CCS Ambassadors


CCS Ambassadors Program




The CCS Ambassadors program maintains a connection between the undergraduate student community and CCS, for the purpose of enriching the undergraduate experience with opportunities for computational research, training in the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure, and participation in other CCS programs and events.


The Role of CCS Ambassadors

Some ways in which CCS Ambassadors fulfill their mission are:

  • Sharing about CCS programs, events, and trainings with other undergraduates to:
  • Raise awareness and encourage use of the career development resources
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Keep them up to date on the latest developments in fields of interest
  • Provide opportunities for cross-University engagements, as well as engagements with the greater Miami computational community.
  • Listen to the computational needs or desires of other undergraduate students, and share those with CCS Engagement staff.
  • When a new need of the undergraduate community becomes apparent, CCS Ambassadors provide feedback to CCS Engagement staff on possible solutions.
  • Connect CCS Engagement staff to talented undergraduates who are interested in participating in research projects under the CCS umbrella.
  • Look out for opportunities that arise in student clubs around computational science, and connect the student club leaders with CCS to pursue those further.

All CCS Ambassadors meet with each other and with CCS Engagement staff once per semester, to share: new research opportunities that may have become available, the background and motivation behind the creation of new events or conferences, and any other relevant information.


Meet the CCS Ambassadors


 Zeshan Aziz University of Miami Center for Computational Science Ambassador

Zeshan Aziz

Major: Industrial Engineering  | College of Engineering

Minor:  Computer Engineering, Arabic Studies

After interning at CCS over the summer and being exposed to most of the projects going on at the Center, I realized that one way I could continue working with CCS during the semester is in connecting undergraduates that I knew with the projects and research currently going on at the Center. Besides that, I can volunteer at the conferences that CCS hosts, having the opportunity to network with speakers one-on-one, and I also work on side projects with faculty.

Sathvik Palakurty, CCS Ambassador 2017

Sathvik Palakurty

Major: Biology and Mathematics (Applied)  | College of Arts and Sciences

Minor:  Computer Science

Clubs: UConnect, Beta Beta Beta, CommUnity Garden

I have been very fortunate to be exposed to the utility of computation in answering biological questions in my freshman HHMI biology lab. I became a CCS ambassador to destigmatize computation among my peers and give others the exposure that I had early in my undergraduate career. I aim to connect my peers with resources that give them tools to answer interesting questions.

Jordan Michael Reid University of Miami Center for Computational Science CCS Ambassador 2017

Jordan Michael Reid

Major: Neuroscience and Biochemistry  | College of Arts & Sciences

Minor:  Mathematics

I am on the Club Baseball team and also am a part of the organizations UAID and Healthy U, Healthy Me.

I became a CCS Ambassador because, if I could put into words the goals I hope to achieve through combining computing with biological research, those words would be “The Center for Computational Science Ambassador Program.” The vision set forth by this program is one that truly looks into the future of what science can be, and that makes me excited beyond compare!




Become a CCS Ambassador

If you would like to be a CCS Ambassador, please send an email to

We are particularly keen to connect with students from communities within UM that are underrepresented in our current cohort of CCS Ambassadors, so please send us an email!




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