Student Spotlight Spring 2017

Meet Student Researcher Jacob Johnson! Jacob studies Apparel Science and will graduate this spring 2017!

Jacob participated in the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research and presented a poster titled, "Designers Role on Eco-Labeling". Jacob's faculty mentor is Dr. Chitra Dabas.

The purpose of Jacob's research was to test Eco-Labels to determine and compare their influence on consumers' intention to purchase a product. Jacob found that participants in his study were more likely to purchase products with "Designer Self-Declared" credibility than by a "Third Party Certification Company".

Fun Fact about Jacob, he has established a business called Apparel Conscious, LLC. He and his partner Holly Skinner are currently working with a renowned rocket scientist to produce customizable dog vests and harnesses for the service, therapy, and family dog owner markets.


Meet Student Researcher Cristina Dypiangco! Cristina studies organizational communication and will graduate this spring 2017!

Cristina is a member of the Kellogg Honors College, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society, Latino Business Students Association, and was also a PolyTeach Student Representative. Cristina has been recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the Communication Department.

Cristina's research focuses on how Uber responds to crisis situations. She analyzed Uber's newsroom articles and press releases to discover how this organization navigated crises from October 2014 to October 2016. Last week, Cristina received the award for the Best Undergraduate Research Project by the University Library: Click here to read more!

Fun Fact about Cristina: After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, she would like to pursue a career in student affairs!


Meet Achieve Scholar Alex Ruiz! Alex studies aerospace engineering and plans to graduate this spring 2017!

Alex is currently conducting research under faculty mentor Dr. Ali Ahmadi and is studying the different ways to reduce drag on an NACA 0012 wing. In his research, shark riblet tape was used in the wind tunnel testing and achieved a 4% drag reduction.

His interest in engineering doesn't end in the lab. Alex is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) as well as the Undergraduate Missiles, Ballistics, and Rocketry Association (UMBRA).

Fun Fact about Alex: He is currently interning at Edwards Air Force Base!


Meet Achieve Scholar Shannen Acedillo! Shannen studies Aerospace Engineering and is graduating in the spring of 2017!

Under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Navid Nakhjiri, she is currently working on analyzing the macroscopic and microscopic radiation effects on materials by determining the number of displacements after irradiation through Jupiter's radiation model. By the end of this research project, her goal is to be able to determine the best material that can be used for space radiation protection for deep space and long duration missions.

In addition to her studies and her research, Shannen is involved in many extracurricular activities. She is a current member and last year's president of Undergraduate Missiles, Ballistics, and Rocketry Association (UMBRA). Shannen is also a part of the Achieve Scholars Program (ASP) and the Engineering Scholars Program (ESP).

Fun fact about Shannen: she is currently trying to attain a Level 1 certification in order to buy higher power rocket motors!


Meet our CSU Student Research Competition Delegate Benjamin Soto! Benjamin studies biology and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019!

Under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Nancy E. Buckley, he is currently working on investigating the effects that garlic (Allium sativum) has on the immune response of immortalized and primary murine macrophages that have been challenged with either lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or Candida albicans.

Outside of the lab, Benjamin is currently a part of the Kellogg Honor College and a Biological Sciences Learning Assistant. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the College of Science RISE Program, and the Science Educational Enhancement Services Program (SEES).

Fun fact about Benjamin: He enjoys creative writing and has a textbook collection of over 100 textbooks!


Meet our CSU Student Research Competition Delegate Ashling Kelly! Ashling studies political science and plans to graduate in the spring of 2017!

Under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Mario Guerrero, she is currently working on using survey results that examine advertisements from the 2012 Presidential election. Her undergraduate thesis seeks to examine the effectiveness of fact-checking in impacting voter perception but also examine its limitations. Her thesis also suggests ways that fact-checking approaches can be shifted to better influence politicians to be more honest.

In addition to her research, Ashling has also been a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority since 2013 and was the acting President in 2016 and the Vice President of Finance in 2015. She's also been involved in Mock Trial as the Executive Vice President and Team Capitan from 2013 to 2016. Currently, Ashling is a delegate to the Model United Nations.

Fun fact about Ashling: She will be attending law school at the University of Southern California this fall!