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New Visions Engineering Exploration 

(A Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES*/Cornell University cooperative program) 



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Cornell Material Science Engineering and TST BOCES have joined to develop a one year, high school engineering experience for twelve seniors entitled New Visions Engineering. The program host students that are hand selected from the TST BOCES’ component schools in and around Ithaca, New York. Thanks to an Empire State Development (NYSTAR) matching grant to PARADIM, these exceptional high school students spend their senior year on campus immersed in an engineering exploration. 

A core idea of New Visions is to introduce the students interested in a studying engineering to possible engineering options related to college and career choices.  To achieve this students are given first-hand experiences related to the field of engineering. These experiences include: shadowing university engineering students, working in and touring research labs from across the engineering college, visiting regional businesses, hearing lectures from engineering faculty and grad students tailored to the New Visions students, and working in the PARADIM labs as part of participation in the UCLA TANMS Youth Science Program.   

The New Visions Engineering explorations program has four basic curriculum components: Honors Physics (concurrent enrollment course from Tompkins-Cortland Community College), Engineer Your World (a highly successful program developed by the engineering department at University at Texas, Austin), Senior English (local curriculum), and Economics and Government (local curriculum). Each of these content areas is taught within an central engineering theme.  

The instructor for this course is a NYS certified teacher hired through BOCES and the course is housed in Thurston Hall in the  Cornell engineering quad. The program launched in September 2017 and will welcome its second cohort September 2018. 90% of the first group is moving on to study engineering.   This program is be managed by James Overhiser, K-12 Director and PARADIM Education and Outreach Director

*BOCES is the Board of Cooperative Education Services 


Mission Statement

To provide a pre-college experience that actively explores engineering processes/practices/endeavors, highlights engineers' impact on society, and prepares participants for career pathways in engineering.


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New Visions Participants


LaRon Boykin

LaRon Boykin is a 12th grader attending Newfield High School. He is planing to go to college as and be first generation for his family. His academic interest for college are Business Administration and Computer Engineering. His goal as an adult is to own or be an executive in a business and to help make positive changes for mankind. Basketball is the foundation for his love in sports and has been playing since the 1st grade. He has been part of a great run for Newfield Basketball in the past couple of years making it to the State Championship and Semi-Finals. His Achievement in basketball include Impact Player of the Week by ESPN Ithaca, GIAC Defensive Player of the Year, All State First Team, and many more. He has been in the National Society for the last two years and is also part of the Sources of Strength Club. his free time he likes to enjoy riding his motorcycle( on a sunny day of course) and spending time with friend and family. He is a kid with big dreams and is ready to give the biggest impact on society he can!


Robert Busby

Robbie Busby is a senior at Dryden High School who is also pursuing engineering through the New Visions Engineering Program at Cornell University. He is an avid soccer player, and hopes to continue playing in college. Other hobbies include running, lacrosse, and staying up to date with the news. Robbie loves the time he spends volunteering at the Dryden Methodist Church, and also enjoys coaching youth soccer players in his community. He hopes to further his knowledge of engineering in college, and to use his education to give back to the world.

Glen Cullings

Glen Cullings

Glen Cullings is a senior at Lehman Alternative Community School. He's been a member of Cascadilla Boat Club for 4 years, and is currently the captain of the boys varsity team. In his free time he likes to get outside, go biking, walk his dogs, fish with his friends, and other outdoor activities. He also has played violin for many years and enjoys playing various celtic tunes.  


Sophia Ferwerda

Sophia Ferwerda is a senior at Lehman Alternative Community School. She is a member of her local FIRST and mock trial teams as well as an athlete in varsity softball. Sophia has been awarded the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish and is now learning Korean. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and water coloring. She is fascinated by the educational process and wants to create a system in which her peers feel supported and are enabled to follow their passions. Currently, Sophia participates in a number of programs hoping to accomplish these goals such as, the ICSD Superintendent Student Advisory Council, ICSD Code of Conduct Advisory Council, and the United Way of Tompkins County Youth and Philanthropy Program. In her junior year, Sophia founded and led a Peer Tutoring Committee at her school. After she graduates, she hopes to continue to follow her interests wherever they may take her. Sophia is currently considering careers in biomedical or environmental engineering, philosophy, psychology, social work, international relations, or journalism.


Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel is a Senior at the Lehman Alternative Community School. He is 17, and his hobbies include baseball, harmonica, and ninja.

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Max Grochocinski 

Max Grochocinski is a Senior at Newfield High School. While he may be studying at the engineering school, Max is a linguist at heart. Studying language at institutions such as Cornell University and Middlebury Language program, Max hopes to go on to study linguistics in college. Currently he is applying to numerous colleges where he can study linguistics, among them being Cornell University, University of Toronto, and MIT.


Wren Martensonis

Wren Martensonis a senior at Charles O Dickerson High School (Trumansburg). She is interested in mechanical design, psychology, biology, and loves playing her clarinet in various music ensembles. She hopes to be able to include these interests in her college career by going into robotics or possibly prosthetics.

In her time outside of school she is working with her FIRST Robotics team to design and build a robot for competitions each year. As a senior, she helps teach newer team members the ropes and helps develop their skills. She also plays as Principle Clarinet in her local community orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Youth Orchestra, and has participated in many honor bands as well. Among those, she has been accepted into the New York All-State symphonic band in the fall of 2018 and the NYSBDA ensemble in the spring of 2018.

In her free time she enjoys writing stories and working with the animals at the Cayuga Nature Center. She also likes to draw, and most of her homework has a doodle or two on it.

Sam Nelson

Samuel Nelson

Samuel Nelson is a senior at Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg, NY. He is the mechanical sub-team leader for FRC team 5254. Sam is an accomplished LEGO builder, having won Brickfair, VA's "Best Technic" in 2017 and his LEGO Ideas project, "UCS Space Shuttle Atlantis" has reached 10,000 supporters. Sam has built several unsuccessful RC airplanes, but initial glide tests on small-scale models of his current project, a high aspect ratio flying wing, seem promising. After high school, Sam intends to major in aerospace engineering.


Kade Pawlewicz

Kade Pawlewicz is a senior at Newfield High School. He plays varsity football and basketball, while participating in Sources of Strength club, and the National Honor Society. He is unsure about what he wants to pursue in the future, but he plans on playing college football somewhere.


Alexander Simpson

Alexander Simpson is a senior at Ithaca High School. He currently competes as a three season athlete for Ithaca High, where he is the captain of the Varsity Cross Country, Indoor track, and Outdoor track teams. His main interests are in business and economics, but he also greatly enjoys design and engineering. He plans to attend college in the fall to study business and compete in Division 1 Track and Field.

Brandon V

Brandon Vanselow

Brandon Vanselow is a senior attending South Seneca High School. Brandon is undecided in which area of engineering he would like to study. His ideas so far include alternative energy, mechanical, or civil engineering. Throughout high school, he has traveled as president of the Yorkers Club (an after school club that travels to Europe or South America once per year). Throughout his journeys he has seen places like Germany, Costa Rica, and many more. It’s because of his desire to travel that working for a worldwide or even interplanetary company comes to mind.In his earlier years, he has accomplished some pretty cool projects. For example, building his own computer and designing/constructing new decks for his family home. Brandon is looking forward to college and despite his undecided major, believes New Visions Engineering is a great way to get him on track.

Mat Weil

Matthew Weil

Matthew Weil is a Senior at Lansing High School who is interested in the many applications that engineering has to offer. Matt is a Captain on the Lansing Varsity Soccer team and has been involved with sports ever since he was a youth. Matt is a high honor roll student who has been awarded Academic Excellence awards in both 9th and 10th grade. He is a two time state soccer champion in both 2017, and 2018, and was a state semifinalist in his freshman year in 2016. Also, in 2017, he was a state semifinalist in Baseball. Matt is an Eagle Scout with a bronze palm, and a member of the National Honor Society. When Matt is not playing soccer or baseball, or learning about the engineering process and the applications of physics in the real world, he is most likely biking around Cornell University's campus or playing the trumpet or piano. Matt is also a member of the Lansing Robotics team and participants in the FIRST Tech Challenge during the winter with the school team. Matt hopes to study engineering physics or statistics when he attends college next fall.

Taerim Eom

Ms. Taerim Eom

Taerim is a senior at Ithaca high school. She is an adventure martial artist and engineer with a love of music. Taerim hopes to continue her education in electrical engineering and music to bridge the gap between the arts and people’s lives. 

Julia Hubbard

Ms. Julia Hubbard

Julia is a senior at South Seneca High School in Ovid, NY. She has competed with the varsity indoor and outdoor track athlete for the past 6 years and enjoys riding horses. She is also a member of National Honor Society and spends time volunteering with her schools Sports Boosters to provide equipment and training to athletes in need.  In the future Julia plans to study mechanical and aerospace engineering with the goal to work in space exploration.

Katherine Hulle

Ms. Katherine Hulle

Katherine is a senior at Charles O. Dickerson high school in Trumansburg. She participates in several organizations: FRC robotics, National Honors Society, and drama club. Outside of school she enjoys hiking and reading. In the future, Katherine is interested in pursuing computer science or data science at college. 

Janice Lee

Ms. Janice Lee

Janice Lee is a senior at Ithaca High School. Her interests are in robotics, engineering, and biodiversity. Janice participated in Eco-friendly Design Development projects with MIT D-lab, UNEP Korea, and KIA Motors to improve developing countries’ quality of life. She is part of various organizations, such as National Honor Society and FRC robotics. To broaden her knowledge and experience, she is learning about a multitude of different engineering disciplines from the New Visions Engineering program. Janice is interested in majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and to become a biomimetics robotics engineer.

Isabelle Leonard

Ms. Isabelle Leonard 

Isabelle is a senior at the Lehman Alternative Community School in the Ithaca City School District. She has been part of the Cascadilla Boat Club scholastic team for the last 4 years. Isabelle’s future plans are to attend a 4 year college or university studying a STEM subject. Her interest in mathematics led her to taking Calculus as a junior.

Isaac Marianni

Mr. Isaac Marianni

Isaac is a senior at Ithaca High school. He chose the New Visions Engineering program because he is interested in pursuing a career in the automotive engineering field. Specifically, he is interested in the modification and upgrading of vintage cars to be able to compete with modern cars. In the future Isaac would like to work for a company who designs, tests, and produces cutting edge performance parts for a wide variety of vehicles.

Bryan Meeker

Mr. Bryan Meeker

Bryan is a senior at Newfield High School. He plans on attending college to pursue his interest in becoming a chemical engineer. He has committed to a two year Engineering Science program at Alfred State with the idea in mind to transfer to a different college to acquire his bachelor’s. Bryan has played baseball, basketball, and football but for his senior year, he plans to devote all of his time to baseball. He volunteers his time with the American Red Cross Blood Drive, the Elementary School Fall Festival and assistant coaching recreational sports. Bryan has have received several awards in high school: the Excellence in Education Scholarship from Alfred State, the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal, the Cornell University Alumni Award, the Rensselaer Medal, and the University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Award.

Riley Pauldine

Mr. Riley Pauldine

Riley is a senior at Lehman Alternative Community School in the Ithaca City School District. He is a four-year player and co-captain of the varsity golf team and a third-year player on the varsity hockey team. Riley enjoys working on/making go-karts. He is going to college for mechanical engineering.

Sarah Swanson

Ms. Sarah Swanson

Sarah Swanson is a senior at Trumansburg High School. She intends to further her interests in science and math through engineering. Her plans are to start college in the fall of 2019 possibly pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

Derrick Tomberelli

Mr. Derrick Tomberelli

Derrick is a high school senior at Ithaca High School. He plans to go off to college at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and become an Aerospace Engineer. Derrick participated in Cornell Catalyst Academy in the summer of 2018. His extracurriculars include  baseball, football, hockey, and Civil Air Patrol (an auxiliary of the air force). He hopes to continue playing hockey for Embry-Riddle’s Division II club hockey team. 

Emma Williamson

Ms. Emma Williamson

Emma is a senior at Trumansburg High School and an artist and robotician. In college Emma would like to study Industrial Design or Biology although admits that she is interested in almost everything you can imagine. She spends a lot of her spare time talking about, strategizing about, and making plans for robotics competitions with her FRC robotics team. Emma has also spent time assisting in the Insect Diagnostics and Insect Collection Lab at Cornell dissecting and identifying moth specimens. She enjoys drawing, hiking, working on her Volvo 240 and exploring libraries.

Ethan Zemanick

Mr. Ethan Zemanick

Ethan is a senior at Lansing High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, is the head programmer for the Lansing Robotics Club, and plays Varsity Golf and Soccer, and has won the state championship for soccer for the two previous years. Outside of school, he is involved in many different activities. He enjoys spending his time playing club soccer, volunteering, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family. Ethan is interested in pursuing a career in Robotics and Electrical Engineering.

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Ashley Banta

Ms. Ashley Banta

Ashley is a graduate of Trumansburg High School and is attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an Engineering major (Undeclared)

Nathaniel Benjamin

Mr. Nathaniel Benjamin

Nathaniel is a graduate of Candor HS and attending Clarkson University. 

Isabel Dawson

Ms. Isabel Dawson

Isabel is a graduate of Ithaca High school. Isabel will be starting at Cornell in the Autumn of 2019.

Jesse Gilmore

Mr. Jesse Gilmore

Jesse is a graduate of the Lehman Alternative Community School in the Ithaca City School District and is attending the University of Buffalo. 

Lucas Gilmore

Mr. Lucas Gilmore 

Lucas is a graduate of the Lehman Alternative Community School in the Ithaca City School District. Lucas is doing Work/internships and will go to college at Allegheny.

Lena Gisler

Ms. Lena Gisler

Lena is a graduate of Lansing High School and is studying engineering at Cornell.

Jefferey Kucerak

Mr. Jefferey Kucerak

Jefferey is a graduate of  Dryden High School and is attending SUNY Geneseo to major in physics, eventually getting my masters in biomedical engineering.

Myeong Hak Lee

Mr. Myeong Hak Lee

Myeong is a graduate of Ithaca High School and is pursuing a degree in Engineering at Cornell.

Colin McClure

Mr. Colin McClure

Colin is a graduate of Lansing High school and is attending the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and studying Mechanical Engineering.

Taylor Overton

Mr. Taylor Overton

Taylor is a graduate of Lansing High School and is at Cornell studying Computer Science.

Nicholas Parks

Mr. Nicholas Parkes

Nicholas is a graduate of  Lansing High School and is at Bucknell University studying Civil Engineering.

Scott Salch

Mr. Scott Salch

Scott is a graduate of Groton Central School and is at the University of Binghamton studying Engineering.