Meet 2011-2012 Learning Assistants


David Caronia

David Caronia is majoring in civil engineering and will be continuing with the LA Program for a third year. During his first two  years, David helped facilitate recitations, and led study groups, in physics 115/6. This semester he is coordinating our efforts to introduce learning assistants into the Statics course. In the spring 2013 semester, David was awarded the Julian J. Kart Memorial Award for outstanding performance in the field of construction engineering. This summer, David is working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the World Trade Center Construction division. In this internship he applies engineering principles to solve issues during construction. He also conducts field inspections, monitors construction progress, and helps out with change orders.

Bruno Janota

Bruno Janota is majoring in mechanical engineering.  Bruno is participating as a learning assistant for his third year; in addition to the physics 115/6 course, this semester he also is leading study groups for physics 227. Bruno has been a student research with the ARESTY Program since fall 2012 working on the Flapping Robots and Flying Insects Project and has been a student researcher in the Mechanical and Chemical Engineering Department working on Pyro-E: Waste Heat Harvesting. He has been a resident assistant in the First Year Engineering Hall since fall 2011. In addition, Bruno has had two internship experiences. In 2012 he was an intern in the Quality Assurance Department at Silver Line Windows & Doors by Anderson. In the spring and summer of 2013 he was an intern in the Regulatory & Compliance Department at Stryker Corporation - Spine Division. In this position, Bruno performed lab activities such as roughness, fatigue, cantilever, and scanning electron microscope testing to contribute to engineering evaluations. He also evaluated the root cause of failure and documented to the FDA the results and conclusions regarding Stryker product malfunctions in the field.