Scholarship Recipients

Alex Miller

Aduramo Lasode

University of Minnesota

Aduramo is a senior, studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, with an emphasis in Design and Manufacturing, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an honors student at the University, and with the National Society of Black Engineers. Aduramo has a passion to impact her community positively, through tutoring middle, high school, and college students. She is active in her college community through leadership roles within organizations related to her identity, African Christian Fellowship. Aduramo is a motivated young woman who finds herself through music and believes in impacting the lives of her peers through patience, empathy, and love. Her immediate future includes graduate education in Computational Fluid Mechanics, with a concentration in Energy.

Max Fite

My interest in engineering rooted from my desire at an early age to learn about and question the fundamental nature of our complex world. However, my passions also take me to the disc golf and tennis courts on a regular basis. I hope that my engineering skills will lead me to a career in the clean energy sector, where I may help preserve the land that I enjoy running, dancing and playing disc golf on.

Mike McLain

University of Minnesota

I come from a small Wisconsin town and have come to the University of Minnesota to study chemical engineering. I hope to go to industry after obtaining my bachelors in chemical engineering with a minor in management.  Though I am not sure yet what I would like to do specifically, it is my dream to work for NASA as a chemical processes/ materials engineer. My hobbies include playing guitar, writing music, gymnastics, and the typical spending time with my friends. And of course, I am the current president of MSPE Twin Cities: Student Chapter here at the U of M.

Laura Hart

I am a civil engineering student with interests in geotechnical engineering and project management. I have always wanted to work with people to contribute to society and my strong mathematical and organizational skills have helped me pursue a degree in civil engineering. I am an avid hunter and fisher and would love to find a geotechnical or project management position in northern Minnesota after graduation next fall.

Zachary Whitley

University of Minnesota Duluth

I am very interested in the transportation/structural part of civil engineering and have always been interested in road networks and bridge structures since I was young. As a future graduate from UMD's civil engineering program, I plan on becoming a professional engineer licensed in these areas and working for a public or private entity here in Minnesota. I am a native of St. Joseph, Minnesota and have been actively involved in my community and in various clubs such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Duluth Beta Chapter at UMD.

Vandon Duong

University of Minnesota

I'm a Biomedical Engineering and Physics student at the University of Minnesota. I'm interested in medical imaging and diagnostics, planning to pursue a research career as a physician-scientist. I currently work as a protein engineer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

David Rickheim

University of Minnesota

I am a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Minnesota while pursuing design work within the biomedical device industry. It has been my ambition to become engineer since I completed my first Lego set. In my limited free time I'm a piano student of 15 years, a recreational golfer, and an avid Minnesota Wild fan!

Kaitlyn Olson

In high school, Human Anatomy and Principles of Engineering were two of my favorite courses and they are what led me to Biomedical Engineering. I have a great passion in helping to make the world a better place. Many of my hobbies include being outdoors; one of these being that I love to travel. This love for travel has allowed me to be a part of a Study Abroad program in the Spring of 2016.

Rachel Kagan

University of Minnesota

I am a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Minnesota interested in engineering because of my fascination with processes, efficiency, and sustainability.  I sought engineering because of its diversity of opportunities for post-graduation such as law, consulting, research, plant engineering, and so much more.  In my free time I coach volleyball, sing, outreach to students in STEM, and enjoy serving on Society of Women Engineers committees at my University and in SWE Region H.

Rena Weis

University of Minnesota

Rena is a Junior studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is the President of the American Public Works Association Student Chapter, Secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, and is also active in the Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. Additionally, Rena has done research on campus both in a Soil Science Laboratory for the United States Department of Agriculture and at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. She enjoys spending free time traveling, judging high school science fairs, and performing in one of the University's concert bands. Upon graduation Rena plans to pursue a career in the engineering consulting industry.

Amanda Iversen

Minnesota State University - Mankato

Throughout my college career, I have been actively involved in MNSU's Elementary Engineering program. This program influences students to get involved in engineering as they are growing up. My main area of interest is water resources, and I hope to make a difference in the field in the next several years.

Samuel D. Teisberg

University of Minnesota

My interest in the many facets of civil engineering is fueled by my desire to leave a lasting impact on the world, by developing innovative solutions to address the ever-changing needs of our society. Eager to immerse myself in a technically rigorous curriculum and strive for academic excellence with like-minded individuals, I knew that I was well-suited to pursue a career of lifelong learning in engineering. I constantly seek to augment my technical knowledge through active involvement with the student chapters of several professional engineering societies and the (ASCE) concrete canoe team.