Alumni Profile

Catherine Rogers

Student Leader: Kellsi-Amber Ellis

As a freshman, taking EAS199, it was amazing to me that the whole set up for the class actually works- and works well. It wasn't hard to see that the Student Leaders were really a quintessential part in making that happen, of course under the leadership and hustle of such a caring professor. Without someone like Bill investing in the students, none of this would be possible."

What did serving as a Student Leader mean to you? What motivated you to participate?
As a freshman, taking EAS199, it was amazing to me that the whole set up for the class actually works- and works well. It wasn't hard to see that the Student Leaders were really a quintessential part in making that happen, of course under the leadership and hustle of such a caring professor. Without someone like Bill investing in the students, none of this would be possible. I wanted to be a part of something like that, and be able to help other freshman get something out of the class like I did- rather than just float through and look for a passing grade.

A memory that remains with me from my Student Leader days is:
Seeing my first set of teams work together on their turbine and become a unified group was amazing. There is a recognizable moment in the semester where the teams are no longer just working side by side another classmate- rather they start to work as one unified group comprised of individuals that all bring something to the table. Being able to see that turning point, and knowing I was the person that facilitated that moment is amazing.

Any leaders you'd like to shout-out to?
Not so much a student leader, but my TA freshman year Nick Marchesiello was a great inspiration- and he did it without really even trying. He was just a cool, respectable guy that knew how to get things done, yet still have a light not so serious attitude about things.