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Engineering Ambassadors

Current Engineering Ambassadors

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Engineering Ambassadors

Develop your leadership experience in one of the Russ College's most visible programs, the Karol A. and Jo Ondick Engineering Ambassadors Program. Selected by their programs and other Ambassadors, these students represent all programs and have the opportunity to lead student recruitment tours, promote the college to parents, alumni and friends of the college, and network with distinguished alumni at special events. To get to know the Ambassadors, read their blog.

Liz BeHage

Liz Behage, Student

Liz BeHage

2020-2021 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Liz is from Carnegie, a small suburb just 10 minutes away from Pittsburgh. While researching universities with great forensic science programs, she discovered Ohio University. After visiting for STEM Day, she fell in love with the campus and the community. Liz applied to the university as a chemical engineering major after she discovered the field, eager to learn as much as she could about it. Now she is certain she made the right choice since she feels right at home! 

Aside from coursework and being a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ambassador, Liz is a senator in the Student Senate Appropriations Commission and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 

In her free time, Liz enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, being outdoors, and watching The Office. 

Griffin Braun

Griffin Braun, Student

Griffin Braun

2020-2021 Civil Engineering

Hometown: Franklin, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Griffin was born and raised in southwest Ohio. He took an interest in civil engineering through engineering immersion classes at his High School. Griffin toured Ohio University and the Russ College and was hooked on the tight-knit community of professors and students. Griffin has found his niche in the Civil Engineering community and loves the relationships he has made with all the students and staff. 

For two summers, Griffin interned with Skanska USA Building, a construction management company out of Cincinnati. There, he oversaw the construction of two school buildings and multiple road improvement projects.  

Griffin is heavily involved in the Air Force ROTC program and aims to commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. He currently holds the Vice Wing Commander position for Air Force ROTC. Griffin hopes to be a pilot for the Air Force before starting his civil engineering career.  

In his free time Griffin likes to golf, cook, and watch the Cincinnati Reds try their best. 

Nicole Cavlovich

Nicole Cavlovich, Student Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 2020-2021

Nicole Cavlovich

2020-2021 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Nicole is a junior in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was first drawn to Ohio University because of its beautiful campus and stayed due to the overwhelming opportunities Russ College provides for students. 

She chose chemical engineering due to her love for chemistry and math, and her interest in the career opportunities associated such as pharmaceuticals, entrepreneurship, industry, and academia.  Once she started classes and meeting peers within her major, Nicole knew she had chosen the right path at Ohio University. After her undergraduate degree, she hopes to pursue graduate school for biomedical engineering. 

She participates in multiple organizations outside of Engineering Ambassadors, which include being president of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and being a Lead Tutor for the Academic Achievement Center.  

Nicole’s hobbies include baking, playing recreational volleyball, and going out with friends. 

Jocelyn Evert

Jocelyn Evert, Student Aviation 2020-2021

Jocelyn Evert

2020-2021 Aviation

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Jocelyn was attracted to aviation when she had the opportunity to take a flight in a friend’s Cessna. After considering various colleges, she decided to attend Ohio University for the extraordinary flight program, the close-knit bond the students have, and the beautiful campus. She is the first person in her family to aspire to be a pilot. 

In October 2019, Jocelyn received her Private Pilot’s Certificate. She is currently building hours and is pursuing her Instrument Rating. After Jocelyn graduates, she plans on instructing new students before working in the commercial or private sector of aviation. 

Jocelyn is a member of the aviation business fraternity, Alpha Eta Rho, and is treasurer of Ohio University’s chapter of Women in Aviation.  

In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing, reading, and watching Netflix. 

Lorraine Fitzgerald

Lorraine Fitzgerald, Student Industrial and Systems Engineering 2020-2021

Lorraine Fitzgerald

2020-2021 Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hometown: Canfield, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Lorraine is a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and minoring in mathematics. She fell in love with Ohio University’s campus and its welcoming atmosphere the moment she stepped foot on campus. She knew industrial and systems engineering would be the right career path for her once she learned about ISE’s focus on applying Lean and Six Sigma principles and how diverse and broad the career paths are. 

Lorraine has completed two internships. Her first was during the summer of 2019 with Swagelok, a manufacturing company that produces valves and hoses for extreme environmental conditions. While there, she worked as an industrial engineer intern in Swagelok’s order fulfillment center located in Solon, Ohio. Her second internship was during the summer of 2020 with Nationwide Insurance where she worked as an application developer intern. Lorraine also worked on a data management project for East Guernsey Local School District’s bussing system during the summer of 2020. 

Outside of Engineering Ambassadors, Lorraine is a member and the program director of Ohio University’s chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.  

When not studying, Lorraine enjoys spending time with friends, hiking with her dog, and working out. 

Chandler Graves

Chandler Graves, Student Electrical Engineering 2020-2021

Chandler Graves

2020-2021 Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Marietta, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Originally from Oklahoma, Chandler did not consider attending Ohio University, nor had he heard much about the school. However, when his parents moved to Marietta, he decided to visit the campus after talking with friends who were attending and with various alumni. When visiting, he enjoyed seeing the beautiful campus and hearing about the variety of opportunities that Ohio University and the Russ College had to offer. After attending one year of junior college, he was accepted into the Russ College and decided to attend. He says that all the people he has met have made it one of his best decisions he has made. 

At the beginning of the summer of 2020, Chandler was inspired by his friends in the nursing program and other essential workers to apply to work for Battelle’s Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) project. While working on the CCDS project, he helped decontaminate potentially contaminated N95 masks for hospitals and other essential sites. The opportunity to travel, meet new people, and help local healthcare workers was an exciting experience and he would enjoy working on the project again. 

In his spare time, Chandler enjoys playing collegiate dodgeball, summer league softball in his hometown, and enjoying the numerous outdoor activities available on campus and around Athens. 

Halle Harris

Halle Harris, Student Mechanical Engineering 2020-2021

Halle Harris

2020-2021 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Halle is from Baltimore, Ohio, a small town outside Columbus. She chose to attend Ohio University because of its impressive engineering college, beautiful campus, and proximity to home. Halle has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Ohio University and is beyond satisfied with her choice. 

Halle decided to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering because of her interest in math and science, as well as her passion for helping others. Halle is participating in undergraduate research during her senior year. She plans to attend graduate school to study biomedical engineering to design prostheses and orthoses. 

In addition to being an Engineering Ambassador, Halle is involved in other student organizations on campus, including Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge. 

Meghan Harris

Meghan Harris, Student Industrial and Systems Engineering 2020-2021

Meghan Harris

2020-2021 Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hometown: Medina, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Meghan knew Ohio University would be the place for her when she first stepped foot on campus. The small tightknit feel reminded her of her hometown. Her first two years on campus proved this by finding a community of friends, professors, and alumni that she interacts with on a regular basis.    

Meghan knew she wanted to be an industrial and systems engineer since freshman year of high school. She was researching what degree Walt Disney Imagineers had and stumbled across this amazing major. After doing more digging into this discipline she realized this was the path for her.  

She started her journey toward becoming an industrial and systems engineering by completing 2 co-ops with Schaeffler Group in Wooster, Ohio. She also has worked as a TA for the Russ College’s math instructors, which has led her to meet many great students. She is continuing to work with other students as a Learning Community Leader. 

Outside of the Engineering Ambassadors, Meghan is Vice President of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and she is a student representative on the ISE Department’s Board of Advisors. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing the bassoon, playing rugby, and baking. She loves to binge watch TV and connect with people about their favorite show.   

Kodjo Hughes

Kodjo Hughes, Student Engineering Technology and Management 2020-2021

Kodjo Hughes

2020-2021 Engineering Technology and Management

Hometown: Athens, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Kodjo has always called Athens his home and he is excited to be taking the next great step in his career here. The rolling hills, beautiful brick buildings, and wonderful sense of community made him realize what a great environment it would be to foster his education. Initially entering the Russ College undecided, Kodjo found his major in engineering technology and management, captivated by the hands-on learning and the lab resources available. 

Always looking to turn dreams into a reality, Kodjo spent his school years building contraptions and do-it-yourself projects. His favorite thing he has built was a five-foot-tall trebuchet for a high school physics study, capable of launching a projectile over fifty yards. 

Kodjo has done extensive work within the Russ College and the ETM Department, completing two PACE internships with his third in progress. He has also done work in the greater Athens community, volunteering with the Dairy Barn to build a mile-long nature trail only a ten-minute walk from campus. 

In his free time, Kodjo enjoys exercise, whether it be working out at Ping or hiking in the hills that surround this campus. 

Nolan Khounborin

Nolan Khounborin, Student Computer Science 2020-2021

Nolan Khounborin

2020-2021 Computer Science

Hometown: Wooster, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Nolan came to Ohio University after scheduling three separate campus tours. He also learned about the campus from one of his family members who is an alumna and he quickly understood why she chose OU over other colleges. 

During his first semester, Nolan was excited to meet all of the engineering students, especially the computer science majors. He earned his first internship during his second year at Ohio University for The J.M. Smucker Company after deciding on what he was interested in. 

Nolan is a member of the Ohio University Association for Computing Machinery where he surrounds himself with other students who have a passion for code and all things computer science-related. He is also a part of The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre as an active member, developing his professional skills in face-to-face simulations and practice. 

In his free time, Nolan can be found exercising at the Ping Recreational Center with his friends and playing games with friends online. 

Danielle Klein

Danielle Klein, Student Industrial and Systems Engineering 2020-2021

Danielle Klein

2020-2021 Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hometown: Athens, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Danielle selected Ohio University primarily to engage in the outstanding industrial and systems engineering program and to join the Cutler Scholars Program as a Stuckey Cutler Scholar. As a Bobcat she discovered the Global Leadership Program and completed that certificate at the end of her sophomore year. Specializing in Healthcare Systems, her goal is to positively contribute to the health care experience in the United States from both from an engineering perspective and a social justice / equity perspective. 

In addition to being a Russ College Engineering Ambassador, Danielle is also a member of the Presidential Leadership Society and has served in Student Senate since her first year, most recently as the Interim Vice President. Danielle served as the communications intern for the White Ribbon Alliance in Washington D.C. and worked as a Russ College Orientation Leader welcoming in new Bobcats.  

She studied art in London with the College of Fine Arts, leadership in Cambodia with the Global leadership Program, and primate eating habits in Uganda with Dr. Nancy Stevens. She works as a research assistant in a paleontology lab on campus and has collaborated three times with her peers to present unique research at the Ohio University Student Expo. 

In her spare time, Danielle likes to bake, build woodworking projects, and ride her bike through Athens. 

Dillon Mahr

Dillon Mahr, Student Electrical Engineering 2019-2021

Dillon Mahr

2019-2021 Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Rutland, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Dillon decided to attend Ohio University after seeing how the Russ College presented many unique opportunities for his family members who are now alumni. These include research teams, student projects, scholarships, and strong student-faculty relationships. 

Dillon is a member of Cutler Scholars Program, the Internal Bicycle Transportation Team (BITS), the ATMAE Robotics team, and the Schey Sales Center. He is also a cofounder of a robotics club. Dillon also enjoys participating in intramural sports. All of these activities have allowed Dillon to grow as an engineer, learn how to create innovative solutions to problem solve, and create for good. 

In the summer of 2020, Dillon worked on independent robotic design and programming projects to build technical skills. The previous summer, he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, to expand his horizons. Dillon has also volunteered at Delta Waterfowl, where he applied his technical skills to aid in new research to reshape techniques used for upland game bird studies. He dreams of finding new ways to use his engineering background to make an impact in the area of wildlife conservation. 

In his spare time, Dillon likes to play basketball, backpack, and spend time outdoors. 

Haley Myers

Haley Myers, Student Mechanical Engineering 2020-2021

Haley Myers

2020-2021 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Haley is a senior mechanical engineering student from Dayton, Ohio. She came to Ohio University unsure about pursuing a degree in engineering, but followed her childhood dream of having a job designing roller coasters. After being challenged through classes and projects, hands-on labs, and developing her problem-solving skills, Haley now knows she picked the perfect major.

In addition to being and Engineering Ambassador, Haley is the vice president of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the treasurer of Pi Tau Sigma, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. In the past she has also been a teaching assistant and SI leader. Halye has completed co-op terms at Speedway LLC in civil, mechanical, and project controls departments.

Haley also really enjoys traveling, watching baseball, and going to music festivals. After graduation she plans to move to New York City.

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli, Student

Tim Napoli

2019-2021 Aviation

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Tim grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, before moving to San Antonio, Texas, when he was nine years old. While still living in Texas, he chose to attend Ohio University because his mother and grandfather are both alumni and also because Ohio University has a phenomenal Aviation Flight program.

Tim is currently the President of Alpha Eta Rho, Ohio University’s Aviation business fraternity. He is also a member of Ohio University’s Precision Flight Team, Flying Bobcats.

When not studying or flying planes, Tim likes to hang out with friends, watch TV, and golf.

Ndemazea Ndobegang

Ndemazea Ndobegang, Student Civil Engineering 2020-2021

Ndemazea Ndobegang

2020-2021 Civil Engineering

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Expected Graduation: Fall 2020

Ndem chose Ohio University because its buildings are a walkable distance and its campus is designed to integrate the beauty of nature. What made her stay through the entirety of her undergraduate career was the dedicated faculty she met who not only cared for her academic success, but also her transition from student to civil engineer.  

Ndem initially started out as an undecided major and with the help of her learning community instructor, she was able to connect with faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering. From conversations with those faculty, she became very curious about the field. This curiosity and her desire to know more made her decide to pursue a civil engineering degree with a focus in transportation systems.   

During her time at OHIO, Ndem interned at the Ohio Department of Transportation and at TEC Engineering, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. She also worked with faculty in transportation research and in developing the traffic engineering laboratory. She has also been involved with the Renaissance Engineers in leading and working on various Athens community-based projects.   

In her spare time, Ndem enjoys hanging out with friends, learning to DJ, and trying new things that jog her curiosity. 

Alex Polacek

Alex Polacek, Student Mechanical Engineering 2020-2021

Alex Polacek

2020-2021 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Stoutsville, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Growing up, Alex has always been intrigued by how different devices work and often times, how they break. This passion made selecting mechanical engineering a given. Attending Ohio University was the final choice he made to turn his passion into reality, due to OHIO’s beautiful campus and its small class sizes. 

During summer 2019, Alex interned at Schaeffler Group as a torque converter design engineer. This past summer he interned at AEIOU Scientific, helping in the development of a device that non-invasively tests bone strength. 

Apart from being an Engineering Ambassador, Alex has held officer positions in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Internal Bicycle Transportation Team (BITS), and the national engineering honors society, Tau Beta Pi (TBP). 

In his free time, Alex enjoys running, 3D printing, and playing with his flat retriever Sparky. After graduation, Alex hopes to work in the defense industry as a design engineer. 

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson, Student

Reagan Richardson

2019-2021 Energy Engineering

Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Growing up in Zanesville allowed Reagan to take college credit courses at Ohio University Zanesville. Already a Bobcat, this made her choice to continue at Ohio University an easy one. Reagan was confident in her choice of engineering, but it was her interest in the environment and green energy that lead her to take the leap into a very new program at OHIO: energy engineering.

Aside from being an Engineering Ambassador, Reagan is also the Historian for Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity. This past summer she interned for the city of Athens Engineering and Public Works department. During the upcoming school year she will be working for Housing and Residence Life as an Resident Assistant in Ryors Hall.

When she has free time, Reagan enjoys yoga and fitness classes at Ping, painting, and walking the many trails around Athens.

Andrew Snyder

Andrew Snyder, Student Engineering Technology and Management 2020-2021

Andrew Snyder

2020-2021 Engineering Technology and Management

Hometown: Bright, IN

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Andrew only visited Ohio University one time before applying to school here, but multiple family members attended Ohio University before him. Andrew’s grandfather attended Ohio University, where he got his bachelor’s in chemical engineering, after World War II. Andrew’s mom attended Ohio University between the years 1988-1992 where she received a degree in industrial technology (which is now engineering technology and management). When applying for what program Andrew wanted to go into, he applied to the ETM department not knowing that was essentially the degree his mom had too. 

Andrew was always a hands-on learner during school so he realized the ETM program was for him. Andrew earned his first internship after his freshman year with a company in his hometown that remanufactures 1955-56-57 Chevys, all brand new. 

Andrew is the president of Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), the ETM honor society; president of the National Fluid Power Association Club; treasurer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; member of the Ohio University Robotics Team; and Director of Campus Relations in the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre. 

In his free time, Andrew spends time with friends, plays video games, and plays intramural sports. 

Molly Swisher

Molly Swisher, Student Computer Science 2020-2021

Molly Swisher

2020-2021 Computer Science

Hometown: Miamisburg, OH

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

In high school, Molly was unsure of where she wanted to go to college and what she wanted to study after graduating. After one programming class in high school, she decided to take a chance on computer science. Then, upon seeing Ohio University’s beautiful campus and the opportunity and thoughtfulness the Russ College provides for its students, she knew with confidence that Ohio University was where she needed to be.

Beyond her coursework, Molly has been a part of the Society of Women Engineers and Ohio University’s Immersive Media Association. She has also been a peer leader for the precalculus and calculus classes offered through the Russ College, which involves working with students to solve problems and to create good foundations for their mathematical journey. Molly has interned for the Bioinformatics lab at Ohio University during the summer of 2018 and JPMorgan Chase during the summers of 2019 and 2020.

In her free time, Molly likes to spend time with friends, play games, bake, hike, go for walks, play soccer, and swim.

Logan Veley

Logan Veley, Student

Logan Veley

2019-2021 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Marengo, Ohio

Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Logan is from a small town 45 minutes north of Columbus. He came to Athens for the small-town feel of the community, paired with the abundance of opportunities available through the Russ College. He has loved his time at Ohio University and has nothing but praise for his experiences when sharing with others.

Besides being an Engineering Ambassador, Logan is an executive member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team and looks forward to participating in the team’s inaugural competition. He encourages all students to be involved in student organizations as he has learned invaluable skills and made lifelong friends and memories.

The summer after his freshman year, Logan worked in the steel stamping department of Schaeffler, a manufacturer of torque converters. This past summer, Logan was employed as a manufacturing engineer at Rogue Fitness in Columbus, Ohio.

Outside of school, Logan loves spending his free time hunting, fishing and hiking. Logan also enjoys working out and watching football.