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Alida Perez Fodich

  • Affiliation: EAS
  • Hometown: Chile

Alida Perez Fodich was born in the mining town of Chuquicamata, Chile, located more than 9000 feet high in the Andes. She lived there until she was ten years old, and then moved with her family to Santiago read more

Azian Akpan

  • Affiliation: CEE
  • Hometown: East Longmeadow, Mass.

Throughout high school, Azian Akpan had a run-of-the -mill class load, until an environmental science class piqued her interest. Now at Cornell, her goal is to study environmental engineering, then law. read more

Bill Bedell

  • Affiliation: Ph.D. Commercialzation Fellow
  • Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Bill Bedell is one of the first Ph.D. Commercialization Fellows form Cornell Engineering. He shares his journey. read more

Bryan Anthonio

  • Affiliation: AEP
  • Hometown: Centerville, Virginia

Bryan Anthonio pursued a lot of interests throughout high school, from programming to economics. His wide-ranging curiosity played a part in his decision to come to Cornell University. read more

Frances Zhu

  • Affiliation: MAE
  • Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Frances “Frankie” Zhu is used to having her work scrutinized by a PI (Principal Investigator). She is currently a Ph.D. student in the lab of Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Cornell’s Sibley School. But before that, she grew up in a house that had not one but TWO PIs. “I grew up in Boston, but then we moved to Kansas City,” says Zhu. “Moving gave both of my parents the chance to be Principal Investigators—so I grew up around labs and research all the time.” read more

Jake Swamp

  • Affiliation: Engineering Physics
  • Hometown: Madison, Wisc.

"Being here, I actually got to see... Haudenosaunee dances—things you don't see much back home." read more

Malinka Walaliyadde

  • Affiliation: Materials Science
  • Hometown: Sharjah, U.A.E.

"I have no family [or] friends here. I was pretty lucky because I made some really good friends my first week and that really helped." read more