Duke Student Alumni Board
Making the transition from student to alum
The Duke Student Alumni Board works to foster communication and collaboration among students and alumni. Members get involved in Duke Alumni programs, conceive and plan student engagement activities and help spread the spirit of Forever Duke among their peers.
Board members are chosen from all years and areas of Duke to reflect the diversity of the student experience. Responsibilities include:
- Serving as student ambassadors for the DAA and the Duke Office of Development
- Providing advice and feedback about new and existing programs for student and alumni engagement
- Attending board and alumni events
- Representing student views on panels
- Developing and implementing strategies for outreach to students
- Organizing events for the Duke community
2018-19 Board Members
Marc Albertsen AB'19
Major: Psychology, Economics
Marc grew up in the South of France before coming to Duke. He is a senior studying psychology and economics. He has also spent a semester in Copenhagen. At Duke, Marc is the co-founder of the Duke Behavioral Science Group and a Partner at the Duke Consulting Club. Outside of class, he enjoys watching soccer and reading about French politics.
Ahmed Almansoori BS'20
Major: Economics & Public Policy
School: Trinity, Sanford
Ahmed Almansoori is a junior at the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, pursuing a double-major in Economics and Public Policy. He is interested in pursuing a career in international finance after interning at a wealth management fund in the United Arab Emirates this past summer. On campus, he is involved with the Duke International Association, Duke Student Government, and participates in intercollegiate tournaments with the Debating Society.
Suman Bajgain BS'19
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering, +CS & Philosophy
School: Trinity, Pratt
I am an international student from Nepal. I am a semi-senior right now and am pursuing BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering with minors in Philosophy and Computer Science. At Duke, I am the treasurer of Duke IEEE, a project based engineering and computer science club, and am a Board Member at Duke Student Alumni Board. After graduation, I intend to pursue a career in Technology, preferably in managerial roles. I enjoy following club and international soccer and am a passionate supporter of FC Barcelona. Whenever I get time, I also enjoy reading books and watching movies. My favourite place at Duke so far has been Sarah P Duke Gardens (I highly recommend taking a walk across the Gardens in the morning or in the evening to anyone who hasn't done so yet - it's a fantastic experience!).
Autumn Blamoville BS'21
Major: Intended Interdepartmental With Neuroscience and Music
Autumn Blamoville is starting her sophomore year at Duke University where she is extremely interested in neuroscience and music. Though she has not declared her major yet, she is working on creating an interdepartmental that combines music and neuroscience and studies how music affects the brain. In high school, Autumn studied on a conservative track for classical music along with volunteering at NYU Langone Medical Center and this peaked her interest in exploring this side of medicine. During her first year at Duke she has worked in the Lab for Translational Stress Disorder and the Franks Lab of Neurobiology that looked at various neuroscience topics. In the future she hopes to continue her studies in medical school and go on to be a pediatric neurosurgeon. Autumn spends her free time as a member of the a cappella group, Deja Blue and volunteering at Duke Hospital in the Department of Surgery.
Jada Boyd DPT'20
Jada is from Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Physical Therapy. As a former college cross country/track and field athlete, Jada has a strong interest in strength and conditioning. She also has a background in research as she was one of the founders of the Student Research Center at her previous college and a research intern at Johns Hopkins University as well as Kennedy Krieger Institute. Jada has explored various areas of physical therapy including pediatrics, geriatrics and athletics. At Duke, she has spoken on behalf of the students to the Board of Trustees for the final approval of their new building which will now house Duke’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the School of Nursing. She is also a current leader of the Diversity Club in the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, working out and traveling.
Collin Brown BS'21
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Collin Brown is a Sophomore pursuing degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Collin's love of technology and computers started in Middle School when his brother taught him to program and the pair would often disassemble old electronics for scrap parts. During High School, Collin became very active on the Speech and Debate circuit. On his path to State Championships in both Public Forum Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking, Collin gained an interest in Economics, Public Policy, and Politics. Collin started his Duke experience in Trinity hoping to mix these two passions. Following Freshman year, however, he realized he enjoyed more technical classes and transferred in to Pratt to focus on these classes. This did not, however, change his intention to go to Law School. On Campus, Collin is a member of the Club Rugby and Club Sailing teams but can most often be found in K-Ville. During his free time, Collin enjoys Hiking, Wakeboarding, and Photography.
Michael Brunetti AB'19
My name is Michael Brunetti, and I am a senior from Northport, New York (Long Island) who studies history and plans on attending law school after graduation. This year, I have the pleasure and privilege of serving as the Undergraduate Chairman of the Duke Student Alumni Board. In addition to my studies and pre-law pursuits, I occupy myself leading the Duke History Union, working on DSAB matters, learning to play squash, working as a member of the Duke Student Government Judiciary, and helping campus and community as a member of Duke's chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
Brittany Butler AB'16, DPT'19
Major: Evolutionary Anthropology, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Physical Therapy
School: Trinity, Medicine
Brittany Butler is a 3rd year physical therapy student in the School of Medicine. As a "Double Dukie", she strives to positively influence the Duke community, and lives by the saying "œalways leave a place better than you found it." Her interest in alumni-student relations began during the fall semester of 2016 when she had the opportunity to attend a DAA Triangle Board Meeting. She not only learned about the plans and initiatives the board members designed to bridge the gap between current students and alumni, but she also got to see first hand just how much alumni care about current students, want to support current students in achieving their goals, and desire to positively influence each student's Duke experience in whatever way they can. As a member of this board and as Alumni Chair for the DPT Class of 2019, her goal is for all students to be able to feel that same sense of support, that sense of belonging, that sense of "Forever Duke" that she was able to feel at that Triangle Board Meeting. When she is not studying for her Board Exam or attending board meetings, Brittany enjoys playing club volleyball, stress baking, researching oncology rehabilitation, binging Netflix shows, and conquering Sean T's Insanity.
Allison Chang BS'19
Major: Neuroscience and Chemistry
Allison is a senior at Duke studying Neuroscience and Chemistry. She has been part of DSAB since her sophomore year. She spent most of her life before college in Charlotte, NC. After graduation, she plans on taking a gap year before attending medical school. Outside of the classroom, she spends her time in the lab, volunteering at the hospital and at local high schools, reading, hiking, and exploring Durham's food scene.
Angel Chen MS'19
Coming from an interdisciplinary background that focuses on collaboration and communication in data science to resolve the pressing issues in advancing medical development, I am passionate about mobilizing the dynamic and globalized alumni network to facilitate an effective and cohesive professional development experience for students within and beyond the data science community at Duke. Through serving on DSAB, I believe that my enterprising mindset would allow our community to broaden the platform for graduate and professional students to build meaningful connections with industry leaders, researchers and legislators towards a more sustainable and resilient solution in healthcare.
Nina Chen AB'19
Major: Public Policy
Nina Sini Chen is a senior at Duke majoring in public policy, while pursuing a certificate in documentary and a certificate in journalism. She absolutely loves Duke, and has had many positive and impactful encounters with Duke alumni. Interested in public sector work, strategy, film, and media, she worked for a PBS docu-series in New York City her junior year. Prior to that, she also spent a summer with DukeEngage in Kigali, Rwanda, advocating for women's rights to land and producing documentary material. She also interned at a startup in Durham, founded by a proud Duke alum. On campus, she is involved with Baldwin Scholars, DukeEngage, and Center for Documentary Studies. She looks forward to more inspiring conversation with Dukies!
Angel Clark M. Div.'19
Major: Missional Innovation
Angel B. Clark is a third year Duke Divinity student pursuing a Master of Divinity. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Spelman College and eleven years of software development experience. Angel has most recently served as the Ministry Coordinator at Open Table United Methodist Church, a new church plant in downtown Raleigh which aims to be a church that bridges the gap of race, economics, age, and sexuality, that strives to share life together. In addition, she has served as Duke Divinity Student Council Co-President for the past school year and has been re-elected to a second term for the 2018-2019 school year. Within Duke Divinity School she serves as am a member of the Duke Student Alumni Board, Student Ambassador for #MyDukeYear Giving Campaign, an active member of Methodist House of Studies, Black Seminarians Union, and Duke Divinity Women's Center. She is a volunteer with Love Wins Ministry in helping the homeless and is a member of the Junior League of Raleigh. After graduation she sees herself leading a thriving new church plant, where the congregation is passionate about injustices in the local community as well as globally. She also desires to help other pastors rethink church through new church innovation methods.
William Crawford JD'19
Major: Juris Doctor
Will hails from Flint, Michigan and attended The Ohio State University graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs. Notwithstanding the football rivalry, he then returned to his home state to work as an Admissions Representative at the University of Michigan while obtaining his Master's degree in Higher Education. A former White House intern, Will maintains an abiding interest in politics. At Duke he has served as the External Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association, as a Graduate Student Representative on the Sexual Misconduct Student Task Force, and as an Interscholastic Coordinator of the Moot Court team. In his free time Will enjoys Duke basketball, Buckeye football, going to the beach, and snowboarding. He often starts the day with Morning Joe and ends it with Jimmy Kimmel Live. Upon graduation, Will plans to return to Michigan to clerk for a federal judge.
Tatiana Dash AB'20
Major: Public Policy
Tatiana Dash is a junior at the Duke University where she is majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Markets and Management. She also has a strong interest in the Spanish language and culture and will be studying abroad Fall 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. She is excited to submerge herself in the traditions, cuisine and language of this distinct region. Inspired by her coming international experience, Tatiana interned with the international company Nespresso, working with the strategy development and analytics team. Tatiana aspires to pursue a career in consulting assisting many major international companies. When she is not busy serving on the DSAB and as president of the Duke Marketing Club, she enjoys both yoga and boxing.
Tessa Deardorff AB 16, JD'19, LLM'19
Major: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, International Comparitive Studies
School: Trinity, Law
Tessa May Deardorff is a 3rd year JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law Candidate at the Duke University School of Law. Focusing on transactional law, she split her first summer between a boutique M&A law firm in Beirut, Lebanon, and the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law in Geneva, Switzerland. This past summer, she was a summer associate at a Big Law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where she will be returning following graduation. A Triple Dukie, Tessa graduated from Duke University with an AB in International Comparative Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with Middle East and Arabic concentrations, respectively. Her interests in the Arabic language and critical threats led her to spend significant time in five Middle Eastern countries and complete internships with the Department of Defense and in open-source intelligence for a well-known think tank.
Ziqi Deng AB'19
Major: Public Policy and Statistics
Ziqi Deng is a rising senior studying Public Policy and Statistics at Duke University. From Chengdu, China, she has traveled to 21 countries and lived in 4 continents across 10 cities. She took a gap year during junior year at Duke and after having had internships in 4 different industries, discovered her passion in business. She's currently running an Amazon store as her biggest hobby outside school.
Esteban Estevez Juttener BS'19
Major: Economics, Political Science
Esteban is a senior from Madrid, Spain, majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science. This past summer, he interned at Digital McKinsey in Chicago. After transferring to Duke as a sophomore, he spent the summer working in Sales and Trading at J.P. Morgan as a Launching Leaders scholar. He is most heavily involved on campus with the Duke Investment Club as the Vice President of Investments. Above all, he is a backcountry skiing junky.
Hensey Fenton III JD'19
Major: Juris Doctor
I am currently a third year J.D. student at Duke University School of Law. I received a B.A in International Affairs and minors in Arabic and History from George Washington University (GW) in Washington, DC. While I was a student at GW I interned in the Office of U.S. Representative Sue Myrick, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and the Embassy of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended David W. Butler High School. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, watching documentaries, and playing Rugby. Following graduation I will be starting my legal career as an Assistant General Counsel and Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Nalini Gupta BS'20
Major: Economics, Computer Science and German minor
I am Nalini Gupta, a junior from India. I am an Economics and Computer science major. I am excited to see how we increase student involvement with alumni because the duke network is one of the most important aspects of duke that makes "Forever Duke" more than just a catchy slogan.
Chris Jackson AB'20
Major: Political Science
Chris is a Junior at Duke University where is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Markets & Management. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan he hopes to one day return to the city to help aid in its resurgence. On campus, Chris is involved in a variety of extracurriculars. He places a high priority on community service and enrichment activities. Chris was a member of the New Detroit's Youth Council; a participant in the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business MREACH Program and Detroit Entrepreneurial Network; Chris served as the Marketing Director of the Sophomore Class Council; and is the President of Duke's chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Chris combined his leadership and community service to organize the showing of the educational reform documentary "Race to Nowhere."Chris was able to secure a venue and provide two community showings with the film's California based producer as an in-person participant. Chris has amassed 180 volunteer hours at Gleaners Food Bank, COTS, Forgotten Harvest, and Cass Community Social Services.
Amy Jiang AB'20
Major: Public Policy
I am a Duke junior studying Public Policy, and I'm interested in solving tough problems by looking at the interaction of different systems, including government, economics, and business. I have a specific interest in utilizing technology to address equity issues within education as I reflected on my years in a large, public Texas schooling system. Additionally, I love to go for runs on the periphery of Duke, as well as watching the Houston Rockets!
Rashmi Joglekar PhD'19
Major: Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program
Rashmi Joglekar is a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP) at Duke, and studies the effects of cigarette smoke exposure on neurodevelopment. Before coming to Duke, she received her B.S. in Biotechnology from Indiana University. Over the past four years at Duke, Rashmi has served as the Vice President and President of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), as well as a student representative on a host of university committees, including the University Hate & Bias Steering Committee, University Priorities Committee, President's Council on Black Affairs, Duke Alumni Association Board, and the Academic Affairs Board of Trustees Standing Committee. Rashmi is passionate about student advocacy, and has worked to address food and financial insecurities within the graduate and professional student community. She looks forward to expanding this passion by serving on the Duke Student Alumni Board. After graduation, Rashmi hopes to pursue a career in science advocacy and policy.
Kushal Kadakia BS, AB'19
Major: Biology, Public Policy
School: Trinity, Sanford
Kushal Kadakia is a senior Angier B. Duke Scholar studying biology and public policy. He is deeply involved in research, studying cancer metabolism in the Department of Radiation Oncology and value-based care in the Duke-Margolis Center of Health Policy. Kushal previously served as Chairman of the Duke Honor Council and as Student Body Vice President, and led a successful campaign to make Duke a smoke-free campus. Passionate about public service, he recently interned on the policy team in the North Carolina Governor's Office, and was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Duke Faculty Scholar. Kushal aspires to pursue a career in health care policy.
Hanna Kemeny BS'13, MD'19
School: Trinity, Medicine
Hanna is a current 4th year Duke medical student. She attended Duke for her undergraduate degree, graduating in 2013 with a B.S. in Neuroscience, and minors in cultural anthropology and chemistry. Following graduation, she spent a year working at the Advisory Board Company, a healthcare consulting firm, specifically in their oncology division. While in medical school, Hanna's research interests have been in exploring immune-based therapies for the treatment of brain tumors, with a goal of applying into neurosurgical residency. Additionally, she has been involved in medical alumni affairs as a student representative on the Medical Alumni Council for two years. Outside of school her interests include exploring local restaurants, Duke Basketball, and her two dogs- a yellow lab and vizsla.
Jillian Kohn BS'19
Major: Public Policy
Jillian Kohn is a senior majoring in Public Policy Studies with a minor in History and a certificate in Ethics and Society. She has worked with two different nonprofit organizations the last two years. One, Population Connection, focused on population issues in DC and the second SuitUp, provides educational competitions that connect corporations with schools in low-income communities to increase student career awareness and marketable skills in New York City. At Duke, she has pursued her interests in performing arts by producing the all female monologue show All of the Above and interest in sports through serving as a Duke Emissary. Jillian aspires to pursue a career in law post graduation.
Bryn Lawson AB'21
Major: Political Science
Bryn Lawson is a sophomore in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. She plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in Political Behavior and Identities and pursue a certificate in Markets and Management. Over the course of her remaining three years at Duke, she aims to answer questions about political and economic decision-making and how political influences manifest themselves in small and large populations. She spent the summer interning for U.S. Senator Feinstein in her San Francisco office and working as the Legislative Director for Advocates for Responsible Treatment in Orange County, California. Outside of class and the Duke Student Alumni Board, Bryn spends her time singing in Duke Rhythm and Blue, for which she is Assistant Music Director, and the Duke Chorale and Chamber Choir, for which she is Tour Manager.
Spencer Levy AB'21
Major: Public Policy, Markets & Management, and Policy, Journalism, and Media Studies
Spencer hails from Jericho, New York and is currently a sophomore at Duke. He plans on majoring in Public Policy, while completing the Markets and Management Certificate as well as the Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate. At Duke, Spencer writes for the Duke Chronicle in the sports section, where he primarily covers women’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis. He enjoys playing tennis on the club team.
Jennifer Li BS'21
Major: Economics, Political Science
Jennifer Li is a sophomore at Duke University interested in finance, sales, marketing, and international business. Her interest in business started in high school when she took on the role as treasurer of the Student Government Association. Encouraged by her fascination with how business functioned, she decided to continue sharpening her communication and negotiation skills. During her first year in college, Jennifer has worked for the Annual Fund, connecting alumni with their experiences at Duke. From this exposure, she learned how to tweak her communication techniques to create rapport with the growing alumni base. Her involvement with the Annual Fund is what furthered her to serve on the Duke Student Alumni Board so that she could continue interacting with alumni and hopefully make meaningful contributions to the school community. In turn, Jennifer has been a member of Duke's Business Oriented Women, a marketing brand ambassador for a startup, and a sales intern for a Fortune 200 company. Jennifer aspires to pursue a career in business as her passions intersect with different industries of business. She plans to major in Economics with a minor in Political Science. This academic combination addresses her fascination with the relationship between the global markets and economic policy. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading novels and exploring the city around her.
Anthony Lin BS'13, MD'19
Major: Doctor of Medicine
School: Trinity, Medicine
Anthony Lin is a fourth-year medical student at DukeMed from Beaverton, OR. He graduated as a Neuroscience and Computer Science double-major from Duke undergrad in 2013. He spent the following two years working in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the Walk Again Project, an international research consortium tasked with developing a brain-controlled exoskeleton to restore locomotion in people living with spinal cord injury. He was part of the team that designed the algorithms and control system to harness user brain activity to control a pair of non-biological legs. Their work made its debut a year later when a paraplegic patient, enabled by this exoskeleton, made the opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a first-year medical student at DukeMed, Anthony helped lead the Medical Engineering Interest Group and fostered a new partnership between the student group and MEDx, Duke's newest initiative to nurture engineering innovation in medicine. He now works with MEDx and the medical school to provide opportunities, mentorship, and funding to students interested in exploring the intersection of medicine and engineering. Excited by the potential of data science to improve the diagnostic and prognostic power of medicine, Anthony has been doing full-time research as a Clinical Research and Innovation Scholar at the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. He works with a team of physicians, engineers, and data scientists developing and deploying a new machine learning model to predict sepsis in hospital patients before they present clinically. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, fencing with his old college teammates, and binge-watching the newest seasons of Shark Tank.
Erick Lorenzana BSE'19
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry
Erick Lorenzana is a senior at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering where he is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in imaging and medical instrumentation and minoring in Chemistry. His academic interests focus on the design of biomedical devices, medical imaging techniques, and surgery (primarily trauma and critical care). Outside of academics, he is involved with the Duke Alumni Association and Duke Student Alumni Board, having served and currently serving as a member of DSAB and an intern for Education & Travel and Reunions & Special Events within the DAA. Erick aspires to pursue a career as a surgeon and medical device developer. When he is not busy with academics, DSAB, and research, he enjoys running, volunteering at Duke University Hospital, and spending quality time with friends.
Marshall Ma MEM'18
Major: Engineering Management
Coming from a small town in Nanning, China and all the way to the U.S., Marshall graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai with a bachelor degree in Energy Engineering. While he was committed in the energy industry, he realized that the importance of business analysis in the high-tech industry. So he made one of the best decisions in his life to pursue Master of Engineering Management at Duke in 2017, where he got immersed in collaborated business education with Fuqua and Pratt. As a big fan of social psychology, he also seized a great opportunity to volunteer for the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He serves as data analyst for interesting experiments and reports to Dr. Dan Ariely. He enjoys free time by watching classic movies and mentoring Chinese undergraduate students who are interested in studying abroad. Upon graduation, Marshall plans to develop careers in analytics in the Bay Area high-tech industry.
Dan Marcus JD'19
Major: Juris Doctor
Dan was born in New York and grew up outside the city in Briarcliff Manor, NY. He attended Cornell University, where he majored in Government with a minor in Business. After graduating in 2014, Dan worked as a paralegal at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and then the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn. At Duke, Dan is a Notes Editor for the Duke Law Journal, a member of the Mock Trial Board, and a research assistant for Rubenstein Fellow and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin. This past summer, he worked at Debevoise & Plimpton as a Summer Associate in New York. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the Durham restaurant scene, attending concerts, and hiking. Upon graduation, Dan will return to New York to clerk for a federal judge.
Hope Morales AB'21
Major: Prehealth, Neuroscience
Hope Morales is from Miami, Florida and comes from a deeply Hispanic background. She loves spending time by the water and enjoys playing volleyball. Her academic interests include subjects in the sciences as she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. In addition, she is involved on campus with organizations such as Best Buddies, the American Women's Medical Association, loves Duke basketball and participated in the First Year Advisory Council Program. Hope is also working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab on campus. She is very excited to connect with alumni and continue to progress in her time at Duke.
Vishal Mummareddy BS'20
Major: Computer Science
Vishal Mummareddy is a third year student at Duke where he is interested in Computer Science and Finance. After first being introduced to coding in high school, Vishal started working on technology projects at research labs in his area. He worked as a software engineering intern in Raleigh one summer, and realized that he is more interested in the intersection of business and technology. This past summer Vishal was in Boston working as a business analyst. Vishal likes to spend his free time playing tennis, hiking, cooking, and researching cars.
Andrew Oliver BS'20
Major: Mathematics and Computer Science
Andrew is a rising junior from outside of Philadelphia. His undergraduate studies are in Mathematics and Computer Science, with a focus in the applications of mathematics to software engineering. He began his time at Duke with Project BUILD, the service based pre-orientation program. He has remained involved in the program and is currently serving as the Program Director. His interests at Duke also include Duke University Union (DUU). He was one of the co-chairs for LDOC 2018 and is currently the Chief Technology Office. Additionally, Andrew is involved with Duke Special Olympics, serving as the Director of Unified Sports in the 2017-2018 school year. He enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, watching movies, and all things Duke. He is looking to go into software engineering after graduation and he hopes to stay in the Philly area.
Matty Pahren BS'21
Major: Statistical Science/ Psychology
Matty Pahren is a sophomore at Duke University where she is studying Statistical Science and Psychology. She has always been interested in how data can be used to understand what is happening in the world. Last summer she got to see this in play while she worked at WorldView Solutions, a mapping and software development company in Richmond, Virginia. Here she mapped operational processes, analyzed data to identify trends, and developed solutions. She enjoyed being a contributor to a team and learning about the organization. In her free time, she likes to play violin and watch Duke basketball with friends.
Faith Rodriguez BSE'19
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
I am a senior studying Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Throughout my time at Duke I have been involved in organizations such as HackDuke and Her Campus, as well as taking on leadership positions in my sorority, Chi Omega. For the past three years I have also worked for the Annual Fund's phonathon program and transitioned to become a supervisor during my junior spring semester. This year I have also volunteered to join Seniors for Duke. I have taken advantage of my summer vacations to gain valuable experience in both of my degrees. The summer after my sophomore year I worked for NextEra Energy's subsidiary Florida Power and Light as a protections and control intern. During my time there, I helped install and test power system equipment in substations across Miami while enhancing my knowledge of Electrical Engineering. This previous summer I interned at Northern Trust and worked for Client Digital Solution Delivery - Private Passport. During my internship and documented and suggested improvements for the team's implementation of Continuous Integration / Continuous Development. I also worked as a User Interface developer implementing and adapting components using ReactJS that went into production on both their web and mobile platforms.
Rachel Shapiro AB'19
Major: Computer Science
A native of Philadelphia, Rachel Shapiro is a senior in Trinity College majoring in Computer Science and pursuing a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. After her sophomore year, Rachel spent the summer exploring her interest in the intersection of technology and business after getting selected to participate in Duke in Silicon Valley, an intensive 20-student entrepreneurship and innovation program. She analyzed and studied processes of building and sustaining successful enterprises with daily site visits to 20+ companies, while designing an interactive mobile game app prototype using ethnographic research, rapid prototyping and design thinking. This past summer, Rachel interned with Deloitte as a Business Technology Analyst (BTA) Summer Scholar. She worked on a State Government account, where she created a System and Operational Dashboard for project leadership to proactively track system trends and measure performance across the various components of the Deloitte-implemented system. She also worked with project leadership to develop presentation materials to facilitate client discussion of incorporating new technologies to automate processes. Rachel is looking forward to her last year at Duke and to helping connect Duke students with pertinent alumni through her role on the Duke Student Alumni Board.
Annika Sharma BS'20
Major: Neuroscience, Evolutionary Anthropology
Annika Sharma is a junior at Duke University double-majoring in Neuroscience and Evolutionary Anthropology. Her interest in gaining a deeper understanding of how the brain functions has been cemented during her time at Duke and she is currently conducting research on the role of the oxytocin system in lemurs while working towards her senior thesis. When she is not studying, photographing basketball games for The Chanticleer (the Duke yearbook of which she is the Editor-in-Chief), or grading assignments as a computer science undergraduate teaching assistant, she enjoys catching up with former professors over lunch and considers these connections to be the most valuable part of her undergraduate experience. Annika plans to pursue a PhD in Neurobiology and is excited to see where it leads her.
Valeria Silombria AB'21
Major: Psychology/Political Science
Valeria Silombria is a sophomore at Duke University studying psychology, political science, and art. She is a recipient of the David M. Rubenstein merit scholarship on campus for students committed to social engagement and resilience. At Duke, she is involved with Duke Student Government, House Council, Duke Innoworks, and the Duke Student Alumni Board.
Michael Tan BS'20
Major: Economics, Statistical Science, Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Michael is a junior from San Francisco, CA double majoring in Economics and Statistics with a certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Michael is the co-founder and co-president of the Duke Impact Investing Group, has served on the Duke Student Alumni Board, and is the research lead for a study on meditation with the Duke Behavioral Science Unit. Michael is also a member of the Duke Business Society. He enjoys being a Duke Tour Guide and is very involved with Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Lola Telo BS'19
Lola was born in Cuba and came to the United States when she was three, meaning she enjoys a good cafecito on the daily and envisioning the possibilities of a more influential Cuba in the global markets. At Duke, she's studying Psychology, History, and Markets & Management Studies. In the future, she wants to work in a role in which she can drive corporate innovation and strategy through the storytelling and evidenced-based arguments of history, alongside the research methods and conceptual frameworks of psychology and neuroscience. Developing connections between two of anything is automatic for her, and she thrives in environments that embrace risk in idea generation and implementation. On campus, Lola is a Kelley Scholar and Research Assistant at Fuqua's Behavioral Lab where she participates in research involving consumer behavior and decision-making. Every year of her Duke career she's connected with alumni through the Annual Fund's Phonathon and currently works as a Supervisor. She also volunteers at the Career Center as a Career Ambassador, guiding other students throughout the career search process.
Kameron Townsend JD'19
Major: Juris Doctor
Kameron Townsend (Kamm) is a rising 3L at the Duke University School of Law. He graduated with honors from Purdue University in December of 2014 where he majored in Political Science and English. During his time at Purdue, Kameron served as an Associate Justice on the Purdue Student Supreme Court and as a founding Emerging Leader Program mentor. As a mentor Kamm was responsible for supporting a caseload of first generation college students in their transition to Purdue University. After graduating Kameron worked in student recruitment and diversity initiatives at Purdue. Afterward he completed a term of service with AmeriCorps at a college access non-profit in St. Louis, Missouri. During his term of service Kamm was able to engage with first generation low-income college students. His role involved supporting these students as they worked to earn their college degree. Kameron is interested in cross-border transactional work and will be working in New York City at a global law firm after graduation. Kamm remains involved in the education space and hopes to continue to serve as an advocate for marginalized students.
Sarah Vondracek AB'13, MEM'20, MBA'20
Major: Energy & Environment
Sarah Vondracek is a second year Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration dual-degree student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colgate University and has hands-on experience in environmental compliance, ecological research, environmental policy analysis, and the electricity generation industry. After graduation, Sarah is interested in supporting companies and utilities to integrate renewables, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.
Victoria Wong AB'19
Major: Computer Science
Victoria Wong is a senior at Duke University, studying Computer Science with a minor in Finance. After participating in the Duke in NY Financial Markets and Institutions program in the Spring of 2018, she developed a strong interest in finance and interned at Deutsche Bank in the Leveraged Finance group during the Summers of 2017 and 2018. Enriched from her wonderful experiences during the past two summers, Victoria aspires to pursue a career on Wall Street. On campus, she enjoys salsa dancing in her free time and is the co-president of Sabrosura, Duke's premier Latin dance group.
Linda Zhang AB'20
Major: Public Policy
As a junior at Duke University, Linda majors in public policy but keeps her strong interest in higher education. Originally from Tianjin, China, Linda spent her freshmen year summer at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) researching on Chinese students' perception of liberal arts education. She later studied ""abroad"" at DKU in spring semester of sophomore year and continued to participate in the design and implementation of DKU's new undergraduate curriculum. Linda spent her sophomore year summer researching on Germany's apprenticeship education and dual system training with Siemens in Charlotte, North Carolina. On campus, Linda is actively involved in student life, serving as a resident assistant in Crowell and give official Duke tours on a weekly bases. She is also a member in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and perform in the Afro-Cuban Ensemble. Besides her academic interests, Linda has a big appetite for different foods and try to stay (mildly) in shape by taking morning pilates classes and used to cox for the Men's rowing team. She is also a veteran drummer with djembe, congas and bongos.
Joyce Zhang PhD'19
School: Graduate School
Joyce Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Immunology, Duke University. She studies how microbiota and host immune system interact with each other in the gut. Other than research, Joyce is involved in several student organizations on campus. Currently, She is the Director of Finance of Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) and the Graduate Student Co-Chair of the Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB). Before this, Joyce was the president of the Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA). During her presidency, Joyce organized the largest ever Duke China Forum (Fall 2016), with Dr. Xiqing Gao ('86 JD) and other 13 distinguished guest speakers and more than 400 audiences attended. The same year, Joyce also initiated the "Duke in touch (DIT)" series, inviting Duke faculty and alumni giving seminars to students in 2016. To date, more than 40 DIT seminars have been hosted. Before coming to Duke, Joyce graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also one of the founding members of HKUST alumni association NC chapter.
Chris Zhou BSE'20
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Chris is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering and a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He grew up in Beijing until the age of 14, then moved with his family to Irvine, CA. At Duke, Chris is involved with tissue engineering research in a BME lab, Engineering World Health Club, Bass Connections project on precision medicine, and the Duke Office of Licensing and Ventures. In his free time, Chris enjoys cooking, reading, playing the piano, Shotokan karate, and gothic architecture.
Kyle Zingler BS'20
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Finance Minor
I am a junior from Corning, NY studying biomedical engineering with a minor in finance. I have one younger brother who is a senior in high school. At home I have a Shetland Sheepdog named Cordy. I love to be outdoors and stay active with pastimes like swimming, hiking, and traveling to new places. In high school I was a three sport athlete, and I am also an Eagle Scout. This past summer I had one of the best months of my life studying abroad in Greece while taking a philosophy course. I am involved in many activities and organizations outside of my academic endeavors. Throughout the year, I play in intramural sports like flag football, basketball, and softball. I serve as a financial analyst for Duke University Union and as the treasurer for Duke Scouting Association which I co-founded with a peer during my first year at Duke. I also have a job on campus working as an equipment manager for the Duke Varsity Football team and enjoy it immensely. I am a proud graduate of the Duke University Police Department Citizen's Police Academy. In addition to these experiences, I am a member of a fraternity and spend great times with my brothers. And now, I am excited to represent the Duke Student Alumni Board and all of Duke University!
Lin Zuo BS'20
Major: Statistical Science and Computer Science
Lin Zuo is a junior from Shanghai, China, majoring in Statistical Science and Computer Science with a minor in Economics. She is interested in business, technology and sustainability and very active in student clubs on campus. Lin serves on the executive board for Duke Consulting Club, Duke Business Oriented Women and Net Impact. She is also a student intern with Sustainable Duke office and an advocate of sustainable lifestyle. In her spare time, Lin enjoys hanging out with friends and family, good food and movies.