Meet the UIP/URP Team

Welcome to Winter 2023! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Undergraduate Internship Program’s events and workshops will all be held online. Updates and services will be uploaded on this page and sent in our weekly email.


Anjali Koganti, Aerospace Engineering

Hi! My name is Anjali Koganti and I am a third-year aerospace engineering major. I have a big interest in spaceflight and computer science, and I have had a previous internship doing rocket flight simulations at Relativity Space, a company that 3D prints rockets. This summer I will be working at the Aerospace Corporation through the Brooke Owens Fellowship program, which I am really lucky to be a member of. On campus, I’m involved in Rocket Project as the Outreach Director this year, and I have served as the hybrid rocket team lead in the past. I’m also one of the E96 Rockets class teachers and an Engineering Ambassador. Outside of school, I enjoy Indian classical dance, hiking, and trying new places to eat!

Sofia Lopez, Mechanical Engineering
My name is Sofia and I have experience interning at a biomedical device manufacturer, a weapons research company, and an environmental consulting firm based in Los Angeles. I’m involved in several Engineering organizations at UCLA, including SWE, ASME, and PIES. I’m a southern California native and love the outdoors. This inspired me to choose environmental science as her technical breadth.
Payton Bechefsky
Payton Bechefsky, Bioengineering
Hi everyone I’m Payton! I am a fourth-year bioengineering major who has interests in the medical device, neurological, and animal science applications of bioengineering. I am currently interning with Biosignature Solutions, a startup company that helps those with mental illness find treatments through customized biomarker panels. My past research with Dr. Gulati involved studying rats to determine the effects of stroke on the brain and current research with Dr. Chen involves develop wearable bioelectronics to detect Parkinson’s disease and convert mechanical energy from the body to power wearable devices. I am also involved in several organizations, such as the neurotechnology clubs CruX and HAND, as well as a co-instructor for the Introduction to Engineering Design (E96): Electrocardiogram class. I like rollerskating around campus and chasing around my apartment cat when I have free time!
Vedha Sanghavi, Mechanical Engineering

Hello! My name is Vedha and I am a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student. This past summer I interned at Amazon Robotics – where I worked on their autonomous delivery robots. On campus I am involved with Bruin Racing, ASME and an EV Conversion Project with BHS. Outside of that I enjoy playing chess, biking and cooking!

Solia Valentine, Computer Science

Hi! My name is Solia Valentine and I am going to be 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!

Anna Cosmin-Spanoche, Aerospace Engineering
My name is Anna Cosmin-Spanoche, and I am a fourth-year aerospace engineering major and statistics minor. I’m originally from Santa Clara, CA. I have had two internships, at The Aerospace Corporation, where I worked in the structural dynamics department, and at Boeing this past summer where I worked on safety risk management. I was also involved with research in the Campbell Group, in UCLA Physical Sciences. My main student group involvement within UCLA is with Rocket Project at UCLA, where I am currently president. Outside of engineering, I’m a member of the UCLA Snow Team! I love skiing, hiking, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants in LA. I am super excited to be a peer advisor this year and provide support to other UCLA engineering students!
Sam Basu, Computer Science

Hi! My name is Samprikta Basu but I go by Sam for short and I’m a sophomore computer science and engineering major originally from Seattle, Washington. I’ve interned at a couple startups (one being a vc fund and the other being a platform helping people find accessible accommodations whilst traveling). I also was a high school intern at Microsoft, working on an NLP chatbot to support the Remote Desktop Infra Team. Most recently I’ve interned at Google through the STEP program doing full stack work on a debugging and experiment launching portal for Google Play engineers. 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 SWE, specifically the lobbying committee, and Bruin Entrepreneurs.

Sasha Grishchenko, Chemical Engineering

Hi! My name is Sasha Grishchenko and I’m a senior chemical engineering student. I have interned with Entegris’ R&D department, and most recently worked in the implant operations team at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. At UCLA I’m involved with AIChE’s ChemE Car team, as well as the Student Alumni Association, and Engineering Ambassadors.

Hanna Co, Computer Science
I am a 4th year Computer Science major minoring in Digital Humanities. I have previously interned at NASA JPL as a Quality Assurance Intern, and Amazon as a Software Development Engineer Intern. Previously, I’ve also contributed on projects by on-campus organizations, such as Bruin Home Solutions and The Data Grid. Feel free to come by and ask any questions about recruiting, class planning/class help, or even grad school/ESAP!

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