SEEDS instructor: Joseph Kariuki
My name is Joseph Kariuki. I am from Kenya (East Africa). I am a senior 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 sophomore 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 on my second year of studying Computer Science. I grew up in the Wichita area and graduated from Campus High School. I have been involved in multiple TRIO programs and engineering student organizations. As a first-generation college student, I am very passionate about education - particularly in STEM fields. In my free time, I am a huge nerd who enjoys everything from video games to Einstein’s theories. I am almost always trying something new, even if I do most of it from the confines of my room. I am excited to continue working with this team and witnessing young students realize their potential.
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 senior 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.
SEEDS Instructor: Payton Morgan
My name is Payton Morgan and I am a sophomore at Wichita State university where I am studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I graduated from Wichita High School East and am a proud Blue Ace. At Wichita State I am involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and SEEDS and just finished a term as the director of public relations with the Shocker Freshman council. I've grown up around Wichita State and I'm very happy to be here. My love for video games and and technology has inspired to me to pursue a degree in STEM.I am excited for the life of a Shocker! Go Shox!!
SEEDS Instructor: Christopher Solis
My name is Christopher Solis and I am a first-year Computer Science major here at Wichita State. I am from Kansas City, Kansas and I graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. I am an Upward Bound Math and Science alumni. Some interests of mine include playing video games, playing tennis, playing guitar and also playing the violin. As I grew up, technology grew along with me. From a young age, I had a very strong aptitude for it, which is part of the reason I am going to major in computer science. With the growing importance of technology in our daily lives, I want to use the skills I learn to keep people and information secure. I love being able to learn new things every day and seeing how what I learn can be connected to the things I already know. I look forward to being able to share the knowledge and excitement I have with everybody in the hopes that they will be inspired to follow their dreams like I am following mine.
SEEDS Instructor: Camille Buranday
My name is Camille Buranday and I’m a freshman studying Computer Science (CS). I was born in the Philippines, moved to the United States when I was eight, and graduated from Wichita High School East. The summer before my junior year, I was introduced to CS through Girls Who Code and went on to participate in Google’s CS Summer Institute after senior year. That experience truly solidified my future career goal: to become a UX Engineer. I also love traveling, photography, listening to music, blogging and eating! Through SEEDS, I hope to inspire more students, especially women and minorities, to pursue CS. At Wichita State, I’m also involved in Student Ambassador Society and Honors College Ambassadors just to name a few. GO SHOCKS!
SEEDS Instructor: Melissa Rocha
My name is Melissa Rocha and I am a freshman majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I was born in Lancaster, California and raised in Wichita, Kansas where I graduated high school from Bishop Carroll High School. Ever since I could remember I would always say I wanted to do something in the medical field, the thought of being able to help people fascinated me and still does. I was introduced to engineering through a Wichita State engineering camp in the 4th grade and engineering really caught my attention. I then found out about Biomedical Engineering and knew it was perfect for me. I have some hobbies, like playing soccer, listening to music, hanging out with my friends, and mostly enjoying time with my family. This will be my first year working with SEEDS and second year being a mentor for Engineering Summer Camps. I am beyond excited to be able to inspire youth and help them see the potential they have!
SEEDS Instructor: Khristian Jones
My name is Khristian Jones and I am a junior studying Aerospace Engineering. I am from a suburb of Chicago, IL and I graduated from Plainfield North High School. Since around the eighth grade, I have had such an interest in space and structures that could be launched into space. That curiosity led me to find the major of Aerospace Engineering. As I learned more and more about the Aerospace Engineering field, I fell more in love with the major. As Wichita State is a power house in AE, I knew I just had to be a Shocker. I am heavily involved in extracurricular activities such as Ambassadors for Office of Diversity and Inclusion. I am also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. I greatly enjoy shopping, cooking, watching movies, and learning as much as I can about new space discoveries. I have a passion for teaching students about the STEM field, as well as, encouraging them to go into it. Aerospace Engineering has very few African American women in the field, which drives me to continue this journey to my dream career. I hope to motivate and inspire students to go for STEM majors regardless of what society might tell them, through my SEEDS work.