WPI program alumni

Alicia Turner,

Alicia Turner, "The Finisher"

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Campus Center

Alicia Turner, "The Finisher"

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Royal Palm Beach, Florida

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I like to get things finished and ready to go.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Badminton Club
  • Korean Student Association
  • Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority

 

Internships or Co-op Experiences

Intern with Sunrise Prosthetics and Orthotics

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I loved the family feel I got when I came to visit WPI also the focus on theory and practice.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?  

Some of the best memories I've had at WPI are thanks to the community we have on campus. Such as having professors who are more than willing to take time out of their day to help you understand or attending basketball games surrounded by students, parents, faculty, and staff all cheering on our players.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

Use your resources. Professors and upperclassmen are willing to help you just have to ask.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?  

I plan to attend graduate school for prosthetics and orthotics.

Dan Brandon,

Dan Brandon, ""The Planner""

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Campus Center

Dan Brandon, ""The Planner""

  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Amherst, MA

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

Someone who likes to plan things out ahead of time and organize well in order to be prepared

 

Extracurricular Activities 

  • Outing Club 
  • Intramural sports 
  • Theta Chi Fraternity

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to attend WPI because of its commitment to project based learning. The IQP and MQP were very attractive projects to me because of the opportunity I would have to work as a member of a team while solving a real world problem in society. WPI's academic strength in the sciences and engineering was also a big reason why I chose to attend WPI.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

One of my best memories was seeing my IQP project come together at the 2012 Eastern ACDA Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

For anyone interested in studying biology, I highly recommend taking as many science classes as possible. The more chemistry and science you take in high school the more prepared you will be for both chemistry and biology courses in college.  Since chemistry is so important to biology, a wider knowledge of chemistry will certainly help your comprehension of biology and its applications.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation I hope to find a job in the biotechnology industry and work for a couple years. After some experience in the work force, I would like to attend graduate school.

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi,

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, "Team Builder"

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Campus Center

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, "Team Builder"

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Clinton, MD

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

When working in teams I help bring harmony to the group and keep it focused so they can work as a team

 

Extracurricular Activities

 

  • Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Incorporated 
  • Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity 
  • Student Health Advisory
  • Council  Global Humanitarian Alliance

 

Internships or Co-op Experiences

Business Team Intern, Dasdak, Summer 2011

 

Research Experience

CDSS Researcher, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Summer 2011

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose WPI because I felt as if it gave me a lot of different opportunities to grow. I was excited by the project- based curriculum and the focus of undergraduates in a small school atmosphere. I also liked how close the WPI community was.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

My best memory at WPI has been experiences I have had with a lot of different people, from studying together with groups of friends, getting to know the professors, and participating in different clubs and activities. A great overall experience.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

I would firstly say that it's a lot of work. Even though, it's very exciting to build, and create small and big systems. Work hard, and persevere and it will pay off in the long run.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan on working in the engineering field for a couple of years before I return to school to study law.

Jerone Mitchell,

Jerone Mitchell, "The Innovator"

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Jerone Mitchell, "The Innovator"

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Hartford, CT

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

Creative, out of the boxer thinker with ideas never seen before

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Hispanic Caribbean Student Association

 

Internships or Co-op Experiences

Webapp Developer Intern, United Healthcare, Summer 2012

 

Research Experience

UMASS Amherst: Summer 2011 - Cellular Engineering Research

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to study at WPI because of the financial aid and the school’s reputation.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

The best memory as a WPI student has been the ability to go to Morocco for my Humanities requirement.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

I would advise that they work on their group work skills and know how to research properly.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation I would like to work in the engineering industry for a few years.

Jess Colon,

Jess Colon, "The Planner'"

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Campus Center

Jess Colon, "The Planner'"

  • Management Engineering concentration in Chemistry
  • Class of 2013

Hometown 

Clinton, MA

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I enjoy making a schedule that includes everything that needs to get done within a time frame or day but I can be flexible when things don't go according to plan.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Greek Life- Alpha Xi Delta 
  • Senior Community Advisor (similar to Orientation Leaders) 
  • Colleges Against Cancer  
  • Big Brother Big Sister

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I loved the small, tight-knit community that WPI has. There is always something to do on this campus and everything is so close. The first semester offers many different opportunities for first-year students. This is an amazing thing that WPI has to offer in order for students to integrate into the community on campus and become involved very easily.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

One of the best memories for me was having over 1000 students attend the WPI Relay For Life this past April. I was on the executive board and had planned and organized the event along with the rest of the exec board and the chairs and it was amazing to see so many people there. It was great because even though many people made teams based on what organization they were most involved with, it didn't matter once you were there. Everyone enjoyed the different ceremonies and activities we had for them. It was the biggest sense of community I have seen on campus.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

The advice I would give is to pick the classes that are going to most interest you. I love my major now that I'm in it. I like to focus on the leadership and interactions with people within management and that's what I have tailored my senior year classes for.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

No definitive plans yet but I think that I would like to either go into industry or continue my education.

Joan Villafuerte,

Joan Villafuerte, "The Perfectionist"

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Campus Center

Joan Villafuerte, "The Perfectionist"

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Nueva Ecija, Philippines

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

Someone who is very particular of high quality work and continuously looks for possible improvements.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • KARL STORZ Leadership Development Ambassador
  • Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated
  • Global Humanitarian Alliance
  • WPI Eco-Rep

 

Internships or Co-op Experiences

Watershed Project Intern, MassDEP, Spring 2012;  Research Intern, ERIE-REU (University at Buffalo), Summer 2012

 

Research Experience

WPI IQP: Designing a Central Resource for Environmental Management in Costa Rica;  ERIE-REU: Evaluation of Dispersant Effectiveness for Oil Spills

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to study at WPI because of their motto: Lehr and Kunst (Theory and Practice). The emphasis on the importance of applying the concepts learned in the classroom made this university stand out to me. I felt it would be beneficial for my future to have the experience of project work in my background. It allows the students to interact and connect with other students as well as faculty.

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

One of the best memories I have thus far as a WPI student has been my trip to Costa Rica for IQP. It was such an amazing experience that has given me the chance to: work with a foreign company to assist in a societal issue, connect with other people that we worked with in the country, explore different places throughout the country, improve my Spanish skills, and most of all, immerse myself in a different culture. WPI gave me this great opportunity to experience something I may not have encountered otherwise.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

Chemical Engineering is a very challenging major: it requires hard work and perseverance. As difficult as it could become sometimes, just keep at it. Put in your best effort, especially in your introductory and easier courses to ensure that you are knowlegeable of the basics that will later be essential in your higher courses. As with anything, make sure you are choosing something you love to do or will grow to love. Chemical Engineering is very much worth it in the end.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to continue my education to obtain my Master's Degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering.

Nancy Bezies,

Nancy Bezies, "The Visionary"

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Campus Center

Nancy Bezies, "The Visionary"

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

San Diego

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I focus on creating a vision, finding something new

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student government association
  • phi sigma sigma
  • SPARC ( students preventing rape in the community)
  • PASS (Promoting alcohol and substance awareness)

 

Research Experience

Working on a bio fuel cell for MQP

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

Because of the project based curriculum and because of the sense of community felt around campus. 

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

My best memory has to be the interaction with professors who truly care about how you are doing. 

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

Make friends with people in your classes, they are going to be your best help.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to work in the industry and pursue an MBA.

Olivia Doane,

Olivia Doane, "The Workhorse"

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Campus Center

Olivia Doane, "The Workhorse"

  • Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Spanish Minor
  • Class of 2013

Hometown

Freeport, Maine

 

What does your skill nickname mean? 

My skill nickname means that I am a very hard worker and I put everything into completing a task. I am constantly doing something, and I push myself past my limits just to make sure I am achieving my goals and getting the job done in a timely manner.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity- Programs Vice President
  • Biomedical Engineering Society

 

Internships or Co-op experiences 

Engineering Intern, Securos Veterinary Orthopedics, Summer 2012

 

Research Experience

I am currently conducting research on the use of bioresorbable implants in dogs.

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

 

I chose to study at WPI because I knew I wanted to study Biomedical Engineering and it was one of the few schools near home that offered it. As soon as I stepped on campus for a visit, it felt like home. Everyone was very welcoming and excited about the campus and what it had to offer. I now can honestly say that they had a reason to be!

 

What has been the best memory as a WPI Student?

The best memory I have had as a WPI student is when I studied abroad for my IQP in Costa Rica. It was amazing to see a completely different culture and work so closely with the residents to help them improve their living situation. My favorite memory from my time abroad was when my group and I were walking into a community with the organization we were working for. The children in the communities got so excited to see the volunteers come help them that they all came right up to my group and hugged all of us! They had no idea who we were, but they knew that we were there to help- it was truly amazing.

 

What advice would you give a high school student interested in pursuing the major that you have chosen?

I would recommend that they understand that it is a time commitment and that they must enjoy it to succeed. I spend the majority of my time on school work, and I love what I do- it makes the time all worth it! If they don't enjoy it from the start, chances are they won't want to do it every day for the rest of their life.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to work in the medical device industry designing implants and potentially return to graduate school in the future.

 
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