2019-2020 College of Engineering Senate Candidates:
My name is Cade Boseck, and I am campaigning to be Senator for the College of Engineering. I am a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama, and I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering with plans to enter graduate school upon finishing my bachelor degree. I am actively involved with Greek Ambassadors, and I enjoy being able to give tours to prospective students and express my passion for the university.
I am running for Senator because I have a vision to increase student involvement and ensure each student has the best possible experience at the Capstone. By becoming an SGA senator, I will be able to strongly voice my opinion and implement my ideas to better the university.
One of my main goals is to create formal study groups. As a freshman, I found my initial class load overwhelming, and I struggled to find a good starting place. By providing formal study groups, students can connect early on and develop an inclusive network of people with similar interests. I am also passionate about expanding undergraduate research opportunities. It can be confusing to learn about undergraduate research programs; some information might not be available online, and oftentimes it is solely from word of mouth. My plan is to team up with professors and graduate students to create a system that streamlines this process, enabling students to earn research credit to become a more compelling candidate for graduate school or the future workforce.
I am Andrew Crain. I am from Atlanta, Georgia and I am double majoring in chemical engineering and spanish while on the STEM path to the MBA. I also am a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity.
I am running senate for the college of engineering because I would be extremely honored to represent my peers in the elite group that is the student body senate. I want to be their voice to bring my fellow students’ concerns onto the docket before UA’s best and brightest students to create an environment of learning. If selected, I will work tirelessly to represent my fellow students in an honorable fashion, listening to their concerns. In essence, my platform is that I want to give students a more vocal role in politics at UA and will create a portal for students to voice their concerns. My goal is to enrich the live of each student and I believe this will benefit the life of each student at UA.
I am Paul James, from New Orleans, Louisiana, and I am a freshman majoring in Construction Engineering. I was on the executive board of student government in my high school where I spent most of my time planning and executing events. I had a family of three brothers, but then one went to Clemson and talked trash about The Tide. I am in the honors college as a National Merit Finalist, I am a leader of the Outdoor Action program, I volunteer to help clean the Black Warrior River, and I am the historian for my fraternity. I am running for this position because I have a passion for being involved in student government, so I want to contribute my experience to SGA and improve the campus and school as much as I can. Since the University of Alabama is already such an amazing school, I plan to help improve and promote service to our community among our student body so that we can give back to the school that has given so much to us. It should show that we care about our university and its well-being as much as our football season in the fall and the season of celebratory day events in the spring.
My name is Jack Lowenthal, I am from New Orleans, LA, and I am excited to be running to represent you in the SGA College of Engineering Senate. In my time at UA I have had the pleasure of meeting people from many different walks of life, each with their own views and passions; consequently, I have gotten to know many of the problems students face on a day to day basis. I am running to ensure that the voices of the students of the engineering school are heard, and that whether someone is in their first semester at UA or is a senior getting ready to graduate they feel comfortable sharing their ideas or concerns to help make this school the best it can be.
Hello, my name is Jacob Mader. I am from Baltimore, Maryland, 19 years old, and a classified senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and minoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition I am a member of the STEM-to-MBA program, and will leave the University in May of 2021, with a Bachelors of Engineering and Master of Business Administration. I am a recipient of the Presidential, Engineering Leadership, and Manderson MBA Scholarships, and active on campus in the Delta Chi Fraternity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, and the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. I am running because I want to improve the University and give back for all it has done for me. I hope to support student engagement on campus and promote the tradition of excellence that our University represents. As a senator I hope to introduce new extracurricular educational opportunities for the College of Engineering, reaching out to companies and beneficiaries to create new and exciting programs for students, and increase funding for existing programs. I also hope to support the safety of our students, and innovate the process of students, their peers, and faculty collaborating to benefit our education. Ultimately, my goal is to improve upon the already great legacy of our school, and help lead students to the success that the University of Alabama prepares us for. Thank you for your support.
I am an aerospace engineering student from Louisville, Kentucky. I am currently involved in the Alabama Rocketry Association which is developing air brakes for a rocket to get as close to 10,000ft as possible, as well as with UA Space where I am working on a ground station to track satellites in orbit. I am running for student government to voice the concerns of engineering students and to implement the solutions that best benefit our community. I intend to create more opportunities for engineering students to advance their careers and their studies by incentivizing student research and facilitating networking among current students and staff. If elected, I am also seeking to raise the current 2.3 minimum GPA required to run for SGA because I believe our government should not consist of students that just get by in their degrees, but of those who show dedication to and excel in their studies.
My name is Sam Perry. I am a junior architectural engineering major from St. Louis, Missouri, and I am pursuing a senate position for the College of Engineering. I believe that we can create positive, lasting change together by focusing on transparency, sustainability, and professional development. My previous leadership experience includes serving as President of the University Stewards, Executive Producer of UADM, and Director of External Affairs in the SGA’s Department of Environmental Affairs. Through these positions, I cultivated effective communication and leadership skills, and I now hope to use these abilities as your senator to create meaningful change in UA’s engineering department. I plan to expand access to preparation materials for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and potentially launch a department-sponsored prep class. Additionally, I will implement a system of bi-weekly emails from the college’s senators to their constituents, thereby improving communication and keeping students up-to-date and engaged with what their senators are working to achieve. Finally, I hope to establish our department as a leader in the university’s shift to sustainable energy. Among other initiatives, I plan to pursue government grants for solar panels and foster collaboration with UA’s environmental councils. Together, we can strengthen the College of Engineering, and it would be my honor to represent you as we work toward these goals.
Hi! My name is Katie Ray and I am running for Engineering Senate! I am a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering major with a minor in Liberal Arts. I currently serve on the SGA First Year Council, and I also serve as an Executive officer of Student Engineers in Action. I am involved with The Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers on campus as well as Women Society of Engineers. My platform is advocating for Upper Classmen engineering scholarships, pushing for the Enginuity lab to be open on weekends, recommending the Engenuity lab provides more ENG 103 tutoring for struggling students, and increasing the amount of Bike Racks on the Shelby Quad. I am so excited to run and meet so many new engineering friends and supporters on the way. Roll Tide!
My name is Brandon Slappy and I’m a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Dothan, Alabama. I’ve chosen to run for the Engineering Senate because I feel that there are ways to improve the campus that are just plain common sense. I am a fan of what I call “Free-Up-To Services”, or, more simply, of giving all students on campus a weekly allotment of free printing and free laundry services. Why can’t we save students on campus some money and help them boost their grades by having to worry less about how to afford services and more about getting their work? I vehemently oppose the University’s attempts to introduce a charge for night parking because it puts an added burden on students who want to take advantage of the extracurriculars and libraries on campus at night. I think it makes no sense for the University to close dining halls at 8:30, cutting students who might want to enjoy an active social life or need to study late for their classes off from a late-night snack. Solutions to these problems, and the overarching ones of making college more affordable and helping students succeed, don’t require rocket science they require common sense, and that’s what I hope to bring to the Senate.