The Engineering Fellows are a collection of graduate and undergraduate students within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Get to know who your Fellows are!

Faculty Advisor

John Bennett

John Bennett has been the Faculty Advisor to the Engineering Fellows since their founding in 2004. He is the Archuleta Professor of Computer Science at CU, where he holds joint appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. For the past six years he was the Director of the ATLAS Institute at CU. Prior to directing ATLAS, Bennett was the Associate Dean of Engineering for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 2000, after serving on the faculty of Rice University for 11 years. Bennett holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington Seattle, and BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University. His primary research interests are broadly focused in the areas of ICTD and STEM education. He is a registered professional engineer. Prior to his academic career, Bennett founded and led two successful technology start-ups, and was an Officer in the US Navy.

Head Fellows

Eli Kopp-DeVol

Eli Kopp-DeVol is a fifth year MS/BS student studying Mechanical Engineering/Product design and working on a minor in computer science. His childhood dream of inventing (and of course piloting) a moon-worthy tractor led him to his love of machines and a desire to grasp a fundamental knowledge of the inner workings of the world and the universe beyond. He has an especially strong interest in artificial intelligence and currently works for an aerospace start up called Altius Space Machines designing space gadgets . When he occasionally emerges from his study cave; Eli loves to backpack, play music, or go skiing and is a huge mountain bike enthusiast.

Elysia Lucas

Elysia is a senior majoring in Applied Math and minoring in Astrophysics. She currently works at LASP writing science data analysis and visualization code for MAVEN. In her [minimal] free time, Elysia loves playing the piano and listening to "old people music" (jazz, 70's rock, and R&B) and "elevator music" (latin jazz, bossa nova), much to the chagrin of her 4 roommates. She recently met her Filipino extended family [60+ members], and discovered the amazing and weird world of Filipino food, which she encourages everyone to try regardless of if it's good or not. She also has an annoyingly smart cat named Daphne, who probably was a dog in her previous life. Elysia is excited to help students with math and meet new people!


Aldana Awedh

Aldana is a sophomore majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with hopes of pursuing both a master’s and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering because she wants to help cure people but doesn’t want to have to deal with the blood. Aldana speaks three languages (English, French, and Arabic) and always feels the need to tell others that she does. When she isn’t too busy studying or stressing out, Aldana likes to travel the world, learn new languages, craft, and blog. She also loves teaching and is looking forward to helping out!

Allyson Wheaton

Allyson Wheaton is a junior pursuing a double major in Engineering Physics and Applied Math and a minor in Space. By day, she commands and tracks the health of multiple satellites at LASP as a Command Controller, and by night, she is a Space Minor Ambassador, plays viola in the Campus Orchestra, and sings in summer choir. In whatever free time is left, she enjoys biking around town, watching and discussing movies, and reading science fiction.

Andrew Kahn

Andrew (right) is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a BSEE/MSEE 5 year masters with a concentration in microwaves and electromagnetics. For the last 2 years he has worked at Lockheed Martin's RF Center of Excellence on satellite communication systems and phased array antennas. He has done mixed martial arts for 16+ years and enjoys playing electric guitar in his free time. He is very excited to work with students this year and hopes to one day come back as CU faculty!

Carly Peterson

Carly is a junior studying Chemical and Biological Engineering, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and a certificate in Technology, Arts, and Media. Outside of classes, she works as a Peer Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences and is involved in research through the Biochemistry department. Carly enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and eating too much ice cream (especially Little Man ice cream).

Cary Sullivan

Cary is a 5th year Engineering student graduating in December 2018 with a computer science degree. Upon graduation, he will commission into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. When Cary is not spending time studying, coding, or training, he enjoys football in the fall, and snowboarding in the winter and spring.

Connor Ott

Connor is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering Sciences and is pursuing a Master's in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems. He first knew he wanted to get into engineering when he broke his Xbox, and then broke it more after taking it apart and trying to fix it. Outside school, he enjoys going to the rec to lift or play racquetball, as well as hiking and backpacking with close friends.

David Stearns

David is a junior double major in Engineering Physics and Applied Math, with a minor in Astronomy. He has spent the last two semesters as a Learning Assistant in the physics department. In the free time he has, David enjoys skiing, playing board games, watching TV shows and movies, and being involved in the Jewish community on campus.

Elise Niedringhaus

Elise is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. At CU, her job as an Applied Math Learning Assistant helped her to discover a newfound passion for teaching. She loves painting, tennis, playing the piano, listening to movie scores and watching nature documentaries. Moving forward, she hopes to pursue the design side of mechanical engineering.

Gabe Castillo

Gabe is a senior in Aerospace Engineering who is planning to pursue a BS/MS degree in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems. He also works at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics as a command controller to help fly multiple NASA satellites. Outside of school and work, he is a huge sports nerd and loves to talk about baseball specifically. A known hat enthusiast, Gabe is known for matching one of his many hats to his shirt on a daily basis. He's also a Colorado native who loves to go on hikes, ski, and shoot hoops from time to time.

Geya Kairamkonda

Geya is a senior with plans to pursue a BS/MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Clean Energy. She's passionate about space and the environment and hopes to use thermodynamics to advance technologies in the field. Outside of school, she enjoys playing in the mountains: hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, and such. She's excited to get to know you and help you with your classes!

Ginger Beerman

Ginger is a 4th year aerospace engineering student from Lafayette, Colorado. Ginger works at CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics as a command controller. Aside from school and work, Ginger was a competitive jump roper for 14 years and enjoys eating food, climbing, reading and petting other people's dogs.

Hernan Lopez

Hernan is a 5th year student studying Architectural Engineering with a minor in Leadership Studies. When he's not in the gym, he enjoys going on long hikes, camping, biking, discovering new music, and hanging out with friends. In the future he plans on enrolling in a MS program and pursuing a degree in Structural Engineering, and one day working on sporting facilities (especially soccer stadiums). He's also an Engineering Ambassador so make sure to stop by their table in the engineering center and say hi!

Jared Marks

Jared is currently a junior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was led on a path towards engineering after working for a production company in Cleveland as a lighting designer/technician. When school's not too crazy, he loves skiing, running, lifting and exploring all Colorado has to offer. Music is essential for his survival with his favorite artist being GRiZ but enjoys discovering new songs of any genre (with the exception of country). In the future he hopes to join a tech startup and wishes one day to build his own with fellow CU students.

Jon Meade

Jon is a computer science major in his sophomore year at CU. He is passionate about using advanced technologies to improve public health, safety, and security. By day, he attends class, likes to read a variety of technical and non-technical books and articles, and works as a software developer and documentarian for Northrop Grumman's Space Intelligence Unit. At night, Jon is very passionate about sleeping. An amateur vexillologist, Jon is also super intrigued in flags and flag design and could probably talk your ear off about it for hours if you let him.

Michelle Galetti

Michelle is a junior majoring in Technology, Arts, and Media Engineering (TAM), with a minor in Astronomy specializing in Astrophysics. Born in Colorado Springs, CO and growing up primarily in Tervuren, Belgium, and further in Seattle, WA, she has loved coming back to the base of beautiful mountains. Outside of classes she part of the CU equestrian team and Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity. Michelle enjoys hiking, backpacking, discussing new advances in technology and astronomical discoveries, and making art.

Prerit Oberai

Prerit is a 5th year BS/MS studying Electrical Engineering with a focus in Computer Engineering. He is passionate about new technology and application of this technology in the medical field and hopes to one day start a business focusing on affordable units of early detection. Other than academics, you'll see Prerit competing in Taekwondo, playing his guitar, or volunteering at the local hospital.

Reidar Larsen

Reidar is a BS/MS graduate student in Aerospace Engineering. Reidar is an avid space fan and probably reads more news articles about space than he should. Reidar works at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics where he commands NASA spacecraft and is fascinated by plots and graphs. When he’s not at school Reidar loves watching movies and hopes one day to be awesome like Rich Purnell from The Martian. On a sunny day Reidar is likely hiking up a mountain, and trying to figure out who’s bright idea that was. At night Reidar is probably cooking when he should really be doing homework.

Rowan Griffiths

Rowan is a 3rd year chemical and biological engineering student. Rowan became interested in chemical and biological engineering when her teacher introduced her to the book Cobra Event by Richard Preston in high school. After spending her freshman year at University of Washington in Seattle, Rowan loves experiencing everything Colorado has to offer! This usually includes camping, running, and skiing in the winter.

Sarah Burns

Sarah is a senior of Chemical Engineering who has a potpourri of work experience ranging from patents and research to refining and TA-ing. She is an avid history nerd who loves to travel and visit national parks. When she isn't in school, she may be eating frozen blueberries, planning out her next adventure, or writing a short story.