Program Alumni
Undergraduates
Kyle Leary

Kyle Leary

Kyle graduated from NSU in Fall 2021 in Engineering and is seeking employment in industry.

Baldwin Akin-Varner

Baldwin Akin-Varner

Baldwin graduated from NSU in Spring 2022 in Physics and is now a Software Engineer at Leidos.

Kellyn Hamilton

Kellyn Hamilton

Kellyn graduated from NSU in Optical Engineering in Spring 2022. She is seeking employment in industry.

Sean Nesbit

Sean Nesbit

Sean Nesbit graduated from NSU in Physics in Spring 2022 and is now in the NSU PhD program.

Niko Conmy

Niko Conmy

Niko completed his Engineering degree in Spring 2022. Niko was part of the Porous Silicon Rocket team and stayed on to help in the lab after graduation. He's now pursuing a career in industry.

Nick Llarena

Nick Llarena

Nick graduated from FLC in Spring of 2022 with a BS in Computer Engineering. He was part of the Senior Sem team with Dr. Jessing on the EBL nano-patterning project. Nick is now a Field Service Engineer at SCREEN-SPE in Oregon.

John Hitti

John Hitti

John completed his Computer Engineering degree at FLC in Spring 2022. He was part of the Senior Seminar EBL nano-patterning project with Dr. Jessing. He's now pursuing a career in industry.

Sarah Bonestell

Sarah Bonestell

Sarah graduated from FLC in Spring 2022 with her Engineering degree. She was part of the EBL Nano-patterning Senior seminar project with Dr. Jessing. She is now pursuing a career in industry.

Alex Motler

Alex Motler

Alex graduated from FLC in December 2021 with a Physics degree. He was active in the EBL Nano-patterning project at both FLC and CU-Boulder. He is back at FLC now taking engineering classes to further his education.

Jacob Frazey

Jacob Frazey

Jacob graduated from FLC with Engineering in Spring 2022. He was part of the EBL Nano-patterning Senior Sem team with Dr. Jessing. He's now a Test Engineer at TerraPower in Bothell, WA.

Jesse Duran

Jesse Duran

Jesse graduated from FLC is Spring 2022 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He was primarily funded by the MARC URISE grant and worked with Dr. Li on the the ddPCR project. He is now working as an Electrical Engineer for Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico.

Kameron Foreman

Kameron Foreman

Kameron graduated NSU in Fall 2021 in Mathematics an is now a Middle School Teacher.

Faith Hinton

Faith Hinton

Faith graduated from NSU in Spring 2022 in Mathematics and is now in a graduate program at Virginia Tech, majoring in Physics.

Nic Theobald

Nic Theobald

Nic graduated from FLC with an Engineering degree in Fall 2021. He was part of the Lung-on-a-Chip Senior Sem team with Dr. Jessing and also worked on the Raman Spectroscopy research with Dr. Li. He is attending CSU for a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.

Ian Hahn

Ian Hahn

Ian graduated from FLC in Spring 2022 with his Engineering degree. He's now an Engineer with Agile Space Industries in Durango, CO.

Elizabeth Blackwater

Elizabeth Blackwater

Elizabeth graduated from FLC with her Engineering degree in Spring 2022. Elizabeth was a researcher on the Porous Silicon Rocket project. She is pursuing a career in industry.

Lily Vonesh

Lily Vonesh

Lily graduated from FLC with a Psychology degree in December 2021. She is now working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at University of Utah Health.

Avery Killifer

Avery Killifer

Avery graduated from FLC with a Math degree. He's now in Officer Candidate school for the US Army.

Tiarra Warren

Tiarra Warren

Tiarra Graduated from NSU in Chemistry in Spring 2021 and is now a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Katrina Detmer

Katrina Detmer

Katrina completed her Engineering degree at FLC in Spring 2021. She is a Produce Development Engineer at PADT, Inc. in Litchfield Park, AZ.

Tommy Swimmer

Tommy Swimmer

Tommy graduated from FLC in Spring 2021 with an Engineering degree. Tommy is now an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) at Colorado Department of Transportation.

James Ferguson

James Ferguson

James graduated from FLC in Spring 2021 with a Computer Engineering degree. James is now a Design Engineer for Accel-RF in Durango.

Noelle Pierce

Noelle Pierce

Noelle graduated from NSU in Spring 2021 with a Biology degree and is now in a PhD program for Materials Science at Boston Univeristy.

Kory Wells

Kory Wells

Kory graduated from NSU in Spring 2021 with a Chemistry degree. He'll be entering an MD/PhD program at Meharry Medical College.

Cesar Molina

Cesar Molina

Cesar completed an Engineering degree at FLC in 2021. He is now a Graduate Engineer at SEH, Inc. in Durango, CO

Zachry Szura

Zachry Szura

Zachry graduated from FLC in Spring 2021 with an Engineering degree. He was affiliated with PEAQS, a researcher on the Senior Seminar Lung on a Chip project; his team developed a new design for the microfluidic device that is being used in the project. Zachry is interning at a local engineering firm, and then will move to Phoenix where he plans to work in industry. Eventually he plans to pursue a graduate degree.

Koby Vargas

Koby Vargas

Koby graduated from FLC in Spring 2021 with his degree in Engineering. Koby was active on the Thermoelectric Device team for two years. He is now a Hardware Engineer for Mindlance @ Meta in Redmond, WA.

Mark Torres

Mark Torres

Mark graduated from FLC in Spring of 2021 with an Engineering degree. Mark was affiliated with PEAQS, a researcher on the Senior Seminar Lung on a Chip project; his team developed a new design for the microfluidic device that is being used in the project. He's now working as a Data Analyst in Austin, TX

Alex Romme

Alex Romme

Alex graduated from FLC with an Engineering degree in Spring of 2021. Alex was affiliated with PEAQS, a researcher on the Senior Seminar Lung on a Chip project; his team developed a new design for the microfluidic device that is being used in the project. He's now a Propulsion Test Engineer for Agile Space Industries in Durango, CO.

Ashah Koech

Ashah Koech

Ashah Koech graduated from NSU in Engineering in Spring 2021 and is now in the Engineering Masters program at NSU.

Madison Brooks

Madison Brooks

Madison graduated from NSU in Spring 2021 in Engineering and is now an Engineer at Micron Technologies.

Cooper Wiens

Cooper Wiens

Cooper graduated from FLC in Spring of 2020 with a Biochemistry degree. He was an active leader in the Lung on a Chip project and will work with researchers in Summer of 2021 to continue knowledge transfer. Cooper is deciding whether he'll pursue a career in medicine or medical research and will be applying to graduate programs for Fall 2022.

Madeline Stalder

Madeline Stalder

Maddy graduated from FLC in December 2020. After coming to FLC for a summer research experience, Maddy decided to stay and worked on PEAQS research for three years. Maddy is now in a PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maddy was the recipient of FLC's Taylor Gibbons Award (Most Outstanding Physics Student of the Year).

Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams

Marcus graduated from FLC in Spring of 2020 and was affiliated with PEAQS for two years, his primary funding being an NIH MARC grant. Marcus was a lead on the Lung on a Chip research with Dr. Jeff Jessing. He was spent two years in a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is now in the UC Berkeley MD/PhD program.

Jimmy Sumpter

Jimmy Sumpter

Jimmy graduated from FLC in Spring 2020. He's be pursuing his PhD in Materials Science at University of Wisconsin.

Jacob Harrison

Jacob Harrison

Jacob graduate from FLC in Spring of 2020 with a degree in Biochemistry.

Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman

Thomas graduated from NSU in 2019 and followed his dream of teaching STEM. He's now an 8th grade science teacher at Windsor Middle School, Baltimore County, MD. Here he's pictured demonstrating a rocket launch at Rocket Days in Fall 2018.

High school Students
Grace Martinez

Grace Martinez

Grace graduated from Durango High School in Spring 2022 and is heading to Colorado School of Mines to pursue an Engineering degree.

Denzel Farmer

Denzel Farmer

Denzel graduated from Durango High School in Spring 2021, having completed his senior year full time at FLC as a concurrent student. He's starting at Columbia University in New York in Fall 2021, where he plans to major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

Kalista Pena

Kalista Pena

Kalista graduated from Durango High School in Spring 2020 and is now pursuing an Engineering degree at FLC.

Patty Pena

Patty Pena

Patty graduated from Durango High School in Spring 2020 and is now pursuing a Computer Engineering degree at FLC.

graduates
Maitreyee Pharande, NSU

Maitreyee Pharande, NSU

Maitreyee graduated in 2021 in Engineering and is now working at NVIDIA.

Charles Owusu-Ansah, NSU

Charles Owusu-Ansah, NSU

Charles graduated in 2021 in Engineering and is now working at Micron Technologies.

Vu Pham

Vu Pham

Vu Pham graduated in 2021 in Engineering and is now working for Liin Technologies, Inc.

Jonathan Valenzuela

Jonathan Valenzuela

Jonathan completed his Masters in Materials Science at NSU in 2021 and will be entering the PhD program at Lehigh University.

Aslam Khan

Aslam Khan

Aslam graduated from NSU in 2020 with Electrical Engineering and is now in a PhD in ECE at University of Florida, Gainsville.

Nived Mukundan

Nived Mukundan

Nived graduated from NSU graduate program in Electrical Engineering in 2020. He completed an internship at Micron and is now employed at TSMC.

PostDocs
Jun Nishida

Jun Nishida

Jun completed his postdoc at CU Boulder in 2021 an is now an assistant professor at University of Tokyo