Members

STEM Ambassadors

Gustavo Alvarez Gustavo Alvarez
Electrical Engineering
Class of 2024
Prep North Forest
Texas

Extracurricular Activities: SOLES, Tufts Robotics
Internship/Research Experience: Research Assistant at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Software Engineering Intern at Rice, Hardware Intern at Rice
What I want students to get out of our visits: I hope that students can feel a lot more confident about themselves when thinking about pursuing STEM.
Cristina Arellano Chiroque Cristina Arellano Chiroque
Human Factors Engineering
Class of 2023
Tuscarora High School
Virginia

Extracurricular Activities: Christians on Campus member // COE Elohim Videographer/Bible Study Member // LC Peer Leader
Internship/Research Experience: Having worked in a fellowship under a branch of Red Ventures last summer and a STEM camp this summer, I feel that the skills I have obtained have been tremendously fruitful. I feel so very grateful to have met the individuals I have.
Why did you choose to be a STEM Ambassador? Just as much as I believe technology is never neutral and is always shaping our social fabric, I believe that embracing this tool of the future will prove to be a feat. I can see us rebuilding and refurnishing both the technological and social construct we live in by closing the distance between action and impact. As an aspiring web designer/consultant, I find that seizing this opportunity is what motivates me. Similarly, I believe that this effort is not done in the hands on one individual but rather a generational effort. I believe that by being a STEM Ambassador, I will be able to aid in this pursuit by helping others grow at their pace.
Dennis Bazan Tello Dennis Bazan Tello
Civil Engineering
Class of 2024
Ooltewah High School
Tennessee

Extracurricular Activities: Questbridge Chapter, Society Of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Tufts InterVarsity, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
Internship/Research Experience: BDBS Research Intern at Tufts Medical Center (Dr. Wallingford's Lab); Kaplan Lab; MLSC Summer Intern at WPI Biophysics Lab
Why did you choose to be a STEM Ambassador? I believe everyone has their own story to tell; I always believed that every story could be inspiring for someone. Therefore, I want to share my passion for engineering and personal experiences with underrepresented and first-generation students like myself. I want to inspire them to not be afraid to pursue their interests in STEM because no matter the background one comes from or their life circumstances, anyone with the willingness to serve others and improve their talent can be successful in the field.
Elli Diaz Elli Diaz
Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2022
The Branson School
California

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), Latino Center Peer Leader
Internship/Research Experience: Oudin Lab, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Research Fellow
Why Did You Choose to Become a STEM Ambassador? In school, before meeting my math camp professor, I never really had someone I could look up to. For many students, particularly students of color, they go through school having no one in their immediate school environment that allows them to see themselves doing the unimaginable. I am a STEM Ambassador because I want to be that person that I, and countless others didn't have in school, so we can diversify the fields that minority groups have been steered away from, like science and engineering.
Hamida Giwa Hamida Giwa
Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2024
Wachusett Regional High School
Massachusetts

Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Muslim Student Association (MSA), Resident Assistant, National Society of Black Engineers
Internship/Research Experience: BDBS Research Intern at Tufts Medical Center (Dr. Wallingford's Lab); Kaplan Lab; MLSC Summer Intern at WPI Biophysics Lab
Why did you choose to be a STEM Ambassador? You might come from an unrepresented background and you might doubt yourself. But have confidence, find your role models and support system! Besides, you don’t have to be a genius to pursue STEM. Of course you need to be able to problem solve, ask the right questions, and be willing to learn, but you don’t need to have some crazy IQ or really high test scores to succeed.
Bijan Harandi Bijan Harandi
Biology
Class of 2023
Newton South High School
Massachusetts

Extracurricular Activities: Quiz Bowl, Undergraduate Academic Journals, Research Labs
Internship/Research Experience: Astrobiology and Epigenetics lab work at several institutions
What I want students to get out of our visits: I hope that students understand the importance of STEM's impact on the world and furthermore attain the confidence in themselves to pursue their respective STEM interests, regardless of their background.
Leslie Jaramillo Martinez Leslie Jaramillo Martinez
Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2023
School of Science and Engineering Magnet
Texas

Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Robotics, Latinx Peer Leader, STOMP
Internship/Research Experience: Operations Intern at Abbott Neuromodulation
What inspired you to be an engineer? Although my neighborhood wasn’t full of scientists or engineers, it was full of people who greatly inspired me. Their dedication and ambition have fueled my own. To me, engineering is much more than a career choice. It is a way I can help the people who raised me. Through designing and building, I will be able to provide some form of support to the community that has given up so much for me.
Steph Karam Steph Karam
Civil Engineering
Class of 2023
The Montfort Academy
New York

Extracurricular Activities: Roti & Rum Caribbean Dance Team, Africana Center Peer Leader, American Society of Civil Engineers
Why did you choose to be a STEM Ambassador? STEM Ambassadors is a program that has impact, it brings the world of STEM to students who would of otherwise thought that they did not belong. For most of my childhood, I was that student. It was not until my sophomore year of high school, when a teacher recommended me for the Cooper Union Summer STEM Academy and the TA of the course was a woman of color currently pursuing a degree in civil engineering at the institution. It was after that experience, that I seriously began to think of engineering as a possible career. I truly believe that this experience was a defining factor in why I am a civil engineering major today and hopefully I can do the same for students of color as a STEM Ambassador.
Kat Lazar Kat Lazar
Chemical Engineering
Class of 2022
Brookfield Central High School
Wisconsin

Extracurricular Activities: SWE, Sarabande Dance Ensemble
Internship/Research Experience: Medical College of Wisconsin Biochemistry Intern, Chemistry Lab TA
Who inspired you to become an engineer? My calculus teacher junior year in high school asked us if anyone wanted to start a SWE club. I had no idea what it was, but I volunteered anyways, went to some outreach programs at local colleges, and realized I love engineering and wanted to study it for the next four years!
Maximo Mateo Maximo Mateo
Chemical Engineering
Class of 2023
School of Science and Engineering Magnet
Texas

Extracurricular Activities: AlChem, Tufts Tutoring
Internship/Research Experience: Air Quality Monitor Design UTD/UNT
Why did you choose to become a STEM Ambassador? I want to help other first-generation student to become excellent scientists, researchers, and engineers. Growing up, I didn’t see many engineers that looked like me. I want to inspire other students that are not well represented in STEM fields to contribute to the scientific community! As an ambassador, I want to help student think outside of the box through many hands-on projects.
David Michel David Michel
Civil Engineering
Class of 2024
Santee Education Complex
California

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Latinx Engineers and Scientists, First-Generation Collective, United for Immigrant Justice, Association of Latin American Students
Internship/Research Experience: Visiting and Early Research Scholars Experience (Tufts' Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department)
What inspired you to pursue STEM?: Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I was constantly amazed by the skyscrapers, freeways and infrastructure that make up downtown Los Angeles. At the same time, however, I was frustrated by how different these were for low-income communities compared to more affluent areas. This has invoked a drive to hopefully one day be able to transform the lives of people through the engineering of the built environment that values and respects the needs of those communities that are often left unheard like my own.
Fatimah Mumuney Fatimah Mumuney
Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2024
New Horizons College
Niger State, Nigeria

Extracurricular Activities: Research Chair BMES, Kaplan Research Lab, MSA member, SWE member
Internship/Research Experience: Tissue Engineering Research Assistant at Kaplan Lab
Why did you choose to become a STEM Ambassador? I had heard it all before. "You got this!", "You can achieve anything you set your mind to!'", "Nothing is impossible! and the likes of other popular motivational phrases. It was not until I met another black Muslim woman, who had achieved great feats in the world of STEM, that these words of ‘empowerment’ really began to sink in. She had come to give a presentation back in my local high school in Nigeria, where she talked us through her journey into the STEM field. That was the eye-opening moment for me. If this young lady, with the same skin shade, same beliefs, and same background as me, could do it, then what excuse did I have for not doing the same? It was with this newfound determination that I began to apply to colleges in the United States with the hope of studying engineering. What seemed like such a faraway dream is now a reality in the making. I want to be, to another person, as this lady was to me. If there is a chance that someone might feel empowered by my experiences and learnings into the world of STEM, then I will more than gladly grab on to that opportunity.
Britnie Nguyen Britnie Nguyen
Engineering Psychology
Class of 2023
South High Community School
Massachusetts

Extracurricular Activities: Asian American Center Peer Leader, Chinese Students Association, Jumbo Talk, Vietnamese Students Club
Internship/Research Experience: Research in Levin Lab
What I want students to get out of our visits: A new sense of curiosity and another perspective on topics! STEM is highly interdisciplinary - while the field may seem black-and-white on paper sometimes, there are many different ways to attack a single problem.
Huyen Pham Huyen Pham
Electrical Engineering
Class of 2022
Hanoi - Amsterdam High School for the Gifted
Vietnam

Extracurricular Activities: Tufts Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Vietnamese Students Club, Leonard Carmichael Society
Internship/Research Experience: Hardware Engineering Intern at Humatics, Software Engineering Intern at FPT Software; Software Engineering internship in Vietnam
Why Did You Choose to Become a STEM Ambassador? I want to inspire people who share my background as a woman and international student without prior involvement in STEM to pursue their interests and strengths, communicate my passion with school children, and bring what STEM does beyond the classroom into one. 
Wanda Schlumpf Wanda Schlumpf
Biology & Biotechnology
Class of 2024
Mid-Pacific Institute
Hawaii

Extracurricular Activities: Choir, Tufts 1+4, French Club, Hawaii Club
Internship/Research Experience: Global Citizen Year (Teach for India), National Academy of Future Physicians & Medical Scientists, Congress of Future Science & Technology Leaders
Why did you choose to become a STEM Ambassador? Students should choose STEM because it encompasses every aspect of our lives. Behind every new product or innovation, there is a team of scientists and engineers making it possible; there is a true impact on society. Furthermore, there are so many different, exciting paths one could follow within STEM that the opportunities are seemingly endless.
Bryan Valdivia Bryan Valdivia
Biochemistry
Class of 2022
South San Antonio High School
Texas

Extracurricular Activities: UIJ, Weightlifting, ALAS, VSC, FIRST Center Peer Leader, Researcher
Internship/Research Experience: Research on Nanoparticle synthesis and analysis of them using lasers
What I want students to get out of our visits: I hope to ignite student's brains to really show them how amazing science is and how the field can be open for them despite the lack of representation.