Purdue features 5 students for the month of April

April 3, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University website is featuring five students whose career interests include filmmaking, pharmacy and nanoscience technology. 

Information about these students is available on the Marketing and Media site at http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents

This month's students are:

* Katie Lennox of Lebanon, Ind, a senior studying film and video studies. Lennox interned last summer at Zach Rosing Productions where she produced promotional footage for Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis. This is her second year as a video editor in Purdue's Hall of Music productions, and she works in her video class to stream live sporting and musical events on the Big Ten Network. She has also produced promotional videos for several nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette and Play Ball Indiana.  

* Diego Mendez of Quito, Ecuador, a master's student studying computer information technology. Mendez came to Purdue after receiving a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Army Polytechnic School in Ecuador. He and his wife, Mayari, are active in STEM education and recently took a trip back to their native Ecuador to encourage students in STEM studies. Following his graduation in May, Mendez will work at Zimmer Corp. in Warsaw Ind.

* Silvia Oliveros-Torres of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a master's student studying computer engineering. After receiving her bachelor's degree at Michigan Tech, Torres came to Purdue where she works with VACCINE, a Purdue lab sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Torres' recent work in the lab contributed to a project for the U.S. Coast Guard. A talented tennis player, Torres also helps coach the West Lafayette High School tennis team. 

* Erin Wilson of Odon, Ind., a senior studying pharmaceutical sciences. Wilson is involved at several Purdue research labs where she works with drugs that aim to help reduce pain for patients with cancer and cystic fibrosis. Wilson also mentors and teaches undergraduate students. Following her graduation in May, Wilson will begin her doctoral studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

* Yunlong Zi of Huoqiu County, Anhui Province, China, a doctoral student studying physics.  After coming to the United States less than four years ago, Zi focuses his studies on what he believes to be the core of science in the future: nanoscience. His research is in material growth and electronics at the nanoscale for computer usage.

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Sources: Katie Lennox, klennox@purdue.edu

Diego Mendez, dmendezm@purdue.edu

Silvia Oliveros-Torres, solivero@purdue.edu

Erin Wilson, wilson85@purdue.edu

Yunlong Zi, yzi@purdue.edu

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