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Student Ambassadors

The School of Engineering Student Ambassadors are outstanding engineering students who interact with staff, faculty, current students, prospective students and current and prospective donors. They give presentations, organize workshops for current students and attend various on-campus and off-campus events. They are also involved with Vanguard, which is the umbrella organization of the School of Engineering at UC Merced. Student ambassadors are leaders in the School of Engineering and in the UC Merced community.

2015-2016 Student Ambassador

Markus Walker

Markus Walker majored in Computer Science & Engineering. He decided to attend UC Merced due to many opportunities to make long-lasting changes in the school. Markus is the vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ICC-representative for the Martial Arts Club for the 2014-2015 academic year. What he enjoys most about being a student ambassador is the ability to network with many diverse individuals. Markus says "being able to connect with individuals on not just a professional level, but as well as personal level is amazing. Not many are able to preserve that balance, so I am grateful I have the opportunity to do so!” Upon graduating, he plans to get industry experience before going back to get his master’s degree.​

2014-2015 Student Ambassadors

Brian Bamsch

Brian majored in Computer Science and Engineering. He decided to come to UC Merced because UC Merced is a rapidly growing school which means that there are many opportunities to get involved and make a difference.  Besides being a Student Ambassador, he is an integral member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  Brian’s enjoys being a student ambassador because “I am always making new connections and opening my future to countless opportunities.” He has an internship with NVIDIA Corporation this summer and fall. Upon graduating, he plans to enter the workforce and work on his master’s degree in computer science.

Senam Tamakloe

Senam Tamakloe

Senam majored in Materials Science and Engineering. Senam says she decided to attend UC Merced because “the School of Engineering centers on the notion of providing research and distinctive approaches to address many global issues.”  She is the 2014-2015 president for UC Merced’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and is an active leader on campus. Senam enjoys being a Student Ambassador and interacting with a variety of people, including faculty members. Upon graduation, Senam plans to attend graduate school.