Peer Mentoring Program

Peer mentors are successful Engineering and Computer Science students who help incoming students have a positive start.

This program:

  • personally answers first-year students' questions
  • begins during freshmen orientation
  • connects students to resources for success

First-year students can contact the mentors below based on their major, background and goals.

Jessica Bohn
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

bohn.16@wright.edu

Hello, my name is Jessica Bohn. I am from Dayton, Ohio and am a senior Mechanical Engineering student this year. I currently work at Avery Dennison where they produce label printers, as an engineering intern, and will work for the City of Dayton's Department of Water Engineering starting in the Fall. I am looking forward to what this year will bring for me both as a peer mentor and as part of the senior design team chosen to work with NASA & Boeing on their "epic challenge". I belong to the sorority Phi Sigma Rho which is the engineering sorority on campus. In my very limited amount of free time I like to play softball, ride bikes, go running, and spend time with my family, friends, and sorority. I also have two cats named Lambda Lambda Lambda and The Great Catsby.

Brandon Burdette
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

burdette.2@wright.edu

I'm going into my senior year here at Wright State in Mechanical Engineering. I'm also an Air Force Reservist and I've worked with the 88th Civil Engineering Squadron at Wright Patterson AFB for the better part of a year. I look forward to working with our new students this coming year and assisting with all the challenges and curiosities that come along with freshman year.

Emily Burns
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

burns.130@wright.edu

Hi my name is Emily and I'm and junior ME major from Englewood. This is my second year as a peer mentor. I am also a student ambassador for the college, a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board and I am the Student Government Senator for CECS. I am also a member of Alpha Xi Delta Women's Fraternity. I currently work on base in propulsion for AFLCMC and I'm ready for an exciting year!

Alex Comer
Graduate Student, Human Factors Engineering

comer.27@wright.edu

I am a graduate student majoring in Human Factors engineering and have a Bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems engineering. I am a founder and Alpha member of Phi Sigma Rho at WSU and have served as the VP of Programming, Vice President, and am currently the Alumni Advisor. I am involved in Omicron Delta Kappa, WSU's Honors Program, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Student Honors Association and a few other groups on campus. I have held several internships throughout college, including an engineering position at WPAFB where I developed android applications and worked in second life and imprudence. I have been employed as a tutor through WSU and I have worked as a research assistant at WSU with a focus in human factors engineering. I have worked on several industrial and human factors projects with the Kettering Medical Center and Beville Engineering Inc. I like to volunteer in my free time on and off campus whether it's peer mentoring, habitat for humanity, relay for life, or any other philanthropy or community service event. When I graduate next spring I hope to find employment as a human factors engineer specializing in ergonomics or human system interaction.

Joshua Dempe
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

dempe.4@wright.edu

I am a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program. I work for Wright State as a teaching assistant and tutor. This fall I will begin my senior project designing a vehicle for a tractor pull competition. In my spare time I like to play soccer, video games, and read. Once I graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree I plan to return to school for my Master’s before working in the field of robotics.

Tim Dewitt
Senior, Biomedical Engineering

dewitt.24@wright.edu

I'm a senior in Biomedical Engineering. I'm currently working in the CECS help room and also as a TA for BME 3512. I am also part of the Biomedical Engineering Society both on the national level and the local chapter here at Wright State. When I graduate I hope to pursue a career working in Bionics/Exso-Bionics.

Matthew Franey
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

franey.2@wright.edu

I am a junior Mechanical Engineering student. I work at Cradle North America as a Computational Fluids Analysis. I am on a 4 year track to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and then hope to get a job with Permobil Inc. in Tennessee.

Travis Goettemoeller
Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

goettemoeller.20@wright.edu

Hello! My name is Travis Goettemoeller, and I am in my third year here at Wright State studying biomedical engineering / premed. My hometown is Coldwater, Ohio which is about an hour and fifteen minutes northwest of Dayton. This year I will be serving as the president of the pre-medical society, and I am a member of the chemistry, biomedical engineering, and biology clubs. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, exercising, and listening to music. If you ever have questions or need help with anything, don’t hesitate to send me an email!

Joe Kershner
Senior, Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

kershner.13@wright.edu

I am a senior BME student on the pre-med track. In addition to being a peer mentor, I am also a student ambassador for the engineering department. I plan on graduating next spring and hope to either attend medical school or possibly pursue a Masters in BME at Wright State.

Rachael Kneice
Junior, Electrical Engineering

kneice.2@wright.edu

I am a Junior in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on signals. I am involved in the 4+1 Program at Wright State, and am currently taking a few Master's classes. I am part of SWE, and the Women's Club Soccer team. This past summer, I worked in conjunction with Wright State's ATR Center and WPAFB in the Sensors Directorate. When I graduate, I would like to be involved with audio and acoustics, perhaps doing research at the base.

Sarah Kuntz
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

kuntz.19@wright.edu

I am a senior ME student. I work on campus as an Additive Manufacturing (3D printing in metal) research assistant for Dr. Klingbeil. I am in the 4+1 program, a member of ASME, Tau Beta Pi, and the Wright State Knitting Club. I will graduate with my bachelor's this spring and hope to graduate with my master's degree the following spring. After that, I would like to work in industry for a while continuing my research towards a PhD. I would like to be a professor of engineering.

Caleb Liles

liles.14@wright.edu

On campus Caleb is involved in the College of Engineering's Dean's Leadership Institute, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and has been the Vice President of Christians on Campus. Though he would like to continue research in Biomedical Engineering, Caleb's primary goal professionally is to become a medical doctor and attend the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine. He would also like to include study abroad time in Germany in his undergraduate education.

Brian Luttmer
Junior, Electrical Engineering

luttmer.8@wright.edu

I am a Junior Electrical Engineering student originally from Fort Loramie, Ohio. The last two summers I have gained co-op experience at Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio. Last year, I also helped as a Lab TA for the EGR 1010 Course. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and participating in Intramural Sports here at WSU. After I’m finished with school, I plan to find a job in Controls Engineering!

Jimmy Mallas

mallas.2@wright.edu

Jimmy Mallas is a computer science major originally from San Diego, CA; but has also lived in Florida, Arizona, and now Ohio. He has 3 years of a theater degree from Wright State and has had the opportunity to travel around the world working through Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, and other professional theater companies as a performer. He currently works as a specialist with Apple Retail and is the social chairman of Sigma Phi Delta, a professional engineering and computer science fraternity at Wright State.

Emily Millar
Senior, Biomedical Engineering

millar.4@wright.edu

I am a senior Biomedical Engineering student and I am working on my Master's with a focus in Neuroengineering through the 4+1 program. I am involved in the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, I am a student ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and I am the activities coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Morgan Miller
Junior, Electrical Engineering

miller.1076@wright.edu

I am a junior in electrical engineering... I currently spend my days interning at the label/printer company, Avery Dennison. During the school year I am an EGR 1010 teaching assistant and a tutor in the math learning center. I am the Vice President of Programming for the engineering sorority on campus, Phi Sigma Rho. Along with being a peer mentor, I am also a CECS Student Ambassador, a national member of the Society of Women Engineers, a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, and a part of the WSU honors program. When I'm not studying or working, you will find me eating Chipotle, drinking coffee, playing with my dog, watching Netflix... or all four at the same time!

Thao Nguyen
Junior, Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

nguyen.116@wright.edu

I am a junior BME-preMed student. I was TA for CS 2570. Currently, I am working as a lab research assistant in Chemistry for Dr. Turnbull and Dr. Cubberley. I am a member of CJ McLin Scholars Association and BMES.

Drew Ratzel
Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

ratzel.2@wright.edu

Hi my name is Drew. I graduated high school from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center studying Biotechnology and am now a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major on the pre-med track. I am hoping to apply for the early assurance program in order to be admitted into medical school with the hope of becoming a pediatrician. When I’m not in class I am either at work at Kohl’s or spending time with my friends.

Daniel Riley
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

reilly.19@wright.edu

I went to Kettering Fairmont High School and ran cross country and track. I am currently a senior enrolled in the 4+1 masters program and will begin masters as soon as I graduate. I study mechanical engineering with thermal-fluids specialization. I intern in the Wright Patterson Air Force Research Labs creating state-of-the-art adhesives and composites for aircraft such as the B-2 and F-35. In my free time, I run marathons and play ice hockey. I am vice president of Tau Beta Pi Ohio Mu.

Jordan Yaney
Junior, Biomedical Engineering

yaney.6@wright.edu

Hi my name is Jordan! I'm a junior BME major from Dayton. This is my second year being a peer mentor. I play on the women's club soccer team at WSU and I work for campus recreation supervising intramurals. I am planning on applying for the 4+1 program this year with a focus in neuroengineering. I am looking forward to a great year!

Laynce Yoder
Senior, Electrical Engineering

yoder.24@wright.edu

I am a senior in Electrical Engineering with VLSI and MEMs focus with a minor in Computer Science. I come from Middletown, Ohio and graduated from Madison Jr/Sr High. Currently I am working as an intern at Ball Aerospace. During the school year I work as the lab technician/assistant for the Electrical Engineering department’s lab management. I am also the treasurer IEEE WSU branch. My goal is to continue my education at WSU by pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering involving signal processing research. After school I would like to like to work in a field involving FPGAs and/or signal processing. Outside of school and work I enjoy playing video games, working on cars, and tampering with electronics in general. Lately I have become quite an audiophile so producing great quality music with great equipment and software has been my big hobby.