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Ivonne Fajardo, Co-Chair, Senior
I am a Robotics Engineering major set to graduate in June 2018. I fell in love with physics and mathematics in high school, and was lucky enough to have a teacher introduce me to tinkering, manufacturing, and the engineering profession. After taking the lower division classes for mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, I decided Robotics Engineering was a beautiful and effective marriage of these different disciplines. I joined IEEE when I began attending UCSC in 2015 because of the leadership’s passion, and all of the amazing resources IEEE has to offer. I have been fortunate enough to attend several conferences, meet inspiring professional mentors, and participate in helping our chapter flourish and complete wonderful projects. Outside of school I love to play rugby and soccer, weight lift, read, and bake!
Nicholas Sandoval, Co-Chair, Senior
I’m a robotic engineering senior and a member of IEEE since the Fall of 2016. I’ve always had passion for electronics and been interested in robots–mainly cause robots are cool. I was a music major originally at Reedley Community College in Reedley, CA, then I was a computer science major for about a week until I found out about engineering. Fast-forward two years and I’ve graduated from Reedley with a Associates degree in Computer Science and an acceptance to the robotic engineering program at University of California, Santa Cruz. With one year down and two more to go, I’m considering going for a masters degree in computer engineering, geared toward machine learning. Other than studying and helping with IEEE activities I like playing video games and watching TV shows and movies with friends.
Kevin Vivian, Vice Chair, Junior
I am a junior majoring in mathematics and minoring in computer science because I am infatuated with abstract nonsense. It was when I played my first video game as a child where I sparked my interest in technology and marveled at what it could do; I always wondered about what was going on under the hood and some household electronics may or may not have suffered a tragic fate in feeding that curiosity. My interests lie in fields such as data science and software development, where my mathematical and computer skills can amalgamate beautifully. Outside of the classroom, I am an avid musician and work my way around AV production software to write and record music and in true engineering fashion, tinker with my instruments for maintenance and tune-ups!
Aaron Diep, 3D Printing Guru, Junior
I am a third-year proposed Robotics Engineering major who is excited to take up new opportunities to learn new skills and to teach others those same skills. Coming into UCSC from a high-school robotics program (FIRST Robotics), the Robotics Engineering program is a continuation of a hands-on interdisciplinary education from the software perspective to the hardware perspective to the actual hands-on experience of putting it all together. As 3D Printing Guru, I run and maintain UCSC IEEE’s Ultimaker Original 3D Printer. UCSC IEEE runs a 3D Printing service for students, faculty, and local makers which allows us to share the creative possibilities of additive manufacturing and also increase engagement with our local community. As an aspiring engineer, UCSC IEEE is an awesome opportunity to network with those who have similar, but also different interests and focuses.
Rohit Falor, Webmaster, Junior
Hey there! I'm a junior majoring in Computer Science at UCSC. Programmer with panache, a connoisseur of code - I go by many names! Very much the entertainer with an eye for visual flair, I like working in a fun and energetic environment, something exemplified by our amazing officer team. I was initially drawn to IEEE by cool projects such as Micromouse that leverage the intersection of hardware and software. I hope to better understand concepts such as IoT, personal branding and event planning, and smart software. On the side I enjoy photography, recreational investing, and cool life hacks to accomplish more - that reminds me... I should really get started studying for that midterm!
Todd Nabonne, 3D Printing Guru, Sophomore
I am a sophomore Bioengineering major at UCSC. In high school mathematics, chemistry, and physics intrigued me, but I never took any opportunities to apply these concepts. I was fortunate to have a teacher introduce me to drafting and 3D printing, pushing me towards engineering. Engineering interests me because it allows us to convert the theories we've learned into fascinating tools used to help people. I chose Bioengineering as it combines many of the interests I acquired in high school. I am not the most experienced and I have a lot to learn. I joined IEEE to take part in the awesome resource and to help support the resource with what experience I do have. As one of the 3D Printing Gurus for the IEEE Chapter, I will be running and maintaining the Makerselect V2 for the UCSC IEEE 3D printing service and work towards expanding the capabilities of the service. I enjoy spending my free time playing video games with friends and cooking.
Vaishnavi Dornadula, Sophomore
I’m a freshman studying robotics engineering. I joined IEEE in fall 2017 because the organization was a great place to get hands-on engineering experience and meet people who shared my interests. I’m excited to be studying robotics engineering because I enjoy working with my hands and am very interested in innovation. I recently joined the DANSER Lab on campus and am looking forward to an incredible undergraduate experience filled with learning, tinkering, and exploring. Some of my hobbies include dancing, singing, 3D Printing, watching Disney movies, and building things with Legos.
Juan Ayala, Secretary, Sophomore
Greetings!! My name is Juan Ayala and I am an Electrical Engineering major. Being able to create things has always been an interest of mine since I was young. It was more of an interest and nothing more. However, in Senior, I decided to join my school’s robotics team and that was wear my electronics interest became a hobby. Since then I’ve been creating my on electronics, learning and making, but mostly failing. There are times when it works and it feels like heaven. I am the Secretary for the IEEE Chapter which means I will be taking notes on our meetings, keeping all forms of records, and completing all side tasks IEEE can conjure up. I joined IEEE because I wanted to help spread the great resources IEEE has to offer to students. Some hobbies of mine is swimming and playing board games.
Stephanie Lin, Secretary, Junior
I am a third-year Electrical Engineering major with a concentration in electronics and optics. My goal in the future is to help further advance the biomedical field by innovating better and more efficient machines and prosthetics. I enjoy interacting and helping others, therefore I am excited to work with the IEEE team and see what new ideas we can come up with. My duties as secretary include taking minutes during meetings, organizing all records/paperwork, and coordinating with both officers and students. My hobbies are reading, cross country running, playing tennis, and playing board games with friends.
Joe Loughboro, UHL Liaison, Senior
Whether I’m designing a telescoping linear mechanism for an autonomous robot, learning to use the input capture module on a new microcontroller, or deriving an autonomous path planning algorithm for competition robotics, my life’s passion is learning new technologies and sharing the magic of discovery with others. As a mentor for FIRST Robotics Team 1197, I’ve pursued that passion by working with high school students on hands-on engineering projects and leading workshops on a broad range of topics, from state machine programming to pneumatic actuators. I bring my experience as a FIRST mentor with hardware and laboratory organization to the student body here at UC Santa Cruz in my position as UHL Liaison for our IEEE Chapter. I’m delighted to help our students become better engineers by curating and maintaining a professional laboratory environment, and by ensuring students have access to the hardware they need during events we host such as the Spring Hack-Y-Thon. I plan to graduate in June 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Robotics Engineering.
Devin Riley, UHL Manager
I have recently grown a fascination with electronics and hardware in the last 7 or so years, having been surrounded by test equipment and such things my whole life, though I did not immediately realize it. After having spent my time meandering the classes of my junior college, I finally made the jump to study for an Electrical Engineering degree. I worked at the revered HSC Electronics in Santa Clara for a total of five years, whom I still have a good relationship with. From that experience I have gained what some find to be a profound knowledge of parts and technical skills. Applying this to the IEEE club at UCSC, I have taken up the mantle of managing the UHL which the club has control over, which hopefully we will be bringing more interesting equipment into in the coming year. I'm currently a Senior, and hope to break out into the electrical engineering field soon.
Zee Moffatt, Outreach Officer, Junior
I am an incoming Junior majoring in Robotics Engineering. My drive for engineering comes from my love of the creative process and my desire to understand how things work and how we could make them better. Robotics is a particularly exciting field for me due to its multidisciplinary toolset and its wide-reaching potentials. In particular, I am interested in the fields of FPGAs, autonomous machines, and bio-inspired design but I am still learning about new and exciting uses for what I am learning. Outside of IEEE I volunteer in the DANSER lab and you may find me at the Baskin advising desk where I work as a peer advisor. In my free time, I enjoy reading, photography and tabletop games.
Andy Wong, Outreach Officer, Rising Senior
I am an aspiring robotics engineer at UCSC, continuing on from my time in my high school's robotics club. I chose this path due to my desire to fulfill my childhood dream of being a famous inventor. As an outreach officer, I speak with companies for sponsorship for events and find ways to spread the word about it. Outside of robotics, I also run track, practice kung fu, fence, and play the violin.