Student Staff

Honors Peer Advisors 



Priya Desai

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

Minor: Business, International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: N/A

Student Activities/Organizations: Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Honors Student Advisory Board, MECC Consulting Group

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Second floor of the UGLI

Advice for new students: College is the time to try new activities and find what you’re passionate about!


Zoe Espinosa

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor: Space Engineering

Honors Focus Area: Research/Design

Student Activities/Organizations: FIRST Alumni and Mentors Network at Michigan, ENGR 110 DA, LEAD Scholars

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: I love the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

Advice for new students: Ask everyone for their story. You never know what you’ll learn from others!

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


Liz Rubenson

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: EGL Honors Society, Cru Campus Ministry

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Arb (Nichols Arboretum), during fall!

Advice for new students: Be present in every moment. Be kind to people, have fun, and follow your passions. Don’t forget about the future, but don’t let it control you. Enjoy the here and now.

Favorite Quote: “I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do” -Michael Scott, The Office


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.”


Emmett Springer

Honors Peer Advisor 

Hometown: Troy, MI

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: M-HEAL, EGL Honors Society, oSTEM, Michigan Learning Communities study group leader

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Reading out on the lawn of the Law Quad during the summer and fall. 

Advice for new students: Never be afraid to ask for help. There are endless resources at U of M and lots of people who want to help you succeed!

Favorite quote: “It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” -Fred Rogers

 

GSIs & Instructional Aides  


Robert Pakko

Honors GSI

Hometown: Dearborn, MI

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering MSE, Computer Science Engineering BSE

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 


Caleb Goldstein

Engineering 110 GSI

Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering MSE, Aerospace Engineering BSE

Minor: International Minor for Engineers

Honors Focus Area: Global Business and Operations

Student Activities/Organizations: EGL Honors Society, Engineering 110 Graduate Student Instructor, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sigma Gamma Tau: Aerospace Honors Fraternity

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: The Big House on Gameday! 

Advice for new students: Michigan is a big place, not just around campus but the state. Take the time to explore Ann Arbor and the surrounding towns, there’s a lot of fun stuff that people miss!

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot.” – Aziz Ansari, Parks and Rec