Faculty Advisor Staff

Laura Swessel


Faculty Advisor

Laura grew up in Cumberland, Maryland.  She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.  Upon graduation, she worked for 7 years at Lockheed Martin as a Mechanical Test Engineer, building commercial satellites.  During that time, she earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from NJIT.

Laura and her husband, John, moved to Georgetown, Indiana in 1999 where she started a Lean Sigma consulting business with clients in the appliances, automotive, advertising and healthcare industries.  During that time, Laura also started teaching Physics at the local Purdue University campus.  In 2012, she was asked to take on a long-term sub position at Providence High School to cover an Honors Physics class.  She found a love teaching high school and obtained her teaching license through Indiana’s Transition to Teaching program.  She currently teaches Earth Science, Honors & ACP Physics, Intro to Engineering and Intro to Computer Science, coaches the school’s bowling team, and sponsors the school’s hiking and coding clubs.  Laura has also established STEM Clubs and Camps for elementary and middle school students in the area.

She and her husband, John, have four children (Ryan, Adam, Patrick and Amanda), a dog (Gonzo) and a cat (Speedy).

Junior Faculty Advisor

Jesse Wong


Junior Faculty Advisor

Jesse is a senior at George Mason University from Brandywine, Maryland studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation and a minor in Computer Science within the Honors College. He attended the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment in 2014 and returned as a Junior Faculty Advisor in 2017 and 2018. Jesse previously worked as an intern in George Mason Office of Admissions for the Washington Scholars Program and as a research assistant for the Department of Environmental Science and Policy as a research assistant focusing on wetland ecosystems. Currently, Jesse is an intern for the United States Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center examining how our changing climate is affecting food and water resources. While on campus, Jesse works with a variety of research projects with the George Mason Department of Biology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy. During his free time, Jesse enjoys going outside and bird-watching or hiking.