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Meet The #LSV2020 Cohort

LehighSiliconValley launches January 7, 2020. Check out our 56 students representing 30 majors, 21 minors, 15 states and 8 countries. Let's learn more about them!

Dante Biase '21 | Jenkintown, PA

Major | Computer Science & Computer Engineering

I was eight years old when I first booted up my mom’s ‘ole - slow chuggin’, heavy breathing, big boxed - WindowsXP machine. After “persuading” my mom to take a “break” from her conference call to help me, I was kindly made aware it takes not one, but two consecutive clicks to open Explorer. I was blown away. Ever since I’ve pursued a relentless, but fruitful journey to understand the computer and how it ticks, developing me into the person I am today: a jack of passion and many trades but a bachelor of none. Ask me again in 2021.

Emma Kwasnoski '20 | Newtown, PA

Major | IDEAS: Integrated Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship

Analytical, artistic, athletic; I am a renaissance woman who has to remember she is not simply a "master of none." From building a team to tackle the harassment that female runners face, to designing, manufacturing, and selling my own product through a local retailer, entrepreneurship bridges my identities into one. I’m excited to explore what entrepreneurship can be through LSV.

Jack Leahy '21 | Menlo Park, CA

Major | Finance

Minor | Business Information Systems

Having grown up in the Silicon Valley, I have been exposed to the exciting world of entrepreneurship and investment at a young age. The environment is fast-paced and open-minded which helped shape my character. I am most looking forward to experiencing where I grew up in a brand new perspective.

Tasnim Chowdhury '22 | Queens, NY

Major | Sociology, Political Science

Minor | Mass Communication

Sometimes I have to tell myself to breathe because I get overly excited with all the work I do. Breathing is a core survival behavior to be alive. Doing too much is what I’m known for because at the same time I feel like I’m doing nothing. My major is curiosity and I always have something to say because a life without questions is a life without purpose. New ideas in a fresh morning mindset are what sets me up for the day. Intaking all knowledge from students, professors, locals, and technology leads to me constantly think “what’s next?”

Nick Owens '21 | Phoenix, MD

Major | IDEAS: Computer Science and Design

Minor | Entrepreneurship

When I was younger, I was a bit of a perfectionist and an idealist. Through art I have learned to let go of the need for everything to be perfect, yet I still maintain an uncompromising vision for the way I believe things should be. I admit I have high expectations, such that when I see a system that could be made better, I tend to take charge and create that change. Above all, I just want people to be happier, and If I can affect that through my actions then I am a happy man.

Bridget Waldron '22 | Metuchen, NJ

Major | Accounting and Business Information Systems

Minor | History

I’ve spent every summer since I was seven years old working for my family’s restaurant. Even as a kid, I was seating people, bussing tables, and placing orders with my dad for the week. After thirteen summers, I honestly consider waiting tables my favorite hobby. These experiences are the reason I chose to study business and why I hope to one day own my own restaurant. I know that a mom & pop pancake house isn’t the same as startups in Silicon Valley, but both are fueled by passion and creativity that I’m so excited to see up close during LSV.

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