Shawn Salata, METS Coordinator & Academic Advisor

Transfer Student Leaders

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Transfer Student Leaders at an event (prior to Covid-19).

What We Do…

The Transfer Student Leaders (TSLs) know what it’s like to jump into Michigan Engineering midstream. They have survived and thrived, and want to help other transfer students do the same. TSLs work with all new students transferring into the College of Engineering.  Each new transfer student is matched with a TSL. The TSL serves as a mentor through the new students’ first year in the College. They connect new students with activities and resources in the College and across campus, share their own experiences, and create a sense of community. TSLs offer fun and informative events throughout the academic year – social and academic events that help new students feel connected and prepare them for their courses and career plans. 

Who We Are…


Nate Amman

I’m a senior in Civil Engineering with a focus in construction management. I transferred from UM-Flint my sophomore year after completing my prerequisite courses. I just accepted a full time position with Barton Malow, earning the title of Project Engineer and start after graduation in May 2022. I wanted to be a TSL because I hope to give back to the community and help everyone achieve their dreams and aspirations. Outside of the UM community, I work as a personal trainer specializing in strength and conditioning. My hobbies include: Music, football, basketball, fishing, hiking, and several water/snow sports. Always willing to extend a helping hand both school and non school related. GO BLUE!

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Janet Azar

I’m a fourth year student studying Chemical Engineering. On campus, I am a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as well as the Food Industry Student Association (FISA). I became a TSL because I enjoy helping others in any way and am always looking for a challenge! Outside of school, I enjoy taking walks and spending time with my pet birds. I am also a HUGE Rocky Balboa fan and my advice that is inspired from the Rocky series is to KEEP MOVING FORWARD. You will face many challenges, but learning to get back up and pushing through all your obstacles is what matters most and will set you up for success.

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Madison Buford

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Southfield, Michigan. Hobbies of mine include binge watching shows, reading books, taking long drives on sunny days, and painting. On campus, I am involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Collegiate Midnight Golf Program, Support for Incoming Black Students, and EnspiRED Fashion Show. I am extremely interested in all things nails and lashes, teen fiction novels, old movies, and everything sleep related.

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Elizabeth Ferguson

I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering. I transferred from Schoolcraft College which is in Livonia, MI, where I earned my Associates in Engineering. I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and am also on their project team. My biggest piece of advice is to get involved in activities on campus. There are so many ways to get involved with other students here at Michigan! Having friends and people to study with is crucial in your engineering classes so getting involved is a nice way to meet your fellow classmates. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help because that is what your GSI’s and professors are there for!  

Andrea Lizarazo 

I’m a junior in Mechanical Engineering and Minoring in Entrepreneurship. I transferred from Washtenaw Community College after receiving my Associates degree in Science. On campus I am a part of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and ASB-C (Alternative Spring Break Chicago). I wanted to be a TSL because I wanted to be able to be someone new incoming transfer students could ask for advice. I know being a transfer student is challenging at times but that’s why I’m here to answer any questions you may have! If I could give one piece of advice it would be to always speak up and ask for help from professors, GSI’s, and even classmates! Some of my hobbies include: Going out to different restaurants, baking, dancing, and spending time with my puppy! As always GO BLUE!

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Jacob Renard

I’m a senior in Computer Engineering studying Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems. I transferred from Macomb Community College, which is about an hour east of A2. I’m the VP of Brotherhood within Triangle, which is a social fraternity here on campus filled with STEM majors. In my free time, I like to play guitar, power lift, and just try to relax. We’re only here once, so it’s nice to just take it all in every now and then. If you have any questions regarding joining fraternity life, lifting weights, food spots in A2, or anything else please don’t hesitate! Go Blue, and remember to try something new while you’re here!  

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Carrie Ross

I’m a senior in Electrical Engineering focusing on hardware and circuit design. Once I complete undergrad, I plan to continue my education and pursue a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a focus in bioelectrics and neural engineering. I transferred to Michigan Engineering from Schoolcraft college in Livonia, MI. On campus, I work in the Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop as a crib attendant, and I am a member of Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) and Theta Sigma, the transfer student fraternity on campus. In my free time I enjoy thrift shopping, reading, dancing, being with friends, and cross stitching.

Mary Tindall 

I transferred to Michigan Engineering after receiving my Associates Degree in Engineering from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. I am currently in my final semester completing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I love to travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and to Florida on vacations every summer. I am excited to be moving to South Florida after this last semester! I enjoy the outdoors very much. Swimming, nature trails, site seeing, boat rides, and sunbathing are my favorite ways to relax and destress. I enjoy roller blading and bike rides with my black labrador Nitro, as well as long car rides listening to music with the windows down. I also like to go bowling, watch movies, paint, and play video games. Welcome to Michigan, and remember..  Forever GO BLUE!

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Nayan Wadawadigi

I transferred to Michigan Engineering after receiving an Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, and I took courses in Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan before transferring to Michigan Engineering. This is my third semester at Michigan. I’m pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science Engineering and Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Business.  In my free time, I love to watch movies, go outdoors, and I’m really into sports. I love watching all kinds of sports, even though I cannot play them.  I’m here for you and want to hear from you. Ask me anything! Remember to connect with your professors and GSIs, too – they want you to do well and enjoy their classes. Welcome to Michigan, and GO BLUE!!!

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Andy Wang

I’m a junior studying computer science, and I transferred from Boston University in Fall 2020. I am involved in First Gen Engin, the Michigan Data Science Team, and recreational intramural volleyball. In my spare time, you can find me doing LeetCode problems, attending games at the Big House, going for a run in the Arb, or hanging around campus with my friends.

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Xiao Xiao

I am a senior studying Civil Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. I transferred into the College of Engineering from LSA during the winter semester of my sophomore year. I also did a summer study abroad program in Japan for a month. I am part of Michigan Seismic, M:AE Magazine, Chinese Student Association, and Engineering Student Government. During my free time, I love to go thrifting, try new restaurants in A2, and explore the Arb! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about anything!