RFP Current Cohort

Meet our

RFP cohort 2023

Elizabeth Bielen 

Elizabeth is a rising junior at Lehigh University studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Spanish. Originally from New Jersey, she is passionate about water resources engineering, specifically to benefit developing communities in economically disadvantaged countries. As an active member of Engineers Without Borders, Elizabeth has been able to explore this interest first-hand. She recently traveled to a small, poverty-stricken community in the northwest Dominican Republic for an assessment trip of their water distribution system. Elizabeth will work with this community and a local NGO for the next two years to hopefully be able to provide potable water for residents. On campus, she is a sister in Alpha Omega Epsilon, a sorority for women in engineering, and a Rossin Junior Fellow. 

Christina Chen 

Christina is a senior at MIT, studying mechanical engineering, computer science, and business management. She’s passionate about combining technical and business skills to launch her own startup. Currently, she’s working to build a tech product to support small restaurants with big orders from teams. Christina adores hiking, creating art, and connecting with people all across the globe.  

Jason Ding 

Jason is a rising junior at Princeton University concentrating in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Machine Learning. He is from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and he has a variety of experience in nonprofits, research, and technology. At Princeton, Jason is a business associate for the Daily Princetonian and loves baseball, serving as a data analyst for Princeton’s Varsity Baseball team and social chair for Princeton Club Baseball. His hobbies include playing spike ball and creating music, and he is also excited to explore the cultural and industrial landscape of Germany and Europe as a whole. 

Lizzy Geraghty  

Lizzy Geraghty is a senior at the University of Cincinnati, studying Urban Planning with a focus on Design and Development Planning. She’s actively involved as a Student Fellow at the Warren Bennis Leadership Institute and has gained leadership experience through her sorority, where she served on the executive council for two years.  Lizzy can’t wait to explore the Ruhr region and immerse herself in the German language and culture. She’s passionate about photography and meeting new people. In her free time, you’ll often find her hiking, thrifting, and making the most of the region’s public transportation system. 

After graduation, her goal is to pursue a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and work internationally at a design firm. She’s gained valuable practical experience with co-op opportunities from at a local, national, and regional scale. Now, she’s excited to bring her skills to a new adventure in Germany. 

Kade Kelsch 

Kade is a rising senior at Harvard University pursuing an SB in Mechanical Engineering. Originally from Palmer, Alaska, Kade’s hometown has inspired them to turn their skills towards sustainable engineering. They have worked on a variety of projects, including building a traditional wooden Japanese fishing boat and developing a new impact sensor. Last summer, they built an informative virtual reality microchip viewing platform for the Harvard NanoDesign Group. Outside of class, Kade dedicates up to 20 hours a week playing on the Harvard Women’s Rugby team. They enjoy hiking, reading, woodworking, crocheting, rugby, and exploring the culture and cuisines of new places. 

Sam Miller 

Sam is a rising junior at Lehigh University studying Chemical Engineering and Business through Lehigh’s Integrated Business and Engineering honors program. In his time at Lehigh, he has interned at two student-owned tech startups in consulting and product development roles and serves as a leader through involvement with the Lehigh Consulting Group and the IBE Council. Through LCG and IBE Council, Sam creates value for both Lehigh undergraduate students and the firms interested in hiring them by mentoring students, planning networking events to connect students and employers, and matching students with local startups so that they may gain experience in various industries. In addition to professional/academic accomplishments, Sam is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, skiing, and exploring the world around him. He is also excited to improve his German, as he is pursuing a German minor and perhaps a career in a German-speaking country!  

Keya Nandi 

Keya is a rising junior in Economics and Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Delhi, India, she is passionate about studying and understanding the economic implications of a business’s decisions as well as developing analytical solutions for growth. Last summer she got a chance to work with PwC India within Economic consulting where she worked on projects concerning the social sector. In the Spring 2023 semester she studied abroad in Cork, Ireland, where she undertook various courses related to her degree. At the University of Cincinnati, she has served as the Vice President of Marketing for the Business Honors Board as well as the Alumni Coordinator for the Economics Society. In the program, she is excited to indulge in her passion for business in a multicultural environment as well as enhance her skills within her area of interest. Her interests include travelling, reading, dancing, and playing the guitar. 

Sophia Schwerin 

Sophia is a rising junior at the University of Cincinnati majoring in International Business, minoring in German Studies and a certificate in Business Law and Ethics. In the past years, she taught math and Latin at the nonprofit Breakthrough Cincinnati. Previously, she has had the privilege to study abroad in Germany, Croatia, and Russia. Currently, she is a Recruitment Officer for Lindner Women in Business, completeing a research study on management, a student assistant for Lindner Undergraduate Office and volunteering for Breakthrough Cincinnati. In the future, she hopes to work in some form of business law. Some of her interests include hiking, kayaking, and cooking.” 

Nađa Stojanović  

Nađa is a rising junior at Lehigh University, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus in Data Science. She is from Podgorica, Montenegro. At Lehigh, Nađa is involved with multiple student organizations, and serves as a teaching assistant and grader for two programming courses in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is passionate about making coding accessible to everyone and helping students gain a deeper understanding of computer science concepts. As an aspiring data scientist, she believes that technology and data-driven insights can be used to tackle pressing issues in areas such as healthcare and environmentalism. This summer, she hopes to gain more hands-on experience in Machine Learning and research which will inform her future endeavors. 

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