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 Hartman
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
High School: Marlboro High School
Alexis Zito
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
Amber Turner
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
High School: Cheltenham High School
Andrew Ashmar
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Allentown, PA
High School: Emmaus High School
Anthony Popovski
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
High School: Canon-McMillan High School
Ashlinn Sweeney
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem Catholic High School
Audrey Hendriks
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
High School: Egg Harbor Township High School
Benjamin Wong
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Butler, PA
High School: Butler Area 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
Duncan Penizotto
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Saucon Valley High School
Eli Sigman
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
High School: Mount Pleasant High School
Emily Richard
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: McDonald, PA
High School: Fort Cherry Jr./Sr. High School
Emily Zuris
Emma Ahlgren
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Media, PA
High School: Penncrest High School
Erin Smith
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: McDonald, PA
High School: West Allegheny High School
Helen Yusko
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
High School: Shaker Heights High School
Isabel Lee
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
High School: Westfield High School
Jacob Puckowitz
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Wayne, NJ
High School: Wayne Valley
Jahari Mercer
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: From the Heart Christian School
John Davison
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Charlton, Massachusetts
High School: Shepherd Hill Regional High School
Jonathan Bingaman
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Reading, PA
High School: Exeter Township Senior High School
Kate Rhode
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
High School: Rolling Meadows
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
Megan Black
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: McMurray, PA
High School: Peters Township High School
Melina Hudson
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Milford, DE
High School: Milford Senior High School
Nadine Humphrey
Major: Chemical Engineering Minor: 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
Natalie Pyle
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
High School: Pine-Richland High School
Paige Wells
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
High School: Downingtown East High School
Pegah Zarandi
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Bristow, Virginia
High School: Patriot High School
Pragya Malhotra
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Industrial Engineering, Chemistry
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
High School: William Fremd High School
Ravi Gandhi
Major: Mechanical and Computer Engineering
Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ
High School: Old Bridge 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
Robin Thomas
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Warren, PA
High School: Warren Area High School
Ruby DeMaio
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Cheltenham, PA
High School: Cheltenham High School
Samantha Bunke
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Newtown, PA
High School: Council Rock High School North
Samantha Schloder
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Kersey, PA
High School: St. Mary's Area High School
Spencer Zacher
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Plum, PA
High School: Plum Senior High School
Sydney Borcherding
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Akron, OH
High School: Revere High School
Taylor Daniels
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Tessa Veurink
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: West Chester, PA
High School: Downington West High School
Victoria Michalenko
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Moon Township, Pennsylvania
High School: Moon Area High School