Class of 2019 Penn World Scholars
Name: Adamseged Abebe
Academic areas of interest : Biology, chemistry, African studies, politics, and medicine.
Activities and interests: Student government, Ethiopian/African dance, soccer, and community service
Future plans: To be a doctor, Ethiopian prime minister, fix social and economical problems, and improve the African educational system.
Academic areas of interest: Economics, politics, and computer science.
Activities and interests: Parliamentary debates, Model United Nations, community service, entrepreneurship, and traveling.
Future plans: I would like to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Pakistan and make a career out of my interest in technology and entrepreneurship.
Name: Rafael Castro
Country: El Salvador
Academic areas of interest: Computer science, cognitive science, and entrepreneurship.
Activities and interests: I am interested in technology in general, debating, public speaking, programming, and running.
Future plans: I want to start my own tech company while at Penn or afterwards.
Name: Yiyi Chen
Academic areas of interest: Health & societies, economics, language, and history.
Activities and interests: Traveling, learning about different cultures, reading, volunteering, and community service.
Future plans: For now I am thinking of pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. Regardless of which career path I choose, I hope to contribute to society in a positive way.
Name: Paulina Destarac
Academic areas of interest: Physics/astrophysics, math, philosophy, and literature.
Name: Andre Hamra
Academic areas of interest: Management, entrepreneurship, finance, economics, social impact & responsibility, and philosophy.
Activities and interests: Business reading, volunteer work, social entrepreneurship, writing, tutoring, student government, and soccer.
Future plans: I want to be a world reference in the business area in which I choose to work, be it management, finance, or entrepreneurship. In the long run, I intend to be an important benefactor of Brazil with regards to improving the life quality of people, especially through education. Finally, I plan to leave a positive legacy for my country; generating succession, influencing people, and building something eternal.
Name: Gary Li
Academic areas of interest: Economics, marketing, international studies, and politics.
Name: Shadrack Lilan
Academic areas of interest: Chemical/biomolecular engineering and economics.
Activities and interests: Soccer, field hockey, jogging, movies, hiking, random trips, community service, and cycling.
Future plans: To work across the globe. Once I have amassesd enough skills, experience, and resources, I will return to my home country (Kenya) and try my best to bring some economic change to my nation.
Name: Trang Luu
Academic areas of interest: English and theatre arts.
Future plans: I hope to pursue a career in academia or go into publishing.
Name: Vanessa Makuvaro
Academic areas of interest: Computer engineering, communication systems, philosophy.
Activities and interests: Baking, tennis, outdoor obstacle courses, community service, debate, alternative and folk music.
Future plans: Software engineering, entrepreneurship, and the development of educational support technologies for Zimbabwe and similar countries.
Name: Mia Mansour
Country : France/Lebanon
Academic areas of interest: Mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, physics, business/economics, and crimonology.
Activities and interests: Serving social justice and fully engaging in my community, painting (especially with oil), Choral Arts, swimming, Model United Nations and other debate opportunities, kayaking/mountaineering/hiking/biking and outdoor activities, student government, and creative writing.
Future plans: Engaging in space exploration and the aircraft industry (while continuing to draw, sing, and research physics), contributing to women's leadership in science and technology, bridging the gap between socially and economically diverse groups.
Name: Santiago Pereira
Academic areas of interest: Business, international relations, entrepreneurship, management, politics, and media.
Activities and interests: Entertainment (TV, movies, books), event organization, Model UN, musical theatre, and writing.
Future plans: I would eventually desire to manage my own business, but other professional interests are international politics, campaign management, and the entertainment, retail, and technological industries.
Name: Priyanshi Pokharna
Academic areas of interest: Architecture, economics, and entrepreneurship.
Activities and interests: Painting and other forms of visual art, community service (teaching underprivileged children), Model UN, exploring music across genres, writing and reading poetry (especially Mary Oliver's), jogging, solving puzzles, and designing Android apps.
Future plans: To be a socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneur, excel in my field and contribute to research in sustainable architecture.
Name: Andre Rappaccioli
Academic areas of interest: Systems engineering, actuarial mathematics, computer science, and entrepreneurship.
Activities and Interests: Technology, debate, travel, entrepreneurship, social activism, politics, and student involvement.
Future plans: Create and manage a transitional consulting company that contributes to the social and economic development of Nicaragua. Eventaully get involved in Nicaraguan politics.
Name: Saku Rimali
Academic areas of interest: Engineering, physics, economics, and business.
Activities and interests: Running, sports, piano, music, hiking, traveling, and technology.
Future plans: To develop and commercialize cutting-edge technology fighting global issues.
Name: Halima Said
Academic areas of interest: Business and international studies.
Activities and interests: Swimming, reading, cooking, 1950's jazz music, and community service.
Future plans: Start a socially responsible agribusiness which will empower the small scale farmers of sub-Saharan Africa, and become the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Name: Shane Shearman
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Academic areas of interest: Engineering, math, physics, history, and political science.
Activities and interests: Music, playing steel pan (national instrument), education, soccer, and karate.
Future plans: Education, scientific research, entrepreneurship, and magnanimity.
Name: Elen Bianca Souza
Academic areas of interest: Business, engineering, and language.
Activities and interests: Sports (particularly volleyball and soccer), community service, and traveling.
Future plans: Through social entrepreneurship, promote equality and improve people's lives in Brazil and worldwide.
Name: Sandra Urusaro
Academic areas of interest: I am very passionate about the access of primary care to poor people. I will study nursing in Oncology since Oncology is a new department and I aspire to continue to medical school.
Activities and interests: I like to volunteer in hospitals, reading, tennis, singing, and tutoring.
Future plans: I aspire to return to Rwanda and contribute to the healthcare system of my country with equity as the goal.
Name: Orhan Efe Yavuz
Academic areas of interest: Physics, aerospace engineering, astrophysics, math, quantum physics, and computer science.
Activities and interests: Co-founder at a youth astronomy society in Turkey, stargazing, professional astronomy observation research, snooker, robotics, computational physics.
Future plans: Working as a rocket scientist/aerospance engineer at a space exploration company/organization to make mankind a multi planetary species. Start a research institute for astrophysics, robotics, and synthetic biology.