Student Ambassadors

Get the Luddy student perspective

Curious about life at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering? Our Student Ambassadors will tell you all about it. Check out their bios and email them directly with your questions or to set up a one-on-one chat or Zoom.

You can also learn about Luddy life from our Pacesetters. They help ensure that the student experience here is diverse and inclusive.


Undergraduate Ambassadors

Brooke Augustine
Brooke Augustine - Senior
  • Major: Computer Science (Foundations specialization) and Mathematics
  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Email:
  • Laurie Burns McRobbie Serve IT Clinic, Security Intern (Spring 2021)
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
  • Undergraduate Intern, IU Mathematics Department (Spring 2022)
  • The Women in Mathematics Club, Vice President and Founding Member
  • Indiana University Admissions Team (Sunmer 2021)
Arpan Bose
Arpan Bose - Junior
  • Major: Informatics (Sports Marketing & Management cognate)
  • Minor: Sports Marketing & Management
  • Hometown: Kolkata, India
  • Email:
  • Mark Cuban Center for Sport Media & Technology, Intern (2021-present)
  • Adobe, Student Ambassador (2021-present)
  • Luddy Living Learning Center, Lead Peer Mentor (2022-present), Peer Mentor (2021-22)
  • IU Athletics Hoosier Hype Crew, Captain
  • Luddy Marketing & Communications, Photographer (2022-present)
  • IU Student Athletic Board, Chair
Garrett Bradley
Garrett Bradley - Sophomore
  • Major: Informatics (Business cognate)
  • Minor: Business
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Email:
  • Luddy Living Learning Center executive board (2021-2022)
  • Luddy Living Learning Center Peer Mentor (spring 2022- summer 2023)
  • Lauren Burns McRobbie ServeIT Clinic (2022)
Dominique Clark
Dominique Clark - Senior
  • Major: Intelligent Systems Engineering (Nano-engineering concentration)
  • Minor: Mathematics and Physics
  • Hometown: South Bend, IN
  • Email:
  • Luddy Living Learning Center
  • Computer Science research
  • Black Art Coalition member
  • STEM Groups member (2019)
  • Juno Physics Group, Art Assistant
  • Table Tennis Club
Trevor Cutshall
Trevor Cutshall - Senior
  • Major: Informatics (Security cognate)
  • Minor: Security
  • Hometown: Bloomington, IN
  • Email:
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Intern - Grant Thornton (Summer 2022)
  • Rise Program - Capgemini (Summer 2022)
  • Corporate Security Intern - Sallie Mae (Summer 2021)
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
  • Undergraduate Research - Social and Technical Issues associated with the Public Key Infrastructure (Summer 2020)
  • Lauren Burns McRobbie ServeIT Clinic (Fall 2022-present)
LaDonna Emeli
LaDonna Emeli - Senior
  • Major: Informatics (Human Centered Computing cognate)
  • Minor: Web Design & Development, Human Centered Computing
  • Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
  • Email:
  • Google Trust and Safety Bold Intern (Summer 2022)
  • Undergraduate Research - mentored software development projects (machine learning, image processing, neuroscience)
  • Future IU Tech Innovators Club
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Program, fellow
  • Lauren Burnes McRobbie ServeIT Clinic, TeachIT
  • Former Atkins Living Learning Center Academic Committee member
Meredith Fain
Meredith Fain - Junior
  • Major: Computer Science (Security specialization)
  • Minor: Informatics, Math, Graphic Design
  • Hometown: Greenwood, IN
  • Email:
  • Cybersecurity Intern at Conagra Brands in Omaha, Nebraska (Summer 2022)
  • Cybersecurity Club, President
  • FIRST Alumni and Mentors at IU, Secretary and Founding Member
  • IU Office of Admissions Student Ambassador
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
  • Sigma Kappa
Stephan French
Stephen French - Junior
  • Major: Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence specialization)
  • Minor: Business
  • Hometown: Memphis, TN
  • Email:
  • Accenture, Tech Arch Delivery Analyst (Summer 2022)
  • SAS, Technical Intern (Summer 2021)
  • National Society of Black Engineers, Social Chair
  • Dean's Advisor Council on Diversity & Inclusion, Board Member
  • Underrepresented in Teach (UnT)
  • Luddy Living Learning Center, President (2020-21)
  • Luddy Student Government, Chief of Staff
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Strategus
Natalie Hartman
Natalie Hartman - Junior
  • Major: Intelligent Systems Engineering (Bioengineering concentration)
  • Minor: Biology, Mathematics
  • Hometown: Osceola, IN
  • Email:
  • Luddy Student Government - ISE representative
  • IU Student Foundation - Metz Grant committee and L5C2 committee
Peyton Johnson
Peyton Johnson - Junior
  • Major: Computer Science (Security specialization)
  • Hometown: Racine, WI
  • Email:
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • Work with UITS at the library as a Tech Team member
  • Golf Club
Michaela Krawczyk
Michaela Krawczyk - Senior
  • Major: Informatics (Human-Centered Computing cognate)
  • Hometown: Westfield, IN
  • Email:
  • Capgemini RISE Leadership Program
  • ProHealth REU
  • Cox Research Scholar: Research related to media psychology, gender studies, and human-computer interaction
  • Hoosier Scholar Ambassador
  • Creative Coding Club
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
  • Lauren Burns McRobbie ServeIT Clinic, TeachIT Intern (Spring 2020)
  • Luddy Living Learning Center
Shekinah Lungu
Shekinah Lungu - Junior
  • Major: Intelligent Systems Engineering (Cyber-Physical Systems concentration)
  • Minor: Mathematics and Journalism
  • Hometown: Lusake, Zambia
  • Email:
  • eqtble, Intern (Summer 2022)
  • Underrepresented in Teach (UNT), Chairperson
  • Robotics Research, building robot companion for older adults
  • Selected as IU Student Leader by Hillel Jewish Center to travel to Israel and study Isreali-Palestinian War
Carian Perez
Carian Perez - Sophomore
  • Major: Intelligent Systems Engineering (Cyber-Physical Systems concentration)
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Email:
  • LSAMP Research Scholar with the Socioneural Physiology Lab
  • Latina Initiative Coordinator at La Casa Latino Cultural Center
  • Head of Workshops Committee for the Latino Leadership Conference
  • Groups Scholar
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
Kyla Peter
Kyla Peter - Sophomore
  • Major: Data Science
  • Minor: Environmental Sustainability Studies
  • Hometown: Lamar, IN
  • Email:
  • Brown Forman Intern, IT Security Department (Summer 2022)
  • Luddy Student Engagement Committee
  • Luddy Living Learning Center
  • Women in Computing club
Griffin Peters
Griffin Peters - Junior
  • Major:Intelligent Systems Engineering (Cyber-Physical Systems concentration)
  • Minor: Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Hometown: Greenwood, IN
  • Email:
  • Genesys Intern, Software Engineer (Summer 2022)
  • President of Christian Student Fellowship
  • Intermural basketball and soccer
Collin Rassell
Collin Rassel - Junior
  • Major: Data Science (Networks and Applied Data Science specialization)
  • Minor: Business
  • Hometown: Russiaville, IN
  • Email:
  • London School of Economics Study Abroad (Summer 2022)
  • Data Visualization Club
  • Indiana University Ultimate Frisbee Club Captain
  • Herbert Presidential Scholar
Sid Rath
Sid Rath - Senior
  • Major: Computer Science (Data Science specialization)
  • Minor: Business, Informatics
  • Hometown: Miami, FL
  • Email:
  • Ultimate Kronos Group, Software Engineering Internship (Summer 2022)
  • ProcessMAP, Data Science Intern (Summer 2021), Product Management (Summer 2020)
  • Luddy Living Learning Center, President (2019-20)
  • Machine Learing for All at IU, Founder and Executive member
  • FIRST Robotics Alumni and Mentors at IU, Founder and Executive Member
  • Provost of Undergraduate Education Student Advisory Board, Co-President
  • Research in Human-Computer Interaction/design with Honda's Social Robot
Nela Riddle
Nela Riddle - Sophomore
  • Major: Computer Science and Mathematics (Artificial Intelligence specialization)
  • Minor: Data Science
  • Hometown: Columbus, IN
  • Email:
  • CEWiT, Women Who Code Intern (2022-present)
  • Cox Research Scholar, Math Cancer Lab and Social Roles Lab
  • Luddy Living Learning Center
  • Luddy Tutor
Danishjeet Singh
Danishjeet Singh - Sophomore
  • Major: Computer Science (AI specialization)
  • Minor: Data Science, Finance, Statistics
  • Hometown: Punjab, India
  • Email:
  • Research Assistant for IU Computer Vision Lab
  • Tech Lead for Google Developer Student Clubs at IU
  • Luddy Tech Consultant
  • Luddy Living Learning Center
  • IU Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Association
Olivia Venditti
Olivia Venditti - Sophomore
  • Major: Data Science
  • Minor: Statistics
  • Hometown: Mishawaka, IN
  • Email:
  • Cboe (Chicago Board of Options Exchange) Summer Associate for the Options Institute
  • Member of Luddy Living Learning Center
  • UROC Research participant (2021)
  • Women's Rugby Team
Evan Weidner
Evan Weidner - Sophomore
  • Major: Intelligent Systems Engineering (Computer Engineering concentration)
  • Minor: Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Hometown: St Louis, MO
  • Email:
  • IU's Institute of Electrical and Electroincs Engineerst Branch, Secretary
  • Undergraduate Research (2021-22)
  • GTIdea Case Competition (2021-22)
  • Rec Sports - Tennis, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Member of Club Tennis & Chess Club
Brandon Wening
Brandon Wening - Senior
  • Major: Computer Science (Software Engineering specialization)
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship
  • Hometown: Newburgh, IN
  • Email:
  • Dimension Mill, Startup Summer Intern (Summer 2022)
  • Luddy Precollege Summer Program Counselor
  • Textron Aviation, IT Developer Intern (Summer 2021)
  • Luddy Undergraduate Instructor
  • IU Marching Hundred Drumline, Snare Drummer and Drumline Captain
  • Pickleball at IU Club Member
Nora West
Nora West - Senior
  • Major: Cybersecurity & Global Policy
  • Minor: Spanish, Economics, Political Science
  • Hometown: Liberty, IN
  • Email:
  • Study Abroad in Mexico, Network in Defense of Digital Rights Intern (Summer 2022)
  • Reclaim Childhood NGO; Student Consultant
  • United Nations Climate Change Conference Delegate; Student Researcher
  • Defur Voran; Immigration Law Intern (Summer 2021)
  • Research Assistant: Community Engagement to End Child Sexual Exploitation (Spring 2021) & IU Diplomacy Lab, Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
  • Union County Prosecutor's Office; Legal Intern (Summer 2020)
  • Assistant to former Congressman Lee Hamilton; Research, report writing, communications management
  • Visionary Voters Student Organization; Founder

Become an Undergraduate Ambassador

Luddy undergraduate ambassadors talk to high school students and parents about our degrees, career options, and Luddy student life opportunities. By becoming an Ambassador, you’ll build your leadership, presentation, and communication skills, add to your resume, network with students and employers, and provide a service to both prospective students and to Luddy!

Current undergraduate students interested in learning more about joining the Ambassador team should email Lauren Headley at

Graduate Ambassadors

Graduate Ambassadors provide support to prospective and incoming students by sharing useful resources and their valuable experiences both in and outside of the classroom. They are enthusiastic Luddy Graduate students with the passion to help other students find their niche within Luddy, and transition to their life at IU and Bloomington.

By becoming an Ambassador, you can demonstrate leadership and service at a Big 10 University, build your communication skills, add to your resume, network with students and employers, and give back to your school.

For more information about becoming a Luddy Graduate Ambassador contact us at

Pallabi Bhowmick
Pallabi Bhowmick
  • Major(s): PhD in Informatics
  • About Pallabi
    • Pallabi is a Ph.D. student in Informatics. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from India and pursued Master’s Degree in Informatics from Technical University of Munich, Germany. She worked as a Developer in Wipro and Intel before joining Indiana University. On a personal front, she loves to travel, experience different culture, and has thoroughly enjoyed her journeys to more than 20 countries across 3 continents.
Sabid Bin Habib
Sabid Bin Habib
  • Major(s): PhD in Computer Science
  • About Sabid
    • Sabid is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. He works on improving the privacy of the internet of things (IoT) with Dr. Apu Kapadia in the IU Privacy Lab. Sabid is enthusiastic about making friends from diverse cultures, traveling places, taking photos, and playing sports such as cricket and table tennis. Sabid grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and completed his undergrad at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
Pallabi Bhowmick
Vikrant Deshpande
  • Major(s): MS in Data Science
  • About Vikrant
    • Vikrant is a Master student in the Data Science program. His hometown is Pune, back in India, and he has 3.5 years of workex at Deloitte USI as a Consultant/ Data Science Engineer. At IU, he’s working at the CNS center since his first semester, researching on single-cell RNA sequencing methodologies from a data perspective, Machine Learning, and Statistical proofs. He'll also be interning during his Summer to forecast revenue via Time series analysis. Intensive coursework here at IU has been thoroughly rewarding- Machine Learning under Prof. Khardon, ML for signal processing under Prof. Kim, Exploratory Data analysis under Prof. Fukuyama, Applied Distributed Systems, etc
Bhavik Donga
Bhavik Donga
  • Major(s): MS in HCI
  • About Bhavik
    • Bhavik is a Software Engineer turned Product Designer pursuing his Master's in Human-Computer Interaction at Indiana University, Bloomington. Besides work, he loves photography, cooking, traveling, and exploring local cuisines. To know more about him and his work you can visit:
Larry Gates
Larry Gates
  • Major(s): PhD in Computer Science
  • About Larry
    • Larry is a PhD student in Computer Science. He works with Dr. David Leake in research on Case-Based Reasoning. He is one of the associate instructors for one of the intro classes for the Luddy undergraduate computer science class. His PhD Minor was in Instructional Systems Technology (through the Education School). Larry grew up in Indianapolis and completed his undergraduate at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Ambarish Gurjar
Ambarish Gurjar
  • Major(s): Masters of Intelligent Systems Engineering
  • About Ambarish
    • Ambarish Gurjar is a PhD. Student at Intelligent Systems Engineering Department. He is from Mumbai, India with a background in Computer Engineering. Before coming to Indiana University he deployed projects that use Deep learning methodologies to help grape farmers in India and assist persons with visual impairment.
Elijah C. Mitchell
Elijah C. Mitchell
  • Major(s): MS in Intelligent Systems Engineering
  • About Elijah
    • Elijah is Master’s student in Intelligent Systems Engineering. Currently, he is an Undergraduate Instructor for CS/ISE and an Office Assistant for Luddy Academic Advising. He spends his time playing fetch with his dog, going to the SRSC, and exploring new foods in Bloomington.
Prateesh Reddy Patlolla
Prateesh Reddy Patlolla
  • Major(s): MS Data Science
  • About Prateesh
    • Prateesh is a MS student in Data Science. He is from Hyderabad, India. His intrests lies in Deep Learning, Predictive modeling. Currently, he works as a Research Data Analyst at Bloomington Assesment & Research. Outside of work he likes to travel, interact with new people and is a sports person.
Pareshi Rajveer
Pareshi Rajveer
  • Major(s): MS HCI
  • About Pareshi
    • Pareshi is a HCI/d master's student with an undergrad degree in Computer Science and Engineering. She is from Jaipur/Bangalore. She has worked for multiple organizations - startups, design studios, NGOs - in the capacity of UX/Product designer before coming to IU. She is passionate about robotics and autonomous automobiles. When she is not working, she's probably thinking about her next tattoo or what color should she dye her hair with.
Lavanya Subramanian
Lavanya Subramanian
  • Major(s): MS in HCI
  • About Lavanya
    • Lavanya is a second year student in the MS HCI/d program. Currently, she is pursuing her interest in Urban Informatics at the Healthy Cities Lab. Prior to attending IU, Lavanya was a Product Analyst at where she worked with retail automation products. She holds an Undergraduate degree in Architecture and hopes to become a transdisciplinary designer. Lavanya is a self styled chips connoisseur and is famous (among her friends) for kesari and restaurant recommendations.
Vedant Vachharajani
Vedant Vachharajani
  • Major(s): MS in Computer Science
  • About Vedant
    • Vedant Vachharajani is a MS in Computer Science student at Luddy School. He did his Undergrad in computer engineering from Ahmedabad, India. He worked as a Software Developer for a year before starting his Master's. He interned with Walmart Global Tech as a Software Engineering Intern in Summer '22. In his free time, he likes to socialize, play FIFA, and binge-watch.