PRESIDENT Olivia Teter ’19: Olivia is a junior bioengineering student planning to minor in nanotechnology. From the wide breadth of sub-disciplines in bioengineering, she plans to pursue a path in tissue engineering. She has been pursuing this interest with her work in Dr. Meaney’s traumatic brain injury lab. Olivia is especially excited to be leading BMES’s Outreach Committee and to help Penn’s bioengineering community by bringing together students, faculty, and administration.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Harry Troché ‘19: Harrison is a junior on the Internal Affairs Committee, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with a minor in engineering entrepreneurship. He is most interested in molecular engineering and biomechanics. Following graduation, he hopes to go on to either work in the biomedical device field or to pursue a career in consulting. Outside of the classroom, he can be found running along the Schuylkill River or sailing on the Penn sailing team. Harry is excited to explore the field this year with the BMES board.
TREASURER Evan Paregol ’20:Evan is a sophomore from Maryland studying Bioengineering and pursuing a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is interested in bioprinting and neuroscience and currently works with EEGs in the Platt Neuroscience Lab. Evan also enjoys biking, exploring new places, and Trusting the Process.
VICE PRESIDENT Alisa Bhakta ’20: Alisa is a sophomore Bioengineering student planning to minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Math. Her main interests within bioengineering lie in tissue and cellular engineering, and she hopes to pursue undergraduate research in those fields. Outside of BMES, she is involved with the Daily Pennsylvanian and Penn Electric Racing and enjoys playing water-polo, trying new foods, and traveling.
Carolina Ferrari ’19: Carolina is an international junior in Bioengineering who is also pursuing minors in Math and Engineering Entrepreneurship. She is particularly interested on Therapeutics, Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine, but is looking forward to explore the field of Cellular/Tissue engineering. Outside BMES, she is involved with Wharton Latino as part of its philanthropy committee, and she also works as a research assistant in Tsourkas Lab. If you don’t find her preparing for a midterm, she is either running on the Schuykill River Trail, catching up on a TV series, or playing table tennis.
VICE PRESIDENT Shelly Teng ’19: Shelly is a junior from the Chicagoland area pursuing a bachelor’s in bioengineering. As a pre-med, she hopes to use her bioengineering background to better understand how it applies to healthcare. She loves going on medical service trips abroad and hopes to do a lot of engineering volunteer work after graduation. In her free time, Shelly also enjoys being outdoors, climbing, and is probably always thinking about food.
Ali Marcus ‘19: Ali is a junior studying mechanical engineering, with minors in computer science and engineering entrepreneurship. She conducts rehabilitation robotics research at Penn Medicine, and is a member of Venus (Ultimate Frisbee club team) and the IAA. Ali took a gap year to live in San Diego and work at a biotech startup (alongside enjoying the Pacific, the outdoors, and vegan burritos). A recent wanderlust, she has been to six countries in Southeast Asia, and aspires to integrate travel throughout her career.
MARKETING AND TECHNOLOGY
VICE PRESIDENT Mitchell Poynter ’20: Mitchell is junior in bioengineering from Tipp City, Ohio. He is excited to be a part of the Marketing and Technology committee. While at Penn, Mitchell plans on pursuing a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship and is interested in the medical device industry and genomics. He also has a passion for distance running, as he is member of the cross country and track and field teams here at Penn.
VICE PRESIDENT Alfredo Tovar ‘19: Alfredo is an international sophomore from Panama. Apart from majoring in Bioengineering, he’s minoring in Engineering Entrepreneurship and completing a Master’s in Biotechnology. His main interests within BE are Bioengineered Therapeutics, Drug Delivery, and Nanomedicine, and currently works as a research assistant at Cormode Lab. He enjoys running, playing tennis, and exploring the city. Usually found drinking Red Bull.
Jack Bellwoar is a sophomore in bioengineering from Newtown Square, PA. He is interested in genetic engineering and medical devices. He is pursuing a minor in engineering entrepreneurship. In his free time, Jack enjoys playing basketball, watching the Sixers, and trusting the process.
Nikhil Maheshwari: Nikhil is a freshman in bioengineering from Pittsburgh. I plan on pursuing a minor in systems engineering and am interested in computational biology and neuroengineering. I work as a research assistant at the Wolf Lab. I enjoy playing basketball and tennis and am involved with Access Engineering and Engineers in Medicine.
VICE PRESIDENT Katie Simms ’20: Katie is a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona studying bioengineering with interests in neural systems and cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering. She is also planning on studying economics and hopes to pursue a path that combines both business and engineering. Along with BMES, she is a member of the Penn Appetit Social Impact Committee, the Coffee Club, and the Ware House soccer team. She is very excited to be serving on the BMES Outreach Committee, working closely with the Penn students and faculty as well as the outside community.
Arielle Stern ’20: Arielle is a sophomore in bioengineering from Westchester, NY. She is fascinated by tissue engineering and drug delivery mechanisms, and hopes to get involved in research at Penn in the near future. Arielle is also interested in pursuing a minor in math or economics. In her free time, Arielle enjoys running and exploring great restaurants around Philly.
Shira Rieke ’18: Shira joined BMES freshman year as a member of the External Affairs Committee. She is pursuing minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Mathematics and is interested in pursuing the business side of healthcare through consulting, finance, or startups. She is very excited to continue to develop BMES as a bridge between students, faculty, and industry representatives and to help bioengineering students explore the opportunities available at Penn. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests related to the UPenn chapter of BMES.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Gabe Montoya ’18: Gabe is a senior in bioengineering with interests including regenerative medicine, clean energy, and entrepreneurship. Having joined BMES Board his freshman year, he is excited to now serve as the Executive Vice President. While at school, he enjoys mild exercise, avoiding problem sets, and being part of the best club at Penn.
TREASURER Nick Stiansen ’18: Nick is a senior studying Bioengineering and looking to continue his education in Mechanical Engineering. Nick has focused his studies on medical device design and modeling while studying spine pain in a research lab on campus. In his free time, he enjoys jamming out on his ukulele and searching Philadelphia in a quest for the best cheesesteak.