Voices of Engagement

Voices of Engagement participants

Welcome to HMC’s 7th Annual Voices of Engagement celebration, where we share and celebrate the different ways we collaborate with our community and engage in critical justice issues to make a positive impact.

We invite you to watch our Voices of Engagement introduction video; and encourage you to learn about the different community engagement initiatives shared on Fridays (2/12; 2/19 and 2/26) during the month of February. For a short description of each project showcased by date, see below:

Projects Shared on 2/26

Andrea Zavala ‘21
Project: The Power of Outreach
Organization: Napier Initiative Fellowship

Partnering with ProjeKt Inspire, a STEM outreach program based in Tanzania, Andrea plans to increase career development for youth in East Africa, including encouraging young students to explore STEM as a viable career option. She hopes to increase the female to male participation through encouraging efforts to recruit young women and to ensure that the ProjeKt Inspire STEM bootcamp and a soon-to-be-opened science center will be inclusive and welcoming of women.

Ginger Schmidt ’21 & Lilliy Johnson ’22 (3:15)
Project: Prison Education Project (PEP)

The Prison Education Project is the largest volunteer-based prison education program in the US. At Harvey Mudd, we fill an important niche within the organization by specializing in introductory STEM subjects. During the pandemic, we successfully shifted all courses to online delivery. Additionally, over 30 Mudders volunteered to teach remotely at the Prototypes Women’s Center and Riverside Juvenile Boy’s Hall. Our ultimate goal is to expose students to modern advances in STEM and help them feel empowered to pursue their own further education.

Roya Amini-Naieni ’22 
Project: Genetic Engineering Research with the BioMakerspace
Organization: Claremont Colleges BioMakerspace
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to the Donald and Dorothy Strauss Internship for Social Understanding

In this community engagement project, Roya worked on increasing the pace of genetic engineering research through developing an augmented reality controller for programming a pipetting robot. Roya also worked on building a remote genetic engineering laboratory that she conducted research in to try to find the function of a gene originally found in pathogenic bacteria.

Grace Greenleaf 
Project: PUSD Math Modeling for Primary Grades
Organization: Pomona Unified School District

Originally a 3-year $1.3 million National Science Foundation STEM-C grant was awarded to research how professional development in Mathematical Modeling affects teacher practice at the elementary level. After the successful completion of the research grant, in academic year 2019-20, the funding and program administration was taken over by Pomona Unified. The PUSD Math Modeling project continues to be a successful program and Harvey Mudd College continues to be a partner as needed.

Projects Shared on 2/19

Yoni Maltsman ‘23
Project: Documenting Surveillance in Chicago
Organization: Lucky Parsons
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to the Nathaniel Davis Prize for Public Policy & International Relations

Over the past summer, I interned at Lucy Parsons Labs, a nonprofit in Chicago that researches, documents, and advocates around use and abuse of surveillance technology in Chicago and Illinois. I worked to revamp their primer on different surveillance technologies used by the Chicago Police, which was recently relaunched as chicagopolicesurveillance.com. I also helped LPL organize a broad coalition of groups in Chicago advocating against surveillance, which I am still involved in today.

Aubrey Egerter ‘21
Project: Sports, Safety and Structural Engineering
Organization: KAV Helmets
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to the Ben Huppe ’14 Memorial Internship for a Sustainable World

Human contact is embedded in many sports and it is nearly impossible to separate it without changing the very nature of the sport—ice hockey is no exception. As such, KAV hopes to preserve the nature of the sports we love while simultaneously helping protect athletes from serious head injuries. My summer’s work with them focused on modeling and optimizing the internal energy management systems contained within their unique, customizable 3D-printed helmets in order to increase player safety.

Tom Fu ‘22
Project: The DNA Printing and BioFoundry Projects at the HMC BioMakerspace
Organization: HMC BioMakerspace
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to the Donald and Dorothy Strauss Internship for Social Understanding & The New Millennium Experiential Learning prize 

With the support from the Office of Community Engagement, I led and conducted two projects over the summer at the HMC BioMakerspace, a student-initiated biology lab. The DNA Printing Project aims to enable users to print images on gels with DNA as the inks, while the BioFoundry project strives to create a plasmid cloning factory for microbiology labs at the Claremont Colleges. I created a user-friendly image submission and protocol generation platform for the DNA Printing Project to help people without coding backgrounds approach the results of our project. I also implemented a primer designer for the BioFoundry project to make the cloning experiments in the project more efficient.

Bhavana Bheem ‘21, Justin Grant ‘21, Trevor Nogues ‘21, Sean Pine ‘21, Fiona Plunkett ‘21
Project: Improving Equity in Career Technical Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District
Organization: LAUSD Clinic Project

This semester our team is working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to address inequitable funding allocations in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Students in CTE Pathways take sequenced courses that give them access to hands-on learning and connects them with a specific industry (like engineering or digital media). We have two main goals that we aim to accomplish: (1) improve the CTE funding application based on teacher feedback, and (2) deliver an automated funding allocation model that assesses how well pathways meet CTE standards (determined by the California Department of Education) and suggests a specific funding strategy.

Projects Shared on 2/12

Anna Krutsinger ’22
Project: On Cloud (Nine) Agronomics
Organization: Cloud Agronomics
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to Ben Huppe ’14 Memorial Internship for a Sustainable World

Cloud Agronomics leverages computer science, remote sensing, and mathematics to push the agriculture industry into the 21st century. Using hyperspectral imagery and artificial intelligence, they develop dynamic, predictive insights on soil health as well as their own scalable, remote soil organic carbon monitoring solution. Through these novel analytics, they quantify the effects of regenerative agricultural practices, empowering farmers to help combat climate change.

Tim Player ’20
Project: Impactful Visualizations
Organization: Arctic Ice Project
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to Ben Huppe ’14 Memorial Internship for a Sustainable World

Over the summer, I worked as an intern with Arctic Ice Project, a nonprofit seeking to preserve arctic sea ice to ensure the safety or our global climate. I helped Arctic Ice Project’s small team to visualize their climate modeling data so they could ensure their Arctic sea ice preservation technology is safe and effective. While working remotely, I grew as a scientist and engineer by interacting with the brilliant team, the nonprofit board, and engaged members of the community. I am grateful to Maggie and Bob Huppe for supporting me throughout this impactful summer.

Dylan Sotir ’21
Project: QuantAQ Summer Internship
Organization: QuantAQ
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to Ben Huppe ’14 Memorial Internship for a Sustainable World

QuantAQ makes low-cost air quality sensor networks and computational tools for those networks. These computational tools are intended to help customers understand and effectively work with their data. This internship focused on writing an educational app to help customers see how pollution leaves the air after it is introduced.

Swamik Lamichhane ’22
Project: Introductory CS Course For Students in Nepal
Organization: Nepal Mega College
This summer internship opportunity was possible thanks to Ben Huppe ’14 Memorial Internship for a Sustainable World

This initiative was to teach students in Nepal, who would normally not have access to a computer science curriculum, the basics of computer science and the field. The goal was to introduce these students to the field and hopefully spark interest that would lead to a future in the field.