Meet the Scholars

Class of 2022

  • Rodas Addis

    Rodas Addis

    Class of 2022


    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!

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodas-addis-43126916a/

  • Teagan Baiotto

    Teagan Baiotto

    Class of 2022


    Teagan is from Staunton, Virginia and plans on studying Environmental 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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/teaganbaiotto/

  • Bruce Bui

    Bruce Bui

    Class of 2022


    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.

  • Nazirah Farach Rojo

    Nazirah Farach Rojo

    Class of 2022


    Nazirah 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 in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering and minor in the other. She loves music and knows how to play the guitar and violin. She is really looking forward to studying at UVA and being part of the first cohort of Clark Scholars.

  • Stephanie Gernentz

    Stephanie Gernentz

    Class of 2022


    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 is getting a second degree in Environmental Sciences 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 has found a new family with the University Salsa Club, where she is the marketing chair. She's expanding her leadership skills as a member of the Clark Scholars Leadership Council, program director for the Latinx Leadership Institute, financial officer for the Latinx Student Alliance, and mentor with the Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentoring Program. She's looking forward to gaining business skills through the McIntire Business Institute and is excited about studying abroad summer 2020.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-gernentz/

  • Sullivan Higgins

    Sullivan Higgins

    Class of 2022


    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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sullivanhiggins/

  • Emma Jensen

    Emma Jensen

    Class of 2022


    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.

  • Garrett Johannsen

    Garrett Johannsen

    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

    Jennifer Khuu

    Class of 2022


    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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-khuu-0412/

  • Amy Lee

    Amy Lee

    Class of 2022


    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 Liddell

    Katarina Liddell

    Class of 2022


    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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/katarina-liddell-b32490176/

  • Babafemi Omole

    Babafemi Omole

    Class of 2022


    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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/babafemi-omole/

  • Joshua Sahaya Arul

    Joshua Sahaya Arul

    Class of 2022


    Joshua is passionate about using computer science to answer today’s most outlandish questions. Some of his projects include predicting housing prices, creating a map of free food across Grounds, and enabling Google Assistant to become the next big rapping sensation. Unafraid of a good challenge, Joshua looks forward to shaping the Clark Scholars program, improving the UVA community, and solving our world’s most pressing issues.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-sahaya-arul/

  • Vishal Singh

    Vishal Singh

    Class of 2022


    Vishal is from Virginia Beach, VA. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering and minor in Computer Science. 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 Wilt

    Emma Wilt

    Class of 2022


    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.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-wilt/

  • Rachel Zhang

    Rachel Zhang

    Class of 2022


    Rachel Zhang is from Fairfax, Virginia and is majoring in computer science and environmental sciences at UVA. Through this interdisciplinary study, she seeks to develop technology that augments sustainability efforts. This aspiration led her to the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco this summer, where she focused on artificial intelligence and software development in the context of small-scale fisheries.

    Outside of engineering, Rachel is a dedicated activist and a 2019 Political Dialogue Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. In her free time, she likes to play Frisbee and the trumpet.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/Rachel-H-Zhang/