Meet our 2019-2020 Fellows!
Uchenna “Uche” A. Anene
Uche is a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering. Her research is multidisciplinary; it bridges chemistry, chemical engineering, physics and materials science. She uses quantum mechanics and high-performance computers as a tool to study the chemical properties of material surfaces and the interface between materials to help understand, design and engineer new materials. This understanding will aid in the development of materials for applications such as wearable electronic devices, sustainable energy technologies and aerospace materials.
Prior to UConn, she obtained her M.S. in chemistry at Long Island University, while she worked as a Junior Research Scientist at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center Neuroscience Institute and later for The HUMAN Project, also at NYU.
When she is not “making” discoveries in the lab, she tries to make a difference. She works to increase STEM awareness and the enrollment and retention of underrepresented students pursuing engineering. She enjoys home improvement projects, building computers and tinkering with electronic devices. She is pictured adding additional memory and cooling fans to her 10-core, 128-GB RAM computer she built.
Kevin “Will” Smith
William Smith is a second year graduate student studying in Puppet Arts. Currently, he is the designer and builder of the massive man-eating plant puppets of Audrey 2 in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors to open in April.
He is foremost a maker at heart and loves to constantly be building and creating. It is because of this that he has found a great home in the LCIZ.
Prior to attending UCONN, Will recieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Puppetry at West Virginia University, making him the only student ever to attend both of the two universities in the country with a Puppetry Program. He is excited to continue his career and explore new opportunities and innovations in the world of Puppetry and Hope's to one day create his own television prprogram dedicated to child education, development and entertainment.