College of Science & Engineering Student Advisory Council (COSEC)
COSEC Charge (est. Sept. 28, 2017)
- Serve as a liaison between the students and the dean in order to provide input, insight, and perspective on the student experience.
- Advise the dean on matters pertaining to students.
- Serve as leaders for change in the College of Science & Engineering.
- Engage in college and university activities to encourage student involvement.
- Represent the College of Science & Engineering as ambassadors to promote WSU to current and perspective students.
2017-2018 COSEC Membership
|Composite Materials Engineering
|Mathematics & Statistics
Contact COSEC members at COSEC@winona.edu.
I am Rick Dorn and represent the Department of Chemistry as a senior majoring in ACS Chemistry and minoring in Mathematics. I am originally from Prior Lake, MN and came to WSU in 2014 to pursue my passion for chemistry. The beginning of my junior year I started conducting physical-organic research with Dr. Nalli studying the selectivity of Wohl-Zielger brominations of secondary alkenes. I also started another research project the beginning of my senior year with Dr. Zemke building a homemade Raman spectrometer using a DSL camera. Both of these research opportunities made me realize that I want to continue conducting research as a career, specifically in the spectroscopy field. I plan to start graduate school the fall of 2018 to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry.
I am a junior majoring in Mathematics and Statistics here at WSU and representing the Department of Mathematics and Statistics on the COSEC. I am from Mankato, MN, where I graduated from Loyola Catholic School. I stay busy within my department by competing in the various data analytics competitions throughout the year and regularly attending different speakers and opportunities the Math/Stat department offers. I am passionate about statistics because it uses numbers to gain relevant, real-life insights. My future plans are to eventually go on to a graduate degree in Statistics. Outside of the classroom my interests include sports, biking, and staying active.
My name is Liz Evenocheck and I am a junior from Rosemount, MN representing the Geoscience Department. I am majoring in Geoscience and minoring in Computer Science. I am a member of the Winona State Women’s Basketball team and Geoscience Club. I have conducted undergraduate research with the geochemistry of Archean gneisses in The Black Hills, SD which will hopefully turn into a publication. After WSU, I am planning on going to graduate school. I could not imagine a University having a closer-knit community than Winona State. The passion the students and professors have for their field creates a great environment to learn. I hope to help students enjoy and benefit from WSU as much as I have. If anyone has any ideas that they would like to share, I would love to hear them!
My name is Alex Franta and I’m a senior physics major here at WSU with a minor in mathematics. I’m originally from good ol’ Roseville, Minnesota near the Twin Cities and I spend of a lot of my free time (if I have any) enjoying some board games, video games, cooking with my spices, and going for a night drive. In terms of physics, I’m really passionate with the environment. I hope to use my degree to become an environmental physicist with an emphasis on the quantum mechanics of solar flares, but I like to keep my options open. I always try to be an approachable dude so feel free to reach out and let me know how you’re doin’.
My name is Rachael Geerts and I am a senior from Long Lake, Minnesota. My major is Composite Materials Engineering and I have a minor in Polymer Chemistry. In addition to my academic courses, I am a student intern for COMTEC inside Stark Hall. I am also involved in Christian ministries on campus as well as being on the industry advisory board for the CME department. I have learned so much during my time at Winona State University and I have met so many great people. I am excited to apply my experiences and knowledge in the work force after graduation in May, at Gougeon Brothers Inc. as a Composite Materials Engineer.
Hi! My name is Uzma Ghazanfar and I come from halfway across the world: Karachi, Pakistan. I am a senior and I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Data Science. I have been involved in various capacities in a number of clubs on campus. Besides COSEC, I have been part of the International Club, the Muslim Student Association, Winona State Ambassadors, and am currently President of the Women in Computer Science. I am also a member of the Physics Club, the Chemistry Club, and Women in Science in Engineering (WISE). I swear I do also manage to find time to study! In whatever free time I allow myself, I like to cook and feed my friends. I love bringing food to work to share it with my colleagues or having friends over for dinner. I also have an art background, so I spend a lot of time doing interesting and creative projects like cross-stitching, painting, knitting, or drawing. Fun fact about me? I don’t know how to ride a bicycle!
Hello, I’m Jimmy. I am a senior from Arlington Heights, Illinois with majors in Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics and minors in Statistics and Data Science. I represent the Department of Physics. My goal for the Dean’s Advisory Council is for it to be a forum to improve the student experience in the college. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or improvements that you have for the college so that they can be addressed!
My name is Waheed Khan and I am representing Computer Science department. I am a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Data Science. I was born in Pakistan and grew up in Canada. Along with being a member of COSEC, I am the president of Computer Science Club, Founder/Director of WSU Hackathon, President of Cricket Club, and a Latsch Leader of John Latsch Leadership Academy (College of Business). Besides being part of all these clubs and organizations, I am the lead student systems administrator in IT department on campus. Through all these experiences, I have been able to develop my skills as a student leader and refined my knowledge on the needs of the different communities around Winona. Through my identity as a leader of the community, I have been given many opportunities to express my opinions and ideas and help make the community in Winona State University a better place. My future plans are to start my own software firm where I can help businesses to achieve their goals. During my free time, I enjoy listening to TED talks and podcasts and I particularly love adventuring around the land in a car with friends.
My name is Gabriel Mancino-Ball and I am the senior representative of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. After graduating high school from Ellsworth, Wisconsin I attended three different undergraduate institutions. The culture, community, and academics at Winona State University ultimately captured my interests which is why I am here today. I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in Mathematics this May and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or Statistics starting in the fall. I love performing research, tutoring, and learning. Outside of school, I am a member of the Winona State Barbell Club which promotes powerlifting and weightlifting; I also am an avid rock climber.
My name is Bethany Palen and I am a junior representing the Chemistry Department. My major is Chemistry with a minor in Criminal Justice and I am from Norwalk, Iowa, which is right by Des Moines. Along with being a member of COSEC, I am also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the WSU UNICEF Campus initiative, and WISE. I am also a teaching assistant for several chemistry labs and am conducting my own research project. In my very limited free time, I enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix. After completing my degree at Winona State, I want to go to graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Forensic Chemistry and become a forensic scientist for the FBI. A fun fact about me is that I used to have a wild baby turtle named Sheldon that I took on walks around the yard.
My name is Alicia Skolte, from Austin, MN, and I am a junior representing the Biology Department. I am completing an Environmental Science major and a Geoscience minor. I have a work-study job taking care of the Biology Department animals. I plan to go on the Belize travel study in May and work on the Whitewater River Watershed Project this summer. Once I graduate, I plan to manage surrounding lakes and rivers water quality and assess fish populations.
Nathaniel “Phano” Smith
My name is Phano, and I am a junior in the Composite Materials Engineering program at WSU and grew up in Dakota, Illinois. My life is centered on adventure, family, and friends. When I’m not in school, I usually can be found singing and playing my guitar or taking pictures both professionally and as a hobby. I consider myself an innovator and this title is fitting for me because I have started my own business selling scratch off maps on Amazon and also am competing in an entrepreneurial competition hosted by the university for $10,000. I work at the Recreation Center on campus and frequently lead trips across the country to rock climb, mountain bike, backpack, or canoe through new places. I have been to eight different countries including my most recent trip to Indonesia and New Zealand, where I lived in a van for a few weeks! I’m a pretty quirky person, but I love any and all things exciting! I also love giving back to my community and have over 200 hours of community service under my belt. Feel free to say hello if you see me around!