Rodas Addis is originally from Ethiopia. Growing up, she has always had an inclination towards the STEM fields, and she's very excited about being a Clark Scholar in UVA's School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is beyond blessed to have been granted the opportunity to attend UVA as an engineering undergrad, and furthermore, as a Clark Scholar. The opportunities are endless!
Teagan is from Staunton, Virginia and plans on studying Systems Engineering during his time at UVA. Teagan spends much of his free time outdoors, whether it be skiing, running, hiking, or cycling. Flowering from his appreciation of the outdoors, he hopes to gain a unique perspective on applying concepts of sustainability in the field of engineering through UVA’s Clark Scholars Program.
Bruce is from Northern Virginia with dreams of creating change through his work. He intends to major in Computer Engineering, and hopes to build lasting connections through the School of Engineering. To him, the Clark Scholars program is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable experience in engineering and prepare to take on real world challenges.
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Class of 2022
Nazirah is was raised in Mexico up until the age of 12, attended school in Oklahoma from 8th to 10th grade, and finished high school in Texas. She wants to major either major in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering and minor in the other. She loves music and knows how to play guitar and violin. She is really looking forward to studying in UVa, and being part of the first cohort of Clark Scholars.
Stephanie is from Chesterfield, VA and has known since middle school that she wanted to be a Chemical Engineer. In high school, she developed a passion for the environment, particularly water sustainability, so she will be minoring in Civil Engineering with an Environmental & Water Resources track, and hopes to soon continue working on water quality research. She chose UVA Engineering because of its holistic well-rounded program and leadership emphasis.
Stephanie has been dancing salsa and bachata since middle school and playing tennis since high school, and she plans to pursue these at UVA. She's looking forward to gaining business and leadership skills and is especially excited about a semester abroad working on her capstone project with her fellow Clark Scholars.
Sullivan is from Ridgeway,VA. He intends to major in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Sustainability, and he fully intends to continue his education at the graduate level. He has always wanted to work in a field where he can make a positive impact on his community and develop his own skills. Engineering is the perfect field to achieve these goals, and he is extremely excited to have the opportunity to study at the University of Virginia and be a part of the Clark Scholars Program. By collaborating with his peers and striving to grow academically as an individual, he is sure his time as an undergraduate will more than prepare him for a successful career.
Emma Jensen is an incoming first year from Phoenix, Arizona. She hopes to pursue mechanical or systems engineering. From her involvement in her school's robotics team, Emma saw engineering as a way to create impactful, real-world solutions to further society. She's looking forward to hands-on experience in the engineering labs, research opportunities, and interacting with fellow engineering students.
Class of 2022
Garrett is from Westminster, Colorado and recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Garrett plans to major in Biomedical Engineering and is also interested in Exercise Science. He chose UVA because of its academic reputation, research opportunities, and the rich history that is represented on Grounds. While at UVA, he wants to work with faculty to conduct research involving diabetes and cancer. Garrett is overjoyed to be a Clark Scholar because of the connections he made with other scholars and faculty, the global experience he will get to be a part of, and the business and leadership component of the program.
Jennifer Khuu is a First Year Engineering student interested in majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Psychology. She is interested in working with pharmaceuticals and technological advancements. As a member of the Clark Scholars community, she is excited to mentor incoming cohorts and continue building the foundation for the program. She is also part of the Multicultural Student Organization and the Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN). She also has experience working in CyberSecurity and childcare.
Amy is from Bealeton, Virginia and is interested in studying Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. At UVA Engineering, she is most excited to gain new skills and expand her knowledge to eventually work alongside other engineers to address global challenges and make a positive impact on others. Amy is most interested in the business course requirements and leadership development included in the Clark Scholars Program. Along with being a part of the Clark Scholars Program, she will also be a Midshipman in the Naval ROTC program.
Katarina is from Kansas City, Missouri. She has been set on engineering as a career since the day she walked into my seventh-grade shop class. After completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, she wanted to attend a university that acknowledges the importance of a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and skills. While visiting UVA in the Spring, it seemed like a perfect fit. She plans to study some combination of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering.
Babafemi Omole is a prospective Computer Science major and Biomedical Engineering minor from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is originally from the country Nigeria in West Africa and is passionate about giving back to his home country. He is grateful to be a part of the first cohort of Clark Scholars because it provides him with a head start that he would not have had otherwise.
Joshua is passionate about enabling others by connecting his computer science experience with other disciplines. Some of his projects include using large datasets to predict housing prices and equipping visually-impaired individuals with Alexa-enabled glasses to identify objects. Unafraid of a good challenge, Joshua looks forward to improving the UVA community and solving our generation’s most pressing issues.
Vishal is from Virginia Beach, VA. He plans to either study Systems Engineering with a double major in Economics and go into the business field, or study Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering. Vishal chose to study engineering so he could help advance innovation in today's technology, as well as use this innovation to solve the problems that our society currently faces. In the Clark Scholars program and in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, he is excited to learn not just how to be an engineer that builds and design things, but on how to be a leader in the field to keep our world moving forward.
Emma is a California native, who is studying electrical and computer engineering at UVA. She is excited to study abroad with the Clark Scholars cohort to gain a global perspective on the issues faced in other areas of the world, and transfer that knowledge to her work in the field. Emma plans to obtain her PhD in engineering. She feels UVA is a great place to begin her higher level education due to the immense support the school provides for undergraduates. While at UVA, she hopes to study further in software development and nano-science.
Rachel Zhang graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia and plans to major in computer science. She is excited to be a part of UVA's School of Engineering because she is a big fan of the 3D printing labs and the free coffee in the CDE. She is especially looking forward to studying abroad through the Clark Scholars program because she enjoys keeping up with global affairs and is interested to see how an engineering education can supplement humanitarian efforts. Outside of school, Rachel likes to do crosswords, play the trumpet, and study herpetology.