Meet Our Fellows

ellie alberti

Ellie Alberti (Singapore)

Hello! My name is Ellie Alberti and I am currently a sophomore studying chemical engineering and did my study abroad summer 2018 in Singapore! Working with international students and faculty at the National University of Singapore broadened my cultural perspective while collaboratively working on an original design project. I had the opportunity to explore a beautiful city and meet amazing people along the way. Studying abroad has taught me about myself as well as the extent to which engineering impacts the entire world. As a Global Engineering Fellow, I want to show other students that Penn State offers amazing opportunities that reach far beyond University Park!

matthew aronson

Matthew Aronson (Singapore)

My name is Matthew Aronson, and I am a junior studying biomedical engineering. I spent the spring of 2018 studying at the National University of Singapore as a part of the Faculty of Engineering and University Scholars Program. Singapore was an incredible country to study in because it is a melting pot of various cultures through the shared presence of language, food, religion, and other ethnic traditions. Additionally, the country is advanced in many modern technologies which makes it an ideal location to study engineering. Furthermore, its location allowed for easy and inexpensive access to the rest of Southeast Asia to visit countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more. I feel that this experience allowed me to work with other engineers from around the world to solve different problems than what is just faced in the United States, and help gain a global perspective. I cannot wait to help engineering students find the right program for them that will allow them to stay on track with their degree and study in the country they desire.

andrew berlin

Andrew Berlin (Spain)

My name is Andrew Berlin and I am a junior studying mechanical engineering with a minor in international engineering. I studied at the University of Navarra’s engineering campus, Tecnun, in San Sebastián, Spain, in spring 2018 and had an incredible experience. Being one of only four Americans at my school, I was able to develop friendships with people from all over the world. I took engineering courses and was able to do quite a bit of traveling as well. I am very excited and motivated to help others find programs that fit their interests as well as my program fit mine!

Michaella Caruso

Michaella Caruso (China, France, Kenya)

My name is Michaella Caruso and I am a senior in engineering science with minors in engineering leadership development and engineering mechanics. I studied abroad three times as a student at Penn State: China (summer 2016); INSA Lyon (summer 2017); and just recently I did the ELD spring break trip to Kenya (spring 2018). All three of my study abroad experiences have been truly unique. This semester I am coming back to serve as a mentor in the Global Engineering Fellows program, to show others in my shoes that IT IS POSSIBLE to break the mold and take your Penn State experience global. The world is your oyster, dare to explore!!

Jessie Cooper

Jessie Cooper (Peru)

My name is Jessie Cooper and I am a sophomore studying electrical engineering. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to expand my engineering studies by studying abroad in Lima, Peru. I was really interested in studying in a more unique location and have always wanted to travel to South America, so Peru was the perfect place for me. This program was extremely eye-opening and I was able to learn a lot about my area of study while being fully immersed in the Peruvian culture. I am very excited to help engineering students find a trip that is right for them because studying abroad gives each person a totally different view of the world. Many engineering students are hesitant to study abroad and I would love to show them that not only can they travel, but it will benefit their studies and help them in the future.

Alyssa Grube

Alyssa Grube (China, England)

My name is Alyssa Grube and I am an engineering science and mechanics major and doing an engineering leadership and development minor. I studied abroad in China during the summer of 2016 and in England the spring of 2018. I believe that was great about China for me were the architecture, history, culture, and food of each region we visited. I feel that the academics, culture, and history of England were great about the country when I studied there. I chose China because I felt that the study abroad program being held there would be valuable to me as an engineer, and I chose England because I had heard that the classes there were challenging. As a Global Engineering Fellow, I want to help other engineering students find a program so they can have an opportunity to form new experiences and become a more international engineer.

Bryan Kavanagh

Bryan Kavanagh (Germany)

Hello my name is Bryan Kavanagh. I am currently a junior and I am dual majoring in chemical engineering and German. After high school I studied abroad in Switzerland with AFS, and this summer I studied abroad in Pforzheim, Germany, through Penn State. Both experiences were totally different, however both were amazing. My biggest advice would be to try your best to find a program where you are given the opportunity to live with a host family. This will allow you to fully experience the culture and force you to further develop your language skills. Also keep your eyes peeled for programs that offer an internship in addition to the study abroad experience, where you can both study abroad and gain job experience at the same time. Personally, I think that not many people take advantage of the opportunities to study abroad, and I want to change that.

Abigail Keppel

Abigail Keppel (Germany)

My name is Abigail Keppel and I am a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in engineering leadership development. The summer of 2017 year I participated in the Engineers Made in Germany Program. It was the best thing I ever decided to do and I had the time of my life! I had an amazing experience learning about engineering, manufacturing, and the German language and culture. Speaking to students who had studied abroad themselves made me want to have an experience like theirs. Now I am able to do the same thing for others as a Global Engineering Fellow. In studying abroad, I grew so much as a person in my confidence and in my perspective. I think any great engineer should have a global experience themselves. I am so excited to tell you all about my experience and help you find one too!

Eric Li

Eric Li (Singapore)

Hi My name is Zhewen “Eric” Li and I’m currently a junior majoring in computer science with an engineering leadership minor. I grew up in Nanjing, China, and am attending Penn State as an international student. I participated in the Engineering Design 2-week summer program at the National University of Singapore in 2017, and it is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Last year I joined the Global Engineering Fellows program, it has been my pleasure to help answer questions from students who also want to have an amazing experience abroad. I also have loved sharing my experience with others and have come back as a Global Engineering mentor. I can not only get to know other fellows’ experiences abroad and better help answering students’ questions, but also share my visions with them. I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the countless opportunities to study abroad through Penn State because it’s one you’d never forget!

Kayli Rentzel

Kayli Rentzel (Argentina)

¡Hola! My name is Kayli Rentzel and I am a junior studying mechanical engineering and Spanish Language. I am also participating in the humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program. I studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in spring 2018. I loved how different the culture was in Latin America compared to everywhere else I have traveled. Buenos Aires is such a bustling city with endless possibilities of things to do. Studying abroad was an amazing opportunity to learn about other cultures firsthand. It was an invaluable experience for me to practice Spanish being immersed in it daily. My study abroad experience not only enhanced my language skills, but it enhanced my ability to adapt and understand different cultural perspectives. I can’t wait to share my experience with others. Studying abroad has given me such a different perspective of the world and has made me a more well-rounded person. I think travel opens your eyes to a world of problems you may not have known about before. It allows you to see the world from different viewpoints and teaches you how to work with a diverse group of people. I think that everybody, given the chance, should take the opportunity to study abroad. You’ll learn so much and you may even learn a little bit about yourself!

Morgan Roggenbaum

Morgan Roggenbaum (Singapore)

My name is Morgan Roggenbaum and I am a sophomore in biological engineering. This past summer I traveled to Singapore as part of the Summers by Design Program and I can easily say it has been one of the best experiences I have had thus far. Singapore is a very unique country with both Western and Asian influences. Although it is a foreign place, Singapore has a familiar city feel, making it the ideal location to experience the world outside of the U.S. for the first time. As a Global Engineering Fellow, I hope to help other engineering students find and plan international experiences that fit into their life as well as mine. I never imagined I would study abroad, but the opportunities at Penn State have made it happen. I want to help others discover these opportunities as well.

Meredith Rohn

Meredith Rohn (Russia)

My name is Meredith Rohn and this will be my second year as a global fellow. I had such an incredible experience studying abroad, and I want to help other students take advantage of it too! I am a senior, studying chemical engineering, with a minor in global and international studies. I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the spring semester of 2017. While there, I studied Russian language and culture. I became friends with my Russian peers, adapted to life with a host family, and travelled throughout much of Russia and Europe. It was the experience of a lifetime, and definitely my favorite college semester so far! Every student should have the same chance to experience foreign cultures. Academics, costs, and scheduling shouldn’t hold you back — that’s why we’re here. Go explore your interests and discover amazing new places!

Kim Sabol

Kim Sabol (Spain)

My name is Kim Sabol, and I am a senior majoring in industrial engineering and minoring in Spanish. The summer of 2017 I was fortunate to study in San Sebastián, Spain, where I took EDSGN 297. Penn State and La Universidad de Navarra–Tecnun work together to provide an interactive learning experience for both the American and Spanish students. We were taught by a combination of Penn State, University of Michigan, and Tecnun’s professors, too. It was a great opportunity to be introduced to the global engineering community that is growing each day. In addition to learning new engineering design techniques, I was able to explore Basque Country. The students from Tecnun were great hosts, showing us the best parts of their town. As someone who loves Spanish culture, I enjoyed being able to explore San Sebastián. From hiking its mountains to experiencing Pintxo Pote — a progressive-style ‘dinner tour’ of tapas — my time in Spain provided experiences I’ll never forget. I especially enjoyed how much northern Spain differs from Seville and Granada. The best part about studying in Spain is that I could do so while also taking a course pertaining to my major. I want other students to know that they can go abroad and take engineering courses, too. Studying abroad is an adventure like no other, and everyone should get the opportunity to experience it.

Logan Schuler

Logan Schuler (Spain, England)

Hi, my name is Logan Schuler and I’m a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. Throughout my Penn State career, I have participated in two study abroad programs. After my freshman year, I had the opportunity to study at Tecnun Universidad in San Sebastián, Spain, with fellow Penn State students in an embedded program. Shortly after, I applied to study at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom to study during the spring semester my junior year. My love for travel combined with an interest in other cultures helped me make the best of my time in Europe. From meeting new friends at my university (from Australia to Hungary) and traveling to countless countries during my free weekends and breaks, I can say that this experience has enhanced my practical knowledge and independence in a way that is impossible to replicate in a classroom setting. I look forward to answering any questions or concerns and sharing my experience with you!

Nick Sonsini

Nick Sonsini (Spain)

My name is Nick Sonsini, and I will be a junior this fall studying electrical engineering. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. While abroad for those five weeks, I studied both the historical and contemporary artwork and architecture of Spain. I chose Spain because the program I found (through CIEE) best fit my academic and work schedule that summer. Culturally, Spain was similar enough that I wouldn’t struggle to take it all in in such a short time, but also different enough to appreciate a new language and way of life. Overall, I had a lot of fun on the trip and met a lot of really great people, both Sevilla residents and fellow American students. It is this enjoyment of the experience that led me to help other engineering students make a decision to go abroad.

Michelle Tuite

Michelle Tuite (Spain)

Hello, my name is Michelle Tuite and I’m a junior studying industrial engineering. This summer, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in San Sebastián, Spain, at Tecnun University. The course I took allowed me to take part in the engineering design process where we designed accessories to improve urban cycling. San Sebastián is surrounded by beautiful beaches and restaurants featuring world renowned cuisine. During my time abroad, I was also able to visit other countries, including Italy and France, and meet people from all over the world. Studying abroad created a lasting impact, both personally and academically. This experience allowed me to gain a new perspective on different cultures and work ethics in an international setting. It has given me the chance to do things I have never done before and see some of the most amazing, historical sites. As a global fellow, I hope to help other engineering students get the chance to create their own story by studying abroad and seeing the world.

Taylor Wegelin

Taylor Wegelin (Peru)

My name is Taylor Wegelin. I am going into my sixth semester for Electrical Engineering. My abroad program was this past summer in Lima, Peru, for the Cross-Cultural Engagement and STEM program. What I loved most about my program was that even though it was named for STEM students, we had many other students from business to communications. This was the first time I had ever gone out of the country so I chose my program carefully. I hope to help other students that were just like me less than a year ago. As an engineer, with such a heavy course load, I did not think studying abroad was a possibility for me until the fellows helped me. I hope that I can now do this for other engineering students!

Yijia “Doris” Xu

Yijia “Doris” Xu (Spain; Currently Abroad Spring 2019 in Israel)

Hi my name is, Yijia “Doris” Xu and I am a junior majoring in industrial engineering, and I got a great opportunity to study abroad at Tecnun, University of Navarra, in San Sebastián, Spain, in the summer of 2018. Wanting to see the world has always been in my blood and this program was perfect for me. I was amazed by different teaching styles and different ways of thinking and I’ve learned so much from it. The program was also filled with culture learning, experiencing, researching, tasting new foods, exploring and working in an international setting. I am originally from China, but after being in the United States for so long, made me forget how exciting it could be to explore another part of the world. Go study abroad, see the world, have a life-changing journey, live the best life, and see yourself grow!

Zach Zellhart

Zach Zellhart (South Africa)

My name is Zach Zellhart and I am a senior in electrical engineering with a minor in engineering leadership development. As a part of that program, I was able to participate in an embedded course where I traveled to South Africa for a week in May 2017. I was fortunate enough to work with students from Belgium Campus in Pretoria, South Africa, on a smart farming system for use on South African farms. I had such an amazing time working with them and learning about their culture. One of the most rewarding experiences of this trip was getting to see my team’s project be implemented on a farm in South Africa. As an engineering student, seeing my team’s design being used to help people was really special.

 
 

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The mission of Global Engineering Engagement is to create an environment that embraces the values of international education, where access to global exposure and opportunities to develop cross-cultural competence is pervasive. We believe that it is within our reach to ensure that all engineering students can become internationally engaged.

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