SEEDS Assistant Coordinator: Shannon Mills
My name is Shannon and I am a junior studying Biomedical Engineering. 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 fourth year working for SEEDS; I've also been a an Engineering Summer Camp mentor for three 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: Joseph Kariuki
My name is Joseph Kariuki. I am from Kenya (East Africa). I am a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Raised in Africa, we would climb trees to watch birds and lookout for airplanes; they stirred a fire in me that still burns till today. I am passionate about flying and robotics. In my free time you will find me with a camera taking pictures of Mother Nature, dancing, listening to music, skateboarding and reading. I am very excited to join this amazing team to empower children to become great people and to show them they can become whoever they want. I love working with kids, as I try to inspire them, I find them inspiring me with their enthusiasm and creativity. I look forward to this year being a life changing and exciting experience full of learning.
SEEDS Instructor: Lili Marquez
My name is Lili Marquez and I am a freshman majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I was born and raised in Wichita, KS and I graduated from Wichita High School North. As a young girl, my parents took me to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, where I quickly fell in love with the SR-71 hanging from the ceiling, as well as with all of the spacecraft. I wanted to be an astronaut; I wanted to be on the wall of astronauts and inspire other little girls just like me. Entering high school I realized that the journey to become an astronaut would be a tough one, but it was no major worry because my interests soon changed to fighter jets and aerodynamics. My passion led me to score a job at the Walter H. Beech Wind tunnel my senior year in high school, where I have now done more with aerospace than I could have expected to do at my age. I acknowledge now that my passion and goal is to let others explore the skies - possibly space - in ways that they never imagined they could. I hope that through SEEDS I will be able to inspire youth who dream big and have them realize that anything is possible as long as you strive for it with all of your heart!
SEEDS Instructor: Zane Storlie
My name is Zane Storlie and I am a freshman studying Computer Science. I am from the Wichita area and graduated from Campus High School. I am also a proud Upward Bound Math and Science alumni. Naturally, I am a huge nerd who enjoys everything from video games to Einstein’s theories. As a kid, I wanted to learn about and experience everything around me and then I wanted to contribute my own mind to the world. This led to my passion for STEM fields and particularly Computer Science where I could fuse all of my interests together. I am almost always trying something new, even if I do most of it from the confines of my room. I am excited to join this team and get the opportunity to inspire others with the same curiosity that made me who I am today while also learning new things myself.
SEEDS Instructor: Sheema Ahmed
My name is Sheema Ahmed and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. I graduated from Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita. I was first introduced to engineering through the Introduction To Engineering Design class that I took my freshman year in high school. That has led me here. I have numerous hobbies, mostly reading, doing art projects-including painting, photography, and baking. Having been around younger kids for most of my life, I naturally love being with them. They are all so creative and have so much potential to be unleashed! I am looking forward to a year full of excitement!
SEEDS Instructor: Manny Villarreal
My name is Manny Villarreal. I am a junior at Wichita state studying Electrical Engineering. I was born in Durango, Mexico but raised in the U.S. The reason why I started doing engineering was that I wanted to live a comfortable lifestyle once I finish school. My parents sacrifice a lot to get our entire family in the U.S, and I want to make sure they made a good investment. Currently, I am the vice president for an organization called Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, which helps college students become professionals in their career field. I enjoyed teaching students skills that will be an asset in their future one day. I began working for SEEDS summer of 2016 during the engineering summer camps, and I enjoyed working each day I was there.
My name is Payton Morgan and I am a freshman and Wichita State university where I am studying Mechanical Engineering. I am a recent graduate of Wichita High School East. At Wichita State I am involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and SEEDS. I am excited for the life of a Shocker! Go Shox!!