Meet Our Career Peer Advisors
Career Peer Advisors and Student Administrative Assistants serve a critical role in the Engineering Career Center.
Our student employees welcome and direct students, employers, and visitors to appropriate resources; offer an invaluable student perspective needed to create effective programming and services, provide resume & cover letter reviews, practice interviews, practice coding interviews, and so much more!
If you are interested in being a part of our team, email Helen Chandler (email@example.com). We hire Career Peer Advisors on an as-needed basis. Students from all colleges are encouraged to apply.
Austin Brown, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ’23, Information Science
Austin (He/They) is a senior studying Information Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has an interest in Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems and will be pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering following his bachelor’s. Austin has held several positions around Cornell and currently serves as a teaching assistant for Computer Architecture and a Peer Mentor for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As a Coding Peer Advisor, Austin focuses on preparing students with technical interviews and career planning for those interested in software development careers. This will be Austin’s second year working in the Engineering Career Center. Austin enjoys basketball, his hamster (Hammy), video essays, and transportation systems.
Eliz Celik; College of Engineering ‘25
Eliz is a Sophomore in the College of Engineering and is planning to get her Phd in Biomedical Engineering. She was born and raised in North Jersey so is a 3.5 hour driving distance away. Over the summer, her hobbies consisted of walking and painting outside. She also loves to go on picnics, which is what Ithaca and Cornell is perfect for! She is currently a part of the POST program and hopes to continue volunteering through the Meinig Scholars Program as well.
Niamh Moore; College of Human Ecology '23
Niamh is a graduate student studying Public Administration. Originally from Ireland, she moved to London, United Kingdom, to complete an undergraduate degree in psychology with a particular focus on political psychology. During the past year she has worked full time as the elected student union president of her university advocating to the University on behalf of students and supporting students through academic procedures. Niamh hopes to continue to volunteer in Ithaca and enjoys keeping fit and meeting new people.
Melissa Gao; Johnson College of Business, Dyson School ‘23
Melissa is a senior from New York City, majoring in Applied Economics and Management in Dyson, concentrating in Finance. She is also doing a minor in Environment & Sustainability. This past summer, she was a sales & trading summer analyst at Wells Fargo. On-campus, she is a TA for a few classes. During her free time, Melissa enjoys going to the gym, playing badminton, and baking/cooking.
College of Arts & Sciences ‘24
Tristan is currently a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences planning to major in Government. He is from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn but has lived and gone to school all over New York City. Over the summer, Tristan traveled to Barcelona and went to Belize as a part of a service trip where he helped to build a house. In his free time, Tristan is an avid reader who enjoys Tennis, pickup Basketball and still life sketching.
Skyler is currently a senior in the College of Engineering. She is born and raised in New Jersey, and is pursuing a major in Computer Science with a minor in Information Science. Skyler is the captain of the Color-Guard in the Big Red Marching Band, the Treasurer of the Cornell University Indoor Drumline, and a member of Women in Computing at Cornell. In her spare time, Skyler loves to read, crochet, and draw!
Akiko Kelley; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning '24
Akiko is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, majoring in Urban and Regional Studies with a double minor in Business and Inequality Studies. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and over the summer, she worked for an electrical construction company and discovered a multitude of new hobbies, including rock climbing and cooking. This year, she hopes to stay involved in Cornell Tradition events and intramural soccer.
Aminat Ibrahim is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering studying how to reduce thrombosis on implantable cardiovascular devices. In Nigeria, she worked with AXA as a Business transformation analyst and BASF as a graduate intern. Quite recently, she co-founded a start-up that was among the first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing face shields for health workers in Lagos, Nigeria. On-campus, she is the mentoring coordinator for BMEW. Aminat is big on advocating for underrepresented and minority groups; she enjoys hiking/site-seeing, volunteering, and meeting people.
Hanna is a senior in the College of Engineering studying Information Science, Systems, and Technology with a concentration in Data Science. She is from the area, so she knows all the best spots around for food and hiking. In her free time, she loves to read and run, and is also a huge Yankees fan. On campus, she is the Co-President for the Society of Women Engineers and also serves as a Peer Advisor for first year engineers. She is looking forward to soaking up all the amazing opportunities Cornell has to offer in her last year in undergrad.
Kyle Karnuta; Brooks School of Public Policy '23
Kyle is a second-year graduate student studying Public Administration. Kyle has moved around the United States, living in places like Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, GA as a brand marketer for a national beverage company before enrolling at Cornell. She hopes to use her professional experience as both a recruiter and hiring manager to support the applications and job searches of Cornell Engineering students.
Claire Lynch; Brooks School of Public Policy ‘23
Claire is a second-year graduate student in Cornell’s Master of Public Administration program. She is focusing on food systems, sustainable agriculture, and climate adaptive technology. Previously, she has worked with college students in New York City and K-12 students through a Fulbright English Teaching Grant in Madrid, Spain. Claire loves to hike, cook, and enjoy the nature around Ithaca.
Isabel Câmara, College of Engineering ‘25
Isabel is majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Public Policy. She lives in Carmel, NY, where she visits lakes and hikes often. Over the summer, she interned at the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation. On campus, Isabel is a member of the Domestic subteam of Engineers Without Borders project team and the Society for Natural Resources Conservation at Cornell. Outside of academics, she enjoys watching comedies, gardening, and swimming.
Sasha Ryder, School of Industrial and Labor Relations ’25
Sasha is a transfer student from the University of Richmond studying at ILR. She is from Brooklyn, NY but has lived and gone to school all over New York City. During her time at the University of Richmond she was planning on being a business major with a double minor in Classics and Art History. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, making playlists on Spotify and cooking/baking.
Kathy Le, College of Engineering ‘24
Kathy is a Junior studying Biological Engineering. She is from San Antonio, TX and is looking forward to experiencing the seasons at Cornell for the third time! Currently the Co-Operations Chair at Cornell’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Kathy is excited to meet new members and get the club running again after summer break. She loves boba, reading genres of all kinds, singing karaoke, and creating art.
Alondra Rosario, College of Engineering '25
Alondra is a sophomore in the College of Engineering intending to major in Biological Engineering. She was born in New York City but grew up in Allentown, PA. Over the summer, Alondra spent her time exploring new locations around her hometown and traveling to surrounding cities. (Fun Fact: PA has the oldest drive-in movie theater!!) This year, Alondra wants to branch out and join more clubs and organizations at Cornell.
Sruthi Suresh is a sophomore studying Operations Research and Engineering in the College of Engineering. She is originally from New Jersey. On campus, she is a member of Cornell Anjali, Cornell Solar Boat, and is the communications chair of Tamil Sangam. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching tv or hanging out with friends!
Lillian Lau is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Environmental and Water Resource Systems program. Her work focuses on equitable and stable water resource systems management and infrastructure planning under highly-uncertain socioeconomic and climate scenarios. At school, she is the Treasurer of the Society of Asian American Graduate Affairs. She is also a teaching assistant, and hopes to apply her teaching experience as a peer advisor. In her free time, she enjoys learning to cook new types of food, and reading.
Jenifer Bustamante Moreno
Jenifer is a Colombian economist with a master's degree in Public Policy and a candidate for a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University. During the last seven years, she worked in the Colombian government in the infrastructure sector, approving the structuring of projects developed under the Public-Private Partnership scheme and monitoring the risks of contract execution. In 2020, Jenifer co-founded Mind My Emotions, a startup which aims to develop practical and didactic tools to strengthen the socio-emotional skills of children and adolescents in Colombia. Through a methodology of emotional recognition, Jenifer seeks to contribute to solving the most profound social problems in her country. Jenifer has solid quantitative skills, experience designing, structuring, monitoring, and measuring large-scale projects, and knowledge of impact evaluation and programming in STATA. Likewise, Jenifer is passionate about sports like volleyball.