Former Staff

Former Staff

Gabriella Gonzalez

Gabriella Gonzalez : Summer Program Staff

Summer Program Staff

Gabriella is a Civil Engineering/Architectural Studies major (2025) at Northeastern University. A former Summer Bridge and UPLIFT scholar who participated in faculty-led research, she tested Boston rainwater samples and studied the city’s flood banks her first semester of college. Beyond academic interests, Gabriella is an immigrants’ rights activist and loves the outdoors— whether it’s on a ski mountain or a tropical beach. Gabriella belongs to a rainbow of cultures and heritages being from New Orleans, and speaks Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

Tyree Thompson

Tyree Thompson : REU-POWER Coordinator

REU-POWER Coordinator

Tyree is a Bioengineering student (2021) concentrating on Cell and Tissue Engineering here at Northeastern University. She is a member of the S-POWER cohort, having transferred from Clark Atlanta University. Tyree has a passion for STEM related topics as well as youth outreach.  Programs such as The National Student Leadership Conference - Biotechnology are how she solidified her major. While in Atlanta she tutored middle school students in math, science and English.  Tyree completed a summer research program at UCLA focusing on colon cancer research through their Biochemistry and Chemistry with Dr. Albert Courey.

While attending Northeastern University, she has had the privilege of assisting Dr. Eno Ebong with research on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the narrowing of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque leading to heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease. In the spring of 2020 Tyree had the opportunity to complete a co- op as a research assistant under Dr. Rebecca Carrier focusing on drug delivery methods. Tyree is excited to share her wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of STEM in hopes that other students will find their passion in this area as well.

Natasha Zaarour

Natasha Zaarour : Student Program Staff (on Co-Op)

Student Program Staff (on Co-Op)

Natasha is a Behavioral Neuroscience and Global Health student (2024) on the Pre-Medical track. She loves neuroscience because it combines her love of both biology and psychology to explain the behaviors and thoughts of humans. She found a passion for STEM while participating in her high school's science fair and math team. On campus, Natasha is involved in Global Medical Brigades, NEURONs, and the Arab Student Association. She also tutors high school students in the Greater Boston Area in STEM disciplines. At the Center for STEM Education, Natasha implemented the Young Scholars Program virtually as coordinator in 2020. She also coordinated the first session of Pathways to Science and Engineering in Fall 2020. Outside of the classroom, Natasha enjoys cooking, swimming, and traveling.

Sakura Gandolfo

Sakura Gandolfo : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Sakura is a Pharmacy major (2023) at Northeastern University. She became involved with the Center for STEM following her participation in the Young Scholars Program, a six week high school research program. During the program, Sakura worked in Professor Carol Livermore's lab, focusing on origami-enabled liver tissue engineering, and she was given the opportunity to present her research at a science conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Sakura has also worked as a counselor for various summer STEM programs hosted by the Center for STEM and oversaw middle school and high school students. Outside of school, Sakura enjoys figure skating, hiking, and collecting watches.

Sena Szczepaniuk

Sena Szczepaniuk : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Sena is a Biology major (2023) on the Pre-Medical track at Northeastern. Throughout high school biology became Sena's passion and her introduction to biotechnology in high school helped shape her career path at Northeastern. She has always had a passion for STEM subjects as well as working with younger students. Sena was a reading mentor to elementary students and she tutored younger high school students in chemistry and math. At Northeastern, Sena is a member of Global Medical Brigades, Marine Biology club, and Francophone club. Outside of school, Sena enjoys fishing, hiking, and volunteering.

Kelly Ma

Kelly Ma : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Kelly is a Computer Science student (2023) at Northeastern University who was originally admitted as a Mechanical Engineering major. She's been interested in STEM throughout her education and volunteered at her highschool's MakerSpace. At Northeastern she's involved in the First Gen Low Income Student Union and other cultural clubs. Outside of school, she enjoys painting, nail art, and cooking.

Karen Zhu

Karen Zhu : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Karen Zhu was originally a Mechanical Engineering major but made a switch her second year to a Computer Science major (2023). Ever since high school, she was passionate about volunteering and STEM. In college, she joined STEMout, a STEM outreach organization, that allowed her to teach younger students STEM-related activities. Outside of school, Karen enjoys making Spotify playlists and playing games.

Hadeel Farhan

Hadeel Farhan : Student Program Staff (on Co-Op)

Student Program Staff (on Co-Op)

Hadeel is a Computer Science major (2023) at Northeastern University. She has always been passionate about STEM, enjoyed her physics, math, and computer science classes at school as well as being involved in STEM clubs. During high school, she coached a robotics team and organized a science fair for the younger students. At Northeastern she is involved in cultural clubs and the Mural Club. Her hobbies include painting, reading, and programming.


Chris De Oliveira

Chris De Oliveira : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Chris is a Civil Engineering student (2022) at Northeastern University. He has always been interested in the STEM fields and is involved in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter (ITE). He is currently working at the Center for STEM education helping with office tasks and is also an S-Power student. Outside of academics, Chris enjoys basketball, snowboarding, and watching sports.

MaryBeth Rockett

MaryBeth Rockett : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

MaryBeth participated in the Young Scholar’s Program in 2016 on the research project “Life Cycle Inventories of Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals” under the direction of Professor Matthew Eckelman. She is majoring in Bioengineering at Northeastern and expects to graduate in 2021. She was a program coordinator for the 2018 Young Scholars Program and is looking forward to sharing her passion for STEM and furthering each participant’s interest and exposure to STEM both at Northeastern and throughout Boston.

Brittany Fung

Brittany Fung : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Brittany is a physical therapy student (2021), pursuing a minor in computer science. She has been interested in STEM since she enrolled in a pre-engineering high school. Now she enjoys being able to continue to be involved with technology and engineering even though she chose not to major in either of those particular fields.

Brittany is involved with preparing for and helping out during field trips as well as doing research about new activities that the Center could implement. Outside of the Center, she enjoys programming (but at a very basic level right now) and doing anything involving crafting and creativity. She is especially excited about the emerging concept of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

Nathalie Leger

Nathalie Leger : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Nathalie is a Bioengineering major who graduated in 2021 from Northeastern University. She has loved Biology since elementary school and got involved in other aspects of STEM during high school. She tutored kids in science throughout high school and enjoys working with children and getting them more interested in STEM. Nathalie will be helping with office work and also helping with field trips. At Northeastern, Nathalie is part of BMES, STEMout, and SWE. She likes to bake and loves dogs.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Jonathan is a computer engineering student (2023) at Northeastern University. He has always been deeply interested in all fields of engineering and other STEM fields. he became involved with the Center for STEM following his participation in the Research Experience for Undergraduates summer 2019 session. As a part of Professor Michael Kane's ABLE lab, Jonathan worked to develop and implement applications to visualize large data sets of smart thermostat data. When not in class Jonathan enjoys following car culture, cooking, and skiing.

Colin Bergmann

Colin Bergmann : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Colin was an Environmental Engineering student (graduated 2020) at Northeastern. He became interested in STEM at a young age through taking apart and tinkering with various household appliances. He first started working with STEM outreach at his high school where he worked as a student mentor in his school’s fabrication laboratory. In this position, he introduced teachers, children, and English language learners to the space and helped familiarize them with the machines and software. At Northeastern he is involved in NUHOC, Enabling Engineering, and intramural dodgeball and badminton. Outside of STEM, Colin is passionate about the environment and enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and relaxing in the outdoors.

Emily Chernich

Emily Chernich : YSP Program Coordinator (Graduated)

YSP Program Coordinator (Graduated)

Emily graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Bioengineering (concentration: Bioimaging and Signal Processing). She works at the Center helping lead programming at BPS Schools, public libraries and field trips on campus. She co-lead the EFA Robotics program at the Mendell Elementary School in 2017-2019, and is the YSP coordinator for summer 2019.

Emily loves the outdoors, particularly camping, skiing, and hiking.  She also enjoys traveling and was able to live and research abroad at the Institute for Biomechanics Germany in 2017.

Camara Johnson

Camara Johnson : S-POWER/REU Program Coordinator

S-POWER/REU Program Coordinator

Camara completed her undergraduate education at Hampton University studying Electrical Engineering in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters at Northeastern University studying Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power Electronics. Camara is a member of Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) as well as the Graduate Students of Color Collective (GSCC). She enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending music festivals when she is not studying or working in her lab. Upon graduation, Camara wants to continue to help encourage minority students pursue education and careers in STEM.

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Anya Anya

Anya Anya : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Anya is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major graduating in 2023 at Northeastern University. He has loved all things STEM since elementary school and began getting involved in many ways throughout grade school. He operated his own computer class at a summer camp for two years in high school, and taught his peers and children how to construct, code and then operate their own robots. He has tutored high school students in calculus and algebra. Outside of Northeastern, Anya is a dedicated athlete, with skills and focus in Volleyball and Track and Field.

Josh Miranda

Josh Miranda : Senior Implementation Coordinator

Senior Implementation Coordinator

Tim Fiedler

Tim Fiedler : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Tim is an Industrial Engineering student (2021) at Northeastern. He first became interested in STEM when he joined the FIRST Robotics team at his high school. As a member of the team he was able to improve his programming and engineering skills, as well as, help at STEM outreach events organized by the team. These events focused on increasing interest in STEM by teaching young students about robots and engineering. At Northeastern, Tim is a member of the club ultimate frisbee team and the Biomedical Engineering Society. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, going to sporting events, traveling, and reading.

Brian Januzzi

Brian Januzzi : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Brian is an aspiring Chemical Engineer at Northeastern University. Brian has always been interested in the STEM fields and is involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Chemical Engineering Car Competition (ChemE Car), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Northeastern's Program for Teaching by Undergraduates (NEPTUN). Brian is also currently working with a the Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Research Lab Group. Brian enjoys biking, travelling, and learning random (seemingly) useless information.

Nicholas Fantasia

Nicholas Fantasia : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Nick is a Computer Engineering and Computer Science student at Northeastern. He has been interested in STEM since elementary school and has had years of experience working with children as a counselor at his local Boys and Girls Club. He currently works at the Center for STEM Education helping with office work. He is a member of the Avionics subdivision of Project Karman for AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Outside of academics, Nick enjoys biking, basketball, hiking, traveling, and working with computers.

Maddy Leger

Maddy Leger : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Maddy is a Computer Engineering major with a Business Administration minor graduating in 2018. Maddy has been with the Center for STEM since her freshman year, and with the support and mentorship of the Center for STEM faculty has become a Gordon-CenSSIS Scholar, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Chapter president, and an active research student in Northeastern's Computer Architecture Research Group (NUCAR). Maddy loves helping out with the Friday field trips as well as Building Bridges. She also spent two semesters at the Parker Hill and Mattapan library branches.

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Juan Mesa

Juan Mesa : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Juan is an aspiring Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University. He is originally from Medellin, Colombia but came to the United States at the age of 5, where his parents could offer him a better life. One of his greatest achievements was getting into the College of Engineering at Northeastern University where he hopes to receive his undergraduate degree and, eventually, take his knowledge to the Automobile Industry. He has been a part of various STEM clubs and departments since his arrival at Northeastern, where he also works to aid current and prospective students while establishing engineering awareness programs to local elementary schools. Through hard work and discipline he is determined to bring forth new technologies and leave an impact that will make the world a healthier yet more comfortable place for current and future generations. Some of his interests include working out, going to car shows, socializing, and going out. Feel free to stop him for a chat whenever!

Phoebe Patwell

Phoebe Patwell : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Phoebe is an industrial engineering major. After getting involved with STEM outreach through her high school's FIRST robotics team, she was very excited to have the chance to help support the Center for STEM Education. Her favorite part about working for the Center for STEM is getting to help run field trips and events at Northeastern for students throughout the Greater Boston area like the BPS Science Fair and the Building Bridges program.

Phoebe has worked with the Center for STEM Education since her freshman year and has worked on everything from field trips to outreach at the Curley School to curriculum development. Outside of work, she likes to cook, knit, and play board games with friends.

Sophie Philibert

Sophie Philibert : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Sophie Philibert is a mechanical engineering student (2021). She has always been interested in STEM and has been doing science experiments in her free time since she was a child. Since her sophomore year of high school, Sophie has worked as a private tutor for middle school students struggling in math, science, and English. She became involved in the Center for STEM as a first year student volunteering at field trips. She is now in charge of organizing materials for the field trip activities, helping lead activities, and collecting feedback from students and teachers on the field trip experience. In her first year at Northeastern, she was a Gordon CenSSIS Scholar and conducted computer science research under Professor David Kaeli. Over her spring break, she volunteered installing solar panels for low-income families in California through GRID Alternatives. In her free time, Sophie enjoys playing the violin, cooking, and hiking.

Matthew Swenson

Matthew Swenson : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Matthew is a Second Year Computer Science and Computer Engineering student at Northeastern. He has always been interested in STEM from a young age, whether it was building LEGOs or taking devices apart as often as he could. He has participated in FLL as well as Vex Robotics throughout middle and high school. He enjoys Cross Country, Squash, and biking.

Oscar Yubi

Oscar Yubi : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Oscar is a Civil Engineering student (2021) at Northeastern College of Engineering. He is a NSF S-Power Scholar, an undergraduate scholarship opportunity for URM transfer students interested in completing an engineering degree at Northeastern University with aspirations of working in the energy sector. At his previous institution, he was a mentor to underrepresented high school students in the Jamaica, Queens NY. As a mentor, he tutor high school students with different STEM topics. At Northeastern, he is a very active student organizations member. He is involved in NUASCE (Program Coordinator), NUSBO (Internal Outreach Coordinator), and Engineers without Borders. Also, he is currently involved with research at the laboratory for Structural Testing of Resilience and Sustainability Systems. Outside of Northeastern, Oscar is a passionate with Health/Fitness, traveling and hiking.

Henry Jacobson

Henry Jacobson : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Henry is an undeclared engineering student graduating in 2021 at Northeastern. He has had interest in STEM since he was very young. He realized his passion for math and science from his courses in school. With such a love for these subjects he hopes to help younger students share this passion. Outside of Stem Henry also enjoys playing sports, hockey especially, playing video games, and spending time with friends.

Joey DeSomma

Joey DeSomma : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Joey is a combined Communications and Film and Media Studies major. He attended a STEM focused high school believing he wanted to be an engineer. Soon after beginning school he realized engineering was not for him, but his love for math, science, and learning endured and is what pushed him to work for the Center. Joey is involved in GlobeMed, an organization focused on helping provide clean water to some of the one billion people who don't have access to it. He is working on the creation of videos for the NSF Video Showcase and doing whatever he can for the office. When not working at the Center, Joey can be found eating, running, or watching Netflix.

Jonella Esposito

Jonella Esposito : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Jonella is an American Sign Language student (2019), and looking to continue pursuing a double major in Video Game Design. She has been interested in STEM since she first did Lego Robotics clubs and programs in elementary school. Last year she attended Worcester  Polytechnic Institute pursuing a degree in Video Game Design and has since transferred to  Northeastern.

Jonella is involved with preparing for field trips and helping out in the office. She is also involved in the Parker Hill Library program on Wednesdays. Outside of the Center, she enjoys creating her own animations and other types of art work. She is very excited about including art making it STEAM instead of STEM since she was an art major at a tech school last year.

Zack Shaw

Zack Shaw : Summer Lead Staff (Graduated)

Summer Lead Staff (Graduated)

Zack Shaw was a graduate student studying English at Northeastern. He was a summer counselor for the Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) for three years and co-lead the program his fourth year. He worked at Northeastern's writing center as an English tutor. He is an avid movie watcher and film enthusiast, having seen a movie a day for the past few years. He also enjoys hiking and reading, particularly 20th century American literature.

Gina Bellato

Gina Bellato : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Gina graduated from Northeastern in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies. She played 5 years on the women's club soccer team where she traveled to Nationals in Memphis, TN and Phoenix, AZ. While at Northeastern she worked on environmental advocacy with the Husky Environmental Action Team and she enjoyed camping and skiing with NUHOC, the outdoors club. Her love for biking brought her on a summer dialogue to the Netherlands where she studied sustainable transportation design while biking to several cities on bike superhighways. She brought the Imagining the Future of Transportation program into fruition.

Jenna Kiely

Jenna Kiely : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Jenna Kiely graduated from Northeastern University in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. With an interest in community outreach, she started working at the Center for STEM in June of 2014 and has been involved with the Young Scholars Program, the Summer STEM Program, and field trips. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, running, knitting scarves, and collecting boxes.

Maureen Cabrera

Maureen Cabrera : Project Implementation Coordinator (Former)

Project Implementation Coordinator (Former)

Maureen graduated from Northeastern University in 2015 with a BS in Industrial Engineering and Minor in Business Administration. She coordinated the 2015 Young Scholars Program with Maddy Leger. She was the Project Implementation Coordinator for the Center, where she oversaw and ran the various programs offered by the Center for STEM. Her interest in STEM outreach comes from her love of engineering and passion for teaching and inspiring young minds. She loves to travel and has been to Italy, Israel, France, Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Canada, and various states in America. Maureen enjoys hiking, boating, and beaching. She is very proud to have gotten to meet Jimmy Fallon at Chinese restaurant in Harvard Square.

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Leo Mitchell

Leo Mitchell : Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Student Program Staff (Graduated)

Major: Bioengineering
Club Involvement: STEM Out, Enabling Engineering

Kenneth Afriyie

Kenneth Afriyie : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Kenneth was a first year undergraduate student pursuing a combined major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.  He was involved with the IEEE workshop program, BESS, and the Micromouse team.  His interest in STEM outreach came from the programs he experienced when he was younger.  He liked to help others be exposed to the field and enjoy STEM fields as much as he does.  He performed work around the office and helped prepare projects which were run during the field trips.  Ken enjoys playing soccer and programming.

Bill Chan

Bill Chan : Student Program Staff

Student Program Staff

Bill is a Mechanical Engineering Student at Northeastern. His interest in STEM came from all the physics games he played when he was a kid. He was involved with mentoring kids in high school and always felt that STEM topics were the most fun to teach. Bill helps out around the office and during field trips. Outside of STEM, Bill likes to participate in board games and video games with friends.

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