Alumnae Spotlight

Interested in joining AΩE? Get to know some of our alums by reading their profiles below!


headshot - Zoe ShappellZoe Shappell

Class: Beta Upsilon

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you join AΩE? I am so happy I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon, and I actually wish I joined sooner! I was looking for my “niche” in college, or the place where I’d fit in, and I found that in AΩE. I had made friends with my roommates and classmates, but I would move dorms and take different classes, so I wouldn’t see those friends all the time. But I always saw my friends in AΩE at chapter or other events. I have always had fun at the events, and I’ve made friends with everyone in my chapter. I could sit down and have coffee with anyone in my chapter, and I am so blessed to know them all.

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Class: Beta Phi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Environmental Engineering

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE because I wanted a group of women in STEM to get professional and academic advice, support in STEM classes, and lasting friendships from! I was an executive board member for 5 semesters, and I am also a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Viterbi Student Ambassadors, and Society of Women Engineers, in addition to conducting research. I love crocheting, playing Animal Crossing, and boba!

IMG_2111Sydney Rosser

Class: Beta Phi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE because I wanted to be in a community of like-minded individuals who would help me grow as both an engineer and a person. I have met some of my best friends through AΩE and I love how all the members help and support one another!

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Class: Beta Psi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Computer Science

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE to find a chill group of like-minded women in STEM! I love the community and chill vibes. I also love video games and food of all kinds!

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Class: Beta Psi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Neuroscience

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE because I wanted to get to know some other women in STEM! I found exactly what I was looking for — a community of people who are interested in the same nerdy things I am.

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Class: Beta Chi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Cognitive Science

Why did you join AΩE? I loved how friendly everyone in AΩE is. I know that I could send off a message to the group at any time of day, whether it’s STEM-related or not, and always get a positive response. My favorite AΩE event was our spring formal, and I’ve been dancing since I was 6!

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Class: Beta Chi

Grad Year: 2021

Major: Computer Science

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE as a freshman when I was looking to be a part of a community of women in STEM, and I love all of the incredible people I’ve met! AΩE introduced me to some of my closest friends at USC! I’m from New Delhi and I minored in product design, and I was also the president of Girls in Tech USC!

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Tanya Gandhi

Class: Alpha Chi

Grad Year: 2020

Major: Electrical Engineering

Why did you join AΩE? I love how AΩE is a small group, making it an extremely close-knit social circle that also has professional benefits.

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Val Resendiz

Class: Alpha Upsilon

Grad Year: 2020

Major: Non-Governmental Organizations & Social Change

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, education

Why did you join AΩE? Even though I wasn’t a STEM major, I love supporting AΩE’s mission and getting to know beautiful, intelligent women who are challenging the status quo.

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Michelle Karpishin

Class: Alpha Tau

Grad Year: 2020

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hobbies/Interests: Flying planes, swimming

Why did you join AΩE? I wanted to meet a smaller group of girls in STEM, but not join a traditional social sorority, so I joined AΩE!

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Trisha Palit

Class: Alpha Tau

Grad Year: 2020

Major: Chemical Engineering (Materials/Polymers)

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Olivia Liu

Class: Alpha Tau

Grad Year: 2019

Major: Computer Science

Hobbies/Interests: Violin

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE after attending several recruitment events and finding that all the members were very kind and supportive!

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Hannah Adams

Class: Alpha Rho

Grad Year: 2019

Major: Chemistry & Environmental Studies

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, scuba diving

Why did you join AΩE? I joined AΩE to make friends in STEM and to prepare for my career and future after college.

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Erin Smith

Class: Alpha Xi
Grad Year:
2017
Major:
Computer Science/Business Administration
Current Location:
San Francisco
Hobbies/Interests: 
running, traveling, cats, and coffee

Current Job and Brief Description: Security analyst for Macy’s Inc. My team monitors and analyzes data from Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com to fend off malicious attacks or fraudulent activity aimed at the sites.

Why did you join AΩE? I was a Spring admit, and I felt so out of place in my nearly all-male classes. AΩE was the perfect place for me to make friends in my field and become more involved at USC.

Most Valuable Takeaway(s) from Joining AΩE: Definitely the friendships and network I created there, which are still strong today. The exposure to leadership positions also taught me soft skills, which are so important to have after college.

Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom to potential sisters? I think that all women in STEM should give AΩE a chance! This strong, tight-knit and empowering community, will serve you not only through college, but also after.

IMG_3383Carly Liu

Class: Alpha Gamma
Grad Year:
2011
Major:
Chemical Engineering
Current Location:
Los Angeles
Hobbies/Interests:
Volleyball, hiking, spending time with my dogs, traveling, and food

Current Job and Brief Description: Project Leader for Baxalta Inc. (biopharmaceutical company, formerly Baxter). I manage small to medium sized projects at a manufacturing plant that processes human plasma for various medical applications. For each project, I lead a team of employees and contractors from several departments within the organization to drive the project from planning to close out. These projects range from new or upgraded equipment installations to process improvement to facility upgrades.

Why did you join AΩE? I switched majors in the middle of my first semester and felt like I missed out on the opportunities to get to know fellow engineering majors during my Freshman year. At the beginning of Sophomore year, I sought out an organization where I could meet other girls with similar interests and also had professional and leadership opportunities.

Most Valuable Takeaway(s) from Joining AΩE: The friendships and network I developed through AΩE. It’s easy to make friends in college, but very difficult to keep them 5, 10, 20 years after you graduate. AΩE’s tight-knit community provides the kind of environment that fosters those friendships.

Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom to potential sisters? Join AΩE! If you are on the fence about it, attend at least a couple events during Recruitment week to get to know the sorority and members. Don’t be afraid to reach out to an active to ask any questions you might have.

IMG_2519.JPGLily Aung

Class: Phi
Grad Year: 2009
Major: Civil Engineering
Current Location: Austin, TX
Hobbies/Interests: sports, outdoors, fitness, bars, dogs, reading

Current Job and Brief Description: Civil Engineering Associate at RS&H. I provide engineering support as part of a project team serving as a transportation consultant to the Texas Department of Transportation. Tasks include schematic design, CAD work, design build project procurement, construction estimating, transportation project planning, and traffic design.

Why did you join AΩE? I saw a poster advertising Alpha Omega Epsilon in a classroom at USC and decided to check it out because the recruitment activity sounded interesting (frame painting). Once I attended a recruitment session, I met the current members and was really drawn to how friendly everyone was and the social and professional opportunities that were offered. After I became a member of AΩE, I was able to immediately take on leadership opportunities and make an impact on campus and in the community.

Most Valuable Takeaway(s) from Joining AΩE: I met a tremendous group of smart, high achieving young women, many of whom I am still friends with today. Many of my lasting memories from college happened with the sorority and the various events that we participated in.

Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom to potential sisters? AΩE offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities and is very welcoming to anyone interested in joining. Give it a shot! 

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Class: Alpha Delta
Grad Year: 2012
Major: Environmental Engineering
Current Location: Irvine, CA
Hobbies/Interests: travel, tennis, movies, food, reading

Current Job and Brief Description: Associate Consultant at ZS Associates. We do sales & marketing consulting, primarily for pharmaceutical / biotechnology companies. I provide support to our clients as part of a project team.

Why did you join AΩE? I first heard about AΩE when actives came to speak about it in my freshman engineering class. It sounded like a neat way to meet more people and make some good girl friends, so I went to the recruiting events. I loved how close-knit the sisters were, and that the sorority was focused on both social and professional aspects. A lot of clubs I had tried joining in the past either weren’t doing anything at all or were really intense and intimidating to join — and AOE seemed to strike a nice balance in between.

Most Valuable Takeaway(s) from Joining AOE: AΩE is a great group of people to have around you. I have close friends today that I met through AΩE, and still go to an occasional AOE chapter event to connect with the actives and help out.

Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom to potential sisters? Take advantage of all that AΩE has to offer! AΩE gives you lots of opportunities to make new friends, find some engineering study buddies, take on (or create) leadership positions, and network with alumnae.