Student Ambassadors

Daria Baranoff
Civil Engineering | 2020

Clubs: Society of Women Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers

Fun Facts:

  1. Speak Russian
  2. Have a plant shopping problem
  3. I love to knit and crochet

Aidan Barnett
Engineering Physics | 2022

Clubs: E-sports club and Mines Orchestra

Fun Facts:

  1. I was born in Italy
  2. I am 6’6″
  3. If I could be any animal, I’d be a puffin

Nicholas Bellusci
Mining Engineering | 2020

Clubs: None

Fun Facts: 

  1. I was adopted from Seoul, Korea
  2. I am a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo
  3. Raised in an italian family

Cassidy Bergenthal
Environmental Engineering | 2023

Clubs: Band, Mines Without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, Mass Music

Fun Facts:

  1. I love reading
  2. I love puzzles
  3. I love hiking

Janae Booth
Chemical Engineering | 2021

Clubs: Society of Women Engineers

Fun Facts:

  1. I am a lefty
  2. I’ve been to 22 MLB stadiums
  3. I am focusing on process engineering

Robert Brendsel
Mechanical Engineering | 2022
Minor: Public Affairs

Clubs: Slackline Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Backcountry Club

Fun Facts:

  1. I love riding dirtbikes
  2. I’m from the great state of Ohio
  3. I’ve been skiing and boarding since I was 4

Alexi Brown
Chemical Engineering | 2021
Minor: Biomedical and Public Affairs

Clubs: Alpha Phi, McBride Honors ,and Undergraduate Student Government

Fun Facts:

  1. I don’t have a gallbladder (anymore)
  2. I watch everything with subtitles
  3. I was adopted

Lucas Buck
Civil Engineering | 2021

Clubs: Fraternity Life and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps

Fun Facts:

  1. Love to cook
  2. Snowboarding is my favorite hobby
  3. I like to build furniture

Francesca Churchill
Electrical Engineering | 2023

Clubs: Greek Life and Society of Women Engineers

Fun Facts: 

  1. I’m from Dallas, Texas
  2. I’ve never broken a bone
  3. I’m half Italian

Phillip Emmette
Statistics and Data Science | 2022

Clubs: Data Analytix Association at Mines, Varsity Swim Team Manager, and Math Club

Fun Facts:

  1. I am a EU citizen
  2. I can juggle
  3. Seahawks (and sadly Mariners) Fan

Madison Elms
Mechanical Engineering | 2020

Clubs: Society of Women Engineers and CRU

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m a Virginia Native
  2. I’ve TAed for Physics I and II for 6 semesters at Mines
  3. I love sports and after this semester I’ll have played on 14 different intramural sports teams at Mines

Asa Farrer
Computer Science | 2021

Clubs: Association for Computing Machinery

Fun Facts:

  1. I enjoy baking, but I’m not that great, though
  2. I really like watching and playing tennis
  3. I like the computer science department here and am actually a TA for the software engineering class here

Carter Fowler
Computer Science | 2021

Clubs: (Currently apart of) VP of Mines Little Theatre, VP of Online Media on the Board of Student Organization, Association for Computing Machinery (Former) worked in the MirrorLab for 1.5 years, Treasurer for the American Society of Engineering Management, Community Representative for Residence Hall Association

Fun Facts:

  1. I’ve done theatre for over a decade
  2. I have an app on the iOS App Store
  3. I have gone dogsledding on a glacier in Alaska


Randall Fox
Petroleum Engineering | 2021

Clubs: Beta Theta Pi, Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Mines Catholic, Society of Petroleum Engineers ,and American Association of Drilling Engineers

Fun Facts:

  1. Colorado Native
  2. Love swing dancing
  3. Raised pigs

Jessica Hiatt
Geological Engineering | 2022
Minor: Public Affairs

Clubs: Undergraduate Student Government, Caving Club, Peer Mentor ,and Sigma Kappa Sorority

Fun Facts:

  1. I know almost every Jimmy Buffet song by heart
  2. I’ve gone caving in 6 states
  3. I’ve seen Mount Everest

Heather Hoffman
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering | 2021
Minor: Public Affairs

Clubs: Mines Catholic Campus Ministry, Society of Women Engineers, Mines Undergraduate Research ,and Students for Life

Fun Facts:

  1. I studied abroad in Scotland
  2. I came to Mines knowing I wanted to study MME
  3. I interned for the State of Colorado’s Amusement Divisions one summer

Joseph Johnson
Mechanical Engineering | 2020
Minor: Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Clubs: Mines Rugby, Mines Residence Life, Mines Formula, and Mines Robotics

Fun Facts:

  1. Born and lived overseas for 6 years
  2. Have a twin brother
  3. Have been to over 20 countries

Joel Mendoza
Electrical Engineering | 2021

Clubs: Mines Club Basketball and Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers

Fun Facts:

  1. I love basketball
  2. I’m from Texas 
  3. I speak Spanish

Sarah Mewhinney
Computer Science | 2023
Minor: Data Science

Clubs: Residence Life Ambassador and Pi beta phi sorority

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m from Texas
  2. I play sand volleyball
  3. I can surf

Brigid Mulligan
Computer Science & Business | 2020

Clubs: Pi Beta Phi and Peer Mentor Program

Fun Facts:

  1. Ice cream is my favorite food
  2. I’ve been to Uganda and am going back this Summer
  3. I used to work in a bakery

Jared Mullins
Mechanical Engineering | 2021
Minor: Advanced Manufacturing

Clubs: Band, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and Mine Rescue

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m a big fan od Indycar and Formula 1 racing
  2. Favorite Mines tradition is the cardboard boat race, which I’ve done every year
  3. I have dual citizenship between the US and Canada

Taggert Myhre
Mechanical Engineering | 2020

Clubs: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Order of Omega, Running Club, Off-road Club

Fun Facts:

  1. I have an intense sweet tooth
  2. I’m an avid runner
  3. I’m a huge Star Wars nerd

Mark Nawrocki
Chemical Engineering | 2022
Minor: Biomedical Engineering

Clubs: Pre-medsociety, American Society of Chemical Engineers, and Organization of Meditators at Mines

Fun Facts:

  1. I have been to every National Park in Utah
  2. I have played concerts in 5 different countries
  3. I could ski faster than my parents before I could read

Shu Ee Ong
Electrical Engineering | 2021
Minor: Computer Engineering

Clubs: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Phi Omega , and Mines without Borders

Fun Facts: 

  1. I’m from Malaysia
  2. I can speak three languages
  3. I struggle to wake up early

James Ottaway
Chemical Engineering | 2023
Minor: Material Science

Clubs: Club Ski Team

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m an Eagle Scout
  2. I’m awful at first person shooter games
  3. I’m really into electronic music

Matthew Owens
Mechanical Engineering | 2023

Clubs: Mines Hillel, Slackline Club, Climbing Club, Caving Club, Sports Analytics Club, and Club Men’s Lacrosse

Fun Facts:

  1. I play the ukulele
  2. I enjoy learning foreign languages like Spanish and Hebrew
  3. I am an only child

Emily Robinson
Engineering | 2023
Minor: Engineering for Community Development

Clubs: Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers, Mines without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, and Adventure Leadership Community

Fun Facts:

  1. Was born in Denver, but have lived in North Carolina for the past 14 years
  2. I really want to join the Peace Corps after I graduate
  3. Sherpa House is my favorite restaurant in Golden

Vasey Stephens
Geological Engineering | 2022
Minor: Geophysics

Clubs: Forum of Music Lovers and Athletic Learning Community

Fun Facts:

  1. I’m a certified raft guide
  2. I have chickens at home
  3. My sister is starting cosmetology school in the fall

Claire Teklitz
Mechanical Engineering  | 2020
Minor: McBride Honors Program

Clubs: ASME, Pi Beta Phi, Mines Internet Radio, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Society of Women Engineers, Mines Catholic, Peer Mentor, and Tau Beta Pi.

Fun Facts:

  1. When I graduate, I’m going to adopt a cat and teach it to walk on a leash
  2. I studied abroad in Madrid
  3. My car’s name is Eddison

Cameron Webb
Engineering Physics | 2021
Minor: Mechanical Engineering

Clubs: Acts of Random Kindness Society and Club Water Polo

Fun Facts:

  1. I have an extra rib
  2. I was born and raised in Colorado, about 45 minutes from campus
  3. I have a cat who lives in Golden with me