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Our Alumni,Where are They Now?

Mayee Chen, Cello


Mayee is a rising junior at Princeton University. She was a cellist in WYO 2009-2015, during which she also studied under Sarah Glosson and Neal Cary at the College of William and Mary. At Princeton, she is concentrating in Operations Research and Financial Engineering with a certificate in Applications of Computing. She also started dancing in college and was publicity chair of one of Princeton's dance companies, in which she mainly performs hip hop as well as traditional Chinese fan dance, martial arts, and contemporary dance. Besides dance, she is also the president of the Princeton Chinese Students Association, a member of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month planning committee, assistant treasurer and risk management specialist of her sorority, officer of Envision (an organization that examines the societal impacts of disruptive technologies), and a member of the Princeton Corporate Finance Club's Equity Research Team. In her spare time, she likes to do math problems, choreograph dances, ponder social issues and how dance and music can 


highlight them, and read up on Roman and Greek history. She has been interning at Google in Mountain View, CA, the past two summers as a software engineering intern. In the future, she is interested in pursuing a PhD in something like Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or Financial Engineering and to either go into Quantitative Trading or academia, in which she hopes to work on developing probabilistic models and algorithms.

Ben Motter, Violin

Ben played violin and viola with WYO from 2006-2009, and again from 2011-2015. He was concertmaster from 2012-2015, and his fondest memories of WYO are the two side-by-side concerts with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Ben is currently a rising third year at the University of Virginia, pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering as well as a possible minor in Physics. While engineering may be Ben's academic major, he is also actively involved in the music department at UVA.  He is a current member of the Early Music Ensemble, a Baroque chamber orchestra, and also enjoys playing lead guitar in a student rock band. When he isn't working on engineering problem sets or practicing music, Ben drives a 35-foot transit bus around UVA Grounds for a student job. He also enjoys working on his Volkswagen GTI and attending Cars and Coffee events throughout Virginia.  In addition, Ben is a member of the UVA chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  When he graduates, Ben hopes to be an engineer at a major automaker, researching and developing battery technology for new electric vehicles.


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