Midshipman Highlights

Francisco Blankemeyer

Francisco Blankemeyer

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Naval Career Aspiration: Marine Corps Aviator

Hometown: Austin, TX

Francisco Blankemeyer is a senior from Austin, Texas studying Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. He is the acting team lead of the Cornell Baja Racing Team. He also enjoys bouldering, CNC manufacturing, swimming, and rock climbing in his free time. He was the Midshipman in charge of CUIDC and is responsible for website construction for the battalion. Following graduation, Francisco is contracted to become a Marine Corps Aviator.

Braedon Wong

Braedon Wong

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Naval Career Aspiration: Marine Corps Aviator

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Braedon Wong is a Junior pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently serves Cornell NROTC as an Assistant Operations Officer.  In this role, he helps to plan and ensure smooth operations of the battalion. On campus, Braedon is involved in the entrepreneurship community, having worked for Cornell technology startups in both biotechnology and virtual reality learning.  He is a former competitor for the Big Red Swimming and Diving team and currently serves as the VP of Finance for his professional fraternity. Braedon hopes to commission in the United States Marine Corps and pursue a career in aviation.

Lindsay Browning

Lindsay Browning

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Naval Career Aspiration: Marine Corps Aviator

Hometown: Penfield, NY

Lindsay Browning is a sophomore from Penfield, New York studying Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering. In high school, she was a member of the wind ensemble, Varsity Ice Hockey team, Varsity Softball team, and National Honor Society. At Cornell, she is a member of Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey and Treasurer of the Semper Fi Society. In her free time, she is an ice hockey instructor for young children and enjoys volunteering at the SPCA of Tompkins County. After graduating, she aims to commission as a Marine Corps Officer and pursue aviation.

Jack McSorley

Jack McSorley

Major: Operations Research Engineering

Naval Career Aspiration: Submarine Officer

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Jack is a sophomore majoring in Operations Research Engineering with a minor in Business. He is a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team and ranks among the team’s All-Time Top Ten Fastest Swims in the 500 freestyle, 400 individual medley, and 800 freestyle relay. Jack also serves on the executive board of Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Fraternity. In his free time, Jack enjoys coaching at his summer pool, collecting coins, surfing, and spending time with his dog, Murphy. Upon graduation, he hopes to go to Nuclear Propulsion School and serve on submarines.

Lauryn Gibbs

Lauryn Gibbs

Major: Chemistry

Naval Career Aspiration: Undecided

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Lauryn Gibbs is a freshman from Woodbridge, Virginia studying Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. In high school, Lauryn spent her free time volunteering at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and working part-time as a lighting and sound technician in her school’s theater. At Cornell, in addition to NROTC, Lauryn participates in OADI Research Scholars Program (ORSP) where she is in a research cohort with 15 other students being mentored into different research interests. Her research interests are in green chemistry and collaborating with indigenous communities to create a sustainable and safe consumption of resources. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and taking pictures. Upon graduation from Cornell, Lauryn is uncertain of which community she would like to commission into but is excited for the opportunity to serve her country in any way.