Peer Concentration Advisors (PCA) Program
PCAs serve as peer advisors for pre-concentrators (and current concentrators), providing a valuable perspective and helping students to discover additional resources and opportunities.
If you would like to be matched to a PCA, you can do one of the following:
- Reach out by email to a PCA with similar academic, career, or extracurricular interests by exploring their bios below or by looking through courses they have already taken here.
- Get paired with a PCA by filling out the Find my PCA Google Form. While we recognize some students might know exactly what they are looking for, we are happy to help pair you.
Esther Koh (Co-Captain)
Hi everyone! My name is Esther Koh, and I’m a junior in Kirkland House studying Bioengineering (S.B.) in the Chemical & Materials subtrack with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I’m fascinated with creating bioinspired materials and devices; for the past few years, I’ve been developing tough adhesive hydrogel drug delivery systems at the Wyss Institute. I love exploring translatable technologies at the intersection of biotechnology and business through involvement at biotech startups and a life sciences VC firm. On campus, I’m one of the Harvard Technology Innovation Fellows and am the Finance Co-Chair for Women in Business. In my free time, I enjoy hiking the Southern California trails (West Coast, Best Coast!) and sketching architecture. If any of the above piques your interest, please feel free to reach out! Also happy to chat about anything else you may need help on :)
Robert Jomar Malate (Co-Captain)
Hafa Adai (how we say hello where I’m from) everyone! My name is Robert Jomar Malate, and I’m a senior living in Eliot House studying Mechanical Engineering. I was born and raised on an island called Saipan my whole life before college. Robotics and aeronautics are my engineering passions, reflected by the engineering projects I joined with the Robotics Club (HURC) and Aeronautics Club (HUAERO), topped off with all of my excited discussions about them. In addition to engineering, for the past 2 years, I’ve been learning Mandarin Chinese, and will continue to do so. Outside the classroom, I breakdance with the Harvard Breakers and spend time meeting and getting to know people. In my freshman summer, I interned for Google where I did software engineering. Sophomore year, I interned at Busek as an aerospace engineering intern. And throughout my breaks, I’ve had the chance to help with different educational programs, from travelling to Suzhou to teach programming and 3D printing to Berlin where I tutored international students about US college admissions. In addition to the advice about courses, if you want to talk more about robotics, aeronautics, language learning at Harvard, educational/teaching programs, and especially how to manage the engineering workload coming from a weak background, I would definitely love to chat. These past years have been extremely challenging, but the people I’ve met helped and inspired me to push through; I want to do the same for you. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Jaylen Wang (Co-Captain)
Hey everyone! My name is Jaylen Wang. I'm a rising Junior in Kirkland house studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I love learning about the interplay between software and hardware, especially with applications to robotics, edge computing, and VLSI. I've spent time doing research term-time and over the summer, with experience applying for HCRP and PRISE. On-campus I'm the Co-President of HCES (Harvard College Engineering Society), where I spend time working with other board members to serve the engineering community and foster a sense of belonging for all SEAS students. Moreover, I'm the Co-Captain of the Club Tennis team, as you can find me (when on campus) across the river on a tennis court on most nights. Outside of school, I love watching NBA games (I wish I could say I was named after Jaylen Brown - go Celts). During quarantine I've been getting back into reading (I know an engineer reading, a crazy thought), so I'm always game for book suggestions, especially of the nonfiction variety! I've also started some new hobbies while stuck at home including running and meditating, so if you have any advice I'd love to hear it. I'm super excited to be a PCA Co-Captain and am looking forward to meeting you all. Please reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!
Selena Zhang (Co-Captain)
Hi! My name is Selena Zhang and I'm a junior in Dunster studying Environmental Science and Engineering, and Chemistry. I'm super excited about all things environment-related, especially climate and energy, atmospheric chemistry, and environmental justice. On campus I conduct research in the Mason group on energy storage, am part of the Resource Efficiency Program at Harvard's Office for Sustainability, and CA for Chemistry and EPS courses. I have also organized on political campaigns, work at Cambridge Queen's Head Pub, and spend most of my free time either outdoors or looking for the best oat-milk latte in Boston. In the future, I hope to work at the intersection of environmental science, climate policy, and social justice. If you’re also interested in any of these areas, are curious about joint concentrations, or anything else please feel free to reach out! I’ve also traveled to Peru with SEAS, have plans to go to Switzerland next year to research deforestation practices, and will be working at NOAA next summer and would be happy to answer any questions about ESE-related fellowships or travel experiences.
Hi! My name is Sarah Beckwith and I’m a junior in Cabot House studying Mechanical Engineering. This summer I’m working at a land surveying firm in my hometown in Western Mass and I’m remotely interning with Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. I also studied abroad in Venice, Italy during the summer of 2019 through the Harvard Summer School. On campus, I’m on the board of the Harvard College Engineering Society, I play on the club ultimate frisbee team, I volunteer with Project Sunshine and I’m in The Kali Praxi. In my free time I like to hike, take photos, and bake. I’m excited to be a PCA, so please feel free to reach out to chat!
Hi! My name is Eva and am a senior in Quincy concentrating in Bioengineering (Chem and Materials Subtrack). I am very excited to be a PCA this year and be of support! At SEAS, I conduct drug delivery research and am involved in Harvard Engineers Without Borders. I also enjoy working as a teaching fellow for Applied Math and for Chemistry and getting to know students! I’m happy to speak about course selection, research opportunities at Harvard and abroad, and getting involved in SEAS clubs. Please feel free to reach out about anything on your mind!
Hello! My name is Benjamin Casillas and I am a senior studying Mechanical Engineering (AB) in Currier House from Houston, TX. I’ve interned for a life science venture development firm in Houston multiple times. The opportunity to work for different startups within the firm, as well as the firm itself, has deepened my interest in how engineering intersects with the life sciences and startups. One of the ways I spend my time on campus is volunteering for the Y2Y Harvard Square homeless shelter. Additionally, I am a member of various Latinx serving organizations on campus like SHPE, Raza and Fuerza Latina. Please feel free to reach out about anything on your mind as well as if you would like to talk about being Latinx and first-gen in STEM.
I’m a junior in Leverett House pursuing my S.B. in Engineering Sciences on the Environmental track. My academic interests are in green chemistry, energy, and climate, but in my spare time, I enjoy landscape photography and exploring the wilderness in my home state of Maine. When in Cambridge, you can find me in the Active Learning Lab in Pierce Hall, drinking coffee at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, or watching the sunset on the Charles River from Weeks Bridge. I have earned my language citation in French, so if you are interested in studying a language or the arts in addition to being an engineering student, I would be happy to help you! Last summer, I studied climate change in Venice, Italy, but I also have experience in environmental consulting and working in industry. If you would like to discuss the details of studying abroad, working as a teaching assistant, landing a job in industry, or navigating the myriad of career pathways that are available to environmental engineers, please reach out to me! I love helping fellow students, so even if you are interests are different, I would be more than happy to chat about whatever is on your mind.
Hello! My name is Fraser Darling and I am a Junior in Winthrop house currently studying Electrical Engineering. I grew up in a small town outside of Niagara Falls in Canada. I was not sure what I wanted to study when I first came to Harvard, but found myself drawn to the opportunities available working in the electrical engineering field as a whole. That led me down the road to an EE S.B degree and I can happily say that I rarely look back. At Harvard I am the social chair of the Engineering Society, course assistant for ES 152, and a member of the lightweight rowing team. This past summer I worked as a hardware engineering intern at a SEAS based startup focused on machine learning, and the summer before travelled to Korea with a Harvard program working with renewable energy technologies. Please reach out to me about anything, whether it is about life as an engineer and varsity athlete, or if you are interested in something I am involved with or something new that we may be able to connect over! I am always happy to meet more of the Harvard engineering community!
Hi! My name is Jessica DeVilla, and I’m a senior from Long Island studying Bioengineering and Global Health and Health Policy. I’m really interested in life sciences and healthcare innovation and the process of translating technology from lab to market. On campus, I’ve been involved with a number of different research groups in fields ranging from synthetic biology to mechanical engineering. Currently, I work in a photomedicine lab at Massachusetts General Hospital studying immune-cell infiltration in tumors responding to photodynamic therapy. I’m also the president of Harvard Ventures, the largest undergraduate organization for students interested in startups and venture capital. I spent this past summer working at an early-stage life science and healthcare venture capital firm called Alix Ventures. Outside of work, I love dancing as a member of the Harvard Crimson Dance Team, yoga, and hanging out in Pfoho dhall! Happy to chat about research, breaking into the world of startups and VC, and generally about how to navigate Harvard. Feel free to reach out if you have specific questions or just want to chat. I’m super excited to meet you all!
Hi! I’m Juhee Goyal, a rising junior in Dunster House (go Meese!). I’ve lived half my life in each of the Bay Area, California and Indore, India. I am pursuing a joint concentration in the AB Bioengineering: Electrical subtrack and Integrative Biology with an intent to go into a hybrid of veterinary medicine and research & academia. I research Experimental Evolution in yeast in the Desai Lab (FAS) and Tympanic Membrane Reconstruction through novel 3D printed biodegradable tissue grafts in the Remenschneider Lab at Mass. Eye and Ear. I love organizing events and mentorship programs for Harvard Dharma and the Harvard College Conservation Society, photographing for Camp Kesem, working at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and am excited to be a FIP leader and PAF this year! The engineering community at SEAS has truly been a welcoming and extremely supportive community and I look forward to being able to pay that forward! Please feel free to talk to me about anything about biology/sciences/engineering related, getting involved with research as an undergraduate (I've worked with PRISE as a Program Assistant so can connect you to URAF resources as well!), how to navigate a joint concentration with the engineering sciences, the international experiences, or anything else at all!
Hey everyone! My name is Emily He, and I’m a junior in Currier House pursuing a S.B. in Bioengineering. Outside of the hardcore engineering curriculum, I’ve been working with Dr. Lewis (SEAS) on a 3D bioprinted liver graft, and have conducted structural biology research through a NIH internship last summer. On campus, I help lead CrimsonEMS (we’re all nationally certified EMTs who serve campus!) and HPAIR (Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations). I’m also on the UC’s Student Advisory Board for the Sciences (SABS), dance with AADT (Asian American Dance Troupe), and am passionate about tutoring/mentoring underserved K-12 student populations. So please PLEASE don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding research, balancing premed with a S.B. course load, or exploring non-engineering pre-professional clubs. Some other fun facts — I’m originally from the D.C. area, I love watching crime shows, and I’ve been baking tons of goodies recently. Happy to chat about anything under the sun! Looking forward to meeting y’all.
I am a rising senior in Currier House and I am concentrating in Electrical Engineering (S.B. Track). I am an International student from Canada and I transferred to Harvard College as a Junior in 2019. During my time on campus I have been involved in Engineers Without Borders, Robocup, and the Club Soccer Team. I am currently the EWB Co-Director of Fundraising and the Robocup Co-Project Manager. Since the spring I have been working on research for the Harvard Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers group on dedicated hardware for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). In the future, I hope to pursue graduate studies in computer hardware design.
Hello, my name is Alexander Mariona, originally from Ashland, MA, and I’m a senior in Mather House concentrating in Electrical Engineering with a secondary in Computer Science. In particular, I’m interested in analog and digital electronics, signal processing, and computer systems. I’ve served as a TF for CS50 and ES153, interned in an electronics R&D lab at Bose, and done both term-time and summer research for a project on data set compression with Prof. Flavio Calmon. Outside of academics, I’m a co-captain of the Harvard Ultimate B-Team (BRedline) and a member of Harvard Candela Latin Dance Troupe. I’m also really into learning languages; I speak Spanish, Italian, Latin, and am currently working on German. I think peer advising is a critical component of the overall advising network and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about engineering, SEAS, or the wider world of Harvard.
Hi there! My name is Nkazi, and I’m a senior in Leverett House studying Biomedical Engineering A.B. with a secondary in Sociology. I’m passionate about research, having worked on microbiology/bioinformatics projects, and broadly interested in the intersections of engineering and medicine. Outside of classes, I work with Engineers Without Borders and volunteer with HSHS. My personal hobbies include architecture photography, baking, and 3D printing. Most of my experience is with summer research, non-STEM secondaries, global health internships, and applying to MSTPs (MD/PhD), but I’m happy to chat about anything else that might be helpful! Feel free to reach out!
Hello! My name is Marta Pawluczuk and I’m a junior in Cabot House. I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanical Systems, as well as am doing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Within SEAS, I am part of Engineers Without Borders and have worked part-time at the Active Learning Lab. I have also been working at a lab at Mass. Eye & Ear for over a year, where I first started off studying the acoustic properties of the new 3D printed TM graft, and am now helping lead the endeavor of turning this device into a startup alongside a Harvard PhD student and an HBS student. Outside of STEM, I am on the executive board of An Evening With Champions, a large fundraiser hosted every year to raise money for cancer, and have done lights & sound for a variety of theater productions on campus. I love spending my free time playing pool, ping pong, and Mario Kart with my blockmate and enjoy camping, hiking, and biking. I am very excited to be a PCA this year and am always happy to talk about engineering, global health, Harvard, or just life in general.
Hey everyone! I'm Victor Qin, a senior in Quincy House studying Electrical Engineering with a secondary in Government. I'm originally from the LA area, where I developed a weakness for good weather and got interested in robotics. I originally started out as a MechE, but I fell in love with control theory and applied math applications after an engaging internship with large multi-robot systems. I currently do research on multi-agent deployment algorithms, and I'm hoping to write a thesis on RL control methods. Peer mentorship has been absolutely essential in guiding me through the ups and downs of SEAS, and I want to provide those same resources to the next generation of great engineers. Outside of academics, I'm the Mentorship Co-Chair of the Harvard College Engineering Society, I play frisbee with Harvard RedLine, and I love (re)reading ridiculous amounts of science fiction. Reach out to me about anything from course planning to the latest take on startup economics, and I'm looking forward to meeting new engineers!
Hi! My name is Sara Recarey, and I am a junior in Quincy House concentrating in Engineering Sciences on a Biomedical Sciences track and a Chemical and Materials Science subtrack (sorry I know that’s a mouthful lol) with a secondary in Economics. If you have any questions about the differences between the various concentrations/tracks within bioengineering please let me know because I’ve considered them all! On campus I have done summer research and participated in winter session programs in the bioengineering department. I am also involved in the Undergraduate Union of Mixed Students, ABHW, Smart Women’s Securities, and TheTA. I am originally from New Jersey and like to spend my free time going to the beach, practicing yoga, or listening to music and hanging out with friends. I am super excited to be a PCA and am always happy to talk about anything whether it be about Harvard, engineering, or life in general, so please reach out—I’m so excited to get to know you all!
Hi y'all! I'm Joseph Sanchez, a senior in Pforzheimer studying Mechanical Engineering. I grew up in a small town in Texas and fell in love with engineering and aerospace after a high school rocketry program. Coming from that I co-founded the Harvard Satellite Team and grew the local Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) chapter. I'm always down to talk about any and everything space related, or to introduce new people to our efforts to build a satellite at Harvard. I've also been involved in environmental engineering, defense contracting, and the Walsh lab on campus where I worked on soft robotics and exosuits/assistive devices. Outside of engineering I love camping, video games, arduino projects, and 3d printing. If anyone has questions/concerns about math and engineering reqs, (or literally anything else) feel free to contact me anytime to chat about it.
Randy St. Louis
Hello everyone! My name is Randy St. Louis and I am a junior in Dunster studying Mechanical Engineering with a secondary in African American Studies. My main interest in engineering is robotics which has led me to work in the Microrobotics lab. On campus, I am the treasurer of the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers as well as a member of the Kuumba Singers and the Black Men's Forum. I am highly invested in the issues of underrepresented minority groups in STEM and would be more than happy to talk with anyone about them. If you have any questions about course selection, managing a non-STEM secondary, or anything related to life as a college student, please do not hesitate to reach out!