My name is Dawson Dormaier and I am Junior at Washington State University working towards a major in Strategic Communication with a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Hartline, Washington, a small farming town in Eastern Washington, and love to experience life with the people I meet. A big passion of mine is making people laugh.
I am originally from Omaha, NE. I moved to Washington in 2014 began pursuing a degree in Computer Science soon thereafter. Today I am a Junior that serves as a Coordinator at Cougtech, as well as the Vice President of WSU’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter. I was hooked by tech at an early age and vividly remember how angry my mom was when she discovered I deleted the system files from her computer at age 7. I’ve been collecting shoes since 2005, and in my free time I enjoy working out, rebuilding wrecked vehicles, and running a game or two of 2K.
Frank Club President
My name is Kristian Gubsch and I am majoring in chemical engineering. As an entrepreneur, my ultimate career goal is to develop technologies that will limit the overall effects of climate change on the environment. I have worked towards this goal through my research at WSU in carbon capture and conversion as well as in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research where I helped develop a network of Raspberry Pi air quality sensors in the Spokane university district. Outside of class, I am involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, I am an undergraduate researcher, undergraduate research peer mentor, Honors ambassador, and local basketball referee. A few fun facts about me are I’m a passionate sports fan, enjoy skiing, hiking, hiking, and playing soccer, and I have a brother who is nine years younger than me. I am very excited to be a part of this year’s Frank Fellows cohort, go Cougs!
My name is Zachary Larson and I am working toward a major in Strategic Communication and a minor in Digital Technology & Culture. I grew up surrounded by the beauty of Skagit Valley, Washington and have lived in Pullman for three years now. My passion lies in graphic design – Ideally, channeling that gained expertise to impact others. I’ve always considered myself to be uniquely curious. The Harold Frank Scholarship is just the next step in that journey of curiosity.
Hogan is currently a Junior at Washington State University, studying Mechanical Engineering. Some of the things that keep him busy outside of class include serving as the President of Phi Kappa Theta’s Alpha Delta chapter at WSU, involvement in the Boeing Scholars program, intramural sports and weight lifting. In High School he was a three-sport Varsity athlete, and he loves being outdoors. Last summer Hogan worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at The Boeing Company, and had the opportunity to contribute to large projects that affect the build plan of 737 airplanes, as well as lead smaller projects to reduce the build lead time. Next summer he plans to return to the Renton site as a Design Engineer within the Airframe division. Hogan has also recently been accepted to the Boeing Scholars program and is looking forward to what his involvement has in store.
Frank Club Director of Internal Affairs
Katie is a junior studying bioengineering who grew up in the Tri-Cities. She currently works as a student ambassador for the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as an undergraduate research peer mentor, and an Honors 198 course facilitator. She also works as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Robert Catena’s Biomechanics Lab at WSU where she studies how a woman’s gait and posture changes over the course of a pregnancy. Katie spent a summer at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology participating in an NSF REU program studying how enzymes can be used to breakdown organic waste. She also spent a summer interning for Christine Brown’s congressional campaign in Washington’s 4th CD. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking with her dogs and playing the ukulele.
Nam Nguyen is currently a junior at Washington State University pursuing double degrees in International Business and Marketing. Nam stands out as the first and only student in WSU’s 128-year history to study abroad on all seven continents. He is a McNair Scholar, Carson Fellow, in addition to being a NUFP Fellow with NASPA, the national professional association for student affairs professionals. Nam holds several leadership positions on and off campus. He loves learning and exploring new ways of thinking. He has a thirst for learning, to improve, and to succeed. Because he grew up in a small town in southern Vietnam, Nam is fluent in Vietnamese and is the first person in his family to compete high school, let alone study at university. Nam has a keen interest in virtual reality, machine learning and its implementations in augmenting marketing activities and market penetration. Outside of academics, he is an art lover. His favorite hobbies are drawing, painting, and sometimes songwriting.
Thuy is a third-year electrical engineering student at Washington State University who is passionate about making meaningful contributions in the field. She looks forward to exploring different branches of electrical engineering and other fields of study in order to broaden personal experience and to develop professional skills. In addition to a full-time class schedule, she is an electrical team member of the Palouse RoboSub where she gains hand-on experience working with electronics and printed circuit boards design. Thuy’s goal is to work on challenging problems within a collaborative team to transform innovative ideas into reality.
My passion for database development was ignited while developing a relational database for a company I owned. I am enthusiastic for a career in Project Management.
I grew up on a farm outside Spokane where hard work and ingenuity are an everyday requirement. After High School I joined the US Navy Seabees. I was fortunate to experience many different cultures and was honored to serve my country. Following my honorable discharge from the Navy, I returned to Spokane and purchased a small company called Rimrock Yard Care. While overhauling its database, I was exposed to the advantages of ingraining technology in a company to increase productivity and accuracy. The experience was so gratifying that I enrolled at Washington State University to expand my understanding of database design and project management. I am currently a Junior, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Information Systems as well as a minor in Computer Science. I am eager to develop and implement technology to fulfill the needs of users and companies.
Frank Club Director of Outreach
Aaron Ramadan is a Mechanical Engineering student at Washington State University in Pullman. Originally from California, he enjoys all types of action-packed activities with snowboarding being one of his favorites. He is a passionate and goal-oriented individual that thrives in collaborative and fast-paced settings. Aside from school, he spends his time working out at the gym and running his side resale business. In his career, he hopes to improve daily life and processes by the creation of useful gadgets and tools through engineering and entrepreneurship.
Frank Club Director of Finance
Patrick Robichaud is a third year civil engineering student in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and Honors College. He enjoys all the opportunities that WSU offers. He is involved with undergraduate research with Dr. Jenny Adam in Hydrology Lab and is active in the Engineers Without Borders club. He traveled to Panama with the club on the assessment trip, with the goal of bring year round access to clean water to the village. He is also involved with Environmental Sustainable Alliance (ESA) with the goal to increase sustainability at WSU. He is very excited to be a member of the Frank Institute and learn about entrepreneurship.
Kajal is a motivated student with leadership experience in various entities and an aptitude for innovation and creative problem-solving. When not in Pullman, she calls Kent, Washington home. Kajal is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and Neuroscience. She hopes to use her passion for engineering and medicine to make a positive impact on the world. Kajal is currently working as a Resident Advisor, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Scholar Lead, and is an Undergraduate Researcher in Dr. James Peters’ lab. She is also a member of a Panhellenic Sorority, Delta Delta Delta. Outside of academics, Kajal enjoys skiing, hiking, trying new types of foods, and volunteering around the Pullman and greater Seattle area.
Sarah is currently a junior bioengineering student from the Tri Cities, Washington. She is an undergraduate research mentor, an Honors College facilitator, and involved in BMES, Circle K International, and undergraduate research. Sarah is a researcher in Dr. Kang’s lab, working to characterize proteins involved in sudden heart failure. Last summer, Sarah performed research at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as part of an NSF funded REU. She also spent the beginning of the summer studying abroad in Ireland. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, running, and playing the ukulele.
My name is Yatin Singla and I’m currently studying Computer Science and Finance as my Bachelors’ majors. I grew up in a city called Chandigarh (India) which is located in the foothills of Shivalik mountain range, which was a great source of adventure and childhood memories. I like to get involved in multiple activities on campus some of which include tutoring, mentoring, and attending a lot of conferences. I love working in teams and have grown as a person through my various roles as a Student Ambassador for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the President of the club Academia, Resident Advisor for the Department of Housing and Residence Life, Lead Tutor for the ASCC and a Peer Mentor for the Office of International Programs, I’m also part of the Boeing E-Connections program and the Boeing Mentor program. I love playing badminton, soccer, and watching college football. A fun fact about me is that I co-founded an online blogging startup with my sister after I graduated high-school. I’m passionate about solving problems and bringing about a change in the world through technological advancements. I’m excited to be a part of the amazing Harold Frank program. I love meeting new people and please feel free to reach out to me!