Meet our blog ambassadors

Adam Orendain

Adam_Orendain.jpgAdam Orendain is doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering researching embolic devices that treat vascular diseases. He is involved in several organizations around campus, such as Aggies in Science Technology and Policy (ASTEP) and Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). Adam enjoys fitness, cooking, travelling, and do-it-yourself (DIY) tech projects. Adam will cover topics ranging from campus involvement, student resources, and health-related tech (especially if it involves Texas A&M).

Arjun Chakrabarti

Arjun.jpgArjun is an MBA student at Mays Business School. He grew up in India and studied engineering there. After working for a few years, he shifted companies and moved to Singapore. Now, he has decided to take a break from corporate life and come back to school to pursue business studies. In his free time, Arjun likes to listen to 70's and 80's rock music and practice his favorite Guns n Roses and Led Zeppelin tunes on guitar. He also loves to travel, meet new people, explore different cuisines of the world and scuba dive. Arjun is also a passionate Toastmaster and wants to become a professional motivational speaker.

Kelsey Fieseler

Kelsey_Fieseler.jpgKelsey Fieseler is a first-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering from Sugar Land, Texas. After receiving her Bachelor degree from Texas A&M University in Mechanical Engineering, she now works in the Advanced Engine Research Laboratory to study internal combustion engines. Her thesis focuses on mitigating the effects of fuel variation in large-bore, natural gas engines to increase engine performance and decrease emissions. She can type over 100 words per minute, is vegetarian, and is currently training for a half marathon. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction books, watching movies, and making dad jokes.

Kristen Hicks

Kristen_Hicks.jpgKristen Hicks is a fourth year doctoral candidate studying Nutrition. Her research focus aims at educating physicians on various aspects of nutrition while providing them with tools to discuss and educate their patients about nutrition. Her vehicle for education, online continuing education courses, she is bridging the gap in technology and education for her target audience. She is also a practicing Registered Dietitian in the BCS area with her focus on weight management and type 2 diabetes. On top of her scholarly work, Kristen is very active at A&M, she is the Founder and President of Aggie Graduate and Professional Community Club, a networking organization aimed at "Building the Graduate Aggie Family". Contact her if you have any questions about her posts!

Leigh E. Szucs

Leigh-Szucs.jpgLeigh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health & Kinesiology, pursuing a doctoral degree in Health Education. Her unique research agenda examines the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention program (TPP) implementation practices among adolescent curriculum-based intervention models. Leigh applies a systems-approach to her methodologies and inquiries about how to enhance TPP program delivery and fidelity to improve program outcomes and results. Her teaching experiences span diverse content areas with the field of public health and education, and she has extensive experience working with pre-service school and community health professionals. Her passion for service is exemplified with leadership positions with the Academy for Future Faculty, TAMU Graduate and Professional Student Council, and the Department of Health & Kinesiology Graduate Student Association. Leigh loves working with graduate students and mentoring peers with academic and non-academic issues. When she’s not working on the Big D a.k.a ‘the dissertation’ she is an exercise and shopping enthusiastic! Leigh also loves to travel and seeing with new places while meeting interesting people!

Mara Schaffler

Mara_Schaffler.JPGMy name is Mara Schaffler and I am originally from Mexico. I am currently in my second year in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program within the College of Education and Human Development and I am expecting to graduate May 2017.  I previously attended Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in English-Spanish Translation. When I am not busy with school or work, I like to put a lot of attention to myself through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude. In addition, I love to dance, work out, spend time in the kitchen and try new and fun recipes. I can watch the food network for 8 hours straight (I am not kidding). I am also a make-up, fashion, shoe, and plant enthusiast (and that is where most of my money goes to). Hope you enjoy my different perspectives and experiences about life and graduate school I will share in this blog!

Matthew Pfeifer

Matt_Pfeifer.jpgHowdy!  My name is Matt Pfeifer and I am pursuing a Master of Science in agricultural leadership, education, and communications with a focus in human resource development. This is the third degree I hope to add to my resume, as I also hold an Associate of Applied Science from Victoria College and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The motivating force for me to start graduate studies is so I will be better prepared to serve young people employed in the agriculture industry. I hope that by furthering my understanding of leadership and workforce training I can improve the lives of people in rural America. After graduation, I would like to work in young producer development for a conservation or livestock breed organization.

Steven Metzmaker

Steve.JPGSteven Metzmaker is a first-year Masters student in student affairs administration in higher education (SAAHE) from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minors in urban studies and criminal justice. Following graduation, he spent two summers working in Housing at Columbia University in the City of New York as well as a year and half working abroad in Student Life at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy.  While living in Italy, he learned the importance of exposing oneself to other cultures, interact with others from diverse backgrounds, and grow accustom to a different way of life. In his free time, he enjoys to bake, cook, read the national newspapers, run, and take in as many Aggie sporting events as possible. In the future he would like to continue to travel and explore major cities of the world by running through them. He aspires to be a university president of major university someday.

Teja Gambhir

Teja-(1).jpgTeja Gambhir is pursuing a M. Eng. in Industrial Engineering after completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from California. Her professional interests are in Lean Design, Robust Engineering, and Production Systems. Learning is her passion (and now it's become a bad habit). When not honing her profession, she likes to read, write, code, cook, and do yoga.