Ambassador Biographies

Current Ambassadors: 2020-2021 Cohort

Yusef Fahar

PhD Candidate

College: College of Natural Sciences
Department:
Chemistry
Advisor: Amber Krummel
yusef.farah@colostaste.edu

Yusef is a PhD candidate in the chemistry department working with the Krummel research group at CSU.  He uses nonlinear spectroscopic techniques to study the structure and dynamics of molecules pertaining to solar energy devices.  The goal of this research is to create solar energy devices that are efficient, environmentally sustainable, and inexpensive to produce.   He is also an officer of Science in Action, a student-led science policy and communication organization at CSU.  Yusef enjoys playing classical guitar, gardening, snowboarding, golfing, and reading in his free time. 

Amy Fox

PhD Candidate

College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department:
Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Advisors: Marcela Henao-Tamayo and Brooke Anderson
Amy.Fox@colostate.edu 

Amy is a PhD candidate in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) department at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to CSU, she received her BS in Bioengineering from Rice University. Her research at CSU focuses on testing the efficacy of Tuberculosis and COVID-19 vaccines and developing R packages for analyzing flow cytometry data. She has served as President and Technology Officer of the MIP Graduate Student Organization, and Outreach Coordinator and National Liaison for Graduate Women in Science. In her free time, she loves sailing, traveling, and puzzling. 

Elvin Garcia, PhD

Research Scientist

College: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department:
Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
Faculty Lab: Dr. Michael Weil
Elvin.Garcia@colostate.edu

Elvin is completing his last year of the MBA program at Colorado State University at the College of Business. He is also a Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences, working with Dr. Michael Weil to generate genetic assays and mouse models to study the risk of radiation carcinogenesis. In his days off, you can find him cycling, hiking, running, and camping in the Rockies with his wife and two boys. 

Waylon Jepsen

College: College of Natural Sciences
Department: 
Computer Science
Advisor: Sanjay Rajopadhye
Waylon.Jepsen@rams.colostate.edu

Waylon Jepsen is a first year Masters student at Colorado State University Studying Computer Science. Waylon finished his undergraduate degree in mathematics in December of 2019 with a minor in Philosophy. Waylon has a large variety of unique skills ranging from distributed ledger development in cyber security to data analysis. Growing in this industry, it has become increasingly important to him to contribute to the decentralization of our cyberspace, thus limiting the continued exploitation of data rights. With a desire for deeper understanding of the technology involved, he aspires to have a positive impact on the directions of these industries. Waylon has two cats which he loves dearly. In his free time, he plays board games with his friends. 

Benjamin McKenney

Master's student

College: Walter Scott, Jr. College or Engineering
Department:
Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Thomas Bradley
benmcken@rams.colostate.edu

Ben is a mechanical engineering graduate student at Colorado State University researching hybrid and autonomous vehicles. His passions are focused around automobiles, additive manufacturing, sustainable energy, wearable tech, compliant mechanisms, robotics, IP, and product development. Ben plans to get a master’s in engineering and business administration to help him in industry.

Catherine (Kate) McMahon

PhD Candidate

College: College of Natural Sciences
Department:
Chemistry
Advisor: Chuck Henry
Catherine.McMahon@colostate.edu

Kate’s research focuses on point-of-care diagnostics for COVID-19 as well as electrochemical and paper-based sensors for quantification of heavy metals in complex matrices. Specifically, her work focuses on creating rapid, low-cost, and portable sensors that can be widely applicable. Additionally, she is working on developing new extraction protocols for heavy metals that alleviate the need for hazardous chemicals. Kate is a current member of the Graduate Women in Science seminar committee, the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate Student Council. During her free time, Kate can be found listening to live music, exploring with her dog Duffy, and catching up with friends and family.

Melissa Schenkel

PhD Candidate

College: College of Natural Sciences
Department:
Chemistry
Advisor: Alan Kennan
Melissa.Schenkel@colostate.edu

Melissa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on developing point-of-care diagnostic devices for various types of cancer and chronic illnesses. She also works on a team developing rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19. She has previously served as an officer for the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization. In her free time, Melissa can be found playing soccer or ultimate frisbee, on the ski slopes, or hanging out at local breweries.

Sahar Bagheri Toulabi

PhD Candidate

College: College of Agricultural Sciences
Department:
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Adam Heuberger
Sahar.Bagheri@colostate.edu

Sahar is a PhD candidate in the Horticulture department, working in the Crop for Health Laboratory. Her passion is to improve the crop nutritional quality as a translational delivery vehicle for consumer health. Sahar’s research is focused on the effect of crop phytochemicals on cardiometabolic disease. She qualifies and quantifies bioactive compounds in different crops, and different potato cultivars.  She uses a multidisciplinary approach involving proteomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, and pre-clinical study to gain an understanding of the relationships between different potato cultivars and their bioactive compounds on cardiometabolic diseases, such as hypertension and obesity. Sahar has also worked with the CSU Food System, to evaluate consumer and market needs as well as what barriers exist for a producer to introduce their new crops into the market.  

Scott Fulbright

Cohort Years: 2012-2013, 2013-2014

Department of Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
Advisor: Ken Reardon
COFOUNDER: Living Ink

Angelique Giraud

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Sahar Bagheri Toulabi

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

College of Business

Sumanth Belwadi

Cohort Year: 2107-2018

Program: Professional MBA

Sunny Dasgupta

Cohort Year: 2019-2020

Department: Global Social & Sustainable Enterprises
Advisor: Shelby Sack

Emma McKay

Cohort Year: 2019-2020

Darrell Suer

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

College of Health & Human Sciences

Alistair Cook

Cohort Year: 2015-2016

Department of Education
Advisor: Michael De Miranda

Sarah Hibbs-Shipp

Cohort Years: 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Advisor: Laura Bellows

College of Liberal Arts

Annabelle Berklund

Cohort Years: 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Economics
Advisor: Greg Graff

College of Natural Sciences

Michael Barich

Cohort Years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Chemistry
Advisor: Amber Krummel

Virginia Bruce

Cohort Years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Chemistry
Advisor: Brian McNaughton

Michael Friedman

Cohort Years: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Department of Biology
Advisor: Daniel Bush

Yusef Fahar

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Amber Krummel

Kelly Hassell

Cohort Year: 2017-2018

Department of Chemistry
Advisor: Debbie Crans

Waylon Jepsen

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

Department:  Computer Science
Advisor: Sanjay Rajopadhye

Jessica Joslin

Cohort Year: 2012-2013

Department of Chemistry
Advisor: Melissa Reynolds

Allee Klug

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Department of Chemistry
Advisor:  Travis Bailey

Chern-Hooi Lim

Cohort Year: 2017-2018

Department of Chemistry
Lab Group/Post-Doc Advisor:  Garrett Miyake
COFOUNDER:  New Iridium

David Markman

Cohort Year: 2017-2018

Department of Biology
Advisor: Michael Antolin

Catherine (Kate) McMahon

Cohort Year: 2019-2020, 2020-2021

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Chuck Henry

Alyssa Melvin

Cohort Year: 2019-2020

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Melissa Reynolds

Trung Nguyen

Cohort Year: 2017-2018

Department of Biology
Advisor: Keith Paustian

Ruth Menger

Cohort Year: 2019-2020

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Chuck Henry and Thomas Borch

Ryan Riskowski

Cohort Years: 2017-2018, 2018-2019

Department of Chemistry
Advisor:  Chis Ackerson

Duncan Ryan

Cohort Years: 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Physics
Advisor: Martin Gelfand

Matt Saxton

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Melissa Schenkel

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Alan Kennan

Eric Tauchman

Cohort Years: 2013-2014. 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Advisor: Jennifer DeLuca

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Megan Aanstoos

Cohort Years: 2014-2015, 2015-20106, 2016-2017

Department of Clinical Sciences
Advisor: Nicole Ehrhart

Nathan Byers

Cohort Year: 2016-2017

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Advisor: Susan Tsunoda

Aimee Colbath

Cohort Year: 2016-20107

Department of Clinical Sciences
Advisor: Steven Dow
COFOUNDER:  Laporte Immunotherapeutics

Amy Fox

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

Department: Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Advisors: Marcela Henao-Tamayo and Brooke Anderson

Elvin Garcia

Cohort Year: 2020-2021

Department: Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
Faculty Lab: Dr. Michael Weil

Kelly Kirkley

Cohort Year: 2017-2018

Laboratory:  Animal Reproduction & Biotechnology Laboratory
Post-Doctoral Advisors: Colin Clay, Christianne Magee

Lindsey Linke

Cohort Years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Department of Clinical Sciences
Advisor: Mo Salman
COFOUNDER:  SiVEC Biotechnologies

Aaron Magnuson

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Miles McKenna

Cohort Years: 2014-2015, 2015-20106, 2016-2017

Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Advisor: Susan Bailey

Jingyi Nie

Cohort Year: 2013-2014

Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Advisor: Jack Nickoloff

Matheus Sathler

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Advisor: Seonil Kim

Walter Scott, Jr., College of Engineering

Jeremy Chignell

Cohort Year: 2012-2013

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Advisor: Ken Reardon

Nasim Esmaeilirad

Cohort Years: 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Ken Carlson

Esteban Hincapie

Cohort Year: 2012-2013

Department of Mecanical Engineering
Advisor: Anthony Marchese

Jackson Lewis

Cohort Year: 2015-2016

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Advisor:  Travis Bailey

Benjamin McKenney

Cohort Year: 2019-2020

Jasan Prapas

Cohort Year: 2012-2013

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Bryan Wilson

Jeremy Primus

Cohort Year: 2018-2019

Department of Biology & School of Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Graham Peers

Michael Somers

Cohort Year: 2016-2017

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jason Quinn
COFOUNDER:  Ouro Mobility

Warner College of Natural Resources

Noelle Juengling

Cohort Year: 2016-2017

Program: Tourism Management