Meet the Staff-Pre-College - Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Information

42 residential staff are employed seasonally in addition to the professional staff (ratio is about 1 Counselor: 13 Students). The Counselors are available 24/7 and are responsible for supervising and creating community in the residence halls. They go through extensive training.

Residential Counselors reach out to the students and encourage participation and build community. Many students will find themselves with quite a bit of homework, so our staff is there to supervise as well as help the students to navigate time-management and school-life balance.

Pre-College Director for Student Life (bio below)

Pre-College Cooridinator (bio below)

Community Advisor (CA): The CAs are part of the senior staff for the Pre-College Program. These individuals are current Carnegie Mellon students with experience in Student Life at Carnegie Mellon.  They are responsible for the supervision of the RA Staff and the day to day operation of the Pre College Program.

Residential Advisor (RA): Pre-College RAs are staff members who are responsible for all non-academic experiences and activities for students in the program. Senior RAs have at least 1 year of residential leadership experience as Pre-College RAs. RAs have the most direct out-of-classroom contact with Pre-College students, each being responsible for 15-20 residential students.


Susan Rush

Susan Rush

Program Director for Pre-College Student Life, Student Life Office: Student Affairs

Office: 412-268-2142

Fax: 412-268-4999

Email: srush@cmu.edu

Name: Susan Rush

Title: Program Director for Pre-College Student Life

The Pre-College Director for Student Life oversees the Program outside of the classroom. This is a full-time, year round professional position.

Susie is looking forward to another great summer! Susie's background includes over 12 years of professional experience in Residential Youth program management (Senior Team and Consultation). Susie previously worked at Camp Livingston as an Assistant Director responsible for operations and accreditation. Susie's professional experience also includes Student Life and Engagement for the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh and the Cincinnati Hillel.

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh: MPM, Public Management, 2016

University of Wisconsin, Madison: BS, Communication Science, 2002


José López

José López

Mudge House

Mudge House

Clayton Brown

Clayton Brown

Title: CA

Major: Clarinet Performance and Physics: Astrophysics

Year in School ('17-'18): Senior

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Clayton Brown is a Senior studying Music Performance: Clarinet and Physics: Astrophysics. Clay is from Huntsville, Alabama and attended the Pre College program as a music student once in the summer of 2012 and again in 2014. Clay was an RA in 2016 and is a returning CA. He is looking forward to having another great summer.


Alex Reed

Alex Reed

Title: Senior RA and Community Standards Manager

Major: Video Media Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Senior

Hometown: Murrieta, California

Hi! My name is Alex and I am a Video Media Design major here at CMU. My time at Carnegie has been one of the busiest, yet most exciting periods in my life. The first thing I did when I moved out here was get involved in anything and everything I possibly could. My friends and I started a city adventurers group so that we could get out and see all that Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer. Highland Ambassadors, Emerging Leaders, Orientation Counseling, and several on-campus jobs later, I am so happy to be a part of the Pre-College team! I hope that this summer brings as many new experiences for you as it did for me!

 


Jackson Bogomolny

Jackson Bogomolny

Title: RA

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

I'm Jackson Bogomolny, and I'm a sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Audio Engineering. Outside of academics, I find myself playing my guitar for many hours every week. I'm also an officer for the Independent Musicians Organization (IMO). We organize all sorts of musical events on campus (shows, open mic nights, and my favorite, hack-a-song). CMU has allowed me to explore and further develop my interests in both electronics and music in a way that I really couldn't get anywhere else.


Katie Chen

Katie Chen

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Cupertino, California

I’m a rising sophomore in design with a minor in HCI and game design. During my past year at CMU, I've become an active member of Taiwanese Student Association and Media Chair of Asian Student Association. I was also bit by a zebra on campus, but it healed fine, so it’s all gucci. I typically spend my time watching korean dramas, eating, online shopping, editing photos, and looking at memes. Also, I’m from California so if you’re on my floor I’m taking you to Fuku Tea (best boba here), and Chick’n Bubbly (some bomb Korean fried chicken)!!


Yiyuan Chen

Yiyuan Chen

Title: RA

Major: Discrete Math

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

I am a rising sophomore in the Science and Humanities Scholars program, and I will be studying discrete math and logic. I am interested in philosophy, math and computer science. I loved my first year at CMU so far because of the variety of opportunities it presents. I am the operations manager of The Tartan, CMU's student newspaper, and I have been an active staff writer since the beginning of the year. I am also involved in the Student Government Senate, and I am running to be a senator for BXA/SHS program this year. I also participated in on campus events, such as hackathons and first-year leadership experience.


Cassie Clark

Cassie Clark

Title: RA

Major: Dramaturgy

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Pittsburgh PA

Hi, I'm Cassandra and my hobbies include filling up my Instagram with bad memes and taking ridiculously long naps. I'm most likely to be found dogspotting in Shadyside or halfheartedly working out in the UC gym. Outside of the School of Drama, I'm in Greek Life, write theatre critique for The Tartan, and paint/draw/do makeup art on the side. Mercurio's is the best pizza nearby and that's all you need to know about this area. Plus, they sell gelato that you can eat AFTER your pizza and I think that's pretty swell. Too bad I'm trying to cut dairy out of my diet. I'll still eat pizza with you, though.

 


Greg Cortazzo

Greg Cortazzo

Title: RA

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Warren, New Jersey

I'm a rising junior in ECE, and when I'm not studying I can be found singing with my a cappella group or leading the Magic: the Gathering club on campus. I love music, video games, and all manner of other nerdy activities. My favorite place in Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.


Marissa Dominick

Marissa Dominick

Title: RA

Major: Neuroscience

Year in School ('17-'18): Senior

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Hi! My name is Missy and I will be embarking on the final leg of my CMU career in the fall, finishing my major in Cognitive Neuroscience, minor in Music, pre-medicine studies, and research at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. I am a member of the CMU Women's Soccer Team and will also serve as president of the Plaidvocates (a peer health and wellness advocacy group for student-athletes) in 2017-18. Outside of the classroom and off the soccer field, I love to read, write, cook, bake, watch The Voice, eat, sleep, breathe...you name it. I am a fan of all things music; send me a song or two and we'll jam for hours. I am so excited to experience a Pittsburgh summer, and I can't wait for the adventures Pre-College has in store!


Cathy Fang

Cathy Fang

Title: RA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Cathy is a rising sophomore majoring mechanical engineering with tentative minors in HCI and physical computing. The abundant opportunities at CMU have really allowed Cathy to grow holistically and foster her passion. On campus, she is the first-year representative of the steering board of PACE, a student-staff initiative which seeks to increase student involvement in civic engagement; the President of Design for America, a student-run organization dedicated to solving social issues through design innovations; and a member of Engineer without Borders Zimbabwe team that will travel this summer to Nyadire, Zimbabwe to install solar street lights. In addition, she plays the violin for All University Orchestra and participated in Scotch'n'Soda (theater group) as an assistant paint charge. In her free time, her favorite things to do is visiting art museums (Pittsburgh has a lot of art museums!).


Anotnio Freiria

Anotnio Freiria

Title: RA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

I'm a 20 year old guy from the warm and sunny tropical island of Puerto Rico stuck in the frigid wonderland that is Pittsburgh (you'll hear me complain about the weather a lot). I'm kinda active on campus. I mostly dedicate my time to my fraternity and to my buggy team, Apex Buggy. I also work for Media Tech, but that's not as fun as the previous two things. Apart from that, I'll mostly spend my time either browsing Youtube or Netflix, playing video games, reading or sleeping (highly recommend this one). Feel free to come up to me just to chat. Hope we have a great summer!


Angie Jolicoeur

Title: RA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Pétion-Ville, Haiti

Hi, welcome to Carnegie Mellon! I am excited to spend the summer with Pre-College. Like so many other things at CMU, I expect that it will be exciting, amusing, sometimes challenging, but fulfilling and enjoyable. I am a sophomore Mechanical engineering major from a couple of places around the world. I have been a member of various clubs on campus including the Women’s Volleyball Club and the Student Dormitory Council. There’s a place for everyone at CMU and it’s easy to find other interests throughout the city. Pittsburgh is made up of great neighborhoods, and filled with enthusiastic sports fans, and diverse arts and culture. Most places around the city are a bus ride away from CMU. I would be happy to join you on some adventures. Biking by the river anyone?


Robert Managad

Robert Managad

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Hi I'm Robert, and I'm an artist-designer currently studying performance art and transition design at the School of Design here at CMU. I see Carnegie as a fertile ground for cultivating worldview through shared experiences + discussion, so I create artwork, products, and spaces that tap into the passions and intentions of the people I meet here. 

Outside of academia, I work as a student co-representative of the Student Advisory Council at the School of Design -- a group of faculty, staff, and students that meet monthly to discuss logistical improvements within the School. Aside from that, I make frequent trips to locales in and out of Pittsburgh to explore cultural scenes related to EDM, eateries, the performing arts, and Nintendo + video game journalism.


Thomas Matson

Thomas Matson

Title: RA

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Brockway, Pennsylvania

I'm a junior in materials science and engineering, with a minor in computer science. Much of my family is from Pittsburgh, and this city is like a second home to me. The best thing about Pittsburgh is how unique each neighborhood is, and how there's always something new to explore and discover. On campus, my main involvement outside of class is with our "Chem-E Car" team. Each year we create two small cars that run autonomously on timed chemical reactions, then take them to competition in the spring. I've also competed in CMU's first two Hack-a-Song events (with a completely random team each time!) and placed first last year. Never underestimate what a group of friendly strangers can accomplish! As a side note, I play lots of League of Legends if anyone wants to team up. I'm looking forward to a great summer!


Matthew McGehee

Matthew McGehee

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Tyler, Texas

I'm a sophomore Design major in the College of Fine Arts. Outside of my major, I participate in several other activities and organizations that help make up my unique CMU experience. I have a job at the CMU Telefund, where I have the opportunity to represent the school by speaking to alumni about their CMU experiences. I'm also on the photography and design staff for the school newspaper, The Tartan. Finally, I am an avid member of the Photography Club, for which I primarily shoot 35mm color film. With the free time I have, I enjoy spending time outdoors exploring Pittsburgh.


Ismael Mercier

Ismael Mercier

Title: RA

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Miami, Florida

I love it here at CMU and I hope that by the end of the summer you will too. Aside from classes my freshman year consisted of Hackathons, Robotics Research and working in the First Year Advisory board. I enjoy working on personal projects when the time allows for it. You'll often find me getting lost in some music and my code, sometimes till very late at night. I am also a frequenter of Netflix. Come hang out with me and watch some good movies. I look forward to showing you why this is such a fantastic school and the many reasons why I love it here.


Evan Neely

Evan Neely

Title: RA

Major: Music Composition

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Evan Neely, Pittsburgh Native, is a Music Composition major with a Conducting minor. He is a Music Director and Accompanist for Scotch'n'Soda, CMU's student theater organization and plays in the University's Jazz Ensemble on Trombone. His compositions range from Opera to food music to musicals to contemporary performance. CMU is a place where you can do any project you can think of. There are people across campus you can collaborate with and make something you only dreamed of come to reality.


Hagan Oliveras

Hagan Oliveras

Title: RA

Major: Musical Theatre

Year in School ('17-'18):

Hometown: Tamarac, Florida

I was homeschooled until 7th grade as a result of my dad traveling for work and my mom, sister, brother and I traveling along with him. So we would pack up our tan Honda Odyssey and road trip around the U.S (Mostly east coast), visiting museums, corn mazes and many many hotel rooms for 3 that we would fit 5 into. Eventually the traveling slowed down, and my siblings began going to regular people school. I began public school in 7th grade, and middle school passed pretty much without a hitch, I had good grades and few friends. In Highschool I joined drama club to get to know a girl, got casted as Hamlet, in Hamlet Zombie Killer of Denmark, and well the rest is history.


Anne Silbaugh

Anne Silbaugh

Title: RA

Major: Math

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Wyncote, Pennsylvania

I've tried a lot of different things at CMU (ultimate frisbee, Math Club, Stu-Cos), but the most meaningful and lasting experiences have been the ones where I've had the opportunity to work with kids. I work as a teaher's Aide at Carriage House Children's center twice a week in the toddler room, as well as being a volunteer for CMU's chapter of Strong Women Strong Girls, and organization that sends young women to after school groups of girls to hang out, do projects, talk about life, and just be consistent mentors for them. I love both of these experiences because they allow me to get off campus and interact with the greater Pittsburgh community, introducing me to more people and places than I would get to experience just from staying on campus.


Evan Zhang

Evan Zhang

Title: RA

Major: Biology

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey

I am currently a rising sophomore in the Mellon College of Science here at CMU. Some student orgs I am involved in here on campus inlude the Men's Club Volleyball team, the CMU Tricking Club, and the Asian student association. I am also part of Phi Delta Theta, one of the many fraternities at CMU. Although I have only spent one year here in Pittsburgh, I have already experienced many things that I think make CMU special: booth, buggy, greek sing, painting the fence, the list goes on. While school can definitely be stressful and work-filled at times, I have had some great experiences and met some great people.


Donner House

Donner House

Daniel Brennan

Daniel Brennan

Title: CA

Major: Vocal Performance

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Ridgewood, New Jersey

Hi! My name is Daniel Brennan and I will be the CA of Donner House. I am currently a Sophomore Vocal Performance major, and a Music Technology minor. I'm am currently apart of the IDeATe Sound Design program. Over the past two years I have been involved in the Operas on campus, and with our student run theatre company Scotch and Soda. I am also in one of our Co-ed Acappella groups, the CMU Treblemakers who just won ICCA Quarterfinals. I'm excited to be working Pre-College, and I hope to have a great summer!


David Levin

David Levin

Title: Senior RA and Administrative Manager

Major: Business

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hey guys! I'm David and Pittsburgh was where I was born and raised (at CMU was where I spent most of my days). I am a Business major with a minor in music. Having grown up around the area, I can definitely say how rich and welcoming the environment is on campus. One thing I love about Carnegie Mellon is the variety of artistic and interdisciplinary opportunities available. From concert and marching band to musical theatre, CMU has allowed me to follow my passion in music. That being said, I also have a second passion in food, so if want any good restaurant recommendations, feel free to ask!


Yuan Bing

Yuan Bing

Title: RA

Major: Statistics and Economics

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Superior, Colorado

Hey I’m Yuan, and I’m studying Statistics, Economics, and Information Systems. In my free time, I like to bake desserts, explore different restaurants in Pittsburgh, and volunteer around the city. At CMU, I’m involved in StuCo (Student College), the Data Science Club, President’s Cabinet, and the Undergraduate Marketing Organization. I love CMU because I am constantly being challenged in and out of the classroom. As a Pre-College RA, I hope to connect with current high school students and do my part to help offer an unparalleled college experience. I’m super excited and look forward to meeting everyone this summer!


Maddy Cha

Maddy Cha

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Saratoga, California

I am an upcoming sophomore in Design interested in minoring in both Game Design and Human-Computer Interaction. I am currently a member of Design League and Taiwanese Students Association as well as a Design Committee Member for Asian Students Association. My favorite places in Pittsburgh are Noodlehead and Fuku Tea (even though my favorite boba place is still tied between Fantasia and Boba Guys). I also love video games even though I am not particularly good at any of them. I run a meme page on the side but it's not of high enough quality for me to share without being embarrassed.


Padra Crisafulli

Padra Crisafulli

Title: RA

Major: Drama - Directing Option

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

My name's Padra (like "pasta"), and my job is basically to tell stories. Since that's so, I've been working on producing music, writing, putting up performance art, and learning game design. Before I came to Pittsburgh, I thought I was the only person interested in David Lynch, experimental music, and all things strange. Okay, not really, but the sheer magnitude of people I found who happened to know the niche bands and films that I did blew me away, and made me feel a lot more connected to my campus and the people that inhabited it. At the same time, seeing others so heavily invested in their own interests made me explore fields of study I wouldn't have considered before.


Rachel Glasser

Rachel Glasser

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Senior

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Hey, I'm Rachel! I really love art, reading, music, and spending time outside. Besides being a design student, I am a DJ for the school's radio and I am engaged in feminism and sustainability. So far, my experience as a student at CMU and living in Pittsburgh has been really great. I am truly excited to continue to become more adjusted to the area and to learn and grow throughout my time here.


Jason Gong

Jason Gong

Title: RA

Major: Civil Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Glastonburt, Connecticut

My name's Jason and I'm from Glastonbury, Connecticut! I'm a Civil Engineering Major, and I will be a sophomore in the Fall of 2017. Outside of being an RA, I sing bass in the Db choir, I'm involved with Greek Life, and I occasionally work for AB Tech. In Pittsburgh, I like rock climbing, eating at restaurants, and watching movies. I look forward to working as an RA!


Andrew Hahn

Andrew Hahn

Title: RA

Major: BXA (Basson and Economics)

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: New York, New York

Living in Pittsburgh so far has been an amazing experience. I am so fortunate to attend a fantastic university in such a vivacious city. As life in classes have started to get more challenging, life outside of classes have been extraordinary. Joining a college Fraternity has been the best decision of my life, and I have made so many endless friendships because of that. As a musician, my favorite part is going the Heinz Hall to watch the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play their eloquent and majestic pieces. The hall sounds so awesome when the symphony is playing fortissimo and never fails to impress me so much. I'm so happy that I will be able to spend more time in Pittsburgh to explore more with everyone who I am spending time with!!!


David Inyangson

David Inyangson

Title: RA

Major: Information Systems

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

At CMU I try to participate in different things to fuel my passions and interests. I currently participate in SPIRIT Racing Systems, where we build and race buggies with other teams. The culmination of this is Carnival where we showcase all the work we've put in during the year. During my free time, I often go over to Weigand gym where I play basketball with friends. The games there are fun and usually competitive. I also like going off campus to try different food venues and see which ones I like the most.


Jasmine Lim

Jasmine Lim

Title: Senior RA

Major: Mechanical Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Burnsville, Minnesota

Hey! I'm Jasmine. I'm double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and will be a junior this fall. 

At CMU, I'm in Counterpoint (all-female a cappella), and Carnegie Mellon Solar Racing (where we build solar-powered racing boats). I'm also an RA - I'll be in Mudge for this coming school year!

In my spare time, I like singing, playing piano and guitar, drawing, reading, baking, and exploring the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

This is my second year as a Pre-College RA, and I can't wait to meet everyone!


Colleen McGovern

Colleen McGovern

Title: RA

Major: Vocal Performance

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Pheonixville, Pennsylvania

My name's Colleen, and I'm very passionate about music and art! During the school year, I am an RA on campus and try to perform and create as much as I can. CMU has given me the unique opportunity to experience a city with rich culture, and to be surrounded with majors completely different from my own. Currently, in my free time, I have delved into the world of video games and am currently playing Pokemon Emerald for gameboy, and I have also gotten into fitness, both of which are very rewarding and worth my time. I am very excited to be a Precollege counselor, and can't wait to share how great CMU can be.


Arnold Ogbogu

Arnold Ogbogu

Title: RA

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Hi! My name is Arnold and I'm really excited to be your pre college counselor! I'm a sophomore Chemical Engineering major with an intended minor in Robotics. I participate in Research, and I'm also part of ChemE Car as well as CMU's Young African Leaders' Association. I'm a huge Manchester United fan and enjoy going to the Squirrel Hill side of Pittsburgh. I can't wait to meet you all!


Abby Pfingsten

Abby Pfingsten

Title: RA

Major: International Relations and Piano Performance

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Hey, I'm Abby and I'm super excited about this summer! I'm an upcoming sophomore and had a blast during my first year here. I'm part of Scotch n Soda, our fantastic theater troupe and it's probably one of my favorite things about CMU. I am also in Greek Life with my sorority Alpha Phi and I've been able to meet so many amazing people through it.
One of my favorite places to go eat off campus is this diner called Pamela's, and I really hope you guys get to experience it - they're pancakes are phenomenal. I can't wait to meet you all!

 


Joe Radakovitz

Joe Radakovitz

Title: RA

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Hi! I'm Joe, a sophomore chemical engineering student. I play football for CMU and am a brother of ΑΣΦ fraternity here at CMU. While my main major is chemical engineering I am also majoring in biomedical engineering and I'm looking to go to medical school to study the effects of head trauma and help to better understand these injuries and to develop more effective treatment methods. I'm a big sports guy but also a sucker for anything Star Wars or Pokemon related. I look forward to having a great summer!


Bethany Rispoli

Bethany Rispoli

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi! My name is Bethany but I go by Beth. I consider Pittsburgh my hometown, but grew up all over the US, mostly San Antonio Texas, because of my parent’s careers in the US Air Force. I study design at CMU and hope to focus on the design of products and emerging medical technologies. Besides being involved in design, I’m a competitive figure skater and compete for the CMU figure skating club. Other notable activities include being over enthusiastic about my intramural soccer team, being a FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) alumni, and beating people at Mario Kart 8. I was a student in the AP/EA pre-college program as a high schooler and hope to help others have the same wonderful experience that I had!


Jack Sather

Jack Sather

Title: RA

Major: Mechanical Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

My first experience at CMU was through APEA. I am an avid board gamer, currently serving as the president of the CMU board game club. I am also a member of the racing ski team here on campus. I was accepted into the Washington Semester Program and so this coming fall I will be doing an internship in DC and taking night classes. I spend a fair amount of time reading the news and love to discuss politics and current events.


Sophie Yang

Sophie Yang

Title: RA

Major: Materials Science and Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi! My name is Sophie, and I’m studying Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. I moved to Pittsburgh from San Diego eight years ago, and I can honestly say that Pittsburgh is an amazing city. On campus I'm involved in CIT's First-Year Advisory Board, Global Medical Brigades, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. In my free time, I enjoy going to events on and off campus, spending time with friends, exercising, reading, and just having free time. CMU has given me great opportunities to explore my interests through both classes and extracurriculars, and has taught me the importance of balance. I’m excited to be part of your pre-college experience and can’t wait to share what Pittsburgh and CMU have to offer. See you in the summer!


E-Tower

E-Tower

Lissa Biltz

Lissa Biltz

Title: CA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

I'm a Junior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in CMU's interdisciplinary arts and technology program, IDeATe. Outside of classes, I'm a Residential Assistant and sing with a student-run choir, D-flat. I'm a huge rollercoaster nerd, so I love going to Kennywood in Pittsburgh and exploring new coffee and tea shops around the city.


Will Crouch

Will Crouch

Title: Senior RA and Events and Activities Manager

Major: Cognitive Neuroscience & Health Psychology; Biomedical Engineering Minor

Year in School ('17-'18): Junior

Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia

Hi everyone! My name is Will and I'm excited to be your Events & Activities Manager for this summer. I'm eager to meet all of you and spending time getting to know as many students as possible. Outside of Pre-College, I'm actively involved in my fraternity, I also serve as a tour guide for the Undergraduate Office of Admission, and I'm an Artistic Director for Dancers' Symposium. Academically, I work in the Psychology Department as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant in the Helgeson Lab. My favorite part about Pittsburgh is definitely the sports culture and the massive amounts of food you can find throughout the city, so I definitely recommend exploring while you're here. My best piece of advice is to explore your passions. Everyone at CMU is super passionate about something: whether that be academics or sports or food or sleep, so use this summer to find yours!


Hiromi Holt

Hiromi Holt

Title: Senior RA

Major: Entertainment Industry Management

Year in School ('17-'18): First Year Masters

Hometown: Forence, Kentucky

I attended Carnegie Mellon University for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Global Studies. Now I will be attending Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College for my Master of Entertainment Industry Management. During my time at CMU, I was actively involved in Scotch'n'Soda Theatre as a stage manager and in greek life. In Alpha Phi, I served on the executive board as Director of New Member Education and as our chapter's overall Greek Sing Chair. For the past two years, I served as the house manager in the school of drama and worked as an Andrew Ambassador. Outside of CMU, I interned for a hip-hop artist/DJ. I love to travel and have greatly enjoyed my time in Pittsburgh and I look forward to spending another year here before moving to Los Angeles.


Rebecca Hong

Rebecca Hong

Title: RA

Major: Economics

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Fremont, California

Hello! My name is Rebecca, and I'm currently an Economics major here at CMU. I'm from California, so one of my favorite and least favorite things about Pittsburgh is the weather. Outside of classes, I love knitting while watching the Great British Bakeoff, finding new coffee shops, and writing letters. I'm also part of an organization called FORGE, which works with newly resettled refugee families here in Pittsburgh.


Helen Reynolds

Helen Reynolds

Title: RA

Major: Design

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi! I’m Helen, a rising sophomore in design. I’m from Pittsburgh although I grew up living in many other countries such as Canada, Russia, and South Africa. One of my favorite things to do at CMU is singing in my a cappella group, Counterpoint. This past year I was vice president of Counterpoint and I can’t wait to continue building my musical skills and having a blast doing something I love with an inspiring group of people I adore. Other than singing, I also enjoy playing badminton, eating pasta, and cracking bad puns.


Kade Stewart

Kade Stewart

Title: RA

Major: Cognitive Science/Linguistics

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: San Diego, California

Hey, I'm Kade. I'm a cognitive science - linguistics double major from San Diego, going into my sophomore year. I'm currently researching a model that allows you to learn language without using English as a medium (so if you have questions, ask me!). I used to teach tennis and I like to play every once in a while. Other than that, I just enjoy being outside whether I'm throwing a football, going for a swim, or just walking. I'm into pretty much all video games - right now I play a bunch of Hearthstone - and I'm also a casual Netflix watcher.


Najah Thurston

Najah Thurston

Title: RA

Major: Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Queens, New York

My name is Najah Thurston and I am double majoring in materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. When I came to CMU, I immediately got involved on campus. I joined Engineers Without Borders as a fundraising co-chairand a service organization called Juntos, which travels to Nicaragua at the end of the school year to complete a service task requested by the community. My favorite thing to do on campus is work on sets for Scotch'n'Soda Theatre with my friends. I am also a member of Greek life and serve as the freshman representative on two of our committees. My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is how many diverse food options there are. I could go to a different restaurant every day and never eat the same thing twice!


Bryanna Walker

Bryanna Walker

Title: RA

Major: Vocal Performance and Opera

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown: Naples, Florida

Hello! My name is Bryanna! I'll be a Sophomore in the Fall. My first year here at CMU has been so incredible, filled with so many wonderful memories, people and life long friends! In addition to my studies, I work for the College of Fine Arts; am a sister at Alpha Phi Sorority; and am involved with many community organizations such as Special Olympics, PACE, Habitat for Humanity, and Perfect Harmony, as well as others. This summer, I'm so honored to have been selected as a Camp Counselor for our beautiful organization, Camp Kesem! CMU offers so many opportunities to volunteer and I'm so proud to be at a school that puts so much heart into giving back to others! Future plans for my studies include adding a minor in Psychology, English/Writing and possibly Theatre. I'm thrilled to be a Pre-College RA and cannot wait for a wonderful summer together!


Carter Williams

Carter Williams

Title: RA

Major: Logic and Computation

Year in School ('17-'18): Sophomore

Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan

I Carter Williams. I am a logic and comp major at CMU because I enjoy studying math, philosophy, and computer science. I participate in the humanist league and game creation society clubs. I enjoy longboarding, games, and talking about life.