Kaitlin Danh

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Toy Adaptation Chair

She/her | 2nd year undergraduate student | Bioengineering

kdanh@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? ) After attending a toy adaptation event with WiSE UP Bridge, I was drawn in by the strong sense of community and teamwork that the HuskyADAPT members had. I really enjoyed being surrounded with students who share similar passions for increasing accessibility to play technology through a collaborative and hands-on approach. This community pushed me to think more critically about what my contribution could be, while also placing value behind my efforts - which is something that motivates me to continue growing as an engineer.

What do you look forward to this year? I look forward to engaging with members of HuskyADAPT during the toy adaptation workshops and forming friendships that continue inside and outside of the club!

Fun Fact(s): I know 31 digits of pi ūüôā

 

Dylan Heino

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Toy Adaptation Chair

He/him | 4th year undergraduate student | Mechanical Engineering

dheino13@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? I joined HuskyADAPT because I wanted hands-on experience working on something that really makes a difference. I was planning on joining my freshman year but COVID put a halt on that, so I was excited to finally be able to join my Junior year. It has been an extremely fun group to work with and leaves me feeling accomplished after every toy adaptation session.

What do you look forward to this year? I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing more faces at events as COVID is slowly starting to move behind us. I want to give incoming and current students the same experience I got to have this year and provide them with a fun atmosphere to learn some useful applications

Fun fact(s): I have become addicted to collecting houseplants this last year(it's my girlfriend's fault).

 

Nicole Zaino

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Outreach Chair

Sher/her | 5th year PhD student | Mechanical Engineering

nzaino@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? I joined HuskyADAPT because of the broad spectrum of disciplines across campus that work together for the main goal of accessible design. I also love being able to use my education and knowledge to serve the community, make a positive change, and promote inclusion.

What do you look forward to this year? I look forward to establishing connections with the community and broadening our education and community outreach events.

Fun fact(s): I am on the Seattle Kraken Sled Hockey team.

 

Tom Mikolyuk

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Design Chair

He/him | 4th year undergraduate student | Mechanical Engineering, Interdisciplinary Honors

tmikol@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? I believe in a more accessible and empathetic future, as well as the responsibility of future engineers and designers to make it happen.

What do you look forward to this year?  Kaizen.

Fun Fact(s): I am a sucker for potato bourekas, a filled puff pastry from my home country. Bake me some and you’ll have my eternal respect and admiration.

 

Mia Hoffman

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Design Chair

She/her | 2nd year PhD student | Mechanical Engineering

miahoff@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? Being a part of HuskyADAPT allows me to work alongside others to create new ways for kids to just be kids, exploring the world and all that it has in it.

What do you look forward to this year? I'm looking forward to helping grow the design component of HuskyADAPT and learning new design skills alongside HuskyADAPT students and community members!

Fun fact(s): I could drive a tractor before I could drive a car.

 

Valerie Chan

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Design Chair

4th year undergraduate student | Electrical Engineering

vnhchan@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? I joined HuskyADAPT because I always wanted to make positive impact to the society through engineering and design. I was also looking for ways to challenge myself and expand my skill set. The year-long design projects allow me to make such impact while working with and learning from other HuskyADAPT members around me.

What do you look forward to this year? I am looking forward to working with other like-minded students to develop adaptation designs and learning more about adaptations along the way!

Fun fact(s): I studied at a boarding school in England before coming to UW. I don't have a strong accent though...

 

Anya Prasad

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GoBabyGo Chair

She/her | 4th year undergraduate student | Mechanical Engineering

aprasa@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? My favorite part of HuskyADAPT is that not only do we get to challenge ourselves by practicing skills like circuity, reverse engineering, and soldering, but we also have the opportunity to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of toys for young children in our community.

What do you look forward to this year? I’m excited to be developing the GoBabyGo Program at UW and continuing  to build upon the adaptations to make ride-on cars even more inclusive, accessible, and fun!

Fun Fact(s): ¬†A few years ago, I visited Patagonia and had the chance to explore the southernmost town in South America, nicknamed the ‚ÄúEnd of the World‚ÄĚ.

 

Amelia Lin

Communications Chair

She/her | 2nd year undergraduate student | Mechanical Engineering

amelia03@uw.edu

Why you joined HuskyADAPT? I joined because I think that making accessible designs and devices is super important, and I found that HuskyADAPT makes a point to educate and equip its members with the tools and resources needed to help make them.

What do you look forward to this year? I am looking forward to connecting with the greater HuskyADAPT community and meeting people with diverse backgrounds who all share an interest in making the world more equitable and inclusive.

Fun Fact(s): I have a jumbo pinecone collection