Student Staff

Honors Peer Advisors 



Abby Chapin

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Schoolcraft, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Art & Design, 3D specification

Honors Focus Area: Research

Student Activities/Organizations: BLUElab Woven Wind, Phalombe Initiative for Education, Society of Women Engineers, Honors Student Advisory Board, ENGR 110 Departmental Ambassador

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Diag in nice weather because I see a lot of dogs

Advice for new students: Your mother/father/parent/guardian is always right. Give them a call, ask them questions about something on your mind and really listen to what they have to say.

Favorite Quote: “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option” – Maya Angelou


Zoe Espinosa

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Student Activities/Organizations: FIRST Alumni and Mentors Network at Michigan, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, M-STEM Academies, Engineering Learning Center tutor

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Bird Hills Nature Area because it has beautiful pine trees (and lots of dogs)

Advice for new students: Procrastination is not the answer. I’ve tried. Also, try something new. You’ll never know what you like until you do!

Favorite Quote: “Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” – The Doctor


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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.


Megan Liu

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Novi, MI

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: MECC Consulting Group, Alpha Sigma Mu, Michigan Materials Society

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Panchero’s Mexican Grill

Advice for new students: Eat at Panchero’s

Favorite quote: What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Isaac Newton


Marissa Martinelli

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Biochemistry

Honors Focus Area: Research

Student Activities/Organizations: Phalombe Initiative for Education, Tau Beta Pi, Club Gymnastics

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Doing handstands (or just hanging out with friends, that’s cool too) in the Arb and on the Diag

Advice for new students: You have great opportunities at U of M, though you often have to seek them out yourself. Do things!

Favorite quote: Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke (a quote from my Calc 3 GSI during my first semester of college)


Klara Mateju

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Wyoming, MI

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, MECC Consulting Group, EGL Honors Society

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Running through the Arb

Advice for new students: Always bring a snack to class 🙂

Favorite quote: “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”


 

Robert Pakko

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Dearborn, MI

Major: Computer Science Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: EGL Honor Society, Triangle Fraternity, volunteering

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Tubing down the Huron River in the summer

Advice for new students: Doing more planning will almost always save you time in the long run whether that’s scheduling courses, doing projects, or finding time for fun

Favorite Quote: “The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.” – Isaac Asimo 


Christian Wire

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI (Cereal City)

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: Circle K, Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, EGL, AIChE

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor:  Downtown during art fair & summer festival

Advice for new students: Try lots of things and say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, you won’t regret it

Favorite Quote: “If u want to be successful, know that you’re going to have to put in the WERQ. It might look like glitz and glam, but it also takes stamina and a love of what u do to keep going” – Shangela


Tommy Wong

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown:Hong Kong

Major:Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Minor: International Minor for Engineers, Material Science and Engineering

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: Men’s Glee Club, S3FL

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor:  Hill Auditorium—the best acoustics in the world

Advice for new students: Stop procrastinating. Go to the career fair to get all the free swag (and an internship or two). Eat out once in a while. Skype your mum every week.

Favorite Quote: “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury

 

GSIs & Instructional Aides  


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Corinne Beemer

Honors GSI

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


Maddy Gilleran

Engineering 110 GSI

Hometown: Woodridge, IL

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations (EGL)

Student Activities/Organizations: Cycling Club, Rock Climbing Club

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Neopapalis

Advice for new students: Take opportunities that come your way that you may be interested in, and learn!

Favorite quote: “There are three ways to get someone from A to B- push them, pull them, or lead them.”