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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!

Nicole Bolton '21 | Fairfax, VA

Major | Computer Science

Minor | Applied Mathematics, Entrepreneurship

Growing up, my family loved the experience of the classic “American Road Trip.” Whether it was visiting small towns or taking scenic routes, my parents shared their love for road trips early on. As a restless child, I dreaded being enclosed in a car for hours on end. Fifteen years later, my family still manages to find time for long car rides together to continue the tradition of the “Bolton Family Vacation.” Yet, looking back on adolescence and all those hours spent together, I realize now it’s the memories made along the way that makes the destination that much better.

Thomas Bryan '21 | Jackson, WY

Major | IBE: Mechanical Engineering

Minor | Aerospace

I am inspired by people and learning. My desire is to find innovative and elegant solutions for our problems. I have been a peer mentor to multiple Lehigh first years and have been trained in the Lehigh Athletics Emerging Leaders program. Time spent in the Lehigh University Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program has provided valuable knowledge regarding how to frame solutions and products around the customer. I aspire to solve and not create. Lehigh Men’s Rowing team has built integrity, grit, and a team-first mentality. I thrive in discomfort and painful situations learning what other’s cannot.

Gohkan Utus '20G | Manheim, Pa

Major | Master of Business Administration

We are in a very chaotic age. Science, education, travel, technology, politics, and human relationships have been evolving rapidly. It is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the speed of change. I believed that the most important skills an entrepreneur should gain to be successful in this chaotic age are sticking to his principles, acting without fear, and embracing interesting failures. These three skills have changed my life in a very good way. I left my rules that paralyze me and make it difficult for me to adapt new circumstances. I am very happy to have this opportunity through LSV to connect people who have been passionate about change and innovation.

Riley Walters '20 | Bethlehem, PA

Major | Accounting & Finance

Minor | Sustainable Development & Entrepreneurship

Growing up, my parents encouraged me to try all sorts of new things, and it has turned me into the adventurous person I am today. I’m very outdoorsy and love everything from skiing to camping to kayaking. While spending time outside with familiar activities is important to me, I also love traveling to new places and getting to experience new cultures. In my time at Lehigh, I’ve been lucky to travel abroad twice for my minors, to Costa Rica and Kenya. I’ve never been to San Francisco so I’m excited to go and learn from such accomplished entrepreneurs.

Charlie Hitch '20 | Wellesley, MA

Major | Political Science

Minor | Africana Studies

The most important thing for me in life is the formation and nurturing of meaningful relationships. Family and friends are really important to me, and I appreciate people for who they are. I love to think about big ideas, and I think that technology has a unique ability to change the world, which is why I wanted to go to Silicon Valley. I wanted to see how people have been using technology to invent, create and discover. I enjoy playing golf, boating, and debating my friends on topics ranging everything from sports and politics to philosophy.

Marc Rubin '20 | Ridgewood, NJ

Major | Economics

Minor | Real Estate & Philosophy

Growing up a twin has transformed my way of thinking and resulted in me taking a people centered approach to everything I do. I am used to sharing every possession and every ounce of time with another person. I have applied this love of people in an academic setting though the study of economics, which I take to be the study of how people make decisions. I have always had a passion for geography and know at least one city in just about every country! Our society is increasingly devoid of empathy and mutual understand. I hope to change that.

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