Meet the UIP/URP Team

Welcome to Fall 2021! 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.


Paulina Fisher

Hi! I’m Paulina, a 4th year Civil Engineering major who is focusing on structures and technology management. I’ve spent the past 3 summers interning as a construction manager at various construction sites across the Bay Area. The last project I interned on involved lifting a historic building 12 feet to build a new parking garage underneath, and I really enjoyed being a part of the team that made that possible. After graduating this spring, I plan on entering the construction industry as a Project Manager. At UCLA, I am involved in ASCE, specifically in the Construction Management team that competes at the ASC 67 competition every year. Last year, I was a 3D designer for the Design Build team, and this year I am a team lead for the brand new Concrete Solutions team! Outside of school, I love to doodle, cook and bake fun things like croissants and sourdough.

Alexandra Kwon
I am Alexandra Kwon, a third year undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on signals and systems. I entered UCLA as a Physics major and transferred to Electrical Engineering after finding I liked working on projects more than understanding theory. I am very interested in machine learning, communication systems and signal processing concepts–especially neural signal processing. My work experience has been primarily involved in research, I have held positions in astrophysics research at Carnegie Observatories, and research with Dean Wesel in the UCLA Communication Systems Laboratory. My most recent internship was with Zeta Associates–a signals and systems defense company owned by Lockheed Martin. Come talk to me about research versus industry paths, physics versus engineering, and technical interviews!
Josephine Neyyan
My name is Josephine Neyyan, and I am a senior majoring in bioengineering. I interned at ECA Medical Devices over two summers, and performed research through Keck Graduate Institute and PATHS-UP as part of summer research programs. I also worked in the UCLA Optofluidics lab, and I am currently an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Song Li’s Lab in the department of bioengineering. I am interested in pharmaceutical engineering, drug delivery, and immuno-engineering and would like to go into industry. Some of my personal interests include cooking and oil painting.
Natalie Olivares
Hello, I’m Natalie Olivares (she/her), a 5th year BioE major. I’m a new peer advisor looking forward to the new academic year! My research experience consists of research in Dr. Song Li’s Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab focusing on the regenerative efficacy of Neural Crest Stem Cells (NCSCs) in neuromuscular regeneration after peripheral nerve injury. On campus I am involved in programs such as AAP, CEED, SOLES, and Women in Engineering at UCLA (WE@UCLA) for academic support and community. In the near future, I hope to achieve a Biotech industry position, or to pursue higher education in public health or policy to work towards accessibility and advocacy for historically underrepresented communities in healthcare. In my own time, I enjoy music, fashion, thrifting, and skateboarding. I look forward to meeting you!
Anna Cosmin-Spanoche
My name is Anna Cosmin-Spanoche, and I am a 3rd year aerospace engineering major and statistics minor. I’m originally from Santa Clara, CA. This summer I interned at The Aerospace Corporation in the structural dynamics department, where I worked on post-flight analysis for commercial spacecraft. I am also involved with undergraduate research in the Campbell Group at UCLA, which is a quantum physics lab in the physical sciences department. My main student group involvement within UCLA is with Rocket Project, where I am Director of Outreach and a member of the propulsion subteam on our liquid rocket team, Ares. I’m also a member of SWE and involved in WE@UCLA. Outside of engineering, I’m a member of the UCLA Snow Team, where I compete in giant slalom skiing. 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!
Rosa Son
Hi! My name is Rosa, and I am a fourth year mechanical engineering major. I’ve always been interested in emerging technologies, and I’ve had the opportunity to have research experience in the Optofluidics Systems Laboratory, which works on microfluidics for biomedical applications, and RoMeLa, a robotics lab. I am also interested in entrepreneurship and had the fortune of interning at Miravel, a local startup company. Outside of class, I’m involved in Bruin Racing and Bruin Entrepreneurs. In my free time, I like to noodle around with my guitar and attempt various physical activities!
Brianna Duckworth

I am a 4th year Materials Science and Engineering major from the Washington, D.C. area. I have a passion for teaching and mentoring others that started in high school when I became a tutor for my school’s Math Honor Society and began working as a referee for my town’s youth soccer club. Currently, in addition to being a Peer Advisor for UIP and URP, I am a Mentorship Family Head for the Materials Research Society at UCLA.
In my professional career so far, I have completed an internship at Soccer Skybox as a Data Analyst and I secured an internship with the FBI, but the program was eventually cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. After graduation, I intend to pursue a full-time position in industry where I can combine my knowledge of materials science with my written communication skills.

Alyssa Wang

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m a 4th year Computer Science and Engineering major. Over the past few summers I’ve interned at companies like Cisco, Amazon, and Cloudflare. Along with my love of building things, I moonlight as a public affairs minor. You can also find me at ACM events (I’m a huge fan of Cyber, TeachLA, and Impact!) or with the brilliant team at Nova. Fun fact: I am the fourth of five siblings, so I’ve always leaned on my big siblings when I get lost — when you drop by to see me, ask me how many of us are Bruins!

Reina Squires
Hi everyone! I’m Reina, and I’m a 4th year bioengineering major from Arizona! My previous experience includes two research labs at UCLA, one where I look at drug delivery vehicles and the other where I investigate bacterial biofilm formation. I’ve also had an industry internship at Takeda, where I was a QC labs intern! When I’m not in the lab, you can find me hiking, running, and doing anything that involves me being outside in the beautiful LA weather. My plans for next year are to go to graduate school and pursue a higher degree within the field of bioengineering. Go bruins!
Laya Rodriguez
I am a transfer student from Santa Barbara City College. I am interested in pursuing graduate school and researching in the area of renewable energy. Currently, I am working in the Laboratory of Electrochemical Systems Engineering of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCLA led by Dr. Carlos Morales-Guio. I am researching how to convert carbon dioxide into more useful products such as fuel and feedstock chemicals, which is done through the electroreduction of carbon dioxide. At UCLA, I am on the mentorship board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), where I plan social events that help create an embracing community for our members. With AIChE, I am also in Chem-E-Car, a student project that challenges teams across the nation to make a shoe-box sized car that runs on chemical reactions. I am also a member of Alpha Chi Sigma (AXS), a professional chemistry fraternity. Outside of academics however, I really enjoy painting, baking, and going out and exploring LA.

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