Members

STEM Ambassadors

Jacqueline Cabral Jacqueline Cabral
Community Health
Class of 2019
California
Santa Barbara High School

Extracurricular Activities: Aside from STEM Ambassadors, I am a part of GlobeMed, Sharewood Public Health Committee, and Primary Care Progress.
Internship/ Research Experience: Boston Area Health Education Center (Tisch Summer Fellows Program)
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? My boss in a teen science program inspired me to become a scientist because she was the epitome of the kind of professional I wanted to be. Even though being a woman in science may be difficult, my boss was an empowered female scientist who never failed to speak her voice. From her, I learned that my background would only make me a stronger scientist because it has equipped me with the skills to continue to ask why. 
Christopher Camacho Christopher Camacho
Computer Engineering
Class of 2020
California
Santa Ana High School

Extracurricular Activities/ Groups: Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists, La Salsa Performance Team
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? Growing up, I used to take apart and repair computers with my dad. These experiences have influenced my decision to pursue my interests in computers and electronics. My dad is my role model, and he is the reason that I am pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering today. He sparked my curiosity to learn about computers and understand how everything works.
Donna Chen Donna Chen
Computer Science, School of Engineering
Class of 2019
Massachusetts
North Quincy High School

Extracurricular Activities: Stem Ambassadors, SWE
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? My dad was a very hands-on type of person and it has always fascinated me to watch him build furniture for our family's use or other insane contraptions. While he's not exactly an engineer or scientist, he sparked my interest in creating something applicable and practical to the real world, even if it is just in software.
Mateo Galeano Londoño Mateo Galeano Londoño
Civil Engineering
Class of 2018
New York
The High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at CCNY

Internship/Research Experience: Communications intern for the Director of Communications in the School of Engineering at Tufts, BEST Peer Mentor for Summer 2015
Why did you choose to become a scientist or an engineer? I decided to become an engineer because I see a career in engineering as a means of helping people who need it the most. On a personal level, I wanted to receive an education in a field that can solve infrastructural problems in the developing world. Engineering, I felt, provided a rewarding profession that challenges me academically and develops practical problem solving skills.
Hernán Gallegos Hernán Gallegos
Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2019
Georgia
Towers High School

Extracurricular Activities: La Salsa Dance Team, College AIM, Society of Latino Engineer and Scientists (SOLES)
Internship/ Research Experience: Mechanical Engineer on Mindsets Project through the Psychology Department at Tufts; BEST Peer Mentor for Summer 2016; Community-Based Engineering, Portable Maker Studio, and Engineering Discourse/Notebook Cards projects through the Center of Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts.
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? My community. This change that I see coming from engineering is something that I want to implement onto my community and the people around me. I want others to see that engineering is a field full of potential and possibilities. That engineering is my way of giving back. I want to show that success can not only come from my community but from many other communities like mine, one that is truly underrepresented. STEM Ambassadors is just one of the ways where I can slowly achieve this goal.
Maureen Kamanu Maureen Kamanu
Biology and Community Health
Class of 2020
Massachusetts
Doherty Memorial High School

Extracurricular Activities/ Groups: Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) Community Chairperson, African Dance Team Member, African Students Organization Secretary
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer? I chose to become a scientist because I’ve always enjoyed understanding how things work, especially in relation to the human body. Growing up, I was always so intrigued when I went to the family doctor and thought to myself that one day, I would love to do something similar. I chose to become a scientist because science is a field that is always evolving and has made such a great impact in human health and our everyday lives, and yet still has such a long way to go. With science, I can ask my own questions and conduct research around them. Science allows me to explore and obtain answers to so many of my questions.
Kevin Lopez-Gomez Kevin Lopez-Gomez
Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2019
Florida
Lely High School

Internship/ Research Experience: College Mentor at the South Ends Technology Center
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? Ever since I was a child I would look up and see the stars and wonder what is beyond our world. The thought that we might someday traverse the universe at speeds that is beyond our current understanding, utterly fascinates me. Early on I decided that I wanted to contribute to this new era of exploration. I believe that it is our Manifest Destiny as humans to conquer the cosmos and discover the unknown. Ultimately this seems like a child's dream but it is for this reason that I decided to become an engineer. By understanding the laws that govern nature I can help civilization realize its Manifest Destiny, even if my contribution end up being so minuscule that it is forgotten. I owe a lot of my inspiration to maintain my child-like dream to Tesla (not the car company but the man who inspired the name). Although Nikola Tesla is often forgotten in history for his unfathomable contribution to society, I aspire to achieve even one percent of his work in my field. Tesla is a man who never ceased his imagination, contributed to society with his alternating current, but didn't care for wealth. Ultimately, Tesla died a lonely and poor man but if that is my destiny was well, I am okay with that.
Martin Majkut Martin Majkut
Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2019
Rhode Island
Charles E. Shea High School

Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Electric Racing Team, Tufts Robotics Club, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists.
Internship/ Research Experience: Intern at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.
Who inspired you to become a scientist or engineer? My inspiration to become an engineer comes from my parents. My parents immigrated here from Poland, and had made a lot of sacrifices to make sure that my brother and I had better opportunities than they did growing up. So, to repay them in a way, I wanted to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to me, and make sure my parents' sacrifices were worth it. 
Michelle Mu Michelle Mu
Biology
Class of 2018
Massachusetts
Boston Latin School

Internship/Research Experience: Eagle Eye Institute with the Tisch Summer Fellows Program
Why did you choose to become a scientist or an engineer? I chose to study biology because biology was my favorite subject in high school, and I loved learning about new biological discoveries and research. I also love animals and studying biology is a great way of continuing my interest in living organisms. Growing up watching Animal Planet and Discovery Channel almost religiously, I always admired the many scientists and researchers that explored different ecosystems looking for animals to study and those who contributed their expertise when examining all kinds of fascinating species.
Alexa Ornstein Alexa Ornstein
Biology and Environmental Studies
Class of 2019
New Jersey
The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science

Internship/ Research Experience: Southern Connecticut State University Plant Health Fellow, Wolfe Microbiology Lab (On-Campus), Ocean County Mosquito Commission Lab Technician, New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife Intern
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer? I have had a fascination with nature since I was little. You could find me petting the backs horseshoe crabs that congregated near the inlet by my home, or romping through the Pine Barren Forests and making art with the pine needles. I always felt connected to my community through the ecosystem around it. As I progressed through high school I created ways to channel my love of the environment into productive, meaningful science. Through many years of independent research projects, presenting at outreach events, and leading students in educational programs, I feel more connected to my community and assured that I could find passion in whatever I do, as long as I kept science at the core.
Adrian Portela Adrian Portela
Civil Engineering
Class of 2018
New York
KIPP College Prep High School

Internship/ Research Experience: Project Management Intern with Consigli Construction
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer? I became an engineer because it is essentially the art of problem solving. On a daily basis, engineers have to work their way around a variety of obstacles that could cost time, money, or both. The ability to think on your feet is a powerful thing to have, and that trait is what Civil Engineering will provide me.
Melanie Ramirez Melanie Ramirez
Community Health
Class of 2019
California
College Park High School

Extracurricular Activities: MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-health Students) Treasurer, Sharewood Clinic Volunteer, Burlesque Choreographer.
Internship/ Research Experience: SMDEP (Sumer Medical and Dental Education Program) at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Summer 2016. Research Assistant for the Community Health and Sociology Department: Studying the emergence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C and how the U.S. and British governments responded to these health threats.
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer? I chose to become a scientist because I love learning how the world around me works. Growing up, I was the kind of child that always asked, "why" and with each answer, I'd just have another question. I've always found science so fascinating because it both provides answers to my questions and allows a space to investigate how we, the environment, or the whole world functions. It's amazing to think about all the things that have been explained or built with science and all the things we have yet to discover or create.
Chanel Richardson Chanel Richardson
Computer Engineering
Class of 2020
North Carolina
Mount Tabor High School

Extracurricular Activities: NSBE, STEM Ambassadors, FYA
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer? I've always known that I wanted to do something in STEM, because I always liked the idea of being able to discover new things in my work. Around the 11th grade when I took Computer Science, I was sure that I wanted to work with computers. The world around us is quickly evolving into a high-tech landscape, and I want to be the person helping to make the world as efficient as possible by using technology. 
Emily Sim Emily Sim
Computer Science
Class of 2019
California
Troy High School

Extracurricular Activities: TCU Senate, Associate Treasurer
Internship/ Research Experience: Legal Research Intern at Los Angeles Department of Justice
Why did you choose to become a scientist or engineer?  I never intended on going into the STEM field before I came to Tufts. During my first year, I took the Introduction to Computer Science course on a whim and fell in love. I love that Computer Science allows me to critically think about the best way to achieve the end goal, but leaves room for creativity with my code. It's also incredible to realize how my brain has developed a new eye for looking at the world because Computer Science helped me to discover a whole new set of problem solving skills.