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Bhaskar Abhiraman

Bhaskar Abhiraman

Hometown New Canaan, Connecticut   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy  Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering…

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Natalia Acero

Natalia Acero

Hometown Bogotá, Colombia   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Business and Technology) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering     Research Interests I specialize…

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Jiwon Avery Bang

Jiwon Avery Bang

Jiwon Avery Bang was born in Seoul and raised in Michigan. She graduated from Okemos High School as part of the class of 2015. Currently, she plans on majoring in Physics and Electrical Engineering and wants to research making solar energy more…

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Vignesh Bhethanabotla

Vignesh Bhethanabotla

Vignesh Bhethanabotla is from Tampa, Florida.  He graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at C. Leon King High School.  In high school, he worked at the University of South Florida on research in the area of…

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Siddharth Challani

Siddharth Challani

Siddharth Challani is from East Windsor, New Jersey, and graduated from Hightstown High School in 2015. He has always been interested in sustainability and renewable energy, and became interested in research after spending the summer after his…

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Mavis Athene U Chen

Mavis Athene U Chen

Mavis Athene U Chen is from Macau SAR. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student since sophomore year, and graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. She plans to major in Physics, as well as Chemical and Biomolecular…

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Hyuck Joo Choi

Hyuck Joo Choi

Hometown Seoul, South Korea   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry  Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship)   Research Interests…

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Felipe Contipelli

Felipe Contipelli

Hometown Miami, Florida   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Computer Techniques) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering (Concentration in Nanotechnology)   Research…

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Emmy Cunningham

Emmy Cunningham

Emmy Cunningham is from Dover, Massachusetts and graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School. She plans on studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry. Emmy first became interested in scientific research after studying silver…

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Alan Dai

Alan Dai

Alan Dai entered Penn in the fall of 2012 after graduating from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He is majoring in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He believes the VIPER program will foster his interests…

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William Deo

William Deo

William Deo is from Toronto, Canada and graduated from St. Andrew’s College in 2017. Presently, he plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. William conducted and published research on the feasibility of electric vehicles in…

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Sean M. Deresh

Sean Deresh

Hometown Guaynabo, Puerto Rico   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science (Concentration in Environmental Science) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering   Research Interests Research interests…

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Andy Eskenazi

Andy Eskenazi

Hometown Buenos Aires, Argentina   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Minor in East Asian Studies and Civilizations; concentration in Chinese) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Applied…

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Julia Fordham

Julia Fordham

Julia Fordham is from Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated from Los Alamos High School. She is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Science. Julia worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory during her high school career…

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Emma Glasser

Emma Glasser

Emma Glasser is from Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Princeton High School. She plans on studying Materials Science and Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science. Emma developed an interest in sustainability after…

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Ben Hammel

Ben Hammel

Hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering   Research Interests During my freshman year at Penn, I started…

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Matthew Hofmann

Matthew Hofmann

Hometown Philadelphia, PA   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Engineering   Research Interests FPGAs, Energy in Computations I have been working with the IC Group at Penn under…

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Zachery Iton

Zachery Iton

Zachery Iton is from the Caribbean island of Barbados and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from Harrison College. He is majoring in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. Zac chose to come to Penn and be part of the…

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Rabeel Jawaid

Rabeel Jawaid

Rabeel Jawaid is from Karachi, Pakistan. A graduate from the Karachi American School, he plans to complete his dual degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. During high school, Rabeel successfully initiated a project to install solar…

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Jason Jiang

Jason Jiang

Jason Jiang is from Pearland, Texas, and graduated from Glenda Dawson High School in 2018. He intends to major in Systems Science and Engineering and Physics. In NASA’s High School Aerospace program, Jason presented designs addressing deep…

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Zhiqiao (Kate) Jiang

Zhiqiao (Kate) Jiang

Hometown Hangzhou, China   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering   Research Interests I'm interested in investigating the synthesis and assembly of semiconducting nanocrystals…

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Radhika Katti

Radhika Katti

Radhika Katti was born and brought up in Fargo, North Dakota. She is majoring in Mathematics and Systems Science and Engineering. Through her last two years of high school, Radhika did research in organic chemistry pertaining to the development…

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Kyle Kersey

Kyle Kersey

Kyle Kersey is from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Louisville Collegiate School. He plans to major in Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Before coming to Penn, Kyle worked with the University of Louisville since his…

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Ashwin Koul

Hometown Lubbock, Texas   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Biology Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering   Research Interests I research electrochemistry in the Murray lab. I…

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Nadia Kreciglowa

Nadia Kreciglowa

Nadia Kreciglowa is a first generation Polish-American. She graduated from Bristol Central High School in Connecticut, where she ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Nadia began her undergraduate studies in VIPER in fall 2014, and…

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James Kwon

James Kwon

James Kwon is from Harrington Park, New Jersey, but has been living in Seoul, Korea the past two years. He graduated from Korea International School. He has a keen interest in sustainable development and clean energy after serving an internship…

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Asaph Lee

Asaph Lee

Hometown Belmont, MA   Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Chemical Principles) Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering   Research Interests: At Penn, I work in Professor Eric…

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Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee

Hometown Highlands Ranch, Colorado   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Biological Sciences) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering   Research Interests I am…

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Drew Lilley

Drew Lilley

Drew Lilley is from Chatham, New Jersey, and graduated from Chatham High School. Drew developed a strong interest in alternative energy at the beginning of his high school career, and spent the next four years researching and developing…

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David (Jin Soo) Lim

David (Jin Soo) Lim

David (Jin Soo) Lim is from Sellersville, Pennsylvania (born in Incheon, South Korea) and entered Penn in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Phillips Academy Andover. He is majoring in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.…

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Richard Ling

Richard Ling

Richard Ling is from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and was born in Riverside, California. He entered Penn in 2016 after graduating from Abington Heights High School. Majoring in Systems Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science (…

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Connor Lippincott

Connor Lippincott

Connor Lippincott is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He entered Penn in the fall of 2012 and is majoring in Environmental Science and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His passion for the sciences in high school led him to look for…

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Nikita Lisenko

Nikita Lisenko

Nikita Lisenko is from Uzbekistan, where he graduated from Tashkent International School. He entered Penn in 2013 and is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. Nikita seeks to work at the frontiers of alternative energy…

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Eric Lu

Eric Lu (not pictured) is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Physics. He believes that alternative energy generation and storage are important areas of study and that VIPER is the best match for his research interests.…

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Jaron Ma

Jaron Ma

Jaron Ma graduated from Parkway West High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Environmental Science. He believes that new energy sources and infrastructure will be vital to uphold the standard…

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Rishabh (Rishu) Mohanka

Rishabh (Rishu) Mohanka

Hometown: Wellington, Florida   Degrees Pursing: B.A. in Physics & Astronomy B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering Minors in Computer Science and Mathematics   Research Interests: I am currently doing robotics research in…

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Jonathan Mui

Jonathan Mui

Hometown Armonk, New York   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering   Research Interests Use of nanomaterials for energy applications - this is…

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Gautam Nagaraj

Gautam Nagaraj (not pictured) is from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from the William Penn Charter School. He is majoring in Earth Science/Geology and Mechanical Engineering. Excited to…

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Andrew Nyholm

Andrew Nyholm

Andrew Nyholm is from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 2016. Growing up surrounded by a nature preserve, he has always had a passion for the environment and sustainability. He became…

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Deborah Oh

Deborah Oh (not pictured) is from La Canada, California, where she graduated from La Canada High School. She plans to major in Electrical Engineering and Biology, under the VIPER program. Her experiences with environmental volunteering in high…

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Damian Owerko

Damian Owerko

Damian Owerko was born in Warsaw, but moved to England for his final two years of high school. He graduated with the class of 2016 at Sevenoaks School. While he was always interested in alternate energy sources, his desire to do research…

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Akaash Padmanabha

Akaash Padmanabha

Hometown Miami, Florida   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (Minor in Sustainability and Environmental Management) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering   Research Interests I have been…

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Roshan Patel

Roshan Patel is from Stony Brook, New York and graduated from Ward Melville High School. He plans to major in chemical engineering and physics. During high school, Roshan worked in developing new materials to mitigate catalyst poisoning in…

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Trevor Pennypacker

Trevor Pennypacker

Hometown Holliston, Massachusetts   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy  Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering Master of Science in Engineering in Embedded Systems   Research Interests Internet…

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Yann Pfitzer

Yann Pfitzer

Yann Pfitzer is from Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated from the Ecole Moser with a French/German bilingual diploma and a concentration in Physics and applied Math. Yann plans to major in Environmental Science and Materials Science and…

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George Popov

George Popov

Hometown Aston, PA   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Concentration in Physical Theory and Experimental Technique; Minor in Mathematics) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Applied…

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Alexander Proschel

Alexander Proschel is from Pittsford, New York, and graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School. He intends on studying Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. He worked at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), a research…

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Justin Qian

Justin Qian (not pictured) is from Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and entered the VIPER program majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry. His interest in renewable…

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Trisha Ramadoss

Trisha Ramadoss

Trisha Ramadoss is from Tampa, Florida. She joined Penn after graduating from the International Baccalaureate program at C. Leon King High School. Trisha is majoring in Electrical Engineering as well as Physics. She has an avid interest in…

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Abhinav Ramkumar

Abhinav Ramkumar

Hometown Carmel, Indiana   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astronomy (Minor in South Asia Studies) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering   Research Interests In my research, I hope to develop…

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Adam Richter

Adam Richter

Hometown Dyer, Indiana   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Biology Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering   Research Interests My research with Professor Daniel A. Hammer involved generating and…

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Cal Rothkrug

Cal Rothkrug is from Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas. He plans to study Systems Science and Engineering and Mathematics. During high school, he performed research at the University of Texas at Dallas…

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Chris Stanczak

Chris Stanczak

Chris Stanczak is from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Upper Darby High School as part of the class of 2016. He always has been interested in engineering and the physical sciences, which led him to pursue dual degrees through…

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Zach Stillman

Zach Stillman (not pictured) hails from Plantation, Florida, and became a part of the VIPER class of 2017 after graduating from David Posnack Jewish Day School. Zach's high school research relating to bio-diesel fuels in high school inspired…

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Robert Tannenbaum

Robert Tannenbaum

Robert Tannenbaum is from Melville, NY and entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after graduating from Half Hollow Hills High School East. He is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry. Robert worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic…

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Duytam Vu

Duytam Vu

Hometown Berkeley Heights, New Jersey   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering   Why did you choose VIPER? I chose VIPER because I wanted…

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Dakota Wallach

Dakota Wallach

Dakota Wallach is from Medford, New Jersey. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 2016. He plans on studying Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In the summer of his junior year in high school, Dakota worked at Penn in…

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Carol Wang

Carol Wang

Carol Wang is a Chemistry fanatic who hails from North Allegheny Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as Chemistry. Carol became interested in energy research after…

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Michelle White

Michelle White

Hometown Tallahassee, Florida   Degrees Pursing Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Minor in Chemistry) Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering   Research Interests I'm currently doing research in ant ecology and evolution, which…

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Zachary Whitlock

Zachary Whitlock is from Washington DC, and graduated from the Edmund Burke High School. He plans on majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. During high school, he worked at the Carnegie Institution for the Advancement of…

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Albert Xiao

Albert Xiao

Albert Xiao is from Berkeley, California, a place he proclaims as the best place on earth. Albert graduated from Albany High School in Albany, California, and in the fall of 2012, he matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania. Albert is…

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Nathan Xu

Nathan Xu

Nathan Xu is from Pittsford, New York. He graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School and entered the VIPER program with the intent to major in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. His interest in renewable energy was…

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Yifan Xu

Yifan Xu

Yifan Xu is from Nanjing, China. He entered Penn in the fall of 2013 after he graduated from Jiangsu Tianyi High School. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He finds the VIPER program to be a perfect match for him because he…

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Luka Yancopoulos

Luka Yancopoulos

Luka Yancopoulos is from Yorktown Heights, New York. He entered VIPER with the intent to major in Bioengineering and Earth and Environmental Science. Luka always has been interested in the environment: his work with Turneffe Atoll Marine…

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Yide Zhao

Yide Zhao

Hometown Beijing, China   Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Science   Research Interests: I did research in optimization for allocation of electric charging…

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William (Yu Ren) Zhou

William (Yu Ren) Zhou (not pictured) is from Vancouver, Canada. He joined Penn after graduating from Britannia Secondary School. He is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Physics. For his Grade 12 science fair project,…

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