Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Carnegie Mellon Highland Ambassadors

The Highland Ambassadors is the student alumni association of Carnegie Mellon University, charged to fulfill the mission of the Alumni Association by creating and maintaining an engaged student-alumni community. This exclusive group of students serves as advisors, advocates, event support, marketers, cheerleaders, and force multipliers for all things associated with the Alumni Association. They are trained student leaders that the University can rely upon for student assistance and dedicate themselves to ensuring an actively engaged Carnegie Mellon community. 

Highland Ambassadors are role models for their peers and lifelong supporters of the university. Through an application and interview process, Ambassadors are chosen for their enthusiasm and school spirit as well as their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the university. Members are passionate about learning more about Carnegie Mellon and can eloquently represent the institution and its student body in various capacities.  Our membership is a cross-section of representation across all schools and colleges, undergraduate and graduate.

Highland Ambassadors are leaders on and off campus. They serve as official student representatives at VIP events locally and nationally as well as hosts to selected university guests and prospective students on campus. Highland Ambassadors participate in a wide array of events and special projects as assistants, volunteers, or paid workers, and they also advocate for student philanthropy amongst the student body. Ambassadors engage and create meaningful relationships with alumni, including the Alumni Association Board, and other University Advancement departments.

Although the Highland Ambassador program is reserved for students only, it is expected that upon graduation, those that were Highland Ambassadors become the future volunteer leaders of the Alumni Association and continue to role model the expected behavior of a Loyal Scot.

Applications are now being accepted for 2017-2018
Download and complete your application (.pdf) by March 31 at 5pm.

Request a Highland Ambassador for Your Event

Highland Ambassadors may be requested for events with significant student-alumni interaction or for tours for VIP guests. Highland Ambassadors are to serve as official student representatives but may assist with brief program logistics if appropriate. The benefit of having Highland Ambassadors present at your event is that they are highly trained and deeply knowledgeable students and will represent your department and the university with great pride.

Highland Ambassador Request Form

Questions? Contact Tim Leonard in the Office of Alumni Relations 412-268-7190.

Current Highland Ambassadors

Stephanie Chung (Lead Highland Ambassador) Click to expand

San Francisco, CA
Senior, Tepper School of Business
Major: Business Administration; Marketing (Human-Computer Interaction minor)

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Order of Omega National Honor Society
  • Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Recognition Society
  • Andrew Ambassador
  • 1000+ Executive Board
  • Odyssey
  • Dean's List (Spring 2015)
  • Quantitative Social Science Scholar
  • CMU Bookstore Sales Associate
  • Interests include: Part-time Bosch intern, J. Crew College Rep, market research, traveling, photography, sports, languages, Greek Sing, and Booth

Laurel Beatty Click to expand

Apollo, PA
Senior/Accelerated Masters, College of Fine Arts 
Majors: Saxophone Performance and Arts Management

  • Head Orientation Counselor, former Orientation Leader
  • Music Admissions Ambassador
  • Scotch'n'Soda Theatre
  • School of Music Ensembles
  • Former Head Mudge Ambassador
  • Former Mudge RA
  • Former Student Senate - CFA Senator
  • Former Pre-College
  • Interests include: playing music, listening to music, going to concerts, skiing, sudoku, baking, reading

Shelly Bensal Click to expand

Hunts Point, WA
Junior, School of Computer Science
Major: Computer Science (Neural Computation minor)

  • Mudge House Head Ambassador
  • Former 15-112 Course Assistant
  • Former Carnegie Mellon EMS First Responder


Derek Brown Click to expand

Chapel Hill, NC
Sophomore, School of Computer Science
Majors: Computer Science and Cognitive Science

  • Student Advisory Council for SCS
  • PPG Aquarium Diver
  • TuxLab Project, Founder and Manager
  • CMU A Cappella, Technical Director
  • CMU Treblemakers A Capella, Beatboxer and Baritone

Olivia Cannizzaro Click to expand

Fair Lawn, NJ
Junior, Mellon College of Science
Major: Mathematics (concentration in Operations Research & Statistics)

  • Proud to be Plaid Committee, President
  • SBP/SBVP Cabinet
  • Student Advisory Committee for Mellon College of Science
  • Delta Gamma sorority, former Social Chair, former Fundraising Chair
  • Former Member of Lambda Sigma
  • Former 1000plus site leader
  • Former Orientation Counselor
  • Mellon College of Science Dean's list
  • Interests include: Swimming, debate, hiking

Justin Cole Click to expand

Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Student, Heinz College
Majors: Public Policy and Management

  • Students for Urban Data Systems, Founder
  • CMU Running Club, Run Leader


Alexandra Furlo Click to expand

Wilton, CT
Junior, Tepper School of Business
Majors: Business Administration, Psychology

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Smart Women Securities
  • Wall Street Club
  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Alumnae Engagement Director
  • 1000Plus Site Leader
  • Chloe and Isabel Jewelry Merchandiser

Vamanan Gopalakrishnan Click to expand

Buffalo Grove, IL
Graduate Student, Heinz College
Majors: Public Policy and Management

  • International Development Group, Media Chair
  • Heinz Radio, Interviewer
  • Social Enterprise Associate at ArchAdviser


Karen Irvine Click to expand

Villanova, PA
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Information Systems (Business Administration minor)

  • Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, COO
  • Head TA, 67272 Web Application Design and Development
  • Head TA, 67422 Mobile iOS Development
  • Former Varsity Athlete, Track & Field (pole vault & sprints)
  • Former Student Athlete Advisory Council
  • Former CMU Plaidvocates
  • Interests include: exercise, travel, food

Srishti Jain Click to expand

Los Altos, CA
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Majors: Economics & Statistics (Art minor)

  • Student Body President's Cabinet – lead of SARVP Initiatives
  • RA in Fairfax Apartments; former RA in Morewood Gardens
  • Andrew Ambassador
  • Co-chair of Mayur Show; former Design Chair
  • Former VP and PR/Design Chair of OM
  • Former Senate Communications Chair
  • Former Emerging Leadership Mentor

Simran Jobanputra Click to expand

Willowbrook, IL
Sophomore, Tepper School of Business
Major: Business Administration (Statistics and Machine Learning minors)

  • CMU Sahara, Captain and Choreography Head
  • UMO, Vice President Case Competition
  • Circulo de Juvenil Tutor
  • Moneythink Mentor
  • Macroeconomics Research Assistant
  • The College Essayist, Head of Academic Development

Ben Junker Click to expand

Pittsburgh, PA
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Information Systems (International Relations & Politics and Discrete Mathematics minors)

  • Sigma Chi fraternity, Vice President
  • Order of Omega
  • Interfraternity Council, VP of Recruitment
  • 1000Plus
  • Information Systems Head Teaching Assistant
  • Consultant for the Republic of Palau
  • Science and Humanities Scholar

Kimberly Lamberti Click to expand

Newtown, PA
Sophomore, College of Engineering
Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

  • Orientation Counselor
  • Pre-College Counselor
  • CIT First-Year Advisory Board, former Reporter
  • CIT Community Building Committee
  • CMU in Haiti, Secretary
  • Society of Women Engineers, Outreach Chair
  • Strong Women Strong Girls

Samantha Levinson Click to expand

Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Student, Heinz College
Majors: Public Policy and Management, Data Analytics

  • Heinz Public Policy Forum, President
  • Heinz College Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Board Member


Thomas (TJ) Murray Click to expand

Clarks Summit, PA
Senior, College of Engineering
Major: Engineering & Public Policy (Arabic minor)

  • Varsity Football
  • Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Vice President
  • Buggy Mechanic
  • CMU Fishing Club
  • IMPAQT alumnus
  • Former CMU Solar Racing
  • Former CMU Sports Analytics Club
  • Former 1000plus group leader
  • EPP Tom Johnson Fellow 2015
  • Interests include: football, basketball, golf, hunting, fishing, boating, politics, hiking, traveling, other cultures

Piyush Puri Click to expand

East Windsor, NJ
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Information Systems (Business and Software Engineering minors)

  • Carnegie Leadership Consultants, President
  • Bhangra in the Burgh, Co-Chair and former dancer
  • RA in Henderson House
  • Delta Tau Delta fraternity, former Secretary
  • Former Andrew Ambassador
  • Former Teaching Assistant for 67-250 Information Systems

Alex Reed Click to expand

Perris, CA
Junior, College of Fine Arts
Majors: Media Design and Costume Productions

  • Orientation Counselor
  • Pre-College Counselor
  • Summit Coordinator
  • Black Lives Matter Advocate
  • Former Emerging Leaders
  • Interests include: rollerderby, animal outreach, dance, urban adventuring

Geoffrey Root Click to expand

Des Moines, IA
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Economics & Statistics (Chinese Studies minor)

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Vice President
  • Modern Languages Student Advisory Council, President
  • Prospective & Accepted Student Programs
  • Martha B. Pickering Scholarship
  • Interests include: automobiles and motorsports, swimming, meteorology, art history

Taylor Tabb Click to expand

Pacific Palisades, CA
Junior, College of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
  • SigEp Buggy Head Mechanic
  • No Parking Players Troupe Manager
  • Andrew Ambassador
  • Scotch'n'Soda Theater, former Head Publicity Designer
  • Orientation Counselor, former Orientation Leader

Niall White Click to expand

Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Student, Heinz College
Majors: Public Policy and Management

  • Heinz College Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Board Member
  • Church President
  • Former Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Ambassador President
  • Former Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Scholar

Justin Yan Click to expand

Hong Kong
Senior, Dietrich College of Science & Humanities
Major: Computational Finance (Economics minor)

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Chaplain
  • Economics Department Teaching Assistant
  • Former Writer for The Tartan
  • Former Tartan Student Fund (investments)
  • Interests include: Soccer, writing, travel, Buggy
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