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International Orientation Leaders

International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)  are UMD undergraduate and graduate students who facilitate a support system for new international students. Each semester, IOLs join the ISSS team to welcome students from across the globe to campus and the greater College Park community. IOLs help new students transition into the new academic environment and play a critical role in creating an inclusive campus experience by hosting virtual pre-arrival engagements and leading some activities during the on-campus Welcome Events. 

Meet the Spring 2025 IOLS

This group of leaders from across disciplines and in different stages of their academic careers was selected to facilitate the smooth welcome and onboarding of new International Terps!


Aryan S Mishra

I am a Robotics graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in the creation of innovative robotic solutions for diverse applications. Currently, I actively contribute to medical robotics research and a valued member of the Testudog and Cubo team of Robotics@Maryland. With proficiency in coding, adept writing skills, and a passion for soccer demonstrated both on and off the field. As a natural problem solver, I thrive on challenges, consistently pushing my boundaries to achieve excellence. Committed to exploration, I relish opportunities to meet new people and engage in travel. My contributions reflect a commitment to advancing the field of robotics and making impactful strides in research.


Chigozie Udeogu

I’m Chigozie Udeogu, a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am originally from Nigeria and had previously completed my master’s studies in South Korea where I worked on machine learning applications in electric vehicles. I enjoy meeting new people, exploring new places and cultures. I also enjoy singing and listening to music, watching movies, going to the gym and cooking. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Go Terps!!!


Chioma Ezeajughi

Hello! Meet Chioma Ezeajughi, a master's student in the department of kinesiology. I am from Nigeria and studied prosthetics and orthotics during my bachelor's degree in Nigeria. Academic transitioning from one country to another always comes with its initial challenges, and that is why I have volunteered to make you all feel welcomed at UMD. Feel free to reach out to me through I look forward to meeting you all.


David Chukwudi Nchekwub

I am a first Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. I am Nigerian. Before coming to UMD, I lived in Italy, where I completed my master’s degrees in Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering. I have had the privilege of living in 4 countries and 3 continents. I have visited 26 countries. I have a good appreciation for culture. My one true hobby is soccer.


Ebenezer Akansah

Ebenezer Akansah is a thoughtful and adventurous man originally from Ghana's Upper East Region. He is currently pursuing his masters education in Public Administration in the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Maryland (UMD) and doubles as a Teaching Assistant in SPP. He is also the Director of Mentorship for the Trust Care Foundation and a Policy Advisor for the Atimatim Community Development Foundation in his home country. He has an interest in educational policies, social policies, and international relations.
Before joining the School of Public Policy, he worked as a Research and Teaching assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he was immersed in works on organizational behavior, education, child abuse, small-scale mining, and the impact on the environment, access to healthcare by the aged and employee satisfaction.
Ebenezer values truthfulness, honor, personal growth, and serving others. He has a deep respect for diverse perspectives. He is candid yet kind in his interactions. He cherishes his friends and eagerly contributes positivity to their lives. In his free time, Ebenezer enjoys traveling, eating delicious food, playing basketball and football, reading, writing, and conducting research. He loves exploring new and challenging areas that help him continue growing as a person. Overall, Ebenezer brings care, curiosity, and integrity to everything he does.


Elizabeth “Jwi” Brown

Hello hello!
My name is Jwi and I’m Korean American. I've moved 10 times between the USA, South Korea, and Singapore so you can say I’ve been around ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و
I’m studying International Relations and Sociology. I love meeting new people and learning about their culture and life. I can’t wait to hear your stories :)
If you have any questions or want to chat please don’t be afraid to reach out ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ
See you around


Mohamed Elnoor

My name is Mohamed Elnoor. I'm a PhD student majoring in Electrical Engineering. I'm originally from Sudan and I love travelling. I'm looking forward to meeting you :) Welcome to UMD!!


Opeyemi O. Ogedengbe

I am Opeyemi Ogedengbe, a Ph.D. student in Nutrition Sciences. I am from Nigeria and I love meeting people to unwind and have fun, as graduate school can be intense. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you all on the campus. Please feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn.


Rincy Mariam Thomas

Greetings! I'm Rincy Mariam Thomas, currently undertaking my Master's in Cybersecurity. My undergraduate degree is in Computer Science, and I've gained valuable experience in the field of Cybersecurity. As an International Orientation Leader, my primary objective is to extend a warm welcome to new students joining the diverse UMD community. Throughout my time here, I've had the pleasure of making friends from various cultures and countries, contributing to the richness of our community. My aim is to ensure that all newcomers feel embraced and supported by this wonderful group of individuals. I'm dedicated to assisting you in your journey and would be delighted to meet each and every one of you at UMD!


Shashank Pratap Singh

Hey there ! I'm Shashank, a rising-Junior Undergrad at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing Computer Science with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. I'm thrilled at the prospect of helping you navigate this new chapter and ensuring a smooth transition into the vibrant UMD community. Whether you have questions, need guidance, or just want to connect, don't hesitate to reach out. You can find me on LinkedIn by searching "Shashank P Singh" or drop me an email at Looking forward to meeting you all and making your UMD experience unforgettable!


Shayana Saravanakumar

Hey Everyone ! I'm Shayana, a Grad student doing a PhD in Computational Biology. I did my Undergrad in Bangalore, India and joined UMD this Fall. Unlike what you usually hear about life in Grad school, there are plenty of fun things to do for Grad students !!
I'm very excited to meet you all and show you around campus. Welcome to UMD :)


Thilak Mohan

Hey guys! I'm Thilak Mohan, a masters in machine learning student. I'm from Bangalore, India and I just graduated from VIT Vellore with ECE earlier this year. Some of my current interests are adulting (yes, I'm aware that sounds whack xD), cooking, biking in lake artmesia to recuperate, coding on Kaggle, playing TT, squash, frisbee and basketball! I'm pretty extroverted and I love helping people whenever I can. I'd love to help you guys with whatever questions you have with respect to coming to Maryland, UMD, resources on campus, etc. I got a lot of help from my IOL seniors and I wanted to help give back to you new students. I highly encourage y'all to reach out to any of us and shout out your questions we'll do our best to help you. sending lots of love and warm hugs, take care and I hope to see you soon!

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