2015 Interns





catieCatie Buhler is a rising senior studying Interdisciplinary Sculpture with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art; originally she is from San Anselmo, CA. In 2014 she interned at Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore. This past year she has become involved in the digital fabrication studios at MICA, and will be a lab technician in for the 2015-2016 school year.



Luke Byrne is a rising senior at UMBC who is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Honors Certificate. Born and raised in nearby Ellicott City, he developed a passion for the environment and renewable energy at a young age. He plans to become a solar or automotive engineer after graduating and then obtain a master’s degree in Engineering Management. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums, piano, and various sports. He is also the vice president of the UMBC Men’s Club Lacrosse team.



Wesley Drake is a rising junior pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Wesley is a member of UMBC’s SAE Baja race team and volunteers as a referee for Maryland Special Olympics. Wesley hopes to work in the automotive engineering field after graduation. In his free time, he modifies watercraft and occasionally tests prototype jeep parts for manufacturers.



Sara Klementovic is a Senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art pursuing a BFA in Illustration. She attended Delaware County Community College and West Chester University in her hometown of Chester County Pennsylvania before attending MICA. Her passion for animal welfare and environmental activism led her to become a co-leader of Students of Sustainability at MICA. She has attended a host of activist conferences and lobbied in the Senate. She loves to hike with her dog in the summer and snowboard with her brother in the winter.



Lauren Meyer recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History and an emphasis in Sustainability and Social Practice. She currently works at the Walters Art Museum, has worked at the Princeton University Art Museum, and collaborated with the Maryland Historical Society. Lauren has taken on many leadership roles in Baltimore and beyond while maintaining a dedicated studio practice. Her work has been displayed and sold in Maryland and New Jersey, and was recently cited in the Baltimore Sun.


Matthew Myers was born in Annapolis, Maryland. He started at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and graduated with an associate of science degree. He is currently a senior at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) majoring in Mechanical Engineering and pursuing a bachelor’s degree. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) club as well as Lend a Helping Paw (LAHP) club at UMBC. Being a member of these clubs has allowed him to pursue his passion for electronics, machines, and helping others outside of the classroom.


Kathleen Rose is approaching her 2nd year in the Design Leadership program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Prior to pursuing her Master’s, Rose received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and previously was the Lead Designer and Artistic Director for Charm City Cakes. Rose is involved in Baltimore’s chapter of Design for America as a Studio Lead, applying design thinking and design strategy to help solve real world problems.s.



Rizwan Siddiqui is currently an undergraduate student (rising junior) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is majoring in chemical engineering and has a deep passion for cars. He intends to take what he learns from this internship and apply it in the real world. With the mindset that Electric Vehicles are the future, he wants to be able to change the motor industry forever. In his spare time he enjoys working on cars and playing sports such as basketball, football, and soccer.



Alex Starr is a rising 2nd year student in the Johns Hopkins Business School Global MBA program, concentrating in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and potentially Enterprise Risk Management. He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a double-major B.A. in English and Philosophy, having studied for one year at Oxford University. Over the past year he has interned with the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance, helping to develop the business sustainability/scalability arm of the organization with the ultimate goal of bolstering public-private stewardship of the Prettyboy Watershed, as well as worked with Design for America on the environmental sustainability component of the Section1 Urban Art Park project. His interests include: environmental sustainability / progressive tech, education, urban development, design thinking, international governmental organizations, and good literature.


Advisors and Coordinators

Corinne BrinnerCorinne Brinner (John’s Hopkins Carey School of Business) is responsible for building partnerships with employers in the Technology, Energy and Finance sectors for job and internship creation purposes. Having previously worked as a recruiter, Corinne brings the perspective of the hiring employer and a wealth of experience interviewing candidates, most recently for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. At JHU APL she was responsible for recruiting entry level BS, MS, and PhD engineers and scientists. Prior to that, Corinne held the role of Corporate Recruiter for Aerotek, a nationwide staffing firm, where she focused on hiring HR, accounting, finance, and marketing personnel. Corinne holds BS and MS degrees both from McDaniel College in Sociology and Human Resources Development respectively, as well as a certification of Professional of Human Resources.


BryanBryan Lee Lee is a MarylandEV.org 2013 summer program alumnus and is rejoining the 2014 program as an Internship Coordinator. He currently holds a position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and provides his expertise in web development, project coordination, renewable energy technologies, and social media marketing. He received his Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from UMBC in May 2014.



Harrison Tyler Is the 3D printing Mentor for the 2015 Internship. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture. As an artist and researcher currently living and working in Baltimore, MD  He is the Co-founder of Jimmi Research, a digital fabrication think-tank and design firm.




Jill A. TarzJill Sorensenian Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management.  She is the co-founder and executive director of BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, a division of the non-profit International Center for Sustainable Development. Through BEVI and Jill’s other emerging technology work, Jill has facilitated the raise of $81.5 million in capital for technology and economic development initiatives in Maryland, across the U.S. and globally.  Jill has served as professional faculty at Johns Hopkins University 2005-present, teaching social entrepreneurship, innovation, business ethics and technology transfer.  She sits on the American Friends advisory board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Board of the International Center for Sustainable Development and rWilo, 3D printing company.  Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007.  She has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered to practice law in Illinois and in the federal 7th circuit district court.

Hugh Pocock

Born in New Zealand and raised in the United States, England and New Zealand, Hugh Pocock’s work seeks as a location the points of transaction between culture and natural phenomena. The confluence of labor, machinery, civic/institutional infrastructure and natural resources, such as water, air, dirt, wind, bring to the surface that which, in its abundance, tends to become invisible to us.  Over the past decade, he has shown his work across the United States and abroad. He has shown in galleries and museums such as Portikus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hugh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and then completed his MFA at UCLA in New Genres. He is now living and working in Baltimore and teaching Sculpture, Installation, Performance and Video at Maryland Institute College of Art.


Jack Suess Jack Suessis the Vice President of Information Technology at UMBC and the university’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The Vice President provides university leadership for information technology and serves on the executive leadership team of the university. The Vice President is responsible for  providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.