our alumni


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GOFAONE PATANE, UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT

Best course? Art 236-01 - Robotics And Interactivity.
Coffee? Yes, with whole milk and honey.
Where are you from? Semolale, which is a small rural village in eastern Botswana, Africa.
Where do you WISH you were from? Botswana.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being around this creative community and also being able to explore many ideas with each other. This is the best thing as this helps my imagination run wild.


FOUAD EL ATI, INTERNATIONAL INTERN

Best course? Android and Java
Coffee? I don't like coffee but I like chocolate milk.
Where are you from? Paris, and Lille, France.
Where do you WISH you were from? Tunisia, where I was born.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Improving the creative side, enriching the innovative ideas of today’s technologies and understanding the environment of the deaf community.


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TYLER NAEYAeRT, M.S.S.D. STUDENT INTERN

Best course? English or Art
Coffee? Depends on my mood.
Where are you from? Swartz Creek, Michigan.
Where do you WISH you were from? Norway.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being forced to step out of my comfort zone.


EMILY CRUZ, M.S.S.D. STUDENT INTERN

Best course? I want to be either a biochemist or chemist. Maybe a mathematician.
Coffee? I don't drink coffee at all.
Where are you from? New Jersey.
Where do you WISH you were from? California, it's so beautiful there.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Learning and doing research with ML2. Seeking and gaining my experience in this lab, I'm grateful for this opportunity to be a part of the team!

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ABDULRAHMAN AL-GHAMDI, IMAGINEER

Best course? DST 203 (Introduction to Cultural Studies) and ASL 315 (ASL Literature: Poetry)
Coffee? I require to drink coffee every morning!! I must make full dark coffee with little milk and sugar.
Where are you from? Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Where do you WISH you were from? I WISH that I was from moon...
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? I love ML2 because ML2 is creative literature, design, visual narratives (bilingual and bimodal), and other more.


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CONRAD BAER, STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Best course? ASL 315- Poetry
Coffee? A medium cup of vanilla latte.
Where are you from? Fremont, CA.
Where do you WISH you were from? Eyeth.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? It gives me opportunity to do things that I never thought I could! It also give me opportunity to learn new things & put my creativity in the team.


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LAUREN BENEDICT, CREATIVE MEDIA/LAB COORDINATOR

Best course? Yoga.
Coffee? 1 cup of heated almond milk, a shot of espresso and a spray of white chocolate syrup (I make better coffee than Starbucks).
Where are you from? Maryland/DC/VA.
Where do you WISH you were from? Anywhere in the mountains (with snow). 
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? My imagination can run wild.


Adrianna Rocha, Social Media coordinator intern

Best course? Nonverbal Communication & Family Communication.
Coffee? Coffee? Not a big fan.
Where are you from? Orange County, California.
Where do you WISH you were from? Australia.


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Izumi Takizawa, Artist in Residence Intern

Best course? Visual Design and Deaf Studies.
Coffee? Caramel Flan Macchiato.
Where are you from? Japan.
Where do you WISH you were from? Hawaii.
What is the best part about being an Imagineer of ML2? Inflicting a happy feeling with deaf children in variety arts!


Bethany Weiner, Social Media Guru

Best course? Human Sexuality.
Coffee? As black as my soul.
Where are you from? Maryland.
Where do you WISH you were from? Barbados aka Rihanna's birthplace.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Infiltrating the world with my words.


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Zilvinas Paludnevicius, Video Producer

Best course? Cooking class.
Coffee? Loads of espresso shots and dash of brown sugar. 
Where are you from? Earth.
Where do you WISH you were from? Earth. 
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2?
Sharing ideas.


Robert Sirvage, Imagineer.

Best course? DeafSpace Class - 595 Special Topic - under Hansel Bauma.
Coffee? Black without sugar.
Where are you from? Connaught, Ontario.
Where do you WISH you were from? Connaught, Ontario.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? How we discuss about process as if it is actually more important than products.


Amanda Everitt, Imagineer

Best course? Frontrunners, an international deaf youth leadership course (12 of us from 10 different countries were let loose on a farm in Denmark and we were allowed to create whatever we wanted to).
Coffee? You cannot beat a flat white without UHT milk, without burnt beans and without moody un-baristas. Velvety smooth.
Where are you from? New Zealand.
Where do you WISH you were from? New Zealand.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Filling out questionnaires like this one. I was dreading doing so and this has just stopped all past questionnaires dead in the water. Secondly, we have the added gift of being able to take a piece of technology and add moving language to it. Here, we are allowed to imagine a world where gesture, expression and sign language phonology are King.


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Tyrone Giordano, Affiliated Imagineer

Best course?  TED Talks. Learnt so much and  I'm still learning.
Coffee? Mocha, hot or iced. Or black, with two sugars.
Where are you from? My parents' parents' parents' parents' ... parents.
Where do you WISH you were from? Discworld, maybe.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being around people who thrive on innovation


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Erica Wilkins, Research Assistant

Best course?  I would have to say the Group Therapy course I'm in now.
Coffee? Black!
Where are you from? Good question....USA would have to be my answer!
Where do you WISH you were from? Somewhere tropical.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The best part about being an imagineer of ML2 is the opportunities that I have. I have the opportunity to be involved with a lot of different tasks and projects. I'm learning so much about different ways to apply the research that is being done at VL2. Also, I love the creative energy and how I feel like I could try new things and it will be encouraged.


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michelle mcauliffe, affiliated imagineer

Best course? The day I had 100% access to education via ASL. #whyisign
Coffee? Dopio con panna.
Where are you from? San Francisco Bay Area.
Where do you WISH you were from? What kind of question is this?
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? It is the playground for our imagination.


Claire Tucker, Intern

Best course? Does traveling count?
Coffee? Espresso. Double shot.
Where are you from? Born & raised in Maryland.
Where do you WISH you were from? All over the world.


Sara Selzer, Intern

Best course? Travel and Photography.
Coffee? Yes, and soy milk please. :)
Where are you from? Brooklyn, New York City.
Where do you WISH you were from? There is no other place I would rather to be. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Having this chance to work with terrific minds, the ability to design and build boundless ideas.


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Pershea Jefferson, Intern

Best course? Human Sexuality under Caroline Pezzarossi.
Coffee? Yes, please. Milk, chocolate creamer and chocolate syrup!
Where are you from? Virginia Beach.
Where do you WISH you were from? Havana, Cuba.