Our International Students
NAME: Andrea Rivas
DEPARTMENT: Biomedical Engineering '14
HOME COUNTRY: Costa Rica
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: : International Student Council (Public Relations); Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association (Secretary), Crimson Key, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."-Albert Einstein.
NAME: Pedro Escuer
DEPARTMENT: Industrial Engineering '15
HOME COUNTRY: Venezuela
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: International Student Council (Secretary), Student Government Association (Senator), Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association (Vice-president), Crimson Key Tour Guide, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers at WPI, Spanish Tutor.
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: "Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. " -Steve Jobs.
NAME: Jesus Chung
DEPARTMENT: Mechanical Engineering "14
HOME COUNTRY: Panama
ACTIVITIES AT WPI:International Student Council (Treasurer), Hispanic and Caribbean Student Association (President), Legal and Social Issues (Treasurer), Newman Club (Treasurer), Math PLA ,Tau Beta Pi, IQP New Zealand C term '13.
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: "Enjoy WPI to the fullest! Remember that knowledge is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you. So learn the most, live the most, enjoy the most, as those memories and experiences will be yours forever!"
NAME: Ali Zain Akhtar
DEPARTMENT: Electrical and Computer Engineering '15
HOME COUNTRY: Pakistan
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: International Student Council (Public Relations Chair), Muslim Students Association (Community Service Officer), Relay for Life, Table Tennis Club, Soccer Club
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: "Coming to WPI was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have met a lot of amazing people by getting involved in different clubs and organizations. I have made friendships which I believe will last forever. The best thing about WPI is the cultural diversity you can get here; you can meet people from almost every part of the world. Here at WPI, we put theory into practice which is one of the many main characteristics that makes WPI a great university."
NAME: Chietara Japutra
DEPARTMENT: Biochemistry with Music Minor '14
HOME COUNTRY: Indonesia
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: International Student Council (Secretary), WPI Newman Club (Vice President), Medwin Honors String Quartet (Lead violinist), WPI Strings Ensemble and Orchestra (Associate Concertmaster), WPI Dance Team, Badminton Club
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: “Attending WPI is like the best gift I have ever received in my life. I get to do what I enjoy doing, meet a lot of amazing people with different backgrounds, study what I always wanted to learn and most importantly, enjoy my life.” ________________________________________________________________________________________
NAME: Wut Yee Oo
DEPARTMENT: Mechanical Engineering '14
HOME COUNTRY: Burma
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: Student office assistant at International House, Burmese Student Association (Treasurer); Global Humanitarian Alliance GHA (Treasurer); Tau Beta Pi, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Buddhist Fellowship Club, Badminton Club
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: “WPI is the perfect place to explore yourself and be who you want to be. Besides vast academic resources I receive, the many project opportunities and activities really encourage me to learn from and work with people from diverse backgrounds, discover things outside of my comfort zone, and develop myself as a better person.” _______________________________________________________________________________________
NAME: Ahmad Abojaradeh
DEPARTMENT: Mechanical Engineering '15
HOME COUNTRY: Jordan
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: RA (resident assistant) on campus, Director of Administration in Resident Hall Council, Crimson Keys tour guide, Treasurer of Muslim Student Association, member of SocCom (WPI Social Committee) and Habitat for Humanity.
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: “Life is what you make of it, you might be going through a tough time at some point but you choose whether or not you let that moment decide the rest of your life.”
NAME: Tete Zhang
DEPARTMENT: Biomedical Engineering '16
HOME COUNTRY: People's Republic of China
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: active member of Ballroom Dancing Team and Chinese Student Association
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: "In the end, it is not the years in your life that counts, it's the life in your years. " -Abraham Lincoln
NAME: Monolina Binny
DEPARTMENT: Biology and Biotechnology '14
HOME COUNTRY: Bangladesh
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: Mu Sigma Delta- Pre-Health, Student Health Advisory Council, International Student Council, Masque, Organic Chemistry Tutor, Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (Lab Assiastant), IQP Hong Kong C-term '13
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: “There is no future./There is no past./I live this moment as my last”- Rent, 2005
NAME: Xingchi Dai
DEPARTMENT: Electrical and Computer Engineering '15
HOME COUNTRY: China
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: International orientation mentor, Chinese Students Association, SocComm
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi ________________________________________________________________________________________
NAME: Mahdi Agheli
DEPARTMENT: PhD in Mechanical Engineering '13
HOME COUNTRY: Iran
ACTIVITIES AT WPI: Research Assistant in Mechanical Engineering Department, Teaching Assistant in Mechanical Engineering Department, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY: “I think WPI is one of the best schools in terms of supporting international students. Whenever I had any problem or question, I just was sure that somebody in international house will definitely help me until the problem is resolved. Honestly, they do more than they should. It is amazing how friendly they are and how they love helping international students. I have enjoyed a lot staying here at WPI for my PhD and I never felt that I am in a school not in my home country".
NAME: Elaheh Kamaloo
DEPARTMENT: Phd in Chemical Engineering ‘15
HOME COUNTRY: Iran
ACTIVITIES AT WPI:Student Support Network (SSN), WPI's Women's Network, Teaching Assistant in Chemical Engineering Department, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY: “When I left my home country to pursue my academic career as a graduate student, I had no idea how enjoyable my life could be here, but in fact, with WPI's happy campus, you can easily be involved in different student activities and that will help you not feel homesick or tired of studying. There are always many friendly and kind people around that are ready to support and help you. I am really thankful for having the opportunity to communicate with other students from different countries and knowing their cultures and lifestyles to improve mine in the best way."