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 (EPM's) 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 ENGR 050, a first year seminar course designed to integrate new first year engineers into their majors, the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, and the University of Vermont. EPM's support and facilitate ENGR 050 lecture activities and regularly communicate and meet with mentees outside of the lecture setting. Through regular classes sessions, communication, meet-ups and social activities, EPM's 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

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Vasiliki (Lili) Anemikos Lili is a senior biomedical engineering student with minors in chemistry and mathematics. All the way from Milton, Vermont she's spent her fair share of time learning the best of what Burlington (and the surrounding areas) have to offer. She spent this past summer traveling north western Europe and working as both a cake decorator/baker in her local bakery and a research assistant on an adolescent brain development study at the UVM Medical Center. She enjoys baking, painting, glitter, hiking, body pump, bread, and kickboxing. Lili Anemikos
Nicholas Brustin Nick Brustin will be a senior, studying Civil Engineering. This summer he worked for the State of Vermont doing dam inspections and structural design work for the repair and construction of the many dams across the state. The last two summers he spent time working at a civil engineering firm as an intern in North Conway, New Hampshire. When he is not focused on schoolwork, he spends most of his free time outside in the White Mountains and Green Mountains, hiking, camping, skiing and biking. He has spent a lot of time traveling, and the coolest place he has been was Nepal, where he traveled around the country taking in the culture and meeting some incredible people! Nick Brustin
Elizabeth Chambers Liz is a senior environmental engineering major from Marlton, New Jersey. This past summer, she studied abroad in Denmark. Liz studied how glaciers are impacted by climate change and bicycle urbanism. The craziest thing she did abroad was travel to the high arctic for her glacier class. In total, she visited ten European countries this summer!
Back in the US, Liz is a member of ASCE  and works at Skinny Pancake on campus. She’s excited to be back in Burlington to paddleboard on Lake Champlain and watch the leaves change color for the fall.
Amy DeCola Amy DeCola is an Environmental Engineering major and Math minor from Wilton, Connecticut. This summer she worked as an intern for Cianbro on the North Hero-Grand Isle VT drawbridge project. On campus, she is the Outreach Coordinator for the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and cooking.
Josesph DeGennaro Joe DeGennaro is a third-year Biomedical Engineering major from Cheshire, Connecticut. He is the President of Engineers Without Borders and also works as a cook in a restaurant on Church Street. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and spending time outside, as well as avidly listening to music and watching sports (a Boston fan). Can you guess what he does in the winter? The answer is definitely not skiing with half of UVM on the weekends!
Darija Dilba Darija is senior Biomedical Engineering student with a Math Minor from Billerica, Massachusetts. This will be her second year as an Engineering Peer Mentor. She loves traveling to new places with her family. This summer she worked her second year as an intern at a molecular insights company in Cambridge, MA. She enjoys hiking, skiing, watching movies, Bodypump, and kickboxing during her free time. Baking zucchini bread is also a passion of hers, as that's the only thing she knows how to make. Darija Dilba
James Doherty James Doherty is a junior Biomedical Engineering major from Amesbury, Massachusetts. This summer, he worked in a research lab in UVM’s Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation where he studied knee biomechanics. When he isn’t studying in the library, he can be seen on campus singing with the UVM Top Cats. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and trying Burlington’s local cuisine!
Frances Eisinger Frances is a senior studying environmental engineering and hails from the Adirondacks in New York. Last summer she received a Richard Barrett Scholarship to do research at UVM in the Transportation Air Quality Lab. This summer she interned at Stantec, a transportation engineering firm in South Burlington where she worked on bike and pedestrian projects and learned all about consulting engineering. She loves being outdoors: whether it be road biking, trail running, swimming, hiking or rock climbing. Also, she enjoys discovering all of the delectable places to eat around Burlington! Frances Eisinger
Samuel Fromowitz Hey everyone, my name is Sam Fromowitz and I’m a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I also happen to be minoring outside of CEMS in environmental studies. When I’m not studying, you’ll probably find me at the turf playing soccer or ultimate frisbee, or up on the slopes skiing. I’m from Niskayuna, New York, but am a Seattle sports fan.
Gretta Groves Gretta is senior biomedical engineering major from Middlebury, Vermont. This summer, she was a Systems Engineering Intern at Highres Biosolutions in Beverly, MA. At UVM, she is involved in the Society of Women Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society. In her free time, she likes biking, hiking, and spending time with friends. Her favorite flavor of creamee is maple.
Paige Hamilton Paige is a senior Biomedical Engineering student at UVM originally from Stowe Vermont. In addition to being an engineering peer mentor, she is also one of the founders of the living and learning program Women in STEM and Health, the president of UVM Society of Women Engineers, and works at TSP repairing medical equipment for the UVM Medical Center. In her free time, Paige likes to ski, hike, travel, cook, and volunteer with the Girl Scouts. Paige Hamilton
Connor Harrigan Connor is a biomedical engineering major from Wilton, NY. He spent this past summer living in Burlington and exploring all of what the Green Mountain State has to offer. He is currently a research assistant for Dr. Ryan McGinnis. During his free time, he likes hiking, snowboarding, playing spikeball, and going to the beach.
Abby Hodson Abby Hodson is a junior environmental engineering major with a writing minor from Monroe, Connecticut. This summer, she helped build a submersible fluorometer to measure cyanobacteria concentrations and assisted in the creation of a biogeochemical model of Lake Champlain. When she's not studying or working, you can find her trail running along the Winooski River or taking care of baby turtles at ECHO. Whether it be rivers, lakes, or oceans, she loves being around water and hopes to dedicate her career to innovating affordable, sustainable water treatment solutions for those who need it most. Abigayle Hodson
Kirsten Jensen Kirsten is a senior studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also a member of the Honors College and is working on a thesis that aims to assess erosion mitigation efforts for New York City's water supply. Outside of the classroom, Kirsten works as a Student Admissions Representative and is the Project Manager for Engineers Without Borders. She also is a member of an a cappella group and the Slade Ecological Living Cooperative, which aims to live sustainably and foster a space for the arts. This past summer, she worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Colorado Basin River Forecast Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she completed research to improve water supply volumetric forecasting. In her free time, Kirsten loves to sing, make art, rock climb, and snowboard.
Julio Lopez Linehan Julio is a biomedical engineering senior from just the cow-fill hills of The Literal Middle of Nowhere, Vermont. When he's on campus, you can find Julio navigating the constant construction, figuring out who the Biomedical Engineering Society owes all this money to, or trying out the newest ACME product to try and catch his foe, the elusive Rallycat. In his free time, Julio likes to fall off of longboards, prepare for UVM's semi-annual races, and generally fight a losing battle against societal norms. His favorite ice cream definitely does not come from Ben and Jerry's, and his best friend is definitely Yonathan Ferri. Julio Lopez Linehan
Eric Neimoller Eric Niemoller is a returning senior studying mechanical engineering here at UVM. Other than having a grand old time studying, he is a part of the Club Soccer team and loves to shred as much as possible in the winter. This will be his third year as an Engineering Peer Mentor, and he’s stoked to get to meet his new group! Some things he loves: dogs, ice cream, and that period of relief when finals are over! Sophomore year, he studied abroad in Florence, Italy. He won't be that guy that keeps talking about "when I was abroad," but he will try to convince you to study abroad while you’re here at UVM.
Dante Newman Dante Newman is in his third year of mentoring and is a Mechanical Engineering major with an Electrical Engineering minor. He grew up in western Massachusetts spending most of his free time outdoors either hiking, swimming or skiing. As a teenager, he worked mowing lawns, shoveling driveways, doing some yardwork, and woodworking. Coming to UVM, he knew he wanted to do some sort of engineering but was not completely sure what kind. Going into his senior year, he is currently an avid member of the Ski & Snowboard Club and the Outing Club, as well as being the president of UVM’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. This past summer, he worked at Pratt & Whitney doing structural repairs & design on various engines used on military aircraft. His goals include eventually going to graduate school and becoming a PE. Dante Newman
Olivia O'Brien Olivia is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering student planning to minor in Mathematics and Spanish. She is from Medfield, MA and has been skiing, hiking, and exploring Vermont her entire life. This past summer she researched the pharmaceutical industry as a marketing research intern at Cognition Corporation in Lexington, MA. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers at UVM and the Symphony Orchestra. She loves skiing, dancing, hiking, playing violin, listening to music and stand-up comedy, drinking tea and spending time outside! Her home mountain is Jay Peak and she hopes to see you on the slopes and around campus!
Moriah Pabo Moriah is a Junior studying electrical engineering and wants to use her degree to advance renewable energy.  She works at the UVM FabLab and her favorite place on campus is the greenhouse. In her free time, Moriah enjoys dancing and rock climbing.
Marshal Pesaturo Marshal is a junior at the University of Vermont where he studies Civil Engineering. He is also a member of the UVM's ROTC program. Marshal's summer was spent taking summer classes, working as a teaching assistant, and training at Fort Campbell. He enjoys hiking, skiing, and riding his motorcycle when the weather permits. Marshal Pesaturo
Lincoln Pierce Lincoln is a senior in mechanical engineering, from Duxbury, VT (right by Camels Hump!). He’s also minoring in Business Administration. This summer, he worked as a standardized test tutor, and finished hiking the Long Trail across the length of Vermont. In the past, he’s worked as an intern at Hazelett Strip Casting in Colchester. On campus, Lincoln serves as the VP of Finance for his fraternity, Phi Mu Delta, and in his free time can be found biking, skiing, or kayaking.
Abby Rathbun Abby Rathbun is an environmental engineering sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. This summer, she worked at a wilderness tripping camp in Maine and traveled with family and friends in Europe. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is black raspberry and coffee together. In her free time, she loves skiing, camping, hiking, reading, and is currently working towards her pilot’s license at the Burlington airport.
Emily Ryan Emily is a senior mechanical engineering student from Northern California. She spent her summer interning for a multidisciplinary engineering firm and working as a barista in Sonora, CA. In her free time, she worked on different wood working projects and hung out in her hammock in the forest. During the winters, you can catch Emily teaching kiddos or ripping up the occasional race course at Bolton Valley.
Sharwari Salvi Sharwari is a civil engineering major and plans to minor in Spanish. She is from the Great Lakes state of Michigan! This summer she travelled around Oceania and lead TREK. She studied abroad at the University of Western Australia and her favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is the PB & Cookies Non-dairy. She is involved with the National Society of Black Engineers and during her free time she enjoys rock and ice climbing where at UVM she is involved in the Outing Club as a rock and ice climbing leader! Sharwari Salvi
Alicia Tanneberger Alicia Tanneberger and is a senior Biomedical Engineering student with a pure mathematics minor! She grew up in Saint Albans, Vermont and has thoroughly enjoyed living in one of the most beautiful states. During her free time, she loves going boating on Lake Champlain, traveling, and playing games. Recently, she took her first trip to Europe and I would highly suggest going to Paris! This summer, she has spent time conducting my own research project in a pulmonary medicine research laboratory here on campus and during the school year, she participates in Engineering World Health, the Biomedical Engineering Society, plays intramural sports, and helps with accepted student visits.
Rose Warren Rose is a biomedical engineering senior from Virginia. This summer, she interned in the Newman Lab at MIT. She has what is probably an unsustainable number of hobbies alongside her schedule: reading, writing, cooking, kombucha brewing, violin, and hiking. (Her favorite hike in the area is definitely Camel's Hump). She also loves research and is happy to answer any questions you have about getting involved in a lab at UVM. Right now she is working on applying to grad school and making the most of her senior year! Haley Rose Warren
Cassidy Vaccari Cassidy Vaccari is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering student from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. This summer she spent time working as a waitress as well as hitting the books for a class at a local university. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors however she can with lots of hammocking, skiing and intramural sports! She’s psyched for what this new year brings.
Jake Landry (Mentor Administrator) Jake is a senior civil engineering student from the great state of Illinois. This summer, he was granted a Barrett Scholarship and worked with Professor Wijiesinghe to investigate the social sustainability of streetscapes in Burlington. At UVM, he is a dual-degree student in the College of Arts and Sciences where he is a Jazz Studies major in guitar performance and hosts a weekly radio show called Vinyl Jasm from 5-6PM every Wednesday. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach, seeing concerts in Burlington, and hiking mountains. His favorite ice cream flavor is Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough, and he can’t wait to get back to work this year!
Atreyu Spencer (Mentor Administrator) Atreyu is a graduate electrical engineering and computer science major from Newfane Vermont. This summer he spent his time writing embedded software for Collins Aerospace to make airplane systems more reliable. In his free time he enjoyed exploring Burlington’s outdoors and music scene. In his undergrad Atreyu focused largely on controls and automation engineering in his undergraduate career. This year Atreyu looks forward to learning about advanced control algorithm design, doing yoga, and working as a peer mentor for UVM’s international graduate students.