SEEDS Assistant Coordinator: Shannon Mills
My name is Shannon and I am a junior studying Bioengineering. I am from Mulvane and graduated from Derby High School. I was introduced to Bioengineering as a freshman in high school when I attended an engineering camp at Wichita State. I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers, This will be my third year working for SEEDS last year; I've also been a an Engineering Summer Camp mentor for two years. I enjoy listening to music, relaxing, and my dog Buddy. I love working with kids and seeing them learn new things. I look forward to another great year. Go Shox!
SEEDS Instructor: Nathan Lohkamp
My name is Nathan and I am a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State. I grew up here in Wichita and went to Northeast Magnet High School, where I first developed my interest in engineering through the Project Lead the Way program. I am an Ambassador for the College of Engineering, and have worked two summers as an Engineering Summer Camp mentor. Though, Engineering isn’t what I’m all about; I also enjoy cooking, intermural sports, and just generally trying new things. The main reason I love working with kids is because when I can challenge myself enough to try to explain things in a way that each child can individually understand; not only do I begin to understand it better, but I can receive the satisfaction of knowing that they understand it, and that is possible they now see and think from a different perspective. It is a great feeling to know that I am making a difference in their lives.
SEEDS Instructor: Bintou Bayo
My name is Bintou and I am from Gambia (West Africa). I am a senior majoring in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Renewable Energy. I am passionate about the environment, especially because of issues like power outages and methods of energy distribution that we face in my country. I enjoy working with young children and I have participated in programs that involve youth outreach. In my free time, I love reading, listening to music and cooking – especially trying out new recipes. I am very thankful for this opportunity to be involved with such a great program and I look forward to the rewards that come with working with children and being a positive influence.
SEEDS Instructor: Roy Moye III
My name is Roy and I am a senior at Wichita State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in mathematics. I’ve always been fascinated with commercial airplanes and the wonder of flying. I am from Raytown, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri) and I attended Raytown South High School where my engineering interest began to develop. While being an engineering student at WSU, I am the Region V Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers, a mentor for the multicultural student mentoring program, and a member of the student ambassador society. In my free time I love to sing the National Anthem for Shocker athletic events, run a couple of miles, or travel. I love working with kids because I like seeing the impact I have on them and from the impact they have on me. It is a passion of mine to give back to my community, and to use any influence I have to help build the next generation of successful engineers and students in general.
SEEDS Instructor: Amber Fischer
My name is Amber and I’m a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering. I am a first-generation college student from Arkansas and graduated from Highland High School before moving to Wichita to study in the Air Capital of the World. I always knew that I wanted to study aerospace and no place seemed more fitting than Wichita State University. I am the vice president of the Society of Women Engineers, where I have had the opportunity to work many outreach events. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy practicing Judo, reading, and spending time outdoors. I was an Engineering Summer Camp mentor this past summer and enjoyed working with the students as they discovered a wide range of science and engineering topics. I hope to inspire students to pursue their dreams and to teach them that with hard work and dedication those dreams are obtainable.
SEEDS Instructor: Austin White
My name is Austin and I'm studying Computer Engineering at WSU. Ever Since I can remember I've been fascinated by modern computing. The idea that a machine can be so complex yet so simple still invokes the same sense of childhood wonder it did the first time I ever laid my hands on a keyboard. One of my greatest passions in life is spreading the love I have of science and engineering with children and seeing their faces light up when they accomplish something they thought they would never understand. I'm always learning new things. Even in my free time, you can find me with my face buried in a textbook or building something cool and unusual. In my time a WSU I've founded two student organizations and am an active member of two others. I hope to one day run my own company that makes a positive impact on the world around us as well as the future.
SEEDS Instructor: Emilio Rocha
My Name is Emilio and I am from Lancaster, California but moved to Wichita, Kansas when I was 7. I graduated from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and I am currently a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. My interest in engineering came from being very fascinated at a young age with the mechanics and design of many objects, especially cars. Apart from engineering, some of the things I enjoy include soccer, biking, fitness and nutrition, and being with friends and family. I also enjoy being involved on campus including things like being a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, working as a WSU Engineering Summer Camp mentor, and working for SEEDS. I enjoy working with kids because of their curiosity and because I also learn in the process of teaching and working with them so we both learn. I look forward to impacting many kids’ lives and inspiring them to continue further into their education as I am.
SEEDS Instructor: Sanjuana Martinez
My name is Sanjuana and I am a senior majoring in Bioengineering here at Wichita State University. I am an Ambassador for the College of Engineering, a member of various organizations on campus, and have worked as a mentor at the Engineering Summer Camps. Some of the things I enjoy doing is traveling, trying new food, and meeting new people. This photo of me was taken when I visited the Coliseum in Rome. I have been an active participant in many outreach programs, as well as a volunteer teacher teaching English and mathematics in Mexico during the summer. I look forward to working with kids, sharing my passion for engineering, and being a positive influence.
SEEDS Instructor: Oluwaseun Ogandipe
My name is Oluwaseun, Seun for short, and I am from Nigeria. After graduating secondary school in my home country, I studied abroad in Scotland at Glasgow University, and also received a certificate in Engineer studies. After I was ready for a more challenging, and more steadfast program I decided to attend Wichita State University, I am currently a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. My fascination is everything about aircrafts. I love watching documentaries about how planes are made or what goes wrong when they crash. Personally, I cannot wait to fly a plane of my own one day; right now I intend to be a commercial pilot. I am also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society. I enjoy meeting people with passions similar to mine. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing soccer and traveling. I also enjoy helping peers with homework; I am a certified tutor and tutor my friends also. I am very excited about this new opportunity and I look forward to changing many children’s live positively.