2017 Interns

claire_picTruc ‘Claire’ Tran came to the U.S 7 years ago from Vietnam. She is currently pursuing her M.S degree in Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Technology Administration from UMBC. She is a young, passionate and self-motivated entrepreneur who founded two online businesses on Facebook in the past 3 years and is also a real estate investor. In addition, Claire is integrity-driven, multilingual, and IT analytics strong. She wants to apply her IT knowledge in the businesses sector to maximize corporate strengths and minimize weaknesses.


emily_thomas_pic Emily Thomas is a rising senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a double major in Political Science and Global Studies, as well as a double minor in Gender and Women’s Studies and a Spanish Certificate. On campus she is very involved with SGA, and Pre Law Society. Emily plans on attending Law School with a concentration in Business Litigation after she graduates from UMBC.


emily_kwan_picEmily Kwan is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University and is from Long Island, NY. She is working towards her degree double majoring in Global Environmental Change & Sustainability and Public Health. On campus, she is involved with TEDxJHU and research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.



darius_picDarius McDaniels currently is an undergraduate student at Morgan State University, majoring in Business Administration (BUAD) within Morgan State University’s Graves School of Business and Management (GSBM). In addition to his studies, Darius is the Co-Director of Commercialization within the Juxtopia® Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship (JUICE) Network at The Juxtopia Group where he serves as a Juxtopia team lead for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Competition. Within the JUICE Network, Darius focuses on providing personalized urban entrepreneurship training to minority micro-enterprises. After he graduates from Morgan State University he will continue his mission of contributing his skills, knowledge, and talents to inspire others around him become successful entrepreneurs.

lucas_picLucas McCullum is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he studies Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics with a possible additional degree in Financial Economics. He developed a passion for the environment and sustainability following trips to Colorado and Utah in high school along with involvement in the Cross Country and Track team. At UMBC, he is actively involved in funded undergraduate research with the Mechanical Engineering department through the Undergraduate Research Award (URA) scholarship and is in the process of publishing a separate paper concerning utilizing LiDAR to detect air pollution in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In his free time Lucas enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, producing music, completing math problems, and tutoring fellow students.


peter_picPeter Swann is a sophomore at UMBC pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. He was born in Baltimore and raised in nearby Carroll County, where he developed the passion for the outdoors that drives his support for environmentalism and sustainability. He hopes to complete his degree and gain a research position in the field of computer engineering after college. His career goal is to go back to school to pursue an MBA, and use that along with research experience to start a firm specializing in an emerging technology. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, hiking, and listening to music.


nat_picNat Swyer, a native of Vermont, is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins University, pursuing a degree in Film and Media Studies. After graduation he hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment world or journalism. He enjoys writing, travelling, rugby, playing the guitar and referring to himself in the third person.



john_picJohn Messiha is a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore county (UMBC) where he studies Computer Engineering. At UMBC, he is actively involved in Engineering seminars through the STEM Scholars program. He has developed several Engineering projects including an obstacle-avoiding robot and a guitar sound amplifier. John earned his Associate’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Howard Community College. In addition to his AutoCAD and C++ skills, he is an accompliahsed researcher, business manager and math tutor. John has worked for Media Systems for 3 years wher he gained much experience in developing computer network databases, and remodeling gaming consoles.


nicole_picNicole Bravo is a rising senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) majoring in Media and Communication Studies and Psychology. She is looking forward to graduating next spring and hopes to pursue a career related to marketing and media production. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and photography. She also co-hosts a show on the on-campus radio station.


jamon_picJamon Fields is a Financial Economics major at UMBC. He has invested in the environment through his work for the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission where conservation and preservation are focal points, so he understands the push for electric vehicles. Jamon hopes to express his grave concern about reducing our dependence on petroleum and increasing our investments in renewable energy so that our energy choices help protect the environment and generations to come.


oj_picOluwakayode Jasanya (“OJ”) is a rising junior with double majors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Statistical Mathematics at Morgan State University. OJ left the shores of Lagos, Nigeria with two bags, a dream and a drive to power the world as Nikola Tesla did. He is a member of the school’s quiz team and is the president of the chess club. He also is a fellow of his college in the University Innovation Fellows program, which is an organization backed by the National Science Foundation and the d.school at Stanford University to raise student leaders who will effect changes on the campus. OJ enjoys playing soccer and chess whenever he gets a chance.



Jill SorensenJill Sorensen directs BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative. BEVI is a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington DC area (EVADC), a tax-exempt charitable organization. BEVI is a charter member of the Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, working to advance adoption of electric vehicles. Jill and BEVI also work with regional, national and global stakeholders to advance transportation electrification, including the role of electric vehicles in smart city infrastructure, connected vehicles, grid function and energy management. Jill is a registered patent attorney and innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management. She is part-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and proud organizer of marylandEV.org and the BEVI summer EV internship program.

Jack SuessJack Suess is 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.