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2020 engineering scholars

Hannah’s passions—and professional plans—are grounded in Minnesota’s natural environment.

“Growing up in the north country of Minnesota you learn to enjoy and appreciate nature,” Hannah says. “I am extremely passionate about protecting our environment and advancing sustainable infrastructure for all communities.” Hannah hopes to be an environmental engineer after graduating from the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

Hannah Dasyam, 2020 scholarship recipient

Hannah Dasyam

Carly combines engineering aptitude with a dedication to community service.

Carly is a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying civil engineering with an emphasis in structures.

Invested in the practice of engineering beyond the classroom, Carly has been a member and leader of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honors Society), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) — UMN Student Chapter, and Catholic Students United.

This interest spans borders, including engineering and civic projects in Anchorage, Alaska; and Iringa, Tanzania.

Carly Daugherty, 2020 scholarship recipient

Carly Daugherty

Civil Engineering, emphasis in structures

Jenson is keeping engineering local.

A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Jenson now studies civil engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. After graduating in spring 2020, Jenson will go on to earn a Master’s Degree at the university in structural engineering. Long-term plans include working for a local private engineering firm.

Jenson Draper, 2020 scholarship recipient

Jenson Draper

Civil Engineering

From 3D bioprinting to a prototype build, Elizabeth’s widespread experiences are a foundation for success.

Elizabeth is a third-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Elizabeth works in the campus System Regeneration Lab, involved in a project that aims to 3D bio print cardiac tissue. Outside the lab, on-campus commitments include the University Honors Program, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

This past summer, Elizabeth held an internship at Tennant Company in New Product Development. Key responsibilities: design parts, validate design features, and manage a prototype build. In December, Elizabeth attended the pre-production build of the project and made design modifications in order to improve manufacturability. Elizabeth will next join Medtronic as a process development intern.

Outside of school and work, Elizabeth enjoys camping, traveling, running, dog play-dates, and cooking.

Elizabeth Heile, 2020 scholarship recipient

Elizabeth Heile

Biomedical Engineering

Engineering Alliance Minnesota has become a key part of Matthew’s professional life.

Matthew is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he will graduate with a civil engineering degree in spring 2020.

Next, Matthew plans to continue pursue a graduate degree in civil engineering with a focus in project/construction management.

When he is not exploring the outdoors, Matt enjoys being involved in professional organizations like Engineering Alliance Minnesota.

Matthew Henderson, 2020 scholarship recipient

Matthew Henderson

Civil Engineering

Now commencing countdown to career takeoff!

Cullen is an undergraduate senior studying mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas. He co-authored two journal articles with Dr. David Forliti in fluid mechanics research.

Cullen also spent a summer interning in systems engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is now involved in the Pathways program at NASA Glenn Research Center working in vibration research.

Cullen Hilliker, 2020 scholarship recipient

Cullen Hilliker

Mechanical Engineering

Madison’s problem-solving skills make impacts from a local farm to Mayo Clinic.

Madison’s love of solving puzzles and passion for the outdoors complement each other in her study of bioproducts biosystems engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Madison recently built and programmed a data acquisition system currently in use at Mayo Clinic for determining the quality of surgical equipment.

She is also very active as the Outreach Coordinator of the Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization (FaBEO). Her project team is designing an efficient washing system for cleaning greens at Cornercopia, the university student farm.

Madison’s professional goal is to work in research and development on biobased plastics and composites.

Madison King, 2020 scholarship recipient

Madison King

Bioproducts Biosystems Engineering

Maren is on the move—starting with a degree in civil engineering.

Maren Mosley is a senior civil engineering student at the University of St. Thomas. She plans to pursue a career in transportation engineering after graduation.

Maren Mosley, 2020 scholarship recipient

Maren Mosley

Civil Engineering

Interdisciplinary cooperation is top-of-mind for Jaakob.

Jaakob is a father, husband, musician, and outdoorsman.

Jaakob is also 2019-2020 winner of the Ulland, Weinel, McGray Scholarship from the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society (MSES).

As a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Jaakob strives to prioritize sustainable development, creativity, and interdisciplinary cooperation as an engineer. “I am excited to find my place in the engineering community,” Jaakob says.

Jaakob Pesola, 2020 scholarship recipient, with a child and another person

Jaakob Pesola

Civil Engineering

Building strong structures and strong business practices: Chloe’s combination for success.

Chloe is a fifth-year student at St. Thomas graduating in May 2020 with a dual degree in civil engineering and business management.

She is the vice president of St. Thomas’ student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and vice president and co-founder of St. Thomas student chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Following graduation, she will begin work as a transportation design engineer at Bolton and Menk.

Chloe Weber, 2020 scholarship recipient

Chloe Weber

Civil Engineering & Business Management

2019 engineering scholars

Javier is building a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs.

As a Chemical Engineering student, Javier has undertaken more than a complex course of study. He has also undertaken travel to work and study in five different cities in three different continents in the past five years. His passion for global communities found a local expression at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where Javier is one of the founders of the college’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Javier Lara

Javier Lara

Chemical Engineering

Three acronyms sum up Nathan Oliver’s commitment to the engineering field.

First, IRE: Nate plans to graduate from Iron Range Engineering (IRE) with a degree in electrical engineering in May 2019. Next, IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, where Nate serves as the vice chair for the student branch. Finally, FE: Nate is preparing for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam — the first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer. Perhaps Nate will follow up his academic achievements by adding another acronym — EAM, Minnesota’s resource for success in engineering careers.

Nathan Oliver

Nathan Oliver

Electrical Engineering

How do you combine engineering with a passion for athletics?

Just ask Maria Wrage. Maria is using her Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota scholarship to pursue a degree in Composite Materials Engineering from Winona
State University. Maria says, “I plan to work in a sports industry field using my degree to advance the field of

Maria Wrage

Maria Wrage

Composite Materials Engineering

Jera dedicates her days to the study of milling and machining effects.

Specifically, Jera spends her time as an Undergraduate Research Assistant studying the milling and machining effects on carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRPs). Her Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota scholarship will send her on her way toward graduation from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Jera takes advantage of the opportunities the Northland offers. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and off-roading fill out a robust calendar outside the classroom.

Jera Zellmann

Jera Zellmann

MeChanical Engineering

Erick’s future is shining bright, no small thanks to his expertise in solar-powered cars.

These are no matchbox cars — Erick leads a team of students to build full-size electric vehicles powered by the sun. Thanks in part to a scholarship from Engineering Alliance Foundation Minnesota, Erick will complement his solar aspirations with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Erick says, “I am very passionate about renewable energy.” He hopes to build on his coursework through a career in clean energy systems.

Erick Sipila

Erick Sipila

industrial & systems engineering

Peptides, cross-country skiing and becoming a chemical engineer.

Matt’s passions carry him from snowy trails to the research lab. Under the guidance of Dr. Benjamin Hackel, his research focus is high-throughput methods for antimicrobial peptide improvement.

Matt DeJong

Matt DeJong


While an MPEF scholarship supports Matthew’s engineering studies, he also takes part in Duluth’s professional and recreational opportunities.

Along with majoring in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Matthew spends time participating in professional organizations and appreciating all the sights the Northland has to offer. “I would like to thank everyone that is involved in the scholarship process,” Matthew says. “Your generosity and dedication to the engineering profession is greatly appreciated.”

Matthew Henderson

Matthew Henderson


Past engineering scholars

Aduramo is a senior, studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, with an emphasis in Design and Manufacturing, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an honors student at the University, and with the National Society of Black Engineers.

Aduramo has a passion to impact her community positively, through tutoring middle, high school, and college students. She is active in her college community through leadership roles within organizations related to her identity, such as African Christian Fellowship. Aduramo is a motivated young woman who finds herself through music and believes in impacting the lives of her peers through patience, empathy, and love. Her immediate future includes graduate education in Computational Fluid Mechanics, with a concentration in Energy.

Aduramo Lasode

Aduramo Lasode

Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science
emphasis in Design and Manufacturing

Laura is a civil engineering student with interests in geotechnical engineering and project management. She has always wanted to work with people to contribute to society.

Laura’s strong mathematical and organizational skills have now helped her pursue a degree in civil engineering.

Laura is an avid hunter and fisher and would love to find a geotechnical or project management position in northern Minnesota after graduation.

Laura Hart

Laura Hart

Civil Engineering

Max’s interest in engineering rooted from his desire at an early age to learn about and question the fundamental nature of our complex world. However, his passions also take him to the disc golf and tennis courts on a regular basis.

Max hopes his engineering skills lead to a career in the clean energy sector, where he can help preserve the land that on which he enjoy running, dancing and playing disc golf.

Max Fite

Max Fite

Chemical Engineering

Mike came from a small Wisconsin town to the University of Minnesota to study chemical engineering. He hopes to go to industry after obtaining his bachelors in chemical engineering with a minor in management. His dream is to work for NASA as a chemical processes/ materials engineer.

Mike’s hobbies include playing guitar, writing music, gymnastics, and spending time with friends. Mike is also the president of EAM Twin Cities: Student Chapter.

Mike McLain

Mike McLain

Chemical Engineering

Zachary has always been interested in road networks and bridge structures. Now he’s interested in the transportation/structural part of civil engineering. As a future graduate from the civil engineering program at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he plans on becoming a professional engineer and working for a public or private entity in Minnesota.

Zachary is a native of St. Joseph, Minnesota. He has been involved in his community through the American Society of Civil Engineers and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Duluth Beta Chapter at UMD.

Zachary Whitley

Zachary Whitley

Civil Engineering