Andi is a sophomore Computer Science major at UConn. He immigrated from Italy with his parents to Hartford, Connecticut when he was 6 months old. He has been programming since he was 9 and has developed software and hardware in the web, mobile, robotics, blockchain, and IoT spaces. Andi has his own Mac app on the Mac App Store and has also published several iOS apps. He developed a jailbreak tweak in middle school that has over 800,000 downloads to date. In high school he built a garage door opener with a companion iOS app and a 3D printed NFC locker. In addition, he participated in FIRST Robotics Competition, reaching the international finals with his team two years in a row.
Aside from development, Andi is heavily interested in transportation (specifically, aviation and cars) and cybersecurity.
Andrew is a sophomore computer science student at UConn. Over the past seven years he has been teaching himself full stack, iOS development and have launched a few projects. The latest project being a social food ordering app called MunchBunch. It allowed students to place orders with friends and strangers around them to get savings, discounts, and meet new people. He built the iOS app, backend, and signed on six restaurants with 200 downloads in the time the app was up. Currently, he is working on helping local businesses by connecting them with talented college students, who can help solve their needs and issues. His ultimate goal is to use technology to build cool things with cool people. Working on projects with motivated people working towards making meaningful products is what gets him excited. You can read about some of his projects and more about him at: aburns.me.
Ashley is a sophomore biomedical engineering student at UConn. She spends most of her time in and studying for classes, but she also takes part in a few extracurriculars. She is a member of the Women in Math Science and Engineering (WiSME) Learning Community, Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Mentoring Program, UConn FirstGen, and the Werth Innovators. She is extremely passionate about women in STEM related fields, so she spends quite a bit of my free time mentoring younger women in these fields, working with each of these groups on events and meetings, as well as advertising for them. In addition to being passionate about helping women in STEM, UConn FirstGen allows her to help fellow first-generation college students succeed in the same way. Apart from this, she joined the Werth Innovators to further her entrepreneurship skills as she hopes to develop a fully automated prosthesis and work with wounded veterans. The Werth Innovators provides excellent guidance and support to help her accomplish all her goals.
Bethany Pilon is a sixth semester junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is currently working on a research project exploring the effect of inbreeding on phenotypes of commercial interest in beef cattle. Bethany has shown horses under saddle for 13 years and began competing with the UConn equestrian team as a Freshman. During the summer months she has completed internships at the Connecticut Veterinary Center and Petcare Veterinary Services and enjoys working in both an emergency hospital and general practice setting. She recently volunteered abroad in Roatan, Honduras through World Vets to provide medical aid to exotic sanctuary animals and will be volunteering through this organization again in Moldova at the completion of the school semester. Following graduation in May 2021 she plans to continue her studies at veterinary school and become a licensed general practice veterinarian.
I have a lot of energy, and that is probably why I am constantly on the run. Being as energetic as I am is a good thing, especially since I have to juggle schoolwork, being an athlete on the University of Connecticut Men's Track and Field Team, running my company (mxersaudio.com) and building entrepreneurship here on campus. I grew up just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from early on in my high school career l have been involved in entrepreneurship. I co-founded MXERS Audio my sophomore year of high school, and have never looked back. MXERS Audio patented, manufactures and sells modular earbuds that give users an optimized listening experience. Running a self funded business while in high school gave me the opportunity to become very involved in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Minneapolis. Through working with the Werth Institute and other entrepreneurship and innovation based organizations on campus I am extremely excited to see UConn bloom into an entrepreneurial hub.
Carlie is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in Nursing and a minor in Spanish. She is interested in pursuing a masters degree in nurse midwifery and wishes to specialize with mothers who have cognitive and physical disabilities. With this expertise, she hopes to open her own labor and delivery practice. She also serves as a mentor for other women in STEM through the Women’s Center at UConn, in hopes of encouraging others to pursue unique careers in STEM.
Currently, she is collaborating with the UConn School of Nursing in the Health Care Innovation program to design new lines of hospital gowns to accommodate disabled patients. This January, she was a member of a group that won the 2019 ASHOKA Making More Health program. ASHOKA is an innovation firm based out of DC that provides workshops and funding to student social entrepreneurs. Carlie was recognized for creating an effective and creative body-positivity campaign to combat eating disorders among young women. She is also a member of the Werth Innovators, a group of students who advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and collaborate on their own innovative ventures.
Carson Stifel is a sophomore communication major who will be completing her degree in three years instead of the traditional four. Stifel is a member of UConn’s Innovation House Learning Community, where she promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity within UConn and beyond by spearheading her own entrepreneurial ventures and collaborating with fellow student entrepreneurs. Stifel advises first-year entrepreneurship students on business development and marketing strategies. She is employed on-campus as a Student Communications Specialist for the Office of the Vice President for Research, executing journalistic projects relevant to UConn’s research, entrepreneurship, and innovation communities. Stifel is skilled in photography, videography, and the digital arts. She served as the Marketing and Graphic Design Intern for the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI), working closely with the startups participating in CCEI’s Summer Fellowship program. Stifel was named the 2018 recipient of UConn’s First Year Excellence in Innovation Award for her contributions to Uconn’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. She can be contacted via her email: email@example.com.
Everett Grethel is a sophomore student at University of Connecticut majoring in Digital Media & Design with a double minor in Computer Science and Studio Art. He aims to work in the tech industry with focuses in entrepreneurship, marketing, development, and design. His current projects include an augmented reality experience using the Microsoft Hololens, working with volumetric video capture, motion effects, and scripting in Unity Game Engine. Everett is also co-founder, product designer, marketer, and web developer of Sickpuppy, a campus-based clothing company focused on marketing experimentation and counterculture fashion appeal. Additional activities include officer role as vice-president of UConn’s Artificial Intelligence Club and a student organizer role in HackUConn, UConn’s premier annual hackathon. Everett’s job experiences are as a children’s sailing instructor in 2015 at Guilford Yacht Club Sailing Camp, assistant to the groundskeeper in 2016 at the Florence Griswold Museum, and graphic designer/web developer in 2019 at the UConn Homer D. Babbidge Library. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, drawing, and sailing.
Gordon is an industrial designer and fabricator. He emphasizes the process of making as it leads to the conception of new ideas and techniques. He is currently pursuing an individualized major in product design here at UConn. He specializes in things experimental & three dimensional; from interactive installations and experiences to furniture and houseware. His comprehensive body of work is a blend of design art and technology. Past projects of his have included a 1,300 LED Arduino animated sign for a Brooklyn pin company, an abstract chair composed of organic materials and much more. He is well versed with the creative process; research & conceptualization, rapid prototyping & iteration, and final fabrication. Over the past summer Gordon interned at a design agency in New York city and is looking for his next gig. In his free time you can find Gordon playing and recording music on the sax or one of his other seven instruments.
For more info and projects check out Gordon's website.
"Entrepreneurship allows for one to foster significant change, and it uniquely allows for the ability to add your own personal touch to that change. It allows you to act on a vision and bring others along your journey — and that is an invaluable experience. As an entrepreneur, I can gather others along my journey while maximizing the experience of life. This journey, with both ups and downs, is what excites me and gives me drive. And if I find that something I envision is important enough, I will do it for the greater good and also because I just want to."
"My program of study at UConn is Economics, I have an expected graduation date of 2021, however, my entrepreneurial spirit makes me want to drop out. My greatest accomplishment is making friends with people who will support me throughout the wave of life. They say that life is like a river, and that how you manage the obstacles in the river determines the quality of life. It is easy to throw your hands up into the air and give up, but what good would that do? If there is a will, there is a way."
Lauren Boulay is a sophomore electrical engineering student at the University of Connecticut. She is a New Member Officer for her school’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she creates and presents bi-weekly presentations for new SWE members. She also volunteers with SWE and Engineering Ambassadors, much of which involves outreach programs to get middle school-aged students interested in STEM topics. At “STEM Night” and “Multiply Your Options,”she taught middle school students how to create a working battery using a lemon, a galvanized nail, a strip of copper, and some alligator clips, and she was able to use these batteries to light an LED. Lauren has experience in using PSpice, SolidWorks, and LogicWorks. She has also completed projects involving circuit design, circuit construction, and woodworking.In the past,she has used operational amplifiers to design, build, and test a three-band audio equalizer with frequency bands to control the bass, midrange, and treble of an audio input. In the future,Lauren hopes to work in the field of social robotics. Over the next summer,she will be working with the Office of Naval Research to research and develop optical sensor payloads for unmanned surface and underwater vehicles.
Lauren can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Russell is a Sophomore at UConn studying both Game Design and Studio Art. His time at UConn has been focused on combining his creative skillset with his passion for Game Design, with the goal of working for Hasbro as a Game Designer or Creative Director. He has designed t-shirts, many different games (video games, board games, card games), done promotional artwork for his clubs at school, while also honing his skills in the fine arts with painting and drawing. Concept art and storyboarding with pen and paper is an area where he is strongest, but he also makes use of different digital tools like Maya and most of the Adobe Creative Suite. He is known for being very energetic and all over the place, but when he truly sits down and focuses on a project, you can tell how motivated he is to produce a work that is imaginative and from the heart.
Noah is a Management Major, minoring in Chinese (Mandarin) and Data Analytics. He will be graduating in 2021. After graduation, he wants to work in venture capital. While at UConn, Noah has been an active member of the business school as a Management Department Ambassador, Werth Innovator, and co-founder of Get Seeded, a startup competition for students looking to get funding for their idea/company. Noah is working on raising the Student Venture Fund, which will give students the experience of investing real money in real companies. This past summer he interned at Stanley Black & Decker, supporting their Techstars accelerator. For fun, he likes to cook and play ultimate frisbee.
Patrick J. Hocking is a developing leader in business development focusing on the biotech sector. Overseeing the entrepreneurial activities of the Breastfeeding Diagnostic Device, he participated in two accelerators as well as assisted in the fundraising of over $15,000 for the company Dyadic Innovations, LLC. Following work with Dyadic, he succeeded in the graduate level management course of Biomedical Entrepreneurship where he successfully developed a device automating the process of Uterine Massage, along with a pre-market operations strategy for the device. He currently is working on the creation of a program connecting University students to local small business’ through targeted, human interventions, with intent to expand the program to a national-level platform. Through his work in the high-impact entrepreneurial field, he has established skills in Market Hypothesis Testing, Venture Analysis, Public Speaking, Cold-Calling, and Design Thinking.
Patrick is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut (Class of 2021) where he also works as a Resident Assistant and participates in the Werth Innovators, along with Club Track and Field. He is currently seeking opportunities where he can apply and grow his skills in a dedicated, entrepreneurial culture.
To schedule a conversation, please email him at email@example.com.
Paul is a fourth semester Computer Science and Engineering student seeking technology development and design opportunities. He has advanced his experiences in many fields of engineering through curricular, extracurricular and personal projects since the beginning of high school. One of these personal projects was designing and building a door knock pattern recognizer that unlocks the deadbolt from the inside if the user enters a pattern of knocks that matches the password pattern programmed previously. Paul is also working with a few other students to develop a web platform designed to increase long term retainment of material and increase users’ natural intuitions through visual, module-based learning. He assisted the installation of a new automated canning and packaging system for a regional beverage manufacturer. After, he continued to work as an operator and assistant technician for this system and helped repair and maintain other equipment. To complete his Eagle Scout project, he led a group of peers to construct two picnic tables that he designed and manufactured 21 labeled street-crossing signs using his CNC machine. He is eager to learn and use new skills to finish new projects.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priscilla Ly is a second year pre – pharmacy student studying at the University of Connecticut. Her interest in the pharmaceutical field stems from her passion to help people, interact with patients, and focus on the wellbeing of others. As a Werth Innovator, she has been contributing to the newly instituted Get Seeded program to support others on their journeys as start-up businesses. Previously, Priscilla has interned seasonally at the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA) assisting supervisors and vice president under various tasks. Additional activities include active memberships in the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA -ASP) and in the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (WiMSE) Learning Community as she hopes to promote women empowerment in STEM. Currently, Priscilla is a research assistant for the Korey Stringer Institute for kinesiology. She aspires to work in the medical field and pursue an MBA following her interests to develop her own pharmaceutical company. Priscilla spends her spare time as a photographer and enjoys urban and landscape photography.
She can be contacted through email at Priscilla.email@example.com.
Stanley Chen is second year student at the University of Connecticut studying Chemistry on the pre-medical track. He is an open minded individual always looking to meet new people and discuss new ideas. Stanley has participated in research and field work by working in an introductory Organic Chemistry research lab studying the potential of environmentally friendly oxidants. He has enjoyed field work such as studying ecological trends with university professors focused on studying hypoxia in the Long Island Sound.
While Stanley has research experience in chemistry and environmental studies, he is very interested in learning more and gaining more exposure to the biological fields. More specifically he endeavors to learn more about biological engineering and genomic medicine as a personal interest. Stanley has followed projects such as the 2045 Initiative which offer an insight into the potential future of science and technology and how we could get there. Stanley is a strong believer that the idea of tapping into the human body as a huge step forward for science, but a societal conversation must be had on its ethical implications.
Outside of classes he has participated in Air Force ROTC as an AS500 Cadet and as a competing team member in UConn Taekwondo. In addition, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and is a member of Greek Life on campus.
Zach Zambuto looks towards the future where he one day aspires to build his own successful company. Zach first realized his dream when he participated in a hackathon at The University of Connecticut and then fully during the summer of 2018 at an internship with Chubb Insurance. In preparation for this ambitious goal Zach has taken action to move closer to this dream. Zach is currently working on a college startup Follow, a phone application aiming to reduce steps to connect with someone on social media. He believes the best way to learn how to start a company is to simply start a company. Follow was the first startup to receive funding from the program Get Seeded,where students pitch their company ideas in front of judges for money. Zach is also a member of the Werth Innovators, an elite group of students passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. Together they complete projects and meet-up weekly to discuss new ideas and ways to better the world. As of now Zach is a second year and plans on graduating the University of Connecticut with a degree in computer science and engineering in 2021 while participating in many ventures along the way.
To contact Zach, email him at Zachary.Zambuto@uconn.edu