Meet the Clark Scholars

Brandon Adiele

Los Angeles, CA

Computer Science

Hobbies

I thoroughly enjoy playing sports, such as soccer and basketball. I also love listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and occasionally playing video games.

Future Goals

I aspire to obtain a job as a software developer after graduating from college. I want to work on exciting and innovative projects within the technology industry, and hopefully become an entrepreneur one day.

Emily Kim

Duluth, GA

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Hobbies

I enjoy playing video games, reading, and drawing.

Future Goals

I want to either develop medicine, conduct research, or work at a firm – I’m not completely sure yet.  I love collaborating and hope to work in an engineering team in the future as part of my career.

Henghak Kun

Philadelphia, PA

Computer Science

Hobbies

I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, playing videogames, volleyball, frisbee, chess, climbing, and trying new things.

Future Goals

While I am unsure on what career I intend to pursue as of yet, I want to spend my time at Penn getting well versed in the language of technology. Ever since I learned about the capabilities and the uncapped range of possibility that exist within the world of code(e.g. artificial intelligence), I have hoped to get acquainted with such a field and be able to expand it by exploring new possibilities.

Nathaniel Lao

Sunnyvale, CA

Computer Science

Hobbies

I like gaming, solving Rubik's cubes, badminton, and just learning about the world.

Future Goals

Most of my goals are to get into one of the large tech companies and to change the world through my studies.

Nhat Le

Pennsauken, NJ

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I like playing basketball, running, drawing, and playing videogames.

Future Goals

I would like to study mechanical engineering (as well as software engineering) with the ultimate goal of working in the field of robotics. In the future, I wish to have the opportunity to spread my knowledge to students in Vietnam, my place of birth.

Abdinajib Mohamed

South Saint Paul, MN

Electrical Engineering

Hobbies

Learning about the "why" of things as they relate to world history and technology. I also like watching a lot of Sci-Fi, Vox, and Science Youtube/shows.

Future Goals

My goal is to create a job that doesn’t currently exist.  This means I want to combine one or two things that I want to work on that will push human civilization forward in technology (and just life in general).

Tasneem Pathan

Wayne, NJ

Computer Science

Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, finding new places to eat, and watching Netflix. I also like to play the clarinet and tutor kids in math and computer science.

Future Goals

I am really excited to take advantage of the various research opportunities at Penn, particularly in the fields of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. After graduating, I plan on going into the industry and using technology to make a positive impact on society.

Skylar Rearick

Lake Mary, FL

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

In my free time I enjoy watching shows like The Office, Parks and Rec, Brooklyn 99, and Criminal Minds (also recently just rewatched Avatar: The Last Airbender), talking or meeting with friends, listening to music or playing video games. Occasionally, I also like to pick up embroidery and crocheting.

Future Goals

I’ve always wanted to end up somewhere in the realm of robotics or the high-tech industry. I’m not sure exactly what that might look like yet, but I’m excited to learn more and explore my options for pursuing that at Penn. I was also super involved in SkillsUSA throughout high school, which is an organization that aims to give career and technical education students career-readiness skills and I would like to continue to find ways to advocate for reform in America’s education system.

Rachael Tamakloe

Virginia Beach, VA

Systems Engineering

Hobbies

Usually, I spend my free time either reading books (Fantasy Fiction is the genre I typically go for), watching television shows (I'm currently obsessed with the Big Bang Theory), playing field hockey or working out at my local gym.

Future Goals

Being someone who has always had a grand appreciation for the field of engineering and its varied applications to our everyday life, I hope I am able to find my place in the very large and complex domain of study that engineering is. Being able to not only grow knowledge in my chosen concentration but also being able to cultivate the confidence in knowing that I have chosen the right path towards my future is an important goal I genuinely hope to achieve at Penn.

Sergio Torres

Englewood, NJ

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I have been playing soccer since I was 7 and I've played at the club and school level. I like to bike around my town to get some fresh air, and I recently started to learn how to skateboard.

Future Goals

My goal is to build a foundation for engineering and develop a skill set that will benefit me in varying areas of my life. I’m still not sure if Mechanical Engineering will be my major so I would like to try out different fields to see which is the best match for me.

Abdurazaq Aribidesi

New York, NY

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I spend time with friends, watch videos, play games, cook or do photography.

Future Goals

I want to learn more about medical devices and one day make my own in order to help people.  I might also want to start my own firm in order to continue my work in this field.

Abdelwahab Babiker

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hobbies

I love playing and watching soccer, playing the trombone and hanging out with my friends.

Future Goals

I hope to get an MBA and return to my home country, Sudan, to innovate and engineer solutions surrounding the energy and environmental.

Ricardo Gonzalez

San Antonio, TX

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I enjoy playing music, specifically piano and drums, as well as music production, photography, and film making.

Future Goals

After college, I plan on applying my knowledge in engineering to design mechanisms to benefit society. Eventually, I would like to start my own company in the technology industry and be able to make a widespread impact in the lives of others.

Brendan Kim

Ellicott City, MD

Electrical Engineering

Hobbies

I enjoy hiking, soccer, exploring, watching Netflix, and trying new foods.

Future Goals

Create a more sustainable community, improve solar power and cost.

Fatima Koroma

Olney, MD

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I like to listen to music, read, and watch TV shows. I also really enjoy activities that allow me to fundraise and volunteer in my community.

Future Goals

I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I hope to have a career in product design and development. I want to be able to be creative with what I learn at Penn.

Terence Lin

Brentwood, NY

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

I like to play sports (like basketball) and video games. I also like to socialize with other people and hang out.

Future Goals

I would like to hopefully get a job in the future that I am happy with and that is related to my major. I also hope I meet new people majoring in engineering, and I would like to be able to help others in whatever way possible.

Sadek Munawar

Queens, NY

Bioengineering

Hobbies

I enjoy playing soccer and cricket. In addition to playing sports, I like to read, play chess and video games.

Future Goals

I plan to obtain a BSE degree in Bioengineering and do research in medical device design and tissue engineering. After graduating from Penn, my goal is to work at the forefront of impactful product development in the medical field.

Aisha Olapade

Plainsboro, NJ

Computer Science

Hobbies

I spend most of my free time finding recipes, editing videos, and watching old movies. I also try to spend a lot of my free time outdoors, where I usually workout, read, or hangout with friends.

Future Goals

At Penn, I hope to make use of the vast research opportunities available, and as of right now I am interested in researching artificial intelligence. After graduating, I will either obtain a master’s degree or go straight into the industry as a data scientist. Whichever path I take, I hope to be able to expose young girls to the idea that they can grow up and excel in STEM.

Jim Ren

Naperville, IL

Computer Science

Hobbies

I enjoy fishing, playing guitar, and singing!

Future Goals

I hope to go into entrepreneurship and engineering and be able to work on exciting new projects that will change the field. While I am unsure of my direct career path, I’m excited to see what opportunities Penn will provide me in the field of technology!

Davis Tran

Pennsauken, NJ

Computer Science

Hobbies

I'm a big music person. I love drumming and listening to music. I also love going out with groups of friends, and exploring new places to eat and chill out.

Future Goals

My interests are still very broad.  I’m open to pursuing a career as a Software Engineer for medical devices or as a Data Scientist in the field of genomics or robotics.

Estelle Burkhardt

Point Arena, CA

Bioengineering

Hobbies

Some of my miscellaneous hobbies include, sketching, swimming, chess, kicking back with friends, reading fiction, hiking, listening to music and exploring Philadelphia.

Future Goals

I plan on receiving a BSE in Bioengineering and eventually doing service work for Doctors Without Borders, traveling the world offering humanitarian and medical aid.

James Ciardullo

Philadelphia, PA

Computer Science

Hobbies

Playing Video Games, Playing Guitar, Coding, Listening to Music, Watching Youtube Videos.

Future Goals

I wanted to be a mechanical engineer because I was fascinated with how mechanisms worked and I love robotics and coding. I don’t really have any future career plans yet but at some point I’d like to work for Google, Microsoft, and/or Boston Dynamics. I’m excited to do my undergraduate research at Penn in the future!

Francesca Cimino

New City, New York

Bioengineering

Hobbies

I thoroughly enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and friends and listening to music. I also try to volunteer whenever I can.

Future Goals

My love of math and science, along with my desire to make an impact on people’s lives, leads me to pursue bioengineering. I know that my Penn education, as well as all the resources available to me, will allow me to achieve my career goals and become a successful and productive individual.

Natasha Dilamani

Great Neck, NY

Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

My hobbies include watching movies and listening to music. I am also an active person, so I enjoy playing basketball, snowboarding, throwing around a frisbee, and exercising.

Future Goals

I don’t know exactly what career I want, but I know that I want it to involve designing products and building them. I selected mechanical engineering as my major because I think it’s awesome that it combines creativity, problem solving, and mechanics into one discipline. I just think it’s super cool to be able to design a product and bring it to life!

Quincy Hendricks

Carmel, CA

Bioengineering

Hobbies

I enjoy ultimate frisbee. However, when I have time off from school, I like to simply relax.

Future Goals

I plan to work on brain-computer interfaces. I have decided to do bioengineering with a concentration in neuroengineering and a minor in computational neuroscience. Eventually, I hope to conduct research into simulating the mind on a computer.

Rozina Hidaru

Seattle, WA

Computer Science

Hobbies

I ran track and cross-country in high school, and although I'm not part of teams here at Penn, I still enjoy going on runs to exercise. In my free time I also enjoy reading novels and watching TV.

Future Goals

I decided I wanted to pursue computer science after taking a class at my high school and doing an internship through Girls Who Code at the Amazon campus in Seattle. I realized that I enjoyed coding and I could use this skill to go into virtually any field that interested me. In our technologically advancing world, I want to be able to keep up with these advances, and possibly contribute to them. I’m excited to be at Penn because of the amazing computer science program, and I’m glad I also have the opportunity to explore other interests as well.

Fahmida Lubna

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hobbies

I really enjoy painting and gardening. Depending on the weather, I would spend time outside gardening or stay indoors and work on an art piece.

Future Goals

I am intrigued by the idea of using chemical properties to manipulate the biological functions. I also like the fact that we can apply those properties not only to existing biological systems but also engineer new devices for our advancement. That is why I hope to pursue research in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Ryan Martinez

Muncie, Indiana

Computer Science

Hobbies

In my free time, I enjoy skateboarding, playing volleyball and playing ping pong. I am on the intramural volleyball team and in the ping pong club.

Future Goals

After graduating from Penn, I hope to jump right into industry, working in some capacity with artificial intelligence, language processing or both. I chose to study Computer Science because I think it provides a unique toolset for solving challenging, real-world problems.

Brandon Reid

New Milford, CT

Computer Engineering

Hobbies

Music Production, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting, Piano, Cello, Singing, Video Games

Future Goals

I decided to pursue Penn engineering because not only do you learn, but you also learn how to apply that knowledge to real world situations. In the future I hope to develop my own robotics company within a certain niche (home improvement, health, or warfare). I hope with the knowledge I gain and the connections I make, I am able to make my dream a reality.

Bahda Shin

San Jose, CA

Computer Science

Hobbies

My hobbies include sports such as basketball and volleyball. I also enjoy playing instruments such as the piano and trumpet. On my days off, I do enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking.

Future Goals

I would love to pursue studies in computer science simply because I enjoy programming, learning and implementing algorithms. In addition, I am very excited to learn and expand upon the current trends and developments in the field and understand its implications concerning general technology. I’m eager to narrow my focus and discover which particular track I should head in upon interacting with excellent professors, faculty, and peers.