’31E Scholar Society

1931E Scholars at the 2019 Banquet Dinner


’31E Student Society Executive Board (2020-2021)

President – Lindsey Furness

Vice President – Joe Taylor

Treasurer – Allison Wilcox


Pre-Pandemic Gatherings

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

…Ann Arbor Restaurant week (of course anything with food)…


…cider mills (even with a broken foot)…


…and game-night sessions!

Things may look a little different this coming semester amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but fun will still be had. Thank goodness for Zoom!


’31E Class of 2020

Joey Costello

Joey is a first-year PhD student 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 Master’s student 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.

 Joseph Taylor

Joe is a senior pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical 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 working as a media assistant in the School of Education, Net Impact (a sustainability club), and a bit of running on the side. He’s found a lot of joy with his role as vice rresident and service chair of Triangle Fraternity, where he helped coordinate volunteering events and philanthropy fundraisers. Work experience-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 globe for the first time (detailed in a blog: link)! His other summers and one winter co-op have involved drivetrain design work with Chamberlain Group in Chicago as well as occupant safety and structure crash worthiness at Toyota R&D in Saline, Michigan. Joe wants to express his sincere gratitude to the Class of ’31E for all their support and generosity and loves the relationships he has developed within this community.


’31E Class of 2021

George Adamson

George is a senior 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 senior 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 senior from Morton, Illinois majoring in Electrical Engineering with minors in Business and Multidisciplinary Design. After graduating, she hopes to design autonomous systems for aerospace applications using her background in signal processing and controls. Over the summer, Michelle interned at Amazon working on phased array simulations for the Antenna Systems group in Project Kuiper, a satellite constellation that will provide internet access to underserved communities. Previously, she worked on electrical systems at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Michelle stays involved on campus with her project team MRover and is the founding Internal Vice President for Women in Electrical & Computer Engineering. She also teaches students as an Instructional Aide for EECS 461 (Embedded Controls) and mentors first-semester engineering students as an ENGR 110 departmental ambassador. 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 doing puzzles, hiking, and reading books.

Connor Inglis

Connor is a senior 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 senior from Commerce, Michigan pursuing a dual degree Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor’s in Business Administration with emphases in Finance & Strategy. On campus, he is the President of APEX Consulting Group, a pro-bono consulting organization that serves Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit businesses. As well, he is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honors Society, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Michigan Investment Group, and Michigan Private Equity and Venture Capital. Over the past two years, he has been pursuing his FAA Private Pilot’s License flying out of the Ann Arbor Airport through the Michigan Flyers. Post-graduation intending on working in strategy consulting, with the long-term goal to be an aerospace/automotive project manager. In his free time, he loves to exercise, go hammocking and biking, play the guitar, and manage his personal investments.

Benjamin Manley

Ben Manley is a senior from Miami, FL studying Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Physics. This summer, he worked as a Software Engineering Intern within the Microsoft Garage to implement a new feature for Microsoft Teams. He spent past summers studying abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and working at Honeybee Robotics, a spacecraft mechanisms corporation where he developed software for a planetary sample collection computer. Over the last three years, he worked as the Software Lead on two Michigan Engineering design teams – first, Michigan Hyperloop, where he led a team to automate a prototype pod for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, and then Michigan Robotic Submarine, a team he co-founded that develops and programs a vehicle to autonomously complete underwater tasks. Ben 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. Next year, he will be completing his MSE in Computer Science through Michigan’s SUGS program. On the side, he enjoys playing the piano, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Gabriella Rodriguez

Gabriella Rodriguez is a senior 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 senior 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 junior 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.

Robert Elliott

Robbie is a junior 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 junior from Lake Zurich, Illinois studying Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Art and Design. She has a passion for intuitive design and aspires to create educational technologies to augment classrooms around the globe. During the school year, she is a member of the Michigan Marching Band playing in the Alto Saxophone section, a sister of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for Women in Engineering, and an Instructional Aide for EECS 280 Introduction to Programming and Data Structures. Over the summer, Jessie has interned at entigenlogic, a Natural Language Processing company, and at Microsoft, working on the Visual Studio product. 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 in Information specializing in User Experience Design.


Aditya Middha

Aditya is a junior 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 junior 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.


’31E Class of 2023

Alfonso Botta-Lopez

Alfonso is a sophomore from Columbus, OH (not a buckeye!) planning 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.


Chimmuanya Iheanyi-Igwe

Chimmuanya is a sophomore from Elkridge, Maryland majoring in Electrical Engineering. On campus, she is a member of the engineering subteam for BLUElab Sa’ Nima’, and serves on the BLUElab Council. In the past semester, her team collaborated with an organization of young scholars in Guatemala to help prototype a more efficient stove for their communities. She is also a member of the electrical team for Michigan Neuroprosthetics, where she helps design and build affordable, accessible prosthetic arms for children. 
Chimmuanya is passionate about the intersection of social justice and technology, and over the past year has conducted research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) on algorithmic bias, to understand how popular search algorithms can populate different search results based on socioeconomic status. In the upcoming year, she is excited about returning to the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP) as a peer mentor. In her free time, she likes gardening, trying new foods, and traveling.

Taylor Scott

Taylor is a sophomore from both Houston, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana majoring in Chemical Engineering. Additionally, she plans to pursue a minor in Design & Production through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. During her first year, Taylor served on the Black History Month Planning Committee through the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. This position gave her the opportunity to introduce Dr. Yusef Salaam as the Keynote Speaker for Black History Month. She also collaborated on a research project with her mentor, Dr. Ron Eglash, and fellow students though the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The project, “Merging Artisanal Tradition with Digital Fabrication”, aims to help artisans compete on a global market and use sustainable materials and practices for their craft. Taylor is also a member of M-STEM and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Additionally, Taylor was involved in the production of The Wiz through MUSKET, a theatre student organization. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys reading and baking. Taylor has her own YouTube channel and blog dedicated to discussing books she has read. In the future, Taylor plans to work in research & development for consumer products after she completes her degree. Taylor is both ecstatic and grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship and a member of the 1931 Scholar Society.

Morgan Serra

Morgan is a sophomore from Robbinsville, New Jersey pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. She plans to get a minor in Sustainability as she is passionate about the environment. In the future, she hopes to make the aerospace industry more sustainable by designing power systems that utilize renewable energy sources. During her freshman year, she was involved in M-Fly, where she worked with the Regular Class structures subteam to construct the aircraft’s fuselage. Morgan is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WAA). She participated in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan (DMUM) this past school year and is currently one of DMUM’s Development Coordinators. Outside of school, Morgan enjoys working at her summer job at Lee Turkey Farm, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Claudia Zimmerman

Claudia is a sophomore from Cary, North Carolina studying mechanical engineering, with minors in electrical engineering and German. On campus, she is involved with the Michigan Vertical Flight Technology project team.  MVFT works to improve electric vertical takeoff and landing aircrafts, helping to advance humanitarian aid and package delivery. She is also a member of Michigan Movement, which supports the homeless community in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti through education, healthcare, and social advocacy. Claudia is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and social sorority Gamma Phi Beta. Outside of school Claudia enjoys running, political debate, and spending time with friends.