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Maxwell Ye

I’m in engineering studying CIS, interested in pursuing an entrepreneurship minor and computational biology concentration. I’m from Maryland and attended PennQuest. In my first year I lived in Hill, and am involved in the Penn Band and the DP Analytics Team. I’m also doing research through PURM. I like swimming and running.

Ayma Waqar

Hello! I’m Ayma Waqar, a Bioengineering major at the University of Pennsylvania, specialising in Biomedical Devices and Entrepreneurship, focusing on healthcare technologies and sustainable business practices. I do research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to advance predictive models for Type 2 diabetes and also worked at the Perelman School of Medicine to improve lung transplant outcomes. Beyond academics, I am a part of the Biomedical Engineering Society, play squash, and serve as the Training Coordinator for STEP up, a dog training club (you can raise puppies too!). Furthermore, I am also a returning RA (at the Radian), and am happy to chat about this position in more detail. I’m passionate about sharing insights on medical device development and career growth in bioengineering, as well as just sharing the best study spots on campus, going for a coffee run or playing some squash. Oh one last thing, I am a big (understatement) soccer fan — Hala Madrid!

Sam Plesner

Hi, my name is Sam and I’m studying mechanical engineering. I am a rising sophomore from New York City, but I also used to live in Switzerland. I am interested in robotics and electric vehicles. Outside of school, I enjoy board games with my friends, a good fiction novel, skiing, surfing, and just spending time with my friends. I am part of the club baseball team, the ski team, and play intramural soccer at Penn. Some of my favorite books/movies/TV shows are Good Will Hunting, Psych, Brooklyn 99, the Martian, and the Scythe series. I look forward to meeting you all!

Catherine Bai

I’m Catherine, a sophomore in MEAM double minoring in Physics and Music from Houston, TX. In high school, I was heavily involved in music performance community service, and I did the AWE Pre-O program. At Penn, I’m interested in research with faculty and maybe grad school in the future. I plan to pursue a career in the aerospace industry afterwards. This summer, I’m doing research on materials and advanced manufacturing. Outside the classroom and labs, you can likely find me playing flute in the Penn Band or working in the High-Powered Rocketry team. Recently, I’ve gotten really into video games, especially Hades, SDV, and Retro Bowl. Otherwise, I enjoy watching anime, baking, and building Gunpla when I get the chance.

Phillip Gao

I’m a rising junior from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, studying Computer Science with a minor in Economic Policy. I have a keen interest in data science and machine learning and am looking to pursue a degree concentration in one of those fields. Additionally, I will be applying for an accelerated master’s in CIS in the fall. Outside of class, I plan school events on the Engineering Student Activities Council (ESAC), TA for an intro programming class called CIS 1200, work as a System Admin for the STWing program community, and participate in the engineering fraternity Theta Tau. In my free time, I enjoy playing/watching basketball, practicing jazz piano, and going on weekly Chinatown trips with friends. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or text me at 484-767-7883.

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