’31E Scholar Society

The Current ’31E Scholars

’31E Student Society Executive Board (2016-2017)

President – Ariel Sandberg

Vice President – Mario Russo

Treasurer – Rohan Punnoose


’31E Class of 2015

Daniel Adsit

Daniel Adsit 2015Dan is from Plymouth, Michigan and pursuing a Graduate degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations where he recently completed an internship with Boeing Defense, Space, and Security.  Dan has past internship experiences with Hibbard Inshore, an underwater services company, and PwC, a professional services firm. Dan was also a member of the Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program and during his undergraduate years he was involved with Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, where he served as President.  Dan has enjoyed travel experiences to Western Europe and to Peru and India for volunteering with other EGL students. Dan enjoys biking, running, reading, and meeting up with friends.

Mengmeng Jie

Mengmeng Jie 2015Mengmeng is a Masters student from Novi, Michigan majoring in electrical engineering. Researching as a UROP student in Dr. Michal Olszewski’s Pulmonary Immunology lab last school year, Mengmeng studied immune response against Cryptococcus neoformans lung infection. This past summer, she worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Yazaki North America. There she had the chance to experience the development process in the automotive industry and to write software by building an application for Controller Area Network devices in Visual Studio. At Michigan, Mengmeng is a member of the flute choir, Rotaract Club, and New Life Church. Mengmeng enjoys playing tennis, playing piano, traveling, and being with friends and family.

Brian Kulwik

Brian Kulwik 2015Brian is a Master’s student studying Aerospace Engineering, graduating in December 2015, with a focus in gas dynamics. He is conducting research in rocket propulsion and CFD simulations. He has been actively involved in MASA, the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association, since 2011, where he has been the Chief Engineer of Propulsion for the past two years. Now in his Master’s studies, he has recently transitioning to a mentorship role. He is advising the team as they continue to research and develop a hybrid rocket engine. During the summer of 2015, Brian interned with Blue Origin in Seattle, WA, helping to develop new, innovative rocket technologies to make safe, reliable space tourism a reality. Outside of engineering, Brian is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and was also a member of the Michigan Marching Band. 

Elise Machiele

Elise Machiele 2015Elise Machiele is a graduated senior from Mechanical Engineering minoring in Art and Design with an Engineering Honors Concentration in Design. An Ann Arbor native, Elise has been singing Hail to the Victors since kindergarten. Co-founder of the BLUElab NicarAGUA team during her first semester at U of M, she led the team for its first year and a half, working on a sustainable rainwater storage and filtration system. She spent a semester during her sophomore year on Co-op with GE Appliances in Louisville, KY working in the refrigeration team. She spent the summer interning at 3M in St. Paul, MN in the Stationery and Office Supplies Division. She recently founded a student organization called “CARE: Cost Assistance and Relief for Engineers” to raise money for a new endowment to support students in the College of Engineering who, for unforeseen circumstances, cannot pay tuition and would otherwise need to drop out of school. Next summer she will intern at Ford in Product Development for Body Exterior. On campus, she is involved in the Triathlon Club, Cycling Team, Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society, Shipman Society, SWE, and WERLD Design club. She enjoys biking, hiking, reading, camping, and singing.

Anitha Menon

Anitha Menon 2015Anitha is currently a 2nd year student in medical school, graduating last year with her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering. She plans to pursue a career in immunology and global medicine. She currently works in the Maillard Lab, studying the role of the Notch Signaling Pathway in Graft-vs-Host Disease during allogeneic-bone marrow transplantation. Anitha has been playing the violin for over 10 years and is the Outreach Director for the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She is a Structured Study Group Leader for Honors Organic Chemistry and a tutor at the Engineering Learning Center and loves to teach! Integrating sustainability and engineering is one of her passions, and she is currently the project leader for the BLUELab Biogas Team, a team is designing digesters that produce renewable fuel from organic waste. Anitha would like to thank the Class of 1931E for their tremendous support, without which she would not have had half the opportunities she’s been given.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson 2015Patrick is starting his Masters degree studying Computer Science Engineering. He split the past summer working at Twilio in San Francisco and had an absolute blast. When away from the office, Patrick could be found exploring beautiful California, or working on his own personal app project aimed at improving the Collegiate education experience called ‘Stumped’.  Patrick is passionate about improving the world’s quality of life through technological innovation. He is thrilled for the future and loves being involved in such a dynamic driven society like 31E. Patrick wants to thank everyone who has supported him in his journey thus far especially the Class of 1931E for their  incredible mentorship and generosity.

’31E Class of 2016

Sean DeLeon

Sean DeLeon 2016Sean is a graduated senior majoring in Computer Science Engineering. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Sean is nagged by his friends at home about his decision to betray Buckeye Nation and commit to being a Wolverine. His decision to come to Michigan can be attributed to his passion for music, specifically classical music. This passion spurred from playing the violin, which he started when he was ten years old. Music has been a huge part of his life, the most notable experience being a performance tour of the United States and Europe with an international youth orchestra. Here on campus, Sean continues to play a lot of music, with both the Michigan Pops Orchestra and the Campus Symphony. When not playing the violin, Sean can be found outdoors. Whether he is running, camping, rock climbing, skiing, hiking or canoeing, Sean appreciates all forms of outdoor activities. His love for nature and the mountains is the reason for his dream of one day living and working out west in Colorado.

Sylvia Domanico

Sylvia Domanico 2016

Sylvia is a graduated master’s student in Nuclear Engineering through the SUGS program. She graduated with her BSE May 2015. In a past summer Sylvia had an internship in the south of France working for a renewable energy lab running codes on her computer and speaking French. On the weekends she visited family and explored different cities in France, taking too many pictures at each place. Her favorite part of France, besides her family, was the cheese. In the fall she is returning to a busy semester as the President of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. When she is not studying in the Cooley building, Sylvia enjoys working out, reading, and baking. Her favorite baking ingredient is Nutella. She loves to make Nutella cookies, Nutella banana break, Nutella crepes, and the list goes on. Her favorite book is The Book Thief, and she highly recommends it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet!

Anastasia Ostrowski


Anastasia Ostrowski is a graduate student from Severna Park, Maryland studying biomedical engineering, concentrating in medical product development. In May 2016, Anastasia graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. She is co-founder of Elementary Engineering Partnerships, an organization dedicated to exposing elementary students to engineering through student led design challenges facilitated by undergraduate college students. Anastasia has interned at Johns Hopkins University, investigating transcranial photoacoustic imaging for endonasal surgery, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, designing patient-preference study techniques for prosthetic patients and motion capture outcome measurements for upper limb prosthetics. Anastasia currently works with Dr. Shanna Daly focusing on human-centered design research and is a graduate student instructor. Upon graduation, Anastasia will complete a Whitaker International Fellowship at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland working on a prosthetic hand. She plans to pursue a PhD focusing on incorporating human-centered design with limb prosthetic device design.

Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds 2016

After graduating in 2016, Chris returned for a fifth year in the sequential Master’s program in aerospace engineering with a focus on aircraft design and structures. He comes from a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA where he is the first person in his family to graduate college. On Campus, Chris spends his time as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for Engineering 100, “The Airship Course”. He also serves on regional and national AIAA committees for STEM education and outreach. After two summers at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in Palmdale, CA, he will graduate with his Master’s this year and join full time in May of 2017. This scholarship helped make it possible for Chris to get through 5 years of a Michigan education and he couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity.

Jacob Winick

jacob Winick 2016Jacob Winick is a graduated senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. On campus he is involved with MRacing, the Formula SAE project team, and Phi Chi Theta, a professional business fraternity. After his freshman year he interned with MIT Lincoln Laboratory working on satellite communications. After his sophomore year he interned with Microsoft building a Bluetooth sample application for connected devices. Outside of school he enjoys hiking, hanging out, working on side projects, and exploring. He is unsure about going to graduate school, but he hopes to pursue a career as an electrical engineering entrepreneur.

Allison Ward

Allison Ward 2016Allison is a graduated senior from Fairbanks, Alaska studying Mechanical Engineering with minors in German and Naval Engineering. She is the chief engineer of the Human Powered Submarine Project Team this year and is looking forward to leading the team through designing, building, testing and racing a submarine. She is continuing to work on ways to measure stress on ships as part of the Marine Structures Design Lab. She spent last summer living in the Upper Peninsula, camping, exploring waterfalls and shipwrecks, and working on designing and maintaining navy ships.  

’31E Class of 2017

Benjamin Englard

Benjamin Englard 2017Benjamin Englard is a senior from Miami, FL studying Computer Science Engineering. His interests span natural language processing, computer vision, distributed computing, and the synthesis of computing with other fields. Some of his past work includes algorithms that could detect personality traits, an image processing based link retrieval and augmented reality system, and an election predictor. Benjamin is currently on leave as a 2014 recipient of the Thiel Fellowship. His current work includes building virtual classrooms for teacher training.

Anna Gray

Anna Gray 2017Anna is a senior from Clarkston, Michigan pursuing dual majors in Computer Science Engineering and the Ross School of Business concentrating in consulting. In addition to her degrees, Anna has studied both French and Japanese and lived overseas in Australia for two years. Anna is very close to her family and two older sisters who both attend UofM for Medicine.  On campus, Anna plays for Michigan’s club lacrosse team, is the Webmaster for her professional business fraternity, and is an analyst for Nexecon consulting.  She is a mentor for numerous organizations including Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, and Michigan Club of Greater Detroit Scholars. This past summer, Anna had the opportunity to intern at Extrahop in Seattle, WA as a software engineer where she developed an end-to-end web application for the marketing team to post company press-releases.  Upon graduation, Anna will be pursuing a consulting career for McKinsey and hopes her education will help her bridge gaps between technical and business problems companies face domestically and internationally. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, wake boarding, traveling, and having fun with friends and family.

Ian Lin

Ian Lin 2017Ian is a senior from Northern Virginia and graduated high school from TJHSST. He is pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science Engineering as well as an International Minor. He is a member of Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles and the Taiwanese American Student Association. This summer he studied abroad in Japan where he completed 4th year Japanese. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Japanese culture and playing tennis with his friends. In the future, Ian hopes to work in the “Internet of Things,” developing smart devices that communicate with each other through the internet to be more efficient, effective, and beneficial. He would like to thank the Class of 1931E for their support, which allows him to extend his undergraduate studies from three years to four years and explore his education in a far greater depth and breadth than he had initially expected.

Julia McMurtrey
15628855717_84bee98b6f_mJulia McMurtrey is a senior form Homewood, IL pursuing a major in Chemical Engineering. On campus she is involved in the CARE (Cost Assistance for Resilient Engineers Scholarship Fund), Alternative Spring Break, and two scholarship societies. She has worked for Argonne National Laboratory for three consecutive summers. The first two summers she focused on resolving nuclear material discrepancies for the Alpha Gamma Hot Cell Facility, effectively decreasing the online database by 90% since December, 2013. This past summer she studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain and then returned to Argonne to create a prioritization flowchart for the waste requisitions and also a work process diagram to be used for audits. She is currently working at the University of Michigan as a CEDO mentor for a freshman student and a Campus Day tour guide.

Adrian Padin

pic1Adrian is a senior from Strongsville, OH, majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Music. He is a trumpet player in the Michigan Marching Band and runs the marching band’s Merchandise Cart. Adrian is also Treasurer of the Lambda chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the co-ed honorary band sorority. He is an active member of the Living Arts learning community, which is focused on building an interdisciplinary community between students from the schools of Engineering, Art and Design, and Music, Theater and Dance. Over the summer Adrian interned at Innovative Devices, maker of the Mycestro, a wearable mouse which allows the user to control their computer using gestures. In his free time he enjoys practicing his trumpet and computer programming.

Daniel Pippen

Daniel Pippen 2017Daniel is a senior from North Augusta, SC pursuing his degree in Chemical Engineering and developing his global market competency through the Engineering Global Leadership honors program. He’s bled Maize and Blue all his grade school days, and now on campus takes pride by partaking in school festivities and extracurricular with Young Life, Engineering 110 as a Department Ambassador, and Intramural Sports. Daniel also enjoys road trips, being on the water, and running. Last year Daniel worked among 31E scholars to found a student critical needs scholarship initiative, Cost Assistance for Resilient Engineers, where he chiefly guided their efforts in the optiMize social innovation challenge. During the summer, Daniel worked as a Process Engineer intern at Avery Dennison in Cleveland, OH. Then he concluded summer with EGL on a volunteer abroad trip to construct a greenhouse in Cusco, Peru. Freshman year Daniel seized Spring Break to go on a mission service trip to the Dominican Republic. He treasures exploring new grounds and diversity, so with much gratitude to 1931E, Daniel feels supported in his ventures at UofM – despite the winter chills.

Phillip Yang

Phillip Yang 2017Phillip is a senior from Troy, MI studying Biomedical Engineering. On campus, he conducts research in the Chemistry Department to study the nanoscale structure of Type I collagen and the relationship of structure to disease and collagen formation. He is a project director for MPowered Entrepreneurship, working on hosting a weekend-long product design competition. Phillip loves working with other students, so he works as an Engineering Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen into the College of Engineering. After his undergraduate studies, Phillip plans to either pursue a graduate degree or attend medical school. Outside of class, Phillip enjoys playing intramural sports, reading, watching TV shows and movies, and having fun with family and friends.

’31E Class of 2018

Dominik Konik

Dominik is a senior studying Computer Science with a minor in Physics. Dominik is extremely passionate about technology, and how it is constantly changing and rapidly improving every facet of our lives. More specifically, he has an interest in technology that bridges the gap between the digital world and the physical world, such as robotics and augmented reality. This past summer, while interning at Microsoft, Dominik was fortunate enough to accomplish his goal of receiving an offer to join the Hololens team (if you don’t know what that is, stop reading this and go look it up!). There is a high likelihood he will be joining Hololens after graduating in the Spring, however, he has not made an official decision as he is currently spending his Fall semester doing another internship in New York. In his free time, Dominik is an avid reader (who’s always looking for recommendations), tries to exercise (at least a little) every day, and enjoys going to stand up comedy clubs and coffee shops.

Haley Prout

Haley Prout is a senior studying Biomedical Engineering from Linden, MI. After completing her undergraduate degree, Haley plans to pursue a career in the medical device industry in research and development. This past summer, Haley interned at Stryker Orthopedics in Mahwah, NJ. There, she had the unique opportunity to work on the Hip Product Development team and assist with the testing and design of new acetabular implants and instrumentation. On campus, Haley has worked as a research assistant in Professor Jan Stegemann’s Cell-Matrix Interactions and Tissue Engineering laboratory. In the lab, she studied fibrin based hydrogel beads as a stem-cell delivery system for tissue regeneration. Haley has also worked as a Peer Advisor for the Engineering Career Resource Center where she helps students to develop career search strategies through one on one mentoring. In addition, Haley is a competing member and treasurer for the Michigan Equestrian Team. She enjoys sharing her lifelong passion for horses with others, while having the opportunity to volunteer at Starry Skies Equine Rescue. Outside of campus, Haley loves running, biking, kayaking, and attending UofM sporting events.

Rohan Punnoose


Rohan is a junior from Herndon, Virginia pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering. Ever since he can remember he’s been obsessed with airplanes and rockets and has always known he wanted to be an aerospace engineer. Rohan currently works in the Michigan eXploration Laboratory, working on the Attitude Determination and Control Systems and Flight Software subsystems for CubeSat spacecraft. He has also spent two summers interning at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch. He was the student lead of TJ3Sat in its final year, which when it launched in 2013 became the first satellite ever built by high school students. Rohan also worked for three years as an Explainer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center, teaching visitors at the museum about aerospace, science, technology, and history. In his free time he enjoys flying, camping, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Rohan intends to pursue a career in the aerospace industry and also hopes to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut.

Ariel Sandberg

Ari Sandberg PhotoAri Sandberg is an aerospace engineering major with a passion for public policy. She aims to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public, making technical concepts interesting and accessible to more than just the select few. At the University of Michigan, she is a research assistant in Professor James Cutler’s Michigan Exploration Laboratory, where she fabricates solar panels for CubeSat satellites. On the side, Ari seeks out opportunities to advocate for and represent the scientific community, specifically through the written word. Last year, Ari interned at Michigan Radio (a local NPR-affiliate) reporting on entrepreneurship and tech development in Michigan. In May 2015, Ari traveled to Washington D.C. where she addressed members of Congress to advocate for continued NASA funding. During summer 2015, Ari interned for the CU-Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department revitalizing their web content and writing articles that demonstrate the vitality and interconnectivity of the Colorado atmospheric and aerospace research communities.

 Raymond Smith-Byrd

Raymond is a junior from Detroit, Michigan studying Industrial and Operations Engineering. He currently serves as the Finance Chair of The National Society of Black Engineers and is heavily involved in other organizations such as: H.E.A.D.S, MSTEM, SIBS (Support for Incoming Black Students), MEZ (Michigan Engineering Zone), and Intramural Sports. He is also a founding member of a new organization on campus known as Black Uplift and their goal is to inspire and serve as mentors for students in struggling Detroit schools. He takes pride in being a role model and motivating others to achieve their full potential. This past summer, he interned with General Mills as a Packaging Research and Development Intern working specifically on Yoplait packaging effectiveness. Previously, he has interned with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Supply Chain Quality Intern. He hopes to pursue a career in Research and Development or Manufacturing Operations and continue to motivate and mentor others along the way. In his free time, Raymond enjoys listening to music, poetry, playing sports, and working out.


 Cody Symons

Senior Picture 1Cody is a junior from Maple Grove Township, a small rural area in Saginaw County, Michigan, who graduated from New Lothrop High School. He is pursuing a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Cody is an active 4-H and FFA member, showing pigs and cattle at the local, state, and national levels. He donates a large amount of time to volunteer for various organizations and events. Most notably, he designed, organized, and created an entrance garden to the Saginaw County Fairgrounds that was created using donations of material from local companies and labor from numerous volunteers. While on campus, Cody has participated in the Engineering Peer Mentor Program, IM Volleyball, and IM Football. He also worked for Michigan Dining for a semester. While out of the classroom, Cody loves to do anything outdoors. Most of this time is spent working on the family farm of more than 1500 acres of cash crops and a beef cattle operation. The time left is divided between playing or watching sports, mainly wrestling and football, and having fun with friends and family, especially his three younger brothers.

’31E Class of 2019

Garrett Zuck

Garrett is a sophomore from Munster, Indiana majoring in Aerospace Engineering and pursuing the International Minor for Engineers as well a minor in Computer Science. Garrett is excited to begin research this year as a part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, otherwise known as UROP. Sharing his passion for aerospace topics as well as engineering in general, Garrett works as an instructor for DAPCEP, the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, which aims to provide educational programing in STEM fields to historically underrepresented Detroit area students. He is also on the planning committee for Tech Day, which is an annual event for prospective engineering students to experience Michigan Engineering. In the fall, Garrett enjoys marching on the drumline of the Michigan Marching Band; during the winter and spring, he plays in the Hockey Band. Garrett would be remiss to not mention that he is incredibly thankful to the the Class of 1931E and their unrelenting support.

Mario Russo

Mario is a sophomore from Shelby Township, Michigan pursuing a biomedical engineering degree, with a focus on biomechanics. On campus, he currently conducts research that analyzes the chemical pathways in the human body that lead to aortic aneurysms and studies their relationships to genetic diseases. With a passion for helping others, he volunteers in hospitals and spends time shadowing many types of surgeons. This past summer, he was excited to be shadowing surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic. Mario plans to master in biomechanics before attending medical school, with the hope to one day be a cardiothoracic surgeon that pushes to advance the world’s surgical devices and techniques. In his free time, Mario enjoys trail running, playing tennis, listening to music, and working out.

A’donis Johnson

My hometown, where I was born and raised, is Columbus, Ohio (I’m not a Buckeye). I was the 8th fastest 800 runner in the state of Ohio when I ran for Westerville Central. I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics. I am on the Formula SAE student project team and help in the powertrain and engine tuning department. I have always had a passion for cars. My life long goal is to increase the efficiency of the internal combustion engine to the point where gas prices are no longer of any concern. Other clubs I am a part of include NSBE(National Society of Black Engineers) and MSTEM. I am part of the MSTEM M8 cohort. For fun, I play intramural flag football and am a dedicated runner. I interned this summer at Alcoa Inc. as a Continuous Improvement Intern in Barberton and Cleveland, Ohio. Something I really take pride in is seeing hard work pay off in the end, the rewarding feeling for succeeding at something you worked so hard for is unmatched. In my free time, I love running, working out, and playing sports (including attending UM sporting events).


Jocelyn Marchyok


Jocelyn is a sophomore from Dearborn Heights, Michigan studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Sustainable Engineering. She is part of the Linic research lab on campus where she develops experimental techniques to synthesize metal nanoparticles. This past summer, she volunteered in Malawi, Africa for 2 months teaching and tutoring disadvantaged students. After coming back to campus, she joined a student organization, Phalombe Initiative for Education, which encourages participation in the volunteer trip she went on as well as raises funds to support the students in Malawi that she interacted with. She also is the secretary of Food Industry Student Association which aims to expose Chemical Engineering students to the food industry aspect of their major. In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing with her friends and family!

Grayson Rice

Grayson is a sophomore from Greensboro, North Carolina studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biochemistry. This past summer, he participated in research at UC San Diego to develop a device that can wirelessly transfer skin temperature of amputee patients to physicians. Grayson currently does research for the Biointerfaces Institute, where he works on electrospinning for manufacturing tissue scaffolds. He plans on continuing this research this summer.  He currently plans on pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering with a focus on tissue engineering or drug delivery. On campus, he is involved in NSBE, Tau Beta Pi, the Epeians, and Beta Mu Epsilon. In his free time, Grayson enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and playing piano