Fall 2021 Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
Alison Fahy is a senior in Barrett, the Honors College, studying biomedical engineering. She is passionate about community service and designing accessible solutions to engineering problems, which is what drew her to the EPICS program. She spent two semesters as an EPICS team lead, designing a mobile application to foster mental health and resilience in Hopi youth. Outside of EPICS she has experience in biomedical product design, technical and market research, and project management. She also loves trying new foods and spending time with her two dogs, whom she rescued this year. She is excited to meet other driven engineering students, and give back to the program that has played such a major role in her personal and professional development.
Jalen Goode is a junior in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, pursuing a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering. He has been on multiple EPICS teams during his undergraduate career, imagining how growing food would look on a lunar colony, and designing a smart watering system for farmers in Da Nang, Vietnam. Jalen is also a part of the Ulaanbaatar Air Quality team this semester, hoping to improve the health of Mongolian households. Currently in his first semester as an EPICS UGTA, he hopes to learn from this new perspective, as well as help other teams complete their project goals.
Zachary Isaac is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, with a concentration in Aeronautics. He has a passion for space, sustainability, exploration, and building things that move quickly. His history in theatre and performance have taught him the importance of teamwork, communication, and humanity which he always keeps at the center of his engineering work. For the past two semesters he has been involved with the Heat Resilience Challenge for Mobile Homes Team in the EPICS Program. Now, he’s excited to team up with students as an EPICS mentor.
Rishik Kolli is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Data Science at Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. Rishik has completed two semesters in EPICS as a member of the Clarkdale Internet Infrastructure team, leading the team to the finish line during his second semester as the project lead. Outside of EPICS, Rishik is a member of the Sunhacks marketing and tech team and is currently working on putting together a hackathon on October 1st, 2021. He is also a member of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, a program that tackles problems that our generation faces in fields of Security, Health, Sustainability, and Joy of Living. He is excited to be a part of such a rewarding program and meet other students who share a similar passion for EPICS.
Michael Li is a junior studying in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Physics. Michael has been a experienced EPICS team lead for the past 3 semesters, working on the 33 Buckets chlorine injection team. Additionally, he is the CTO of Arceate Health Innovation which focuses on design and development of disease related products. Given his engineering and business experience, he has curated a wide network of connections, such as the Clinton Global Initiative and Ballard Spahr LLP. He is looking forward to helping all students to succeed in their EPICS program and build their necessary skills to become an accomplished engineer.
Vinesh Mani is a Sophomore the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He is a Secretary in the IEEE Student Council, served as a peer mentor in General Chemistry for Engineers, and has completed one semester of EPICS. His latest project involved designing an industrial Parental Circuit Board for a concise and complex photonic device. Vinesh enjoys taking on many responsibilities and facing challenges head on; exhibiting characteristics of a Go-Getter. He also loves assisting peers and consciously tries to provide meaningful support that facilitates creativity and generates value.
At Arizona State University, Lilli Offenberger is a student studying biomedical engineering (BME) in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She was drawn to BME due to the mix of the medical and engineering field combined into one. Her ultimate goal is to create 3D printed artificial organs and organ parts to combat the growing issue of people dying waiting for an organ transplant. Lilli has been a part of the Fosters AZ Project within the EPICS program and has continued to delve into the ASU community through various clubs such as SASE, GCSP, EPIC Movement, and other such clubs. One of her main objectives is to help those in her community thrive via volunteering with children, being a part of EPICS, and improving current health solutions to improve society.
Abtin is a senior Mechanical Engineering student finishing his final semester of his BSE. Although this will be his first semester as an EPIC’s UGTA, Abtin is excited to share the knowledge he has acquired as a part of the EPIC’s program for the past three semesters. Abtin has been a part of the Tucson Zoo Heating and Cooling Bed team and hopes to lead the team with new members during the Fall semester. He recently completed an internship as a Reliability Maintenance Engineer with the Pinto Valley Mining Company in Globe, Arizona where he gained real world experience, and was able to solidify major principles and concepts he had learned over the fast four years. Outside of engineering, Abtin loves to be outdoors, and travels to California to visit his family (where he hopes to move after graduation).
Sam is a second year electrical engineering major from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is in his third semester as the team lead of the Paradise Valley Hydroponics EPICS project and is an avid rower and backpacker. With eight years of experience in general contracting, he is confident in his ability to help EPICS teams with planning, prototyping and construction of their projects.
Nicholas Weis is a Civil Engineering major at Arizona State University and has a minor in urban planning. Nicholas is very involved in student organizations on campus, including the D&D club and serving as the Treasurer for the Student Planning Association. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys doing Jiu Jitsu.