SEEDS Assistant Coordinator: Shannon Mills
My name is Shannon and I am a sophomore 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, I worked for SEEDS last year, and also a Engineering Summer Camp mentor. I also 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 sophomore studying Aerospace 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: Joshua Palacios
My name is Joshua and I am majoring in Bioengineering here at Wichita State University. From an early age I had a fascination with science and math, and for that reason I chose to attend Northeast Magnet High School. There I was a part of an engineering curriculum called Project Lead the Way, where my fascination with science and math was channeled into a passion for engineering and problem solving. Now years later that passion is stronger than ever. As a senior at WSU, I am currently doing research in mathematical and computer modeling of drug delivery systems, working to design tools that can help us create better pharmaceutical drug delivery systems. I also like to play a lot of sports. And when I have the time, I have fun playing on the drums or piano. I consider working with kids my second passion. I have been an active participant in many of the outreach programs for kids here at WSU, as well as a big brother for Big Brother Big Sisters for many years. I love working with kids of all ages because they are all about having fun, and most importantly, they are curious. Helping kids learn what they are curious about--and giving them the motivation to pursue it--is more than I could ever ask for.
SEEDS Instructor: M. Fernanda Quezada Valladeres
My name is Fernanda and I’m an international student from Mexico City. After living in Wichita for two years, I’m now a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Communication. I am the Vice President for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Secretary for the Society of Women Engineers, and an Ambassador for Multicultural Affairs. Through these organizations I've taken part in several outreach events aimed at elementary through high school students and I have realized how much I enjoy working with kids. Some of the things that I love to do are: meeting new people, going to new places and taking lots of pictures.(This photo of me was taken on spring break at the Willis Tower in Chicago.) I believe I can make an impact on kids' lives, share my knowledge and passion for engineering, as well as support, inspire and encourage them to ultimately pursue a degree in any of the STEM fields.
SEEDS Instructor: Lynette Gacheri Kithinji
My name is Lynette and I am a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with minors in mathematics and physics here at Wichita State University. I am of Kenyan nationality -- from a lovely green town, Meru, on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. It does not get half as cold as Wichita does, but we all wear very heavy coats during our rainy season in July anyway! I'm ecstatic about this opportunity as I have a passion for working with children, particularly middle school and high school students. Upon graduating high school, I worked as a volunteer teacher teaching children mathematics, science and music in my home country for nine months before joining university. On campus, I have also been actively involved in Society of Women Engineers, which engages with middle school students from time to time. I am truly looking forward to having a great fun educational experience with you all.
SEEDS Instructor: Ernesto Cisneros
My name is Ernesto. I am originally from Salem, Oregon, but have lived in Wichita for quite some time. I attended Northeast High School, magnet school in Wichita where I studied engineering through Project Lead the Way. Now I am majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in business management. I have been a member of several engineering groups in the university and I was even fortunate enough to work at the 7X10 Beech Memorial Wind Tunnel right here on campus, working with real test engineers my freshman year. The decision to choose engineering was not hard at all. Machines and mechanics have always interested me. I look forward to working with kids because I would really like to impact both the lives of students and families by helping them get to college and beyond.
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 Fall Regional Conference 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.