resident advisors & peer mentors

2022-2023 resident advisors

Molly Gaffey

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Molly is very excited to be back with LivingArts Engine as an RA for the 2022-2023 school year! In addition to being an LAE alum and former peer mentor, she is a third-year student at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design where her main focuses are graphic design, illustration, and 2D animation. When not in the studios, Molly enjoys spending her free time watching crime shows, starting up random conversation, laughing, and researching new dad jokes to add to her growing collection.

Parker Mathena

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Hometown: Southgate, MI

Major: Computer Science

Hey! My name is Parker Mathena and I am a third-year student studying computer science at the college of engineering. I like doing personal projects outside of school and the areas of computer science I’m most interested in are: software development, machine learning, game development, and app development. Outside of school, I really like solving Rubik’s cubes, playing soccer, cooking, playing video games (mostly FIFA), and traveling.

Forrest Colson

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Electrical Engineering

Bio: Hey everyone! I’m a Junior majoring in Electrical Engineering, though I’ve recently been eyeing Medical School. I’m still working stuff out too! Here’s what you should know about me: I hit the Wordle every day (getting pretty good ngl), and I love movies, working out, hiking, and biking. One day I hope to become a master juggler. Feel free to reach out anytime if you have any questions or if you just want to hang.

2022-2023 peer mentors

Lauren Strawn

Peer Mentor Coordinator

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Lauren is a third year undergraduate student in the STAMPS school of Art and Design studying illustration and visual narrative. She has been both a mentee and a peer mentor in Living ArtsEngine. She’s been a student assistant for the Pre-College program at STAMPS and a camp counselor. She’s passionate about using art and design as a way to build community.

Michael Peng

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Hometown: Andover, MA

Major: Computer Science

Hello! I’m Michael Peng, a Computer Science major from Andover, MA, and I’m honored to be one of your peer mentors. I’ve been obsessed with computers and software engineering since elementary school, and I’m fond of applying them to industrial & operations optimization, entrepreneurship, and statistics. I’ve speedran the Michigan CS curriculum and am an Instructional Aide for EECS 280, so ask me anything about computer science at U-M. As a FIRST robotics alum, I will also be the webmaster for FAMNM (at, and I will possibly lead a project at MDST (Michigan Data Science Team). For leisure, I enjoy flying planes (both simulated and real), playing golf, playing cooperative games, and listening to chiptune music (think the Super Mario Bros theme), and I hope to return to playing the piano. Feel free to DM me on Discord about anything! I’m delighted to meet you all.

Tate Collier

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Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Animation

Hi! My name is Tate Collier, and I’m from Chicago. I’m a dual-degree between Stamps and the College of Engineering, focusing on animation and mechanical engineering. I love to spend my free time drawing, watching shows, playing video games, hanging out with my dog, Vail, and spending time with friends. As for my art, I’m fond of working in most digital mediums, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Piskel, Maya, 123D Design, and MagicaVoxel. That said, I still enjoy working with pencil, ink, and coloured pencil, which is where my love of art started.  If you need assistance with art, engineering, managing two majors, or just want to have fun, I’m your guy!

Ian Steigerwald

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Hometown: Norway, Michigan

Major: Nuclear Engineering

Hello! I’m Ian Steigerwald and I am so excited to be a peer mentor this year! I am a sophomore, majoring in Nuclear Engineering, from Norway, Michigan. I love to play guitar, listen to music, and really enjoy playing all kinds of games, video games, card games, you name it! Feel free to reach out to me with anything. I’m always looking for new games to play and music to listen to! I cannot wait to meet all of you this year!

Noah Ghosh

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Majors: Robotics and Violin Performance

Hi guys! I’m Noah Ghosh, a dual degree student in Engineering (Robotics) and SMTD (Violin performance) from Los Altos, California. Music is my main passion, and in highschool I also played marimba in marching band and winter percussion. My other hobbies include yoyos, kendamas, speedcubing, origami, chilling with my doggo, and searching for Asian food. So if you want to talk skill toys, show me your pets, or go on spontaneous boba runs, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Mya Enzer

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Hometown: Manchester, Michigan

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hi all! I’m Mya Enzer and I’m from Manchester, Michigan. I’m majoring in Aerospace Engineering and unsure about my focus yet. I grew up playing with fire and making bombs (fireworks) in my back yard, so if you ever want to do something a little risky I can probably help you do it safely and find any rules you need to follow. I spend my free time between a lot of activities, but my favorites are reading, playing or watching D&D, watercolor painting, and playing guitar. I hope to see you all soon!