Our Team

Selene Schmittling

Curriculum Director

Selene is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State. She has been a teaching assistant for several undergraduate and graduate classes. She enjoys tutoring K-12 students in Math and Computer Science, as well as college-level engineering courses. She taught English As Another Language to adults in another life. Today when she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her buddy, Vector, the cutest robot ever. She is a big kid who enjoys building with Legos and Lego Robotics. Engineering Opportunity provides the perfect excuse to do both! After volunteering at workshops for approximately a year, she was excited to take the position of Curriculum Director.

Hayden Lawrence

President, Executive Director of Leadership Team, Partner Coordinator, Web Coordinator

Hayden is a Software Engineer working at Salesforce in Raleigh. He graduated from NC State in 2018 with degrees in Computer Science and Political Science. He joined the organization while a student at NC State in 2017. He became a lead volunteer and the webmaster and was a founding member of the board of directors.

Geneva Klemann

Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member

Geneva is retired from Wake County Public Schools where she worked as a Teacher Assistant in Special Needs. She graduated from University of Louisville many years ago with a B.S. in Political Science. Geneva has always been a committed volunteer from serving on YMCA and Little League Boards when her children were young, to being Team Mom/Room parent of all things while they were in school. She is particularly honored to serve under and in the same organization as her daughter, Kendra.

Brandon Whittington

Board Member

Brandon Whittington is a Software Engineer who works with the IBM Blockchain Solutions team to build enterprise grade supplychain solutions for the food and shipping industries. He has a very positive outlook on the potential impact blockchain technologies will have on future technology solutions. He has been very active in promoting STEM education in underserved populations. Building the E-LinCS collaboration project between Elementary schools, University Professors, Students and Technology companies Brandon brought his passion for Teaching and Technology together.

Leadership Emeritus

Sol Khaitas: Assistant Director, Partner Coordinator

As Assistant Director and Partner Coordinator, Sol helped propel our organization forward. She brought us new partners, and was an invaluable part of the team, helping bring us to new venues and events to help us spread information on our org to others, helping us increase our volunteer outreach.

Shannon Rigsbee: Marketing Coordinator

As Marketing Coordinator, Shannon helped convert our website to a more easy to update system, and assisted in outreach to people outside of our organization