Student Spotlight

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Charles Villagran, class of '22

Electronic Arts & Information Major

Hometown: Miami, FL


  • Why did you choose this program?

    To pursue my passion in arts and graphic design whilst still gaining technical skills the computer science & information technology fields.
  • What is your favorite class at RPI?

    So far definitely COMM 2570 Typography with Sara Tack. It was my first ARTS/COMM class and was a perfect dive into digital media and typographical theory.
  • Where is the most interesting place you have traveled?

    The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • What inspires you?

    Improvement and growth inspire me, as I am anxious to see where I end up and where my skills and talents take me. Some of my work can be found at



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Jamie Steele, class of '22

PhD Science and Technology Studies

Hometown: Augusta, GA USA


  • Why did you choose this program?

    The collaborative and collegial atmosphere of the department was incredibly appealing and has proven to be the right fit!
  • What are your research interests?

    Artificial intelligence and ethics; Feminist and critical race theory; Digital and media studies; Mental health and technology
  • What are some of your major awards or recognitions?

    2020-21 Nancy Halverson Schless Fellow at the American Philosophical Society; First place graduate poetry McKinney award in 2019
  • What is a fun fact about yourself?

    I am a classically trained opera singer.




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Jacqueline Richard, class of '21

Design, Innovation, and Society / Mechanical Engineering Majors

Hometown: Southwick, MA


  • What brought you to RPI?

    The prestigious engineering program and women's collegiate soccer.
  • What campus activities you are involved with?

    RPI women's soccer, Sole Survivors, Research in the CATS department
  • What are some of your Off-campus experiences (co-op, research, volunteering, internship)?

    Coop at Hasbro (Spring/Summer2018), Internship at Sensata Tech (Summer 2019), Internship at HP Inc (Summer 2020)
  • What is your favorite hangout on campus?

    With Mike in the Fab Lab! (pre-COVID, it was also the Union)


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