The Engineering Peer Mentor Internship Program is part of the UVM Student Government Association’s university-wide peer mentoring and advising initiative.

Engineering Peer Mentors (EPMs) are sophomores, juniors and seniors in engineering who provide academic and social support to first year students throughout the academic year. During the fall semester, the EPM Internship Program is connected to a new first year course – ENGR 050 – which is designed to integrate new first year engineers into their majors, the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, and the University of Vermont. EPMs support and facilitate ENGR 050 lecture activities through ongoing communications and meetings with mentees outside of the lecture setting. Through regular communication, course-related meet-ups and social activities, EPMs help first year students adjust to life as a college student, find academic/tutoring help, connect with clubs, activities, and services on campus, and generally navigate CEMS, UVM and the Burlington area.

Engineering Peer Mentor Bios

Name Bio Photo
Steven Anderau My name's Steve Anderau I'm a Senior Mechanical Engineering student with a CS minor. I like to be outdoors and am involved with the UVM outing club on campus. My favorite ice cream flavor, by far, is Americone Dream by Ben and Jerry's. One of the coolest places I've been would have to be the top of Mt. Mansfield in the middle of winter. I like to play music horribly and enjoy going to live concerts.
Charity Beckert Hi, I'm Charity and I'm a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip but I also really like strawberry. I love to go to the beach, skateboard, and hike. I also love to travel and spent the summer volunteering in Peru. I look forward to being a part of the Engineering Peer Mentor Program and I can't wait to meet you all! Charity Beckert
Tess Braddish Hi, I’m Tess! I’m a senior mechanical engineering student with particular interest in biomedical engineering. When I’m not in Votey, you can find me in my kitchen baking up a storm, lounging on the beach, or in the gym. My spirit animal is a cat (even though I’m a total dog person) and, more importantly, my spirit carbohydrate is a sweet potato. Let me know if you need a restaurant recommendation or ideas for fun activities downtown, I’ve got you covered! Tess Braddish
Margot Criscitiello My name is Margot Criscitiello, and I am a junior electrical engineering major with a music minor. I am from Massachusetts and have two triplet sisters. I love hiking, skiing and exploring, and I’m happy that UVM is such a perfect place to get outdoors. On campus outside of academics, I am part of UVM’s Concert band, the Celtic Cats Irish dance group, and love playing intramural sports! This past spring, I studied abroad in Scotland, and had a wonderful time sightseeing around Europe. I’m excited to be back on campus this year and to meet all of you!    Margot Criscitiello
Holly Dahlgren Hi, my name is Holly Dahlgren.  I am a junior pursuing a major in biomedical engineering with a concentration in cells, tissue, and organ bio-mechanics.  I spent my summer working as a counselor for a summer camp run through the recreation department in Essex Junction, where I live.  In my free time I love to do yoga, hammock, and play Frisbee with friends.  My favorite ice cream flavor is One Love from Ben and Jerry's.  The most interesting thing I did this summer was going on a road trip to Six Flags New England and riding the Superman roller coaster.  I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and spending another year at UVM! Holly Dahlgren
Evan Fennelly My name is Evan Fennelly and I am a junior studying electrical engineering.  I would like to work in the field of renewable energy when I graduate.  On campus, I am a part of IEEE, Golden Key and the Humanitarian Open Street Map team.  When I am not doing schoolwork you can find me skiing up at Sugarbush.  Evan Fennelly
Emma Garvey Hi, I'm Emma.  I am going into my junior year of Mechanical Engineering here at UVM.  I love to be outside! I hiked the Long Trail the summer after my freshman year and my goal is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail after I graduate.  I love to work with my hands, whether that be some woodworking, sewing , knitting, or using my pottery wheel which I keep in my tiny apartment; I'm always looking for new projects to start.  When I'm not outside or diving into some new project idea, I like to unwind by curling up with a book in my hammock (or a big comfy chair when the weather gets cooler).  My bio picture is of me at my favorite shelter on the entire Long Trail, Puffer Shelter, where I sat watching the sunrise from my hammock.   Emma Garvey
Evan Greenwald Hi my name is Evan Greenwald and I am a senior at UVM who is studying Engineering Sciences. I am currently the co-president of Entrepreneurship Club on campus and I am an active member at Generator Makerspace down on Sears Lane where I work on a number of different creative projects involving art, engineering, and technology. I operate a stencil splatter painting business (TieDyeLion Splatter Painting) out of my apartment making and selling fine artwork and assorted products. I really enjoy spending time outdoors, especially with friends, going on hikes, playing catch, swimming, eating, and checking out all of the cool local terrain. During the winter, you will find me skiing and snowboarding through the snow-covered trails of Stowe, Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen many days of the week. Some of my interests include: 3D printing, digital design, event lighting, learning how to cook, traveling, hammocking, and virtual reality. I am on a number of intramural sports teams and am always looking to join more. My favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is Tonight Dough and my favorite meal is breakfast. Looking forward to a great year! CEMS default photo
Gretta Groves Sophomore from Middlebury, Vermont. Majoring in biomedical engineering. Hobbies include hiking, biking, running short distances, and math. Favorite ice cream flavor is mint chip. Gretta Groves
Paige Hamilton Paige is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering student at UVM from originally from Stowe Vermont. In addition to being a peer mentor, she also is a student leader for the living and learning program Women In STEM and Health and the vice president of The Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she loves to ski, hike, and travel. Her favorite place is Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and she loves any and all flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Paige Hamilton
Ena Ibrisimovic My name is Ena Ibrisimovic. I was born in Tuzla, Bosnia, a small Balkan country in southeastern Europe. I love biking, swimming, and dancing. By dancing I mean just freestyle shaking around like a goon to a good song when I’m in a cheerful mood. When it comes to ice cream, I prefer the classic chocolate and vanilla. The coolest place I’ve been to is Mostar, Bosnia. The city is known for its giant, old stone bridge which holds an annual jumping event. Among the many things on my bucket list, participating in the jumping event is a top priority for me. Although I’m the least sporty person you’ll meet, I follow all big games and events in soccer and tennis, my two favorite sports to watch. Above all, I love learning new things and applying knowledge, and I hope to make others feel the same!  Ena Ibrisimovic
Eliza Jobin-Davis Hi, my name is Eliza! I'm majoring in environmental engineering and currently a part of the GreenHouse Program. While I love my major, sometimes it makes it hard to read all the books that catch my interest. Those who know me laugh at my obsession with lists and my love affair with the color green (i.e. green tea, green plants, and sugar snap peas). My experiences abroad have consisted of copious amounts of Swiss chocolate and chasing adorable Guatemalan preschoolers. I can't wait to meet all of you and hope I can help you love UVM as much as I do. See you soon! Eliza Jobin-Davis
Corinne Johnson Hi mentees, I am excited to meet you! I am a senior Mechanical Engineering major, but my first semester at UVM I was actually a pre-med Biology major. I decided to switch when I realized I was more interested in the machines the medical community uses, rather than the medical professions. I speak German fluently, because I lived there when I was little for five years and continued taking lessons for eleven years. Last summer I was able to use this skill in my internship in Germany at the RWTH Aachen University. I also love participating in sports including the UVM club alpine ski racing team the past three years. In my free time I enjoy road cycling, drawing and painting, and gardening. CEMS default photo
Margarette Keesee Hi I'm Margarette! I am a senior in the mechanical engineering program here at UVM! Outside of school I love to eat yummy food and travel. I've even stood on two continents at once! I'm a sucker for iced tea and anything sweet.  Margarette Keesee
Meredith Kelly Hi I'm Meredith and I'm a junior in the biomedical engineering program. Cape Cod is my favorite place and I love to play volleyball! CEMS default photo
Victoria Kushner My name is Tori, and I’m a senior in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Math and Environmental Studies. I’m originally from central Maryland, and have a younger sister, Australian Shepherd dog, and recently adopted cat back home. I enjoy being outdoors and exercising, anything from hiking, kayaking, running, to sports with friends and I also like to read (I’m currently reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection of Sherlock Holmes stories). Some personal goals I have are to learn guitar and to run a half marathon in the future. My favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor is Phish Food, and I’ve been known to eat whole pints in one sitting. Victoria Kushner
Taylor Lamberton Hi everyone, my name is Taylor Lamberton (preferred pronouns he/him) and I'm a Senior Mechanical Engineering major from Groton, VT. I'm a member of the UVM American Society of Mechanical Engineers Chapter and I'm also President of the Society of Automotive Engineer Mini Baja Club. Some of my hobbies include camping, hiking, snowmobiling, and tinkering on various projects. A few facts about me: I don't eat ice cream, the coolest place I've been is the Masai Mara in Kenya, and my favorite genre of music is Classic Rock. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!
Jake Landry *record-scratch**freeze-frame* Yup, that's me. You're probably how I ended up in this situation. About one year ago I decided I wanted to study engineering and after successfully stumbling through my freshman year I thought I'd help guide some first-years through the same experience. I'm from Chicago, Illinois **NORFSIIIIDE, and I came to Vermont because I wanted to live by the mountains. I'm a dual-degree student in Civil Engineering and Jazz Performance and if I could watch two historical figures rap battle it would be Andy Warhol and James K Polk. My favorite food is ice cream, and my favorite rapper is Kanye West. I like to hike,  green is objectively the best color, and I think oatmeal cookies are under-rated. I've been trying to figure out how I want to style my hair for like, two years now, so if you have any thoughts, please reach out.  CEMS default photo
Sierra McConnell My name is Sierra McConnell. I grew up in central Vermont in a log cabin (yes, really). I’m a rising Junior at UVM and I study Biomedical Engineering (Systems and Network Biology). I have two sisters, one entering high school and another just got married last summer. I’m a certified SCUBA diver, and my favorite ice cream is Half Baked by Ben and Jerry’s. Sierra McConnell
Dante Newman Hi everybody! My name is Dante Newman and I am a sophomore here at the University of Vermont. I am in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences looking to get a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I am looking to become involved in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). I am originally from Grafton, Massachusetts and I chose UVM due to its location on Lake Champlain and its proximity to good skiing in the winters. I love spending time downtown in the fall and spring and in the mountains in the winter. I am a huge sports fan, especially football and hockey, and I play the drum set a little bit on the side. I can’t wait to meet this year’s CEMS class and get the new year started! Dante Newman
Eric Niemoller Hi! My name is Eric Niemoller, and I’m a returning sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. I’m part of the Club Soccer team and ASME here at UVM and hope to get more involved this year. As an engineering peer mentor, it’s important to know that I have an extensive love for ice cream, and the list of favorite flavors is far too long to cover in this bio. I’ve traveled to Europe and Asia in the past, but the most interesting place I’ve been to is by far the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Above all, I’m a dog person. I have a beagle, golden retriever and Siberian husky. All dog pictures, stories, or questions are welcome in our meetings. I can’t wait to meet and get to know everyone this year!
Rebecca Osborn Hey! My name is Becca and I’m a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering major and Studio Art minor from Annapolis, Maryland. I’m in the Honors College, a TREK leader, and a Sea Kayaking leader in the Outing Club. In my spare time I like to ski, run, eat Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough ice cream, and meet new dogs on Church Street. Excited to meet you all Rebecca Osborn
Daniel Russell I'm a mechanical engineering major. My favorite flavor of ice cream is fly fishin fudge from Giffords (should be in the dining halls). One of the coolest places I've ever been was a high altitude ice cave in Germany.  I spend most of my time doing math or riding my bike around the mountains of Vermont. 
Emily Ryan Hey guys, I’m Emily Ryan! When I’m not at UVM, I live in northern California. I am a hardcore mini golfer and avid ski and snowboarder. In my free time, I catch up on sleep and my favorite tv shows, such as Rick and Morty or New Girl. My favorite snack is rice cakes with peanut butter honey but carrots are a close second. While the autumn leaves are spectacular in Vermont, my favorite place is in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains where the trees are always green and impossibly tall. I hope you all are as excited about gears and stuff as I am! Emily Ryan
Atreyu Spencer I am a junior majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in computer science. I like pistachio ice cream, skiing, frisbee and fishing.  CEMS default photo
Anthony Sorrenti Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Minoring in Mathematics, Chair of UVM ASME. Loves scuba diving and traveling. Favorite Ice Cream:  Coffee (because I don't already drink enough of it). Favorite Mountain:  Smugglersnotch. Favorite Dog:  Husky CEMS default photo
Heidi Thorne Hi there! My name is Heidi Thorne and I am a junior Civil engineering major. Here are some quick fun facts about me!: I am originally from western Pennsylvania, My favorite dessert is undeniably ice cream, I recently took a 2500 mile solo road trip, and my favorite flowers are Black-eyed Susans. CEMS default photo
Stephen Usher Hello Everyone! My name is Stephen Usher. Just a few fun bits about me: I am a native Vermonter, my favorite candy is either Twix or Milky Way, the coolest place I have ever been was probably the Grand Canyon, I have been an Engineering Intern at Vermont Gas Systems for the past two years, I am in Phi Mu Delta and am a Senior studying Mechanical Engineering.