Meet our Mentors and Mentees

Meet our Mentees

Genevieve Rigler

Genevieve Rigler is a senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing Civil Engineering and German Studies. She spent a year abroad studying sustainability at the Albert- Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany where she learned to speak German fluently. In addition to planning network and academic events as the President of the UConn Chapter of Chi Epsilon and the National Civil and Environmental Engineering Honor Society, she is part of an exciting engineering and sociology research team granted by the National Science Foundation within UConn’s Environmental Engineering Department. This is a Project in International Research and Education (PIRE) which is working towards a solution for food and water security in specific communities in Ethiopia.

Katherine Yale

Katherine Yale is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying civil engineering with a double minor in environmental engineering and construction engineering and management. She currently serves as the vice president of the UConn Chapter of the Chi Epsilon civil and environmental engineering honor society. View Resume

Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying civil engineering. At school Amanda serves as the president of the UConn Chapter of Chi Epsilon, the national civil and environmental engineering honor society, and is currently involved with research funded by the USDOT focusing on resilient infrastructure planning. Amanda is a (part time) project engineer for a heavy civil contractor in the Hartford area and hopes to continue to work in the construction industry after graduation.

Rebecca Woods, University of Connecticut
Claudia Dijmarescu, University of Connecticut
Flannery Mackin, University of Connecticut
Makyle Hawk, University of Connecticut
Jero Sneh, Central Connecticut State University
Emily Minor, Paier College of Art
Enaam Dahleh Sharqawi, Paier College of Art
Angie Flores, University of Hartford
Samantha Ng, University of Hartford

Meet our Mentors

Tanya Cutolo

Tanya Cutolo AIA LEED AP, Director BD Construction Services, The SLAM Collaborative

Tanya Cutolo is a registered architect with over twenty-five years’ experience working in the design and construction field. She has been a business development manager and director for construction and design build services since 2008. She currently manages client relationships for the Construction Services division at The S/L/A/M Collaborative, representing a unique integrated practice of design and construction.
Having worked in the private sector as an architect for over seventeen years and in the construction field for over ten, she brings a creative vision to the field of construction management.

Tanya received her Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Her professional registrations and certifications include, LEED AP, RA NY & CT, AIA & NCARB. She currently serves on the boards of the CT Architecture Foundation (CAF), CT Green Building Council (CTGBC) and the Architectural Resource Center (ARC), a design education program for K-12. Tanya also participates in AIA CT COTE and as a mentor for CT PWC (Professional Women in Construction).

Mahreana Burnham

Mahreana Burnham EIT, Structural Engineer, The SLAM Collaborative

Mahreana Burnham is a structural engineer with over five years of experience working in the engineering field. First, working in the specialized field of cold formed metal framing and then working for SLAM where she is able to design entire building systems. Mahreana currently manages small projects, mostly in the private education sector, however she looks forward to branching out and working on more types of jobs as her career continues.

Mahreana received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She currently has her Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate and is working towards obtaining her Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. Mahreana leads the CANstruction program at SLAM, an event that links K-12 students and local design firms in a competition of structures built entirely of canned goods later donated to the CT Food Bank. Mahreana is also a member of the Connecticut Structural Engineers Coalition (CT-SEC) and Connecticut Professional Women in Construction (CT PWC) through SLAM.

Charles McCullough, Turner Construction Company
Jessica Bates, BL Companies
Mary Clark, Gilbane Building Company
Ronald Paolillo, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.
Jeff Zepperi, The SLAM Collaborative, Inc.
Kurt Prochorena, BSC Group
Edward Widofsky & Elizabeth Normand, Steffian Bradley Architects
Tracie Ferrucci & Bob Siegler, Red Thread
Jill Reis, Petra Construction Corporation