President: April Gaydos
April Gaydos is from Hammond, Louisiana. She is currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Robotics. In 2014, after attending the Encounter Engineering Bridge Camp, she joined the Society of Peer Mentors as a Robotics Mentor. After one year of working with the Society, she became the Robotics Chair until she became SPM president for the 2017-2018 school year. April also works as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Intralox LLC in New Orleans, LA. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, and going on adventures to new and different places!
Vice President: Deva Cabezon
Deva Cabezon is a 5th year senior in Mechanical Engineering, born and raised in Baton Rouge, she joined SPM at the end of her freshman year with a desire to get involved, strengthen leadership skills, and give back to the STEM community. After working as a team leader and then a program leader in SPM’s Encounter Engineering camp, Deva has been most involved in the supplemental instruction program where she was an SI for CE 3400, also known as Strengths, or Mechanics of Materials, for four semesters. She really enjoyed the opportunity to help other students not only pass a difficult course, but also understand the material and how it might apply in their future jobs and internships. Deva has always supported anyone who has an interest in STEM and believes that anyone can become an engineer and solve the world’s problems with the right experience and guidance. This is why she became involved with SPM. During her sophomore year she was able to co-op as a Mechanical Engineer for Albemarle Corporation, then during the summer after her junior year she was a Fixed Equipment engineer at ExxonMobil. This past summer Deva was a manufacturing engineer at Rolls-Royce and is looking forward to graduation in May 2018. Outside of school Deva enjoys hiking, kayaking, and road trips to explore new places.
Secretary: Kat Niedbalski
Kat is a 5th year senior in Mechanical Engineering. Kat has been involved in Society of Peer Mentors since her freshman year after attending the SPM run bridge camp Encounter Engineering. She has returned to help mentor our E2 camp every year since then. During her time at LSU she has been involved all over campus including LSU’s Club Water Polo team and LSU’s Dance Marathon, a philanthropy organization benefiting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. She has had several internships during college, this past summer being spent in Houston, Texas with ConocoPhillips as a Production Engineer. She studied abroad Fall of 2016 in Lyon, France and absolutely loves traveling. In her spare time she enjoys training for triathlons and relaxing with her friends, family, & pup Jake.
Historian: Cole Kirkpatrick
Cole is originally from DuQuoin, Illinois and moved down to LSU to purse a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. After going through E2 he joined Society of Peer Mentors. While in SPM, Cole helped develop an outreach from a chemical engineering professor and previously served as the Membership Chair. Last summer he worked as an intern at Pfizer in St. Louis, Missouri and hopes to continue working in pharmaceuticals following graduation. Outside of class Cole enjoys pool days, watching Netflix, and bad puns.
Treasurer: Linda Shea
Linda “Lindy” Shea grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana post Hurricane Katrina. She is an Alumni of St. Joseph’s Academy (SJA) from the class of 2013. At LSU she is majoring in Industrial Engineering, and minoring in Business Administration, Leadership Development, and Technical Sales; she is also an LSU Distinguished Communicator Candidate. During her sophomore year, she joined the TEDxLSU Creative Communications Student Team, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and Society of Peer Mentors. This past summer, Lindy interned at Norfolk Southern in which she gained experience in the Railroad Industry as a Car Administration Intern within the Mechanical Department at the Operational Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, volunteering, and hanging out with friends.