Meet the Team

We are a team of seven students participating in Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC), a unique humanitarian program in which engineering and social work students partner with NGOs in developing countries to design and implement a project that will make a positive impact in an underserved community.


 

Taylor Holland

Project Manager (Spring Semester) // Scheduling & Resources

Taylor is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering major from College Station, Texas. She enjoys dancing, hiking, archery, and exploring new places. Additionally, she is currently the PAP Logistics Chair Head in AED, a pre-health honors society on campus, and was the Logistics Coordinator for the first Step Up for Vitiligo Gala held last year. She hopes to maintain a lifelong pursuit of helping others across the globe, and is excited that PUC gives her such a large opportunity to begin to do so. She joined PUC so that she could use the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to find solutions to real-world problems that will enhance the lives of her fellow global citizens.


Irina koltsova

Assistant Project Manager // Communications & Procurement Manager // Hydraulics Technical Lead

Irina is a 4th year Civil Engineering student. She was born and raised in Russia. She is passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures, and has (so far) lived in three countries. Irina loves snorkeling, backpacking in deserts, dark chocolate, and long naps. Upon graduation, she is joining one of the biggest general contractors in the country to start her career in construction management. But before that she is planning on traveling in Asia after the project in Thailand is completed. Irina joined PUC because she believes that it is an incredible opportunity to make an impact and to learn project management skills.

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Megan Yen

Quality, Risk & Safety, and Logistics Manager // Project Manager (Fall Semester)

Megan is a 4th year Civil Engineering major from Houston, Texas. She loves hiking, swimming, and she has a major sweet tooth. Outside of classes, Megan is involved in research on sustainable nano-engineering for water treatment. She is also part of a spirit organization called Texas Bluebonnets and student driven camp for children of cancer patients called Camp Kesem. She is looking forward to graduating and plans to travel around Asia before starting a masters program in Environmental Engineering. Megan believes PUC is a great way to make a positive impact and would love to continue doing similar work in her career.


Jacob stehsel

Project Technical Lead

Jacob is a 4th year Chemical Engineering student from Flower Mound, Texas. In his free time, he loves to draw, play piano, and rock climb. On campus, he is involved with the Student Engineering Council and Vector Magazine. Also, he works as an undergraduate research assistant studying how to capture carbon dioxide from fossil fuel gasses. He joined PUC because it will give him the chance to apply his engineering skills in the real world and see the tangible impact it has on the community. The project development skills he sharpens in PUC will lead into help him as he seeks jobs focusing on project management.


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Michael Liu

Structures Technical Lead

Michael is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student from Sugar Land, Texas. He spends his free time reading books or listening to podcasts, exploring electronic music, or honing his handstand technique. Michael loves starting new projects and since the beginning of college, co-founded the Energy Case Competition, TEDxUTAustin, and a drone services startup called Maverick Labs. He believes in providing universal access to clean water and energy, and believes PUC is an amazing opportunity to develop the skills necessary for his vision. When he graduates, he hopes to work for fast-growing technology startup to help accelerate the transition to clean energy and curtail climate change.


Cynthia reyes

Water Treatment Technical Lead // Budget and Fundraising Manager

Cynthia Reyes is from El Paso, Texas and is a second year Environmental Engineering major with a certificate in Energy Management. Cynthia is also involved in the Longhorn Band, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She enjoys trying new foods, traveling, and being outdoors. Cynthia joined PUC because she believes that engineers can gain many skills from projects in foreign countries with different resources. In the future, she wishes to serve communities through non-profit organizations.

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Eva Patel

Community Involvement Lead

Eva is a 2nd year Chemical Engineering student from Katy, Texas. She loves bouldering, kayaking, and biking at Zilker Park. Eva loves how PUC gives her the chance to use her engineering skills to make a difference. Eva is involved in research with Dell Medical School and serves as a mentor to the current Dell Medical School Health Leadership Apprentices. She is also the VP Outreach of Society of Women Engineers and loves giving back to the community through service and K-12 mentorship. She is currently working on getting a Humanitarian Engineering Certificate and is considering Peace Corps and medical school after graduation.