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Aggie Recharge Team 2019

Electrical/Computer Engineering

Mentor: John Mermigas

First year college student, Chase Miller.

Chase Miller

Graduated from Logan High School, Logan UT

Intended Major: Undeclared, interested in Computer Engineering


When asked about his GEAR UP experience in high school...

They pretty much just prepared you for college and gave you whatever resources you needed. At my school, they had a college-go day and they went all the way up to Boise State and all the way down to BYU.”

First year college student, Misael Nava.

Misael Nava

Graduated from American Preparatory Academy, West Valley City UT

Intended Major: Computer Engineering


When asked about his GEAR UP experience in high school…

GEAR UP funded a lot of trips to colleges or college fairs throughout the school year and to talk to representatives. I guess that really helped a lot in making decisions later on.”

Computer Programming

Mentor: Whitney DeSpain

First year college student, Anna Delaney.

Anna Delaney

Graduated from Logan High School, Logan UT

Intended Major: Computer Science


GEAR UP first-year college student, hope for the future...

Anna wants to build tools for both manned and unmanned space exploration.

It’s always been a lifetime goal for me to go work for NASA.”

Mechanical Engineering

Mentors: Taylor Olpin & Kevin Killian

First year college student, Britney Dikwa-Nkrumah.

Britney Dikwa-Nkrumah

Graduated from Logan High School, Logan UT

Intended Major: Biological Engineering


When asked about her GEAR UP experience in high school...

I thought of it as a second counselor, but tailored to getting you ready for college and preparing you for heavy exams that they’re going to look at those scores and judge you, like the ACT.”

First year college student, DJ Combs.

DJ "Daniel" Combs

Graduated from Cleafield High School, Clearfield UT

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering


GEAR UP first year college student, hope for the future…

DJ wants to work in space science and is mostly interested in manned-space flights.

There’s so many start-up rocket companies out there; that’s the dream - that’s what I want to do, really.”

First year college student, Heidi Daniel.

Heidi Daniel

Graduated from Uintah High School, Vernal UT

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering


What did you learn as a member GEAR UP’s Aggie Recharge team…

It’s been really interesting and it’s also been cool because in my physics class right now we’re going through a unit on electromagnetism and that sort of stuff and learning the actual physics behind how this works.”

First year college student, Simon Rhoufiry.

Simon Rhoufiry

Graduated from Logan High School, Logan UT

Intended Major: Aircraft Maintenance


When asked how the transition to college went…

There’s been a couple stressful times but so far I’ve just been having fun with my classes and I think this is better than my high school experience.”

Project Leads & Advisors

SELECT Project Leads

  • Ryan Bohm
    lab manager & senior lab engineer

  • Benny Varghese
    graduate research assistant

  • Abhilash Kamineni
    graduate student & mentor

GEAR UP Advisors

  • Taylor White
    student liaison, USU

  • Todd Newman
    multimedia specialist