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Undergraduate Project Advisors & Tutors

  • Jenny Hofilena

    Jenny Hofilena

    Jenny is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Design. She stumbled upon Global TIES during the spring quarter of her sophomore year, in which she joined the first COVID project and returned to the DiaBEATit team. Jenny collaborated with Project Kilimanjaro during her time in ENG100D, and found her way back as a TA for the DiaBEATit and K-12 projects. Because of her involvement in the Global TIES program, she became intrigued to follow a career path focused on human-centered design and sustainability. In her spare time, you can find her researching astrology, reading tarot cards, or upcycling her thrifted clothes.
  • Tina Reuter

    Tina Reuter

    Tina is a 4th Chemical Engineering student minoring in Business. She took ENG 100D her sophomore year and has been involved in Global TIES ever since. She has been a part of both the COVID project and Schoolhouse Ghana (eduTIES). Her involvement in this program has helped develop her passion for sustainable human-centered design and she hopes to apply these to her future career in the biotechnology or energy industries. Outside of Global TIES she is a Project Manager for AIChE Projects where she works on a water treatment system to remove Uranium from the contaminated water in the Navajo Nation. She is also part of the UCSD Swim and Dive Team and works at General Atomics. In her spare time, she enjoys going for drives, walks on the beach, watching movies, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Santino Espiritu

    Santino Espiritu

    Santino is a 4th year Chemical Engineering student with a minor in Business. He joined Global TIES spring quarter of his junior year through ENG 100D and ENG 100L. In those courses, Santino worked with a team that helped develop a website for a nonprofit organization called ShelterBox and played a role in the One Village Philippines team as well. Upon entering his last year at UCSD, Santino seized the opportunity to be a TA for the K-12 project. Because of the Global TIES program, he gained a newly found interest in human-centered design and wants to follow a career path that involves sustainability and renewable energy. In his free time, Santino enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and cooking for his friends.
  • Daniel John

    Daniel John

    Daniel is a 2nd year Bioengineering: Biotechnology student minoring in Political Science. He joined Global Ties in the fall quarter of his 1st year through ENG100D, and also contributed to the Cruz Roja project in the spring. Daniel is involved in the founding of a non-profit and efforts to improve refugee disparities in San Diego, and is currently working on improving medical care in third-world settings. In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking, playing spikeball, watching sports, and reading.
  • Miriam Hamidi

    Miriam Hamidi

    Miriam is a third year electrical engineering student in Warren College. While at UCSD, she has been involved with the ECE Undergraduate Student Council (ECE USC), the Summer Research Internship Program (ECE SRIP), and a systems engineering internship. She joined Global Ties Spring 2021 through ENG 100D as part of a project with the Celeste Health Initiative. In her free time Miriam enjoys trying new tea latte recipes, curating extremely specific Spotify playlists, and reading.