Dean's Leadership Institute

The Dean's Leadership Institute was initiated in the 1994-95 academic year as a prestigious opportunity for the College of Engineering and Computer Science to recognize excellent students and provide unique opportunities for networking as juniors and seniors prepare to start a career. With the goal of initiating dialogue between outstanding Wright State engineering and computer science students and preeminent engineering and computer science community leaders, the Dean's Leadership Institute continues to assist and distinguish outstanding students while also recognizing community leaders.

Student selection to the Dean's Leadership Institute is based upon academic achievement, leadership skills, and commitment to participation. Only 15 to 20 junior-and senior-level students are chosen by department chairs to participate each year.

Speaker selection is based upon several criteria including success in the engineering and technology field, personal and humanitarian contributions to the community, and commitment to sharing ideas and experiences with students.

2014-15 Students

Miranda Beyer
Mechanical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Glen Este High School
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

In high school Miranda was captain of the JV and varsity swimming team. Her leadership abilities are demonstrated as she works with teens at a local church, as well as leads music at the church. She has helped several churches with music for the past seven years. In addition to her studies at Wright State University, Miranda is an Engineering Intern at Rieck Services. After receiving her bachelors degree, Miranda wants to pursue a professional engineering license. She wants to show female students that science or engineering degrees are available and attainable.

Marcus Bracey
Mechanical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2016
High School: Beavercreek High School
Hometown: Beavercreek, OH

Marcus was captain of the cross-country team at his high school. He is also the president of Wright State Universitys American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and serves as a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, Marcus is a research intern for UES, Inc., located at WPAFB within the Air Force Research Laboratorys Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. Previously Marcus was an undergraduate researcher for the Air Force Research Laboratorys Discovery Lab program. He plans to obtain a graduate degree in mechanical engineering and work within a field related to propulsion, thermal analysis or engine efficiency.

Allison Colvin
Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Bishop Fenwick High School and Ohio Virtual Academy
Hometown: Johnstown, Ohio

In high school, Allison was a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-County Music Society. She attended the High OBrian Youth Leadership Conference and Buckeye Girls State. In addition, she served in several leadership positions in her high school band. Her leadership continued as Vice President of her graduating class. While attending Wright State University, Allison has served as Scholarship Chair and Standards Board Member of the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho and is currently Vice President of the later group. She is a member of the Deans Student Advisory board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Allison helped set up and run the Engineering in Medicine Program, and she is the Public Relations Chair for the Biomedical Engineering Society. Besides serving on the University Advisory Board, Allison has been an undergraduate teaching assistant for anatomy, and is a student ambassador and a Peer mentor for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Allison has attended the Omicron Delta Kappa Leader 2 conference, and she was a team leader with high school students on a mission trip to Tennessee to help flood victims. Allison is beginning in the BS/MS program in the fall in Neuroscience Engineering with hopes to become a dentist and orthodontist. If her plans change, Allison would use her neuroscience engineering techniques in a hospital setting to help patients with neurological disorders.

Joshua Compaleo
Electrical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Wayne High School
Hometown: Huber Heights, OH

Joshua founded the senior carnival tradition at his high school, and was member of the Sinclair Honors Society. He presently works at the ATR center at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Joshua would like to continue his education when he completes his undergraduate degree.

Adam Cruz
Computer Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2017
High School: Man High School
Hometown: Man, WV

Adam is a civilian employee of the United States Air Force. He has been an Airman Leader and has been the Deputy Chief Architect for measurement and signature intelligence at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center from 2009 to the present. Adam is responsible for $2 million in high-performance computing assets. His goal is to pursue a career as a Principal Technical Analyst and chief computing architect.

Jessica Goddard
Biomedical Engineering Pre-Med

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Edmond North High School
Hometown: Rosamond, CA

Jessica attended the University of Central Oklahoma for her Freshman and Sophomore years where she held multiple leadership roles as Treasurer of The Society of Women Engineers as well as event coordinator. In addition, Jessica served on the leadership team of her sorority as Outreach Chair and New Member Trainer. In her research lab, she was the head research assistant responsible for training new students and directing experiments. After transferring to Wright State University, Jessica became a College of Engineering and Computer Science Peer Mentor and an undergraduate TA for the anatomy department. Jessica plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2015 and become a physician.

Isaac Hampton
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: A BEka Academy High School
Hometown: Hickam AFB, HI

Isaac was treasurer of the Wright State University German Club from 2012-2013, and led the club alongside two different presidents in a long resurgence from a dying club to a successful club. He is presently the moderator of an interest discussion board where he oversees, implements and enforces policy changes. Isaacs current plans include an engineering co-op in Summer 2015 followed by a career in either industrial or human factors engineering. He would welcome moving overseas where he could use his German skills. At some point after he has industry experience, Isaac may consider graduate work and a subsequent career in teaching.

Katherine Hitchcock
Materials Science Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Dayton Christian High School
Hometown: Springfield, OH

Katy is a recitation instructor and TA for the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department. In addition, she is a part of the college ambassadors program, the Society of Women Engineers treasurer, and a member of the Deans Student Advisory Board and Engineers Without Borders. After obtaining her bachelors degree, Katy would like to pursue her PhD in bioengineering, teach at the university level and participate in research in the bioengineering field.

Stephanie Martens
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Dublin High School
Hometown: Dublin, OH

Stephanie is the president of the Institute for Industrial Engineers at Wright State University. Under her leadership, the club attained the Gold award for the first time and membership doubled. In addition, their funds increased 12-fold. Stephanie is also a member of the BIE Student Advisory Council and works to host events to encourage interaction between students and faculty. She has previously been involved with the Society of Women Engineers, Wright Engineering Council, and the Peer Mentor Program. Additionally, Stephanie accompanied Dr. Parikh on a visit to a local high school in advocating the Institue of Industrial Engineers, Wright State University and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Stephanie plans to move to St. Louis, Missouri and secure a job in either manufacturing or consulting. She may possibly pursue an MBA.

Alyssa Piasecki
Biomedical Engineering Pre Med

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Fort Jennings High School
Hometown: Fort Jennings, OH

Alyssa has served as a leader and role model for students through tutoring for the College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Success Center. She also provided support to students as a lab assistant for the mathematics department at Wright State University. Alyssa is presently a College of Enigneering and Computer Science student ambassador, which involves leading tours, giving presentations and aiding with various activities. She is currently working as an Applied Neuroscience SOCHE intern through the Air Force Research Laboratory at WPAFB. Alyssa previously gained a years experience as a Human Performance Research Intern at Leidos. After receiving her Bachelors degree, Alyssa plans to complete work for a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. She will continue her intern position at AFRL, then would like to pursue a career in human performance research focused on neurophysiological monitoring.

Dave Pyles
Electrical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2016
High School: Greenon High School
Hometown: Enon, OH

Davids first leadership role was presenting multiple proposals to the Enon Village Council to have them upgrade Enon Park to include a skate park, since the closest skateboard park was in Yellow Springs. He was successful in his endeavors and learned not only that a single person can make changes, but also that there has to be a leader to make changes. David spent seven years in the United States Army, and trained and became a Special Forces Engineer where he demonstrated great organizational skills and meticulous accountability of equipment. His service included more than one deployment. David would like to be a successful engineer who has helped to benefit the lives of many people. He states, "Professional work will always be my minimum standard, with customer service being just as important as quality research and products." David currently works for SOCHE in the year round internship program in the AFIT Radar Instrumentation Laboratory where he is the lead researcher focused on low-power processors performing signal analysis.

Daniel Rapking
Biomedical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2016
High School: Taylor High School
Hometown: Cleves, OH

In high school, Daniel held many leadership roles including Student Council, Key Club and National Honor Society. He was president of the National Honor Society, and Varsity tennis captain and golf co-captain. Through his participation in these organizations, he learned the values of scholarship, service, character and leadership. At Wright State University, Daniel is president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, as well as a College of Engineering and Computer Science student ambassador. He has a contract with SOCHE to work at the Air Force Research Laboratory in a compression after impact study to model damage evolution in composites in an attempt to model and predict their behavior for use in aerospace materials. After graduation, Daniel is interested in pursuing a career in the field of prosthetics.

Justin Scothorn
Computer Science

Expected Graduation: 2016
High School: West Carrolton High School
Hometown: West Carrolton, OH

After working in the labor industry, Justin came to Wright State University to better his life. He is now a teaching assistant where he has been in charge of running several labs and lectures independently when the professor needed to miss class. Justin also assists with teaching and grading all classwork in the labs. Additionally, he has an internship through SOCHE at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Justin would like to begin his career in the software field of computer science, while continuing his education to obtain his masters degree and possibility PhD. Eventually Justin would like to pursue a career in teaching.

Ian Wolford
Material Science

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Kettering Fairmont High School
Hometown: Kettering, OH

Ian is working at a co-op on WPAFB with AFRL, where he is involved with the Ceramics and Composites Branch. In the recent past, he has worked with Dr. Rob Williams in his Summer/Year-at-the Edge internship, where he received what he calls a "crash course" in research, integrity and leadership. Ian has previously worked in printing where he held manager and supervisor positions. The number of employees he supervised grew in the time he was in the supervisory position. Ian has now chosen Material Science and Engineering as his route to assist in finding and implementing supply solutions to our worlds demand for energy. As part of the 4+1 program, Ian plans to seek a Masters degree so that he can have a more marketable skill set in either public or private work. He would love to work for the Department of Defense or Department of Energy in a research capacity.

Angelica Zampini
Biomedical Engineering

Expected Graduation: 2015
High School: Perry High School
Hometown: Perry, OH

Angelica is a student researcher at Wright State Universitys biomedical imaging lab for the Biomedical Scholars Training and Research Program. She is also a university honors student, President of the Biomedical and Industrial Engineering Student Advisory Council, on the leadership council for Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and secretary of Society of Women Engineers. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Engineers in Medicine and Biology. In Summer, 2012, Angelica worked at Case Western Reserves Medical Center and University Hospitals Imaging Research Lab in the Pediatrics Summer Undergraduate Research Program. She is a co-author on a journal article to be published, and has presented her research to several conferences. After obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees in an accelerated BS/MS program, Angelica plans to work for a medical imaging company doing clinical research to fulfill her passion for neuroimaging.