Pitt | Swanson Engineering


The Engineering Ambassadors are the face of the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) for prospective students and their families. They are usually the first student connection or point of contact when a student visits the campus and plays a fundamental role in a student's decision to come to the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering.  

What does the life of an Engineering Ambassador involve? It involves building amazing friendships with a group of peers with similar interests and goals. It involves reaching out to those undecided high school students who are looking for a home away from home; a place they will spend four or more years of their life!  It involves portraying their loyalty and love for this university and sharing their passion with others. It involves giving back to the Pitt Engineering family. 

We have many opportunities to reach out to those scared and undecided students and to help an apprehensive student make an informed and enlightened decision.  Some such events are individual campus visits where the Ambassador will meet one on one with a student; this is a time to add a personal touch to undecided seniors.  We get to tell them what it means to be a part of the Pitt family and to answer any questions they may have about the Swanson School of Engineering. 

We give over 2,000 tours per year to prospective students and their families!  This includes tours given at large admission recruitment events and our more personal daily weekday tours. We have prospective students visit from all over the country and some international.  The Engineering Ambassadors play a pivotal role in recruitment events by presenting on student panels, answering questions, facilitating engineering tours, and representing one of the most important and best assets to the Swanson School of Engineering…..the student body. 

On our smaller weekday tours the Engineering Ambassadors have the rare opportunity to relay their own personal experiences and feelings about Pitt and SSOE to people who, for the most part, know nothing about our university.  To them, the University of Pittsburgh is just a name.  Most will leave here with a better understanding and sense the spirit which is instilled in every Pitt student.  Maybe that will come through as you see the smiles on our students' faces or the enthusiasm of the Engineering Ambassador as they walk them through one of the labs, or the excitement they share about an upcoming Pitt football or basketball game.  

In short, the Engineering Ambassadors have a simple but yet important task of sharing their love, enthusiasm, and experiences as an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh with others. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have an interest in our engineering major, extracurricular activities or just want to ask a general question or gain a student perspective on your college selection process. 

Hail to Pitt!!!

Alexander Davis
Major: Civil Engineering major, Architecture minor
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
High School: St. Francis High School
Alexander Hartman
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
High School: Marlboro High School
Alyssa Brown
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Glenn Dale, MD
High School: Elanor Roosevelt High School
Andrea Hartman
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
High School: Penncrest
Andrew Rabeneck
Major: Chemical Engineering Major, Petroleum Engineering Minor, Political Science Minor
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Mt. Lebanon High School
Beth Lyman
Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
High School: Centennial High School
Casey McBride
Major: Bioengineering (Minors in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering)
Hometown: Lumberton, NJ
High School: Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RV)
Cassandra Popovski
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
High School: Canon-McMillan High School
Christian Thomas
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Upper Malboro, MD
High School: Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School
Dalind Wilson
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Bear, Delaware
High School: Appoquinimink High School
Dana Scherler
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Medina, Ohio
High School: Highland High School
Daneen Haas
Major: Chemical Engineering with a chemistry and economics minor
Hometown: Allentown, PA
High School: Northwestern Lehigh High School
Diana Blasi
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Montville, New Jersey
High School: Montville High School
Duncan Penizotto
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Saucon Valley High School
Effie Sarara
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Liberty High School
Hannah Thombs
Major: Chemical Engineering Minor: Bioengineering
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
High School: Chagrin Falls High School
Helen Yusko
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
High School: Shaker Heights High School
Jacalyn Sharp
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy
Jennifer Cashman
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: McMurray, PA
High School: Peters Township High School
Jonathan Bingaman
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Reading, PA
High School: Exeter Township Senior High School
Julia Snyder
Major: Bioengineering, Minor: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Newtown, PA
High School: Notre Dame High School
Kate Rhode
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
High School: Rolling Meadows
Katelyn Axman
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Rochester, NY
High School: Irondequoit High School
Kiara Lee
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
High School: Stone Bridge High School
Kimberley Dickinson
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Medford, NJ
High School: Shawnee High School
Kristin Zucarelli
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
High School: Nardin Academy
Kylie Yuchimiuk
Major: Materials Science
Minor: Bioengineering
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
High School: Pottsgrove High School
Leah Sirkis
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Morrisville, PA
High School: Pennsbury High School
Madeline Hobbs
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Portsmouth, RI
High School: Portsmouth High School
Nadine Humphrey
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Upper Malboro, MD
High School: Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College
Natalie Neal
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Pittsburgh Carrick High School
Nina Obwald
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Guilderland, NY
High School: Guilderland High School
Pegah Zarandi
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Bristow, Virginia
High School: Patriot High School
Rey Ravi
Major: Bioengineering (Pre-Med), Minors: Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: South Brunswick
High School: South Brunswick High School
Rina Zhang
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Worcester, PA
High School: Methacton High School
Ryan Becker
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Erie, PA
High School: Cathedral Preparatory School
Samantha Schloder
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Kersey, PA
High School: St. Mary's Area High School
Shweta Ravichandar
Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Bioengineering
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
High School: West Windsor Plainsboro High School North
Spencer Zacher
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Plum, PA
High School: Plum Senior High School
Tessa Veurink
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: West Chester, PA
High School: Downington West High School
Zoe Toigo
Major: Electrical Engineering Minors: Computer Science and Chinese
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
High School: Trinity High School