Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors are selected for one-year terms for their ability and aptitude in representing Purdue University in the best light. The Ambassadors demonstrate a mix of academic excellence, outside interests, and leadership skills that exemplify the Boilermaker spirit. Primary duties include interacting with the Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council and other visitors to Purdue campus, and serving as student representatives for the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships.

2014 - 2015 Ambassadors

Mohammed Almeshekah

Mohammed Almeshekah

I am a fourth year PhD student at Purdue University. I am working with Prof. Gene Spafford and Mikhail Atallah in the area of Cyber Security. I am a Teaching Fellow of the CS department at Purdue and hold a MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. I am originally from Saudi Arabia, where I had my BSc degree in CS. In my spare time I love to read Malcom Gladwell as he always challenges widely-believed assumptions.
Morgan Essex

Morgan Essex

I am a senior in pharmaceutical sciences. I grew up just outside of Indianapolis and came to Purdue because of its formidable STEM reputation, but have found so much else to love here. On campus I am involved in undergraduate research, TEDxPurdueU, and the College of Pharmacy Student Council. In high school I spent six incredible weeks in France immersed in the language and have since longed to experience more new cultures. I hope to be one of the very few students in my major to go abroad. I enjoy running, yoga, photography, and live music.
Jordyn McCord

Jordyn McCord

I am a senior with a double major in biological engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. I currently work on a Global Design Team consisting of collaborative research with students at the University of Jordan aiming to create a bioreactor from olive production waste. I am an undergraduate office assistant and ambassador for the Global Engineering Program, coordinating student ambassador activities, study abroad opportunities for engineers, and developing international campus relations. In my free time I both dance and choreograph for Higher Ground Dance Company to raise money for dance therapy across the country.
James Moody Jr.

James Moody Jr.

I am a senior majoring in Industrial Management with a concentration in Economics. My education has led to me 6 internships across 4 industries, and currently placed me in an Industrial Engineering role with Boeing. I plan to use my corporate experience to progress international business relations. I developed my interest in international affairs, with a focus on Latin America, in middle school and have continued to learn about the culture via: a study abroad trip to Chile, participation in Embajadores, mentoring with UR Global, and development in the President’s Leadership Class.
Rolando Navarro

Rolando Navarro

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics specializing in Computational Finance. My research interests include statistical signal processing, machine learning, stochastic processes, and mathematical finance. Prior to entering to Purdue, I served as a Risk Analyst at the Group Model Validation of Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore working with very talented people from different backgrounds and expertise. I also currently serve in the Graduate Senate and am Vice President of Purdue Quantitative Finance Club. I am from Manila, Philippines.
Kimberly Saviers

Kimberly Saviers

I am a Graduate Research Assistant and direct-PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. I am a member of the Nanoscale Transport Research Group in the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Recently, I was a recipient of the Mickey Leland Fellowship and completed an internship at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. I earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as a summa cum laude graduate at the University of Akron in 2011. During my undergraduate years, I completed a study abroad program in Athens, Greece. I also traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Trexie Wolfs

Trexie Wolfs

I am from Rossville, Indiana. I am a pharmacy student at Purdue University and an assistant coach for the Rossville Middle School Dance Team. Originally, I am from the Philippines and lived there for a couple of years before moving to Amsterdam, Netherlands. While living in Europe, I traveled back to the Philippines, and to other countries, with my family. I enjoy traveling and seeing the world and I hope to continue my journey next summer by studying abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I appreciate the diversity in cultures, which is one of the many reasons I love Purdue!
Gloria Zhang

Gloria Zhang

I am a senior majoring in Financial Counseling and Planning and I’m originally from China. I’m willing to help others by solving problems so I define myself as a problem solver both in general life and in professional field. I’m also a girl who loves challenges and has strong curiosity to different cultures. So, I decided to do my internship as an account assistant in Sydney in summer 2013. After truly understanding the cultural differences, I would like to try to build the connection and to correct the stereotypes caused by lack of communication.
David Zimmer

David Zimmer

I am a fourth year veterinary student. As a child I worked with my family on our farm and at my father’s veterinary practice. Growing up in this environment fostered in me the hard work and independence that has brought me through Europe, Africa, and South America the last four years. Through these trips I was able to teach at secondary schools, experience some of the world’s most unique cultures, and work with veterinarians at an animal sanctuary for capuchin monkeys and pumas.

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