Calhoun Honors College

CES Mentors

Degrees Within the College of Engineering and Science

Biosystems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Computer Information Systems
Mathematical Sciences

Meet the Mentors

The Calhoun Honors College has sixteen mentors within the College of Engineering and Science. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and with the Honors Mentor Program below.


Name: Katie Bellino
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Major: Bioengineering
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Greek InterVarsity, Engineers Without Borders Creative Inquiry (Historian), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (External Service Director), Study Abroad (Pamplona, Spain), Women in Science and Engineering, Intramural Softball

Bio: "Welcome to the Clemson family! I’d love to help you with this transition in any way possible, even if it’s just a care package or an excuse to eat somewhere besides our beloved dining halls. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything figured out yet; I spent most of my freshman year bouncing between various engineering disciplines until finally choosing the perfect fit for me. I’d love to share my experiences with you and help you discover exciting opportunities of your own. I can’t wait to meet you in the fall! Go Tigers!"


Name: Melinda Boggs
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Management
Class: 2015

Campus Involvement: Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority, Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Creative Inquiry, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society, Intramural sports

Bio: "I’m so excited to be an Honors Mentor again this year and I can’t wait to get to know all my new mentees!  I am willing to get together as much as my group would like (I can always be convinced to go out for ice cream or coffee!) and you can expect to be my guinea pigs for different Pinterest desserts! You can always email or text me with any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.  I love staying active through intramurals and classes at Fike and one of my favorite activities is attending any and all Clemson sporting events. Go Tigers!"


Name: Laura Chopp
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Engineering and Science (WISE), Club Swim Team, Intramurals

Bio: "I’m so excited to be an Honors Peer Mentor this year! Having moved nearly 3,000 miles away from Seattle without knowing a single person here at Clemson, I know how difficult the transition to college can be. Clemson is an amazing school and I hope by sharing my experiences, I can help you have an awesome first year too! As a Mechanical Engineering major, I can offer advice about general engineering, honors classes, and choosing a major. My interests include sports, travelling, music, and hanging out with friends. I am willing to meet with my group as often as my mentees would like, we can get dinner or ice cream or anything else you want to do! I’ll be available to answer questions anytime, just email or text me. Go Tigers!"


Name: Amanda Farthing
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Sustainability
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Students for Environmental Action, Engineers Without Borders (treasurer), Dixon Global Policy Scholars, EcoReps, Intramurals (soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball), Intelligent Transportation Creative Inquiry, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Dixon Fellows, YMCA soccer coach (volunteer), Omicron Delta Kappa

Bio: "Welcome to Clemson! I’m so excited to be an Honors Mentor this year. My freshman year was incredible, mostly due to all the wonderful people I met and all the support I received from the Clemson community. Although the transition into a new environment can be daunting to some, I’m here to help make it as smooth as possible. Outside of my school activities, I divide my time between hiking, contra and swing dancing, heading downtown for ice-cream, coffee, and sushi (not simultaneously), playing guitar, running, attending concerts, and relaxing with friends. This summer I will be heading abroad to Europe as a part of a program called Dixon Global Policy Scholars and to South Africa to study at Stellenbosch University. To my Honors mentor group, I can offer tons of advice about how to get involved on campus and where to find the best coffee downtown, but I will also be available just to hang out and chat whenever you’d like. Once again, welcome, and I look forward to meeting you all next semester!"


Name: Cassidy Laird
Hometown: Flemming Island, FL
Major: Biosystems Engineering
Minor: Environmental Engineering, International Engineering and Science
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Tiger Band, CU Jazz Ensemble, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA), Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Biosystems Engineering Club, Rotaract Service Club, EUREKA! 2013 Summer Research Program, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Bio: "I came from a small town outside of Jacksonville, FL, and didn’t really know anyone. My solution to that was to join Tiger Band, and as you can see above, plenty of other activities. Fun fact about me: I have plenty of experience overseas – for example, this past semester I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain! I love to read, and am also a huge fan of music, so you’ll catch me at a lot of the performances in Brooks. I always enjoy taking a break to go do something fun, whether it’s getting ice cream or watching a movie, and I am quick to respond to questions. So whether it be with some advice or just casual conversation, I can’t wait to aid my mentees in having a great first year."


Name: Megan Main
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Business Administration
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Greek Life, Industrial Engineering research, Creative Inquiry, and Habitat for Humanity

Bio: I am so excited to be an Honors Mentor this year! As a mentor, I want to be someone that my group can talk to whenever they need anything. I want to be able to help my group make the adjustment to Clemson as fun and easy as possible! My hobbies include, running, hiking, and hanging out by Lake Hartwell with some friends."


Name: Gus Manke
Hometown: Madison, CT
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Spanish
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Beta Theta Pi Philanthropy Chair (Social Fraternity), Co-Op Program (3 rotations of interning with GE Healthcare), Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Engineers Without Borders, Clemson Waterski Club.

“Hi everyone! I’m a Mechanical Engineer from Madison, CT so I’m well versed in dealing with out-of-state students.  I am different from other mentors in the fact that I am very involved with Greek life at Clemson.  As the philanthropy chair for my fraternity, I planned a philanthropy event that raised $19,000 to fight childhood cancer!  If you are interested in growing as an individual, getting involved, or expanding your social network, chose me to help guide you into the Greek scene.

As an engineer, I can offer advice on normal mentoring issues (schedule issues, things to do), as well as applying to internships / co-ops and a few tricks to get through the tougher engineering courses.

Go Tigers!"


Name: Sharon Olang
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Major: Bioengineering (Biomaterials concentration)
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate
Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS), Creative Inquiry, WISE, Hunter Chemistry Lab Assistant, Dixon Fellows, Honors Pre-Med Group, Honors Ambassador, Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH), EUREKA! Summer Research Program, WISE Project Counselor

“Hey you guys! I'm really excited to meet you all!  I'm a junior bioengineering major on a pre-med track, so if you're interested in pursuing medicine, I can definitely give you some advice.  I will be as hands-off or as involved as you would like me to be.  Some activities I have in mind are getting ice cream, eating dinner together, really whatever you guys would like to do! I love answering questions, especially bizarre questions, so don't be afraid to ask me anything! Again, I look forward to meeting you all in the fall and can't wait to share all that Clemson has to offer."


Name: Erica May Porter
Hometown: Bluffton, SC
Major: Mathematical Sciences
Minor: Spanish Language
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Habitat for Humanity, 2013 EUREKA! participant, Dixon Fellows Program, Clemson University Actuarial Club, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Bio: “Hello!  I am beyond excited to be a mentor for the Calhoun Honors College here at Clemson for the 2014-2015 academic year.  I am originally from San Diego, California, but my father is in the military, so we have moved around a lot and ended up in Bluffton, South Carolina for my high school years.  Because of this, I am familiar with change and adapting to new environments, so hopefully I will be able to provide advice to ease your transition into college life. I participated in EUREKA! prior to my freshman year, as I am sure some of you will have this summer, I am an officer for Clemson’s Habitat for Humanity, and a Junior Dixon Fellow through the Honors College, so I can provide insight into a variety of different activities and organizations here at Clemson.  I love to dance, be physically active (I love Fike!), and watch movies.  Starbucks is my love, so I will often suggest that as a get-together, but there are so many things to do here at Clemson, and I look forward to introducing you to some of them and helping you to become acquainted with Clemson life and the Honors College!"


Name: Philip Pstrak
Hometown: Gilbert, SC
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Business Administration
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement:
Research, Whitewater Kayaking, AICHE

Bio: "I was born and raised in Lexington, SC and went to school in Gilbert. I enjoy the outdoors and do stuff outside like jet skiing, hiking and camping.  My freshman year of college started slow but soon after I made great friends and did well in my classes and can help you do the same."


Name: Katelyn Ragland
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Spanish
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: FIMRC (For International Medical Relief of Children, Engineering World Health, Clemson Outdoors Club, Clemson Elementary Volunteer with Honor College, Honors
Premed Society, Honors Ambassador, Intramurals, ALD Freshman Honors Society (VP)

Bio: I’m an analytical thinker, whose favorite “machine” is the human body. As a result, I’m a bioengineer on my way to medical school. I try to get outside as often as possible: running, napping, attending sporting events. In addition to all the organizations I’m involved in, I’m rather knowledgeable of the countless opportunities I haven’t found time to do myself. I’d love to help you find your niche here at Clemson and discover just how fantastic life is here as a student. I’ll be living in Holmes as a sophomore, and you are welcome to drop into room 225 to chat or snack. (I room with a Food Science major.) I’m looking forward to finding creative ways to spend my budget with you all… probably involving good food. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!"


Name: Joseph Redzikowski
Hometown: North Charleston, SC
Major: Chemical Engineering (Biomolecular Concentration)
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Biomolecular
Engineering Research, Creative Inquiry, AIChE ChemE Car Chair, Tau Beta Pi, Dixon Fellows

Bio: “Hey all!  I am a junior chemical engineering major who still has many questions about what my future holds.  However, I’ve made it this far and I’m still alive in an extremely challenging major, so I’m pretty sure I’m qualified to answer many questions you may have about college life, academic or social.  I’m a fairly laid back guy hoping to be able to help guide and advise you throughout your freshman year as needed.  My mentor group in the past has gone out for dinner and for ice cream multiple times, and we also played Frisbee once, so if any of that interests you, pick me as your honors mentor!"


Name: Jacki Rohde
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Symphonic Band, The Tiger Newspaper, Honors Ambassador, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Engineering World Health (EWH), Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS), Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Chemistry Creative Inquiry, Bioengineering Creative Inquiry

Bio: I like to be really involved around campus, so hit me up if you have any questions about the amazing things we do at Clemson! I know that assignments, projects, and exams can be really stressful, so I’d love to get together and have some comfort food when the times get rough. I’m up for talking about anything that’s going on in your life or just hanging out at Spill the Beans. I can’t wait to give you a taste of the Clemson Family!"


Name: Joe Wortkoetter
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Bioengineering
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Bioengineering Creative Inquiry, Bioengineering Research, Intramural Sports, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Dixon Fellows, Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS), AED Pre-Medical Society

Bio: “Welcome to Clemson!  I am a junior bioengineering student with hopes of continuing to medical school after undergraduate.  I am very involved with several organizations with the Honors College and COES and would love to answer any and all questions you have.  Outside of the classroom, you’ll most likely find me playing intramural sports, enjoying the outdoors around Clemson, or pretending to know how to play the guitar.  I also like food, so mentoring events will often consist of going downtown to get some ice cream at Spill the Beans or meeting up at the Starbucks on campus." 


Name: Libby Zanin
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Major: Biosystems Engineering
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Foundation
for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Women’s Club Soccer, Catholic Student Association, TigersTeach Intern, Holmes Hall Resident

Bio: "Hi! I am excited that you have made the decision to be a member of the Calhoun Honors College! I have really enjoyed my time here as an honors student and know you will too! I love to run, play soccer, hike, bike, and eat! As your mentor, I would love to do any of these activities with you! I also love to travel and would be happy to talk to you about my experiences and how you can get trips funded while at Clemson University. I am very laid back and would be happy to help you with whatever I can, whenever I can."


Name: Zeyu Zhang
Hometown: Taiyuan, China
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Class: 2015

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate
Teaching Assistant, Electrical Engineering Research, Creative Inquiry, Tau Beta Pi, Honor Mentoring, and President’s List

Bio: "Hey! Welcome to Clemson! Welcome to the exciting study of engineering! I am a senior electrical engineering major and I also have a minor in mathematics. I enjoy traveling around the world and getting to know random people. But when I am too lazy to drive or fly, I read books and play video games. Join my group and let’s go play some pool!"