Priam Residential College

Priam Residential College


Priam Residential College has a focus on Innovation & Design and aspires to support the interests and passions of students in the areas of technology, science, and design. This community will encourage the pursuit of solutions to global challenges through creativity, innovation, and novelty. The Priam Residential College  welcomes all students, across academic disciplines, to connect and create opportunities to transcend their academics and bring ideas to life.


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Priam Residential College Staff & Faculty


Sarah Ruelas
Residential College Coordinator 
Priam Residential College

Sarah Ruelas is the Residential College Coordinator for Priam Residential College. She is from Southern California and studied at the University of California Riverside where she received her bachelor’s in psychology. While completing her M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California, Sarah served as a judicial officer within in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. Sarah continued serving the USC community through her work as a coordinator within Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development. Sarah is invested in lifelong learning for both herself and the communities she supports. She enjoys cultivating transformative leadership experiences through the diverse opportunities collegiate life offers. When there is free time, Sarah loves spending time exploring outdoors, crafting, running and watching movies.




Neelesh Tiruviluamala
Faculty in Residence
Priam Residential College

Neelesh Tiruviluamala (Neel) completed his PhD in the area of partial differential equations at UCLA in 2012 under the supervision of James Ralston. He is currently also interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning and he regularly works with undergraduates on research projects and independent studies. Tiruviluamala believes that interesting and important ideas are best fostered through conversation and collaboration. He wants residents to encourage one another to speak freely, passionately, and openly about the topics that excite them. Tiruviluamala also hopes that residents will feel comfortable approaching him to ask him about his research, to share a joke or a riddle, to provide suggestions for games or other group activities, or to just say hi.