Meet the Ambassadors

Tiana Periera
Tiana

Major: Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics

Hometown: San Mateo

The Best thing about UCSC:  The location! It is an amazing experience to earn your higher education and to be a part of ground-breaking research all while situated in the middle of a forest. We are also fortunate to be super close to the beach, in case you decide you need a break from campus!

Dream Job:  Not sure yet! Pretty much anything that combines my passions for biology, math, and computer science.

Favorite Movie:   Jurassic Park

Favorite Performer/Band:   Steve Lacy

Favorite place to go in Santa Cruz:  Seabright Beach

Best Place to eat on campus:  Vivas

Why Baskin Engineering?   To be a part of and learn more about the outstanding research efforts! In particular, the UCSC Genomics Institute, Stem cell research, Paleogenomics, and Nanopore sequencing. I also love the culture - both students and faculty are all passionate about their work and are devoted to making long-lasting, innovative impacts for a brighter future.

Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo

Major: Computer Science BS

Hometown: San Pablo, CA

I am a member of: MEP

The Best thing about UCSC:  I feel very supported at UCSC. From resources provided by the university and the school of engineering to the culture that is fostered on this campus. I always feel like there are people who are willing to help me succeed and can lend a helping hand when I need it most.

Best Place to eat on campus: My favorite place to eat on campus is the Cowell/Stevenson dining hall. The staff is friendly, and I absolutely love the view from the patio. It is my favorite thing to see as I eat any meal throughout the day.

Why Baskin Engineering? I chose BSOE because I have always seen myself as someone who loves problem solving. The curriculums of BSOE courses promote critical thinking and Computer Science allows me to apply myself. 

Gico Carlo Evangelista
gico

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Fairfield, CA. 

The Best thing about UCSC:  The student culture! Everyone here is very friendly, and are always willing to help each other out.

Dream Job: My dream job is to be a software engineer! As a kid, I've always like building things, and combined with my passion for computers has led me to want to develop software that people will find helpful.

Favorite Movie: John Wick

Favorite Performer/Band: 88rising

Favorite place to go to in Santa Cruz:  Natural Bridges State Beach

Best Place to eat on campus: Vivas

Why Baskin Engineering?  I chose Baskin Engineering because of the support, resources, and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Evan Mercado
evan

Major: Electrical Engineering

Student Organization: Shutterslug Photography

Hometown: Santa Clarita

Best thing about UCSC: The community of students here is easily the best part about this campus. They offer a wide variety of unique and insightful viewpoints, and they have helped me grow in ways that I could have never previously imagined.

Dream Job: Any job where I can find both fulfillment and purpose.

Favorite movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Favorite Band: The Beatles

Best place to eat on campus: Crown/Merrill Dining Hall

Why did you choose Baskin Engineering? I have always found math and physics to be particularly profound and engaging, so going down the path of engineering has always seemed like a very logical path for me. And given the Baskin School of Engineering's great staff and welcoming student body, nothing in the world felt more right for me.