’31E Scholar Society

The Current ’31E Scholars

’31E Student Society Executive Board (2018-2019)

President – Mario Russo

Vice President – Joe Taylor

Treasurer – Michael Klettner


’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

’31E Class of 2020

Joey Costello

Joey is a sophomore 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 sophomore from Dearborn, Michigan interested in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.   On campus, she is a member of Unversity Lutheran Chapel, involved with the Society of Women Engineers as their Web Presence Officer, acts as a peer mentor with the College of Engineering Peer Mentor Program, and works on the build and wardrobe crews for MUSKET Theater.  She is also a member of a Professor Shtein’s Dynamic Kirigami Solar Cell team.  She has worked on the server in the past, and is now helping design the housing for the new technology and help create a marketable product.  In her (rare) free time, she enjoys sewing, reading comics, going on walks, and listening to her favorite musicals.

Taylor Feddersen

Taylor Feddersen is a sophomore from Champaign, Illinois majoring in Computer Science and pursuing the International Minor for Engineers. Continuing her love for the “human side” of engineering, she studied Engineering Design in San Sebastián, Spain this summer. On campus Taylor is an instructional aide for Engineering 100 – Gaming for the Greater Good – where students develop video games to help children with autism. Taylor is Member Outreach Co-Chair for U of M’s Society of Women Engineers, and she tutors high school students in physics, math, Spanish, and computer science. She studied classical ballet for 16 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 85 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 sophomore from Traverse City, Michigan, and is pursuing a degree in computer science engineering. His past summer was spent interning at ATLAS Space Operations, where he helped the company track satellites to meet customers’ needs. On campus, he is heavily involved in both the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club as well as the Catholic Campus Ministry Leadership Team at St. Mary’s Church. Last spring break, through St. Mary’s, he spent time in Flint, Michigan, where he tutored underprivileged elementary students in both mathematics and programming. Michael is passionate about improving the safety and lives of those around the world through technology and innovation. In the future, he plans to obtain his
Master’s Degree and work in a field related to cybersecurity and cryptography. In his free time, Michael can be found playing ping-pong, watching TV shows, and listening to music. 

 Joseph Taylor

Joe is a sophomore 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 manufacturing. Joe stays pretty busy most weeks between UM’s Supermileage team, Net Impact (sustainability focused project club), and working as a media assistant in the School of Education. He’s found a lot of joy with his role as service chair of Triangle Fraternity, where he helps coordinate volunteering events and philanthropy fundraisers. Last summer he was fortunate enough to get his engineering feet wet, interning as a drivetrain engineer with Chamberlain Group’s garage door motor department. Joe wants to express his sincere gratitude to the Class of 31E for all their support and generosity and looks forward to the relationships he will build within this community.