Meet the UIP/URP Team

Solia Valentine
Solia Valentine, Computer Science | Spanish Minor

Hi! My name is Solia Valentine and I am a fourth year computer science major, with a minor in Spanish. I am interested in computer networking and cloud computing, and I have previously interned with AWS. This summer I will be working at Oracle within their Cloud Infrastructure division. On campus, I’m the External Vice President of  LA Blueprint, and the webmaster of Nommo news magazine. Outside of school, I love to play tennis, write, and am a budding food critic!

Sam Basu, Computer Science & Engineering | Film, Television, Digital Media Minor

Hi! My name is Samprikta Basu but I go by Sam for short. I’m a 3rd year computer science and engineering major originally from Seattle, Washington. I’ve had experience working at a couple startups (one being a vc fund and the other being a platform helping people find accessible accommodations whilst traveling). In the past I’ve also interned at Microsoft on their Remote Desktop Infra Team. For the last two summers however, I interned at Google doing the STEP and then SWE program where I worked on enabling Search users searching for video games to instantly access streaming games (and their prices) from top providers!

Outside of engineering I also love watching films/learning about the industry so I’m working on getting a Film, Television, and Digital Media minor as well! On campus, I’m involved with the Society of Women Engineers, specifically the lobbying committee, Bruin Entrepreneurs, and Engineering Ambassadors.

Payton Bechefsky
Utkarsh Mittal, Chemical Engineering | Data Science Engineering Minor

Hello, I’m Utkarsh, a Chemical Engineering student at UCLA with a passion for data science. Here’s a brief overview of my background:

I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Data Science Engineering. I have a knack for entrepreneurship and have recently worked on starting a hard seltzer business in India. Moreover, I am also building a product in Stealth mode for now.

In my professional journey, I have interned as a Business Systems Analyst at Amgen Inc, where I’ve worked on creating a Python-based gen-AI chatbot and integrated it with AWS Lambda and Pinecone database. Previously, I interned at The Branding Boutique, focusing on business development and lead generation strategies, resulting in increased profits.

I’ve also contributed to research as a Research Assistant at the Simonetti Lab, where I collaborated on projects related to cement strength enhancement. Additionally, I gained valuable data analysis experience as a Data Analyst Intern at Indorama Ventures.

Outside of academics and work, I hold leadership roles at UCLA where I have previously been involved with NoCode UCLA and Bruin Stock Group.

Ananya Kodali
Ananya Kodali, Chemical Engineering

Hi! My name is Ananya Kodali and I am a fourth year chemical engineering major from Ohio. I am interested in sustainability and I previously interned in Washington DC at Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, and a small manufacturing facility. I was also involved in a research lab on campus related to carbon capture in cement. On campus, I am involved in AIChE at UCLA’s outreach program and I am a member of refineLA. Outside of school, I love going to coffee shops and concerts, and I enjoy reading and baking!

Anjali Koganti
Anjali Koganti, Aerospace Engineering

I’ve interned at Relativity Space, and more recently the Aerospace Corporation, both as a simulation intern translating rocket and satellite trajectories into code and using orbital mechanics. I’ve been involved with Rocket Project, working my way from hybrid recovery lead, to leader of the hybrid rocket team, to Director of Outreach last year. This year, I am continuing teaching our introductory rockets course. I am also involved with Engineering Ambassadors on campus and I’m proud to be a Brooke Owens Fellow. Outside of school/work, I enjoy Indian classical dance, hiking, and embroidery!

Anna-Marie Guenther, Bioengineering

Previously interned at biomedical device start-up. Research experience in the Brain Tumor Imaging Laboratory and the Di Carlo lab.

Aaron Ng, Civil Engineering

Hey y’all! I’m Aaron, a 4th year civil engineering student with a structural engineering capstone. I have internship experience with both structural engineering design/analysis at DCI Engineers and construction management at Timberlab/Swinerton. If you are interested in making the pivot to consulting, I’d love to help you through the recruitment (and case interview) process – as I will be working at KPMG Advisory upon my graduation.

On campus, I am currently a member of UCLA Radio, the EWB Uganda Project, and the Club Climbing Team. I am also involved with ASCE as the social chair, and was previously the athletics director and timber design director. In my free time, I love to hit the beach, crush boulders, and go on long road trips through the backcountry.

Megan Go, Computer Science

Hi! I’m Megan, a third year Computer Science student at UCLA interested in product engineering. I’ve interned at Google the past two summers as a STEP and SWE intern. During my SWE internship, I worked on improving UI responsiveness and optimizing performance of YouTube TV mobile web. I also have experience as a Backend product intern at where I focused on enhancing the Marketing Banner targeting system.

On campus, I am the Webmaster for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the UCLA Women’s Club Soccer team. Outside of school, I love playing soccer, going to concerts, hiking, and traveling!

Julia Chow, Civil Engineering

Hello! I’m Julia, a third year Civil Engineering Student with a concentration in Energy and the Environment. I am interested in the built environment and how we can make our cities more sustainable in the future. I am part of the 2023-2024 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) and selected the Coastal Flood Lab to do my year-long research project under. Furthermore, I am part of a team in the Institute for Carbon Management looking at mechanisms to strengthen critical materials such as cement. On campus, I am the External Director for Bruin Home Solutions (BHS), an organization focused on implementing sustainability across UCLA. In my free time, I love hiking, backpacking, and skiing!

Henry Nagle, Civil Engineering

Hey, I’m Henry, a Civil Engineering major from Davis, California with a focus in Geotechnical Engineering. I’ve worked in a machine shop running CNC equipment for mixed robotics development, as well as worked the night shift as a bartender in Melbourne, Australia. Last summer, I gave up mixing drinks to work as a field engineer on a deep soil mixing site with Keller North America, sampling improved ground for testing. I also reviewed geotechnical reports and contractual documents from design firms and general contractors to vet future projects for the company. In the future, I’m looking to continue to delve deeper into numerical modeling of soil failure and settlement.

On weekdays, I study dirt, but on weekends I climb rocks! I’m an active member of the UCLA climbing team and get outdoors as often as I can. I’m also involved with ASCE at UCLA and XE, the civil engineering honor society.

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