket to an altitude of 1800 ft, using the most powerful engine he could legally get ahold of. During his Freshman year, he was involved in MASA, where he worked to model the performance of a liquid-fueled engine in MATLAB. He also was involved in the social committee of AIAA, and in the fall played tenor drums in the Michigan drumline. Over the summer, he worked as a software intern within the Passive Safety Division of ZF TRW, an automotive supplier in Farmington, Michigan. Aside from school, Tyler enjoys spending time on Lake St Clair, playing drum kit, and playing intramural sports, specifically dodgeball.

Alfonso Botta-Lopez

Alfonso is a first-year from Columbus, OH (not a buckeye!) hoping to major in Aerospace Engineering. He is passionate about all things related to space exploration and hopes to intern and work in the space launch industry. He is looking forward to gaining hands-on engineering experience through Michigan’s project teams, with a particular interest in MASA. In his free time, he enjoys learning languages, practicing guitar, and traveling.

Robert Elliott

Robbie is a sophomore from Waterford (West Bloomfield HS), Michigan studying Industrial and Operations Engineering with a planned Minor in Business. This past summer, he spent seven weeks studying physics and history in Ireland through Michigan’s International Programs in Engineering (IPE). He also continued his internship at DontGo, an AI-technology company focused on converting website traffic into leads, where he developed a structured sales process and improved their online presence. Since coming to Michigan, Robbie began taking organ lessons as a way to diversity his musical background – piano for 14 years and drum set for 11 – and to stay involved in music. Furthermore, he is an avid runner and soccer player. He is excited to further expand his involvement in the fall by joining the Formula SAE team, the Engineering Honors Program, and MRun. For five years, Robbie has volunteered at Braille Beats, a fine arts intensive for visually impaired students. Here, he gives piano lessons and runs a percussion seminar that incorporates a largely tactile component. To him, the biggest takeaway has been the transformative power of a positive attitude and largely contributes this to his radiation of positive energy every day. In his free time, Robbie loves to attend car events, volunteer at his church, and travel. He would like to thank his family for their continual support and the Class of 1931E for the opportunity to join their family.

Jessica Houghton

Jessie is a sophomore from Lake Zurich, Illinois studying Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Art and Design through the Stamps School.  She has a passion for intuitive design and aspires to create educational technologies to augment classrooms around the globe. During her freshman year, she was in the Michigan Marching Band playing in the Alto Saxophone section, a member of the interdisciplinary Living Arts Residential Community, and a sister of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for Women in Engineering. Over the summer, Jessie interned at entigenlogic, a Schaumburg startup, writing code to find and maintain data resources for the company’s artificial intelligence engine. Around campus, she enjoys practicing with the Parkour Club, trying new foods, and attending student performances from improv comedy to acapella. Looking forward, Jessie plans to pursue a Masters of Science in Information specializing in User Experience Design. 


Aditya Middha

Aditya is a sophomore from Midland, Michigan majoring in Computer Science Engineering with a focus in Data Science. Over the past year, he conducted research on simulation-based protein design to target cancerous proteins using bioinformatic tools. On campus, Aditya is Travel Coordinator for BLUElab Sa’ Nima’ for which he traveled to Guatemala this August, spending weeks conducting a needs assessment. Aditya is also an analyst for MECC Consulting Group, where he recently finished a project implementing a new Health Ride service for University Health Service. This past summer, he applied his passion for data visualization at Arcadis, managing digital insight for several remediation and pollution control projects. In the coming year, he is excited to find applications for data analysis in a political or business context, as well as be an active member of the Detroit Partnership Outreach Team, where he will help coordinate service-learning opportunities with Detroit-based community partners. In his free time, Aditya enjoys playing tennis, following politics, attending concerts, and being active in fantasy football.

Laura Williams

Laura is a sophomore from Edina, Minnesota studying biomedical engineering, in which she hopes to eventually pursue a PhD. She also plans to get a minor in computer science. On campus, Laura is a member of BLUElab India Project’s Water Transportation design team, working to develop a device that will empower women in rural India by giving them easier access to clean water. She participated in UROP the past school year, working in the Cell Signaling in Engineered Tissues (CSET) lab to develop a microfluidic device that can accurately model the mechanism of kidney tissue regeneration. This summer, she participated in a summer research fellowship and worked in another lab at U of M developing a device to model cell detachment which contributes to kidney disease. Outside of school, Laura enjoys camping, canoeing, and spending time with friends.