AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The Graduate Student Ambassador Program enhances the connection between CSU Ventures, CSU faculty and students. Engaging graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to serve as ambassadors provides career development opportunities such as identifying innovative campus research, and networking with startups and the Northern Colorado entrepreneurial community.

Since the inception of the Ambassador Program in 2012, there have been 30 student ambassadors from 16 departments across seven colleges, including the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, CVMBS, and the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Sumanth Belawadi

Sumanth Belawadi

belasumj@colostate.edu

Sumanth is a second year professional MBA student at the College of Business at CSU. He holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a master’s in petroleum engineering from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Sumanth’s research project focused on analyzing geothermal hot spring temperature and pressure and recommending hotter zones to drill for geothermal water, which would then be utilized to power a resort. After graduating from UAF, Sumanth worked for Baker Hughes for 6 years as a field service engineer helping oil companies drill a well and provide geospatial and geological data.

Nathan Byers

Nathan Byers

nathan.byers@colostate.edu

Nathan is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biomedical sciences. His work focuses on studying the underlying cellular mechanisms of epilepsy and pain and searching for potential targets to alleviate symptoms associated with both pathologies. In his free time, he enjoys all activities that involve the mountains.

Aimee Colbath

Aimee Colbath

aimee.colbath@colostate.edu

Aimee has a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a large animal surgery residency and MS at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on mesenchymal stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell use in horses, as well as the treatment of equine sarcoidosis.

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

michael.friedman@colostate.edu

Michael is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biology. His work focuses on enhancing crop production to support bioenergy technology and food security needs through plant molecular biology, biotechnology, and gene discovery. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and scuba diving.

Kelly Hassell

Kelly Hassell

khassell@colostate.edu

Kelly is a third year Ph.D candidate in the Cell & Molecule Biology program at CSU. Her research focuses on metal speciation in medicinal chemistry, particularly using metallocages for drug delivery. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dogs (Angus and Gouda), fishing, camping or just being outdoors in Colorado.

Kelly Kirkley

Kelly Kirkley

kelly.kirkley@colostate.edu

Kelly is a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Colin Clay in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Her work focuses on understanding the molecular events that dictate female reproduction at both the cellular and tissue level using sheep and mice as translational models. Outside of her research, Kelly also works as a contract veterinarian helping to provide low-cost preventative veterinary medicine for dogs and cats throughout Colorado.

David Markham

David Markham

david.markman@colostate.edu

David is a PhD candidate in Biology researching complex networks within the context of infectious disease. Deciphering transmission and persistence dynamics enables the development of prevention strategies that yield significant public health and economic benefits. David maintains other research and entrepreneurial interests in global health, pharmaceutical/vaccine development, bio-defense, philosophy and politics.

Ryan Riskowski

Ryan Riskowski

ryan.riskowski@colostate.edu

Originally from Omaha Nebraska, Ryan received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University in the Department of Chemistry, working with Dr. Chris Ackerson to develop nanotechnologies for remote, nano-scale measurement and manipulation inside of living cells. He is also an active member of the CSU Postdoctoral Association, and is dedicated to supporting the cultivation of scientific communication and collaboration between researchers at CSU.