Riley Allred, sophomore

  • Major: Informatics (pre-health professions cognate)
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Hometown: Sellersburg, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • President and past external relations chair of Women in Computing
    • Luddy Living Learning Center resident as a freshman
  • Favorite quote: “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” —Taylor Swift
  • Tips for prospective students: Always work hard, but never too hard. Save time to find out who you really are. College is an experience, so pursue it with confidence.

Mouhammed Camara, senior

  • Major: Informatics (business cognate)
  • Minor: Business
  • Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • Indiana men’s basketball
    • Student Athletic Board
    • Information technology intern at IU Athletics
    • Kelley Living Learning Center
    • Study abroad in India
  • Favorite quote: “Live Life Full On”
  • Tips for prospective students: Never be afraid to fail and take risks. College is a learning experience and taking risks will broaden your horizons.

Twanyea (Tia) Donaldson, senior

  • Major: Informatics (psychology cognate)
  • Minor: Animal biology
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • I Can Persist Scholar
    • Black Student Union historian
    • Intern for Black Women in Technology
    • Intern for ACCT Uganda
  • Favorite quote: “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” —Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
  • Tips for prospective students: Learn about yourself and work hard.

Jonathan Krzesniak, junior

  • Major: Intelligent systems engineering (cyber-physical systems concentration)
  • Hometown: Loogootee, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • INgineering club
    • Computer engineering intern at NSWC Crane
  • Favorite quote: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” —Rabindranath Tagore
  • Tips for prospective students: Find your niche! There’s something in Luddy for everybody—you just have to explore!

Daniel Murphy, sophomore

  • Major: Informatics (medical sciences cognate)
  • Minors: Medical sciences, computer science, entrepreneurship
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • Leadership Council for the Luddy Living Learning Center
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • Favorite quote: “Feed your dreams, and starve your fears.”
  • Tips for prospective students: Be yourself, and be ready for a lot of amazing opportunities.

Ben Staples, junior

  • Major: Computer science (security specialization)
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • Summer Research Opportunities in Computing (SROC)
  • Favorite quote: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
  • Tips for prospective students: Often the best resource to solve a problem you’re having won’t be your instructor but rather students going through a class with you! Reach out—you may be surprised.

Laural Stone, sophomore

  • Major: Informatics (business cognate)
  • Minors: Marketing, psychology
  • Hometown: Bedford, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • Luddy Living Learning Center resident as a freshman
  • Favorite quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” —Aristotle
  • Tips for prospective students: Pay attention to the work you are doing while you’re procrastinating. It may tell you a lot about what you should be doing for the rest of your life.

Jermaine Williams Jr., senior

  • Major: Informatics (media cognate)
  • Minor: Human-centered computing
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Internships/Involvement:
    • Director of current topics for Indiana Memorial Union Board
    • President of National Society of Black Engineers
    • Resident assistant
    • Teach IT intern
    • Teach IT team lead
    • GLOBID: India
  • Favorite quote: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” —Langston Hughes
  • Tips for prospective students: Always be optimistic and step out of your comfort zone. Remember that your faith can move mountains, but your doubt can also create them.

Becoming a Pacesetter

Becoming a Pacesetter will allow you to gain valuable experience, grow as a leader, build your communication skills, and network with people at Luddy and professionals in the tech field. You’ll also receive a $500 award each semester by committing at least five hours per week to the program.


You can apply to become a Pacesetter in the fall semester. For more information, contact Lamara Warren at