During the months of June and July, AISS Scholars attended classes at Samueli Academy, Chapman University, and Edwards Lifescience.  Monday classes were hosted at Samueli Academy by Mr. Nino Polizzi, Engineering Instructor, who taught the scholars about electricity and circuits. We had the opportunity to build a circuit that used 2 triple-A batteries to power a mini LED bulb by performing welding and calculating resistance in a circuit.

       At Chapman University, we engaged with guest speakers and worked on our educational business plans.  Dr. Gregory Weiss, Department of Chemistry at the University of California Irvine, spoke to scholars about his experiences at the University of California Berkeley, as well as Harvard University. He has worked managing his own research lab and has engaged in 5 startup companies. Scholars enthusiastically asked questions about graduate schools and how they could maximize their college experience through participating in research... 


Team 1 - Masterminds
AISS Class of 2023, Santa Ana High School
Future Software Engineer

       Hello there! I am Lorena Alvarez, a senior at Santa Ana High School with a passion for Computer Science.  My career interests lie within the interconnectivity of Computer Science and Psychology through Artificial Intelligence.  This month, my time with AISS was busy but very enjoyable!  We completed our Educational Business Plans and had the opportunity to tour UCLA and attend our first Networking Mixer Event. Amidst this, I was also able to have a “core moment” as a specific speaker introduced me to a new field that I’m eager to explore in the future!

       We often began our week with the Educational Business Plan. The Educational Business Plan centers on our senior year, along with research on colleges and scholarships. We organized all the deadlines for our senior year into an Implementation Plan. I found this assignment helpful, as it gave me structure for the stressful time ahead.


Civil Engineering
University of Southern California
AISS Class of 2021, Segerstrom High School

       Hello, I am Sofia Villegas, an alumna of AISS Class of 2021 and Segerstrom High School. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California majoring in Civil Engineering (Building Science). A little bit about my major is that it is a mixture of Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Architecture. I love the STEM fields and am also bringing my creativity to life. In this month of August, I have moved back onto campus and am starting a fresh new year. So excited!

       This upcoming school year I will be the Construction Manager for the concrete canoe design team for the American Society of Civil Engineers club. In addition, I am a proud member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and I am working alongside the Community Outreach committee to give kids from K-12th grade exposure to STEM.


AISS Board Curriculum Development Committee Member
Teaching Faculty III
Director of the Business Scholar Program at

Lubar College of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

       Dr. Yaron Zoller serves as a valued guest speaker and Board committee member for AISS. He is a guest speaker and committee board member at AISS. Yaron got involved with AISS through a connection made by his Israeli friend, Mr. Efi (Efraim) Roe Kozorovitsky, Senior VP for Clinical Affairs at Edwards Lifesciences and a board member of AISS. Yaron is happy to be involved with the AISS program since 2020 and tries to help the students pursue successful careers and accomplish great things for themselves and their communities.

       Besides teaching management courses full-time at the university level, Yaron has over a decade of experience working for multinational technology firms in the areas of software and quality assurance. Before that, he served in the Israeli Defense Force from 1993-1998, rising to the rank of Lieutenant...


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