Engineering Peer Advising Leaders (EPALS)

The EPALS will be unavailable the week of spring break, March 4-8. They will return to regularly scheduled hours on Monday, March 11. 

The Engineering Peer Advising Leaders (EPALS) are a cohort of upper-class College of Engineering students who offer technical and advising support to first- and second-year students who are exploring majors within the College of Engineering. EPALs strive to promote academic excellence and student success by contributing to the intellectual and personal growth of students and by encouraging students to develop self-advocacy skills.

EPALs can provide peer assistance within the LionPATH, Canvas, and Starfish systems and can support students in understanding and utilizing these university platforms. The EPALs can answer general questions regarding university and college-level resources and in general, life as a Penn State engineering student.

EPALS are available for drop-in advising appts, in person, in 208 Hammond Building. Please see each EPAL below for their individual schedule.

There are also limited Zoom drop-ins for several EPALs. Refer to each EPAL if there are Zoom hours available. Click the Zoom EPAL drop-in link below to join during the posted hours and you will be placed in the waiting room. When you are next in line, an EPAL will admit you to the Zoom meeting.

If you have questions, please contact us at epals@engr.psu.edu.

Interested in being an EPAL? Learn more! >>

 


Temilade Adeyemo

Temilade Adeyemo

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor:
Email: taa5518@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I love exploring new places and crocheting!
Involvement: Product Design Engineer at Amazon. Math and Physics Peer tutor. Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE). National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Society of Women Engineers (SWE). African Student Association (ASA).

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
3:30-5:00pm (In-person) 3:00-4:30pm (Zoom)
Deeksha Banala

Deeksha Banala

Major: Computational Data Sciences
Minor:
Email: dfb5590@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I can speak 4 languages
Involvement: Research intern at the center of biodevices at Dr. Jason Moore's lab. Member of Jadhoom, a competitive dance team.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
12:30 - 2:30 PM, Zoom 1:30 - 2:30 PM, in person, unavailable on 2/16
AnnMarie Bendixen

AnnMarie Bendixen

Major: Architectural Engineering-Structural Option
Minor:
Email: arb6657@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I collect sand dollars and seashells.
Involvement: Interned twice with Blum Construction. Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8:30-9:30 am (In-Person) 4:00-6:00 pm (Virtual)
Jada Bernitt

Jada Bernitt

Major: Engineering Science
Minor:
Email: jhb5473@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I love baking, usually cookies or cupcakes are my go-to!
Involvement: President of the PSU CrossFit Club. THON 2023 dancer relations committee member.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1:00pm-2:30pm In Person 1:00pm-2:30pm Zoom (unavailable 4/19)
Crystal Bower

Crystal Bower

Major: Biological Engineering-Agriculture Option
Minor:
Email: clb6429@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I went zip-lining across the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico!
Involvement: Treasurer for ASABE(American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) THON committee member.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
In person: 12:30-2 pm Zoom: 12:30-2 pm
Michael Buck

Michael Buck

Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Entreprene
Email: mjb7900@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I have a beach volleyball court in my backyard.
Involvement: Industrial Engineer Intern - supply chain at Sheetz Distribution Services. Corporate chair for Penn State Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Front Desk Assistant in the Engineering Academic Advising Office.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (208 Hammond) 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (zoom)
Heather Burkholder

Heather Burkholder

Major: Graduate Assistant: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Minor:
Email: hab5287@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I have 4 horses, 2 mini horses, 1 mini donkey, 2 dogs, 5 cats, and many chickens.
Involvement: Penn State Western Equestrian Club. ASABE. Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. Research: Biomass Lab, Smart Agriculture Lab. INTERNSHIPS: CNH Industrial

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10:00am - 11:30am (office)
Peirce Condo

Peirce Condo

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minor:
Email: pjc5738@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I trained in pre-professional ballet in 4 different states before attending PSU.
Involvement: Wrestling Affiliate Club (Membership Chair). Engineering Ambassadors. Re-AIM lab (undergraduate research assistant). Pennoni Associates Internships (2022 and 2023)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Ellen Creighton

Ellen Creighton

Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor:
Email: egc5221@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I know how to make balloon animals.
Involvement: Newman Catholic Student Association. The Navigators. Women in Engineering Program. Operation Blue & Gold THON org. President of the Joint-Force ROTC Honors society (last year), Scabbard & Blade. Schreyer Honors College. Studied Mandarin for two summers

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30pm-3:30pm (zoom) 8:30pm-10:00pm (in-person)
Andrew Eilertsen

Andrew Eilertsen

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minor:
Email: ahe5097@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I'm a private pilot with an instrument rating!
Involvement: Private tutor for various stem related courses.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Noon-1p In Person 3:30 - 5:30p Zoom
Nicole Erwin

Nicole Erwin

Major: Biomedical Engineering-Medical Images and Devices
Minor:
Email: npe5054@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I have two fluffy cats named Ella and Bootsie.
Involvement: PSU BMES, ServeState, research assistant in Dr. Kothapalli's lab.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8:30-10:00 am (208 Hammond) 2:30-4:00 pm (zoom)
Phoebe Foerster

Phoebe Foerster

Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Biomedical
Email: pff5104@psu.edu
Fun Fact: My senior superlative was “Most Likely to Win the Hunger Games.”
Involvement: Corporate Outreach Chair for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE). Undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Zydney's Bioprocessing and Membrane Separations Lab.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
4:00-5:30 pm (Zoom) 1:00-2:30 pm (In-Person)
Gavin Gallagher

Gavin Gallagher

Major: Architectural Engineering-Structural Option
Minor:
Email: gjg5377@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I am minoring in Japanese and I also like to draw.
Involvement: Viwinco Internship. Art Club

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10:30AM - 12PM (Zoom) 2:30PM - 4:00PM (In-Person)
Cara Hockett

Cara Hockett

Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Informatio
Email: cmh7175@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I’ve never seen the ocean.
Involvement: Engineering Ambassadors. THON. Engineering Orientation Network.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Eric Jurado

Eric Jurado

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor:
Email: exj5139@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I like to draw in my spare time.
Involvement: Penn State Motorsports (Formerly Penn State Formula Racing). PennDOT internship

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
(208 Hammond) 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Zoom) 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Jaiden Kinley

Jaiden Kinley

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minor: Engineerin
Email: jsk5733@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I own an original 1953 Willys Truck.
Involvement: Atlas. Bridge Design Intern for Penndot

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-10:30a Zoom & 3-4p in person
Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Engineerin
Email: ajk6567@psu.edu
Fun Fact: My nickname is "Rooster".
Involvement: Department Leader within the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team. Penn State American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
3-5p Zoom 10-11:30a in person
Gabriel Louw

Gabriel Louw

Major: Civil Engineering
Minor: Musical Ar
Email: gcl5109@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I have a second major in French Horn Performance!
Involvement: Blue Band, various other Penn State musical ensembles. Resident Assistant. Horn Society at Penn State. Schreyer Honors College. Leonhard Scholars. Site/Civil Intern at Langan (Summer 2023).

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-4PM (in person) 2-3:30PM (zoom)
Adam Maman

Adam Maman – LEAD EPAL

Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor:
Email: abm6470@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I play club dodgeball.
Involvement: UPS Industrial Engineering Intern. Chabad Executive Board Member. Penn State club Dodgeball.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Valeria Ortiz

Valeria Ortiz

Major: Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
Minor:
Email: vio5036@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I'm learning to fly planes!
Involvement: Outreach director of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Engineering Ambassador. Activities lead for the Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation. Millennium Scholars Program. Studied abroad in Singapore. Completed a research internship

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11:30-1:00 (zoom)
Hally Owens

Hally Owens

Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Environmen
Email: heo5045@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I’ve been to 11 National Parks and I lived in Colorado this summer.
Involvement: Amazon Operations Intern. Learning Assistant for CHEM 112. Secretary of AICHE

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Taylor Pierce

Taylor Pierce

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematic
Email: tkp5284@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I love hiking and backpacking, and the longest hiking trip I've been on was 35 miles.
Involvement: THON. Association of Women in Computing. GAP Solutions Internship.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8:30-10:00 (In-Person) 10:00-11:30 (Zoom)
Tara Presnall

Tara Presnall

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Entomology
Email: tmp5788@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I'm in the first class of female Eagle Scouts!
Involvement: Smithsonian & USDA Entomology Research Intern. Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster. PSU Entomology Museum Specialist. National Eagle Scout Association of DC (NESA DC). PSU American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (PSU ASME). PSU Entomology G

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11:30am-1pm (208 Hammond) 11:00am-12:30pm (Zoom)
Mikayla Quinn

Mikayla Quinn

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor:
Email: mmq5064@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I love college baseball! I have picked the NCAA champion team accurately three years in a row, and hope to go to Omaha next year to watch a College World Series in person.
Involvement: 2023-2024 social chair for PSU German club. THON committee member. Women in Engineering.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-4p In Person 2:30-4p Zoom
Anirudh Ramanathan

Anirudh Ramanathan

Major: Computer Engineering
Minor: Computer S
Email: axr5861@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I'm naturally good at any sport that involves a raquet
Involvement: Research at Penn State. Internship at Northrop Grumman

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
4-6pm zoom 11am-12pm
Rohan Rastogi

Rohan Rastogi

Major: Computer Science
Minor:
Email: rvr5587@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I interned at a tech start up based in Dallas TX this summer.
Involvement: University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) - Director of Internal Affairs. Nittany Ai Student Society (NAiSS) - Treasurer & Director of Outreach. South Asian Student Association (SASA) - Treasurer. Resident's Assistant - Hamilton Hall. Center for Sociall

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-10:30 am in person 10-11:30a zoom
Leeann Runkle

Leeann Runkle – LEAD EPAL

Major: Biomedical Engineering-Medical Images and Devices
Minor:
Email: lkr5351@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I visited Runkle Castle in Germany this summer.
Involvement: BMES. Engineering Leadership Society. Women in Engineering. Multicultural Engineering Program. Women in Engineering Program. Schreyer Honors College. Clark Scholar. Studied abroad in Switzerland. Interned at Corning. Research in BME.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Sana Tipnis

Sana Tipnis

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Engineerin
Email: sat5652@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I've been to 14 countries!
Involvement: Internships: - PwC (Tech Consulting Intern - Cloud & Digital SAP) - TD Securities (SWE Intern) - Manhattan Associates (SWE Intern). Clubs: - Penn State Infusion (Tech & Production Manager & Director) - WEP (Course Facilitator - Math 140) - THON Hospi

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11:30am-1:00pm (Zoom) 11:30am-1:00pm (In Person)
Dominic Touma

Dominic Touma

Major: Computer Science
Minor:
Email: dst5197@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I will graduate in 4 years with both of my degrees.
Involvement: Internship at VPT Components (semiconductor manufacturing).

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1-2:30 pm (Zoom) 1-2:30 pm (In-Person)
Alexis Vajda

Alexis Vajda

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Cybersecur
Email: avv5358@psu.edu
Fun Fact: I have flown a plane before
Involvement: Association of Women in Computing - Vice President. EON- President. THON Technology Captain,. Homecoming OPP Captain. Career Envoy. Lockheed Martin Internship, Accenture Internships.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-11:30 am, Virtual 12-1:30 pm In Person
 
 

About

The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) serves as the academic advising resource for students in pre-major status (ENGR) at University Park. Once students have been admitted to a College of Engineering major, they will be assigned to a faculty adviser in that major.

Engineering Advising Center

208 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1033