Student Staff

Honors Peer Advisors 


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Ayana Dambaeva

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Ulan-Ude, Russia

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Business

Honors Focus Area: Research

Student Activities/Organizations: Engineering Honors Program, Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives (Solar Fringe Team), Biomedical Engineering Clinical Peer Mentor

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Bubble Tea!

Advice for new students: Try something new every week!

Favorite quote: “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Hentry David Thoreau


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Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers and Multidisciplinary Design Minor

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Honors Capstone Project: Tauber Project at AIP

Student Activities/Organizations: EGL Honor Society, Deadalus Design Start-Up Company, American Society for Mechanical Engineers, IM Sports

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Nothing beats a Saturday in the Big House!

Advice for new students: Whatever questions, interests, or aspirations you may have, there is someone at this university that can help you. Take advantage of all the resources available to you as a University of Michigan student.

Favorite quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln


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Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Wixom, MI

Major: Computer Science Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: TEDxUofM, MRun (Michigan Club Running Team), MECC Consulting Club, Indian American Student Association, Detroit Partnership

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: A snowball fight on the Diag

Advice for new students: Friendship. Also, play some IM sports.


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Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Wilmette, IL

Major: Civil Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: Triathlon Team, Cru, Bluelab

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Arb in the fall

Advice for new students: Put your name down for tons of clubs at Festifall. You may get a lot of emails, but it’s pretty easy to get off the lists (plus, they often give you free stuff for signing up!). You’ll have so many options for ways to get involved at Michigan. Go to lots of meetings and stretch your comfort zone! You won’t regret it.

Favorite quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss


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Josh Thariath

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Hawthorn Woods, IL

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: Michigan Emissary Group, EGL Honors Society, Industrial Engineering student staff, volunteering

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Sitting in the Arb and playing guitar

Advice for new students: Try your best to find your niche. This school of 50,000 can actually be a very scary and lonely place without the steadying influence of a club you’re interested in and close friends who’ve got your back. Also, don’t be afriad to take some personal time–to do the tings you love, to sleep, to eat. If you don’t, you’ll burn out very quickly.

Favorite quote: “I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” -Ed Sheeran


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Zinny Weli

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Business Administration; Sustainable Engineering

Honors Focus Area: Design

Student Activities/Organizations: Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Program, IM Sports, CEDO Mentor, Mechanical Engineering IA

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Exploring new restaurants all over!

Advice for new students: Focus on something you are interested in and make a difference in that area. Listen, participate, be curious, ask questions and learn. Most of all, stay healthy and have fun!

Favorite quote: “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin

 

GSIs & Instructional Aides  


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Corinne Beemer

Instructional Aide – Topics in Leadership

Hometown: Fenton, MI

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations (EGL)

Student Activities/Organizations: EGL Honors Society, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, tutoring, volunteering

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Big House on Football Saturdays

Advice for new students: Don’t feel intimidated by such a big, competitive school. Take advantage of the opportunities it provides – join organizations you’re passionate about, study abroad, go to football games, utilize the CoE resources, ask for help or advice, spend time with your friends in this incredible town. Don’t limit yourself; remember, you belong here, so make the most of it and have fun!

Favorite quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch


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GSI – Honors Seminars

Hometown: Monroe, MI

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations (EGL)

Honors Capstone Project: Tauber Project at General Mills

Student Activities/Organizations: Engineering Global Leadership, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, IOE Peer Advisor, MECC Consulting Group, BLUElab

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Big House on a Football Saturday

Advice for new students: Be sure to take time away from classes and get involved with organizations/causes that spark your passions and interests. The most fulfilling experiences won’t come from your classes or the hard work that you put in to studying for exams. While classes and exams are important, the most meaningful experiences come from the time spent with friends that you are dedicating to something for which you are truly passionate. Also, be sure to keep a healthy sleep schedule as much as possible.

Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson


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GSI – ENGR 110

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Major: Electrical Engineering

Minor: Physics and MDP

Honors Focus Area: Design

Student Activities/Organizations: Engineering Honors Program, MBuRST, M-BARC, Michigan Sahana, CLaSP IA

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Bagel Fragel, Washtenaw Dairy, Fleetwood Diner (Basically any place with good food)

Advice for new students: A GPA will only take you so far. Maintaining relationships and health, eating good food, and doing things that you are actually passionate about will take you much past that.

Favorite quote: “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell