Acacia Mastropaolo came to SUNY New Paltz as a transfer student from Bard College at Simon's Rock. She began at Simon's Rock at the age of 15, where she received her Assoicate Degree in Art. Afterward, she took courses in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering at SUNY Ulster Community College, where she discovered her passion for coding and engineering. She hails from Kingston, NY. She received the Robert Kyncl '95 & Luz Avila Kyncl '96 STEM Scholarship upon her entrance to SUNY New Paltz in Fall 2020. Acacia is working towards a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Engineering at SUNY New Paltz and anticipates graduating in 2023. She is currently the president of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu chapter at SUNY New Paltz. Her project repertoire includes the design and verification of a traffic control system, the design and verification of a PID-based traction motor control system, an FPGA-based distance measurement system with IO, and the design of a 3D logic gate simulation.