Charles Sharkey

Charles Sharkey (email)

Hi, I’m Charles. I am a second year PhD student working with Professor Shelley Anna. I am originally from New York and completed my BS in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. My research is focused on the production of elastic capsules with controllable interfacial properties. Outside of the lab, I like spending time hiking and white water rafting. I also enjoy cooking, playing squash, and exploring Pittsburgh with friends. Feel free to email me if you have questions about the ChemE PhD program or graduate life at CMU.

Vice President

Kathy Fein

Kathy Fein (email)

Hi! My name is Kathy. I’m originally from outside Philadelphia and I earned my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University. I began researching drug delivery as an undergrad, and I’m enjoying my continued adventures in drug delivery in the Whitehead group. In my free time I enjoy reading, knitting, and horseback riding.

Symposium Chairs

Yunru Huang

Yun-Ru Huang (email)

Hi, my name is Yun-Ru. I was born and raised in Taiwan and graduated from National Taiwan University where I receive my B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I earned my M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and decided to continue my ChemE journey. I am currently a third year Ph.D. student working for Prof. Tilton on developing highly efficient nanoparticulate emulsifiers. Outside of school I enjoy traveling, knitting, singing and playing frisbee.

Burcu Karagoz

Burcu Karagoz (email)

Hi! My name is Burcu. I am a third year PhD student working with Lord Professor Andrew Gellman. My research focuses on entioselective surface chemistry on all Cu(hkl). I am from Istanbul, Turkey and I earned my BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering at Bogazici University. I was also an exchange student at Rice University in Houston, Texas in my senior year. I enjoy scuba diving a lot, actually I am a scuba diving instructor and I love all underwater creatures, especially the whales. I also like cooking (mostly Turkish food), traveling and tasting good foods, going concerts, and swing dance.

Chris Hanselman

Chris Hanselman (email)

Hi! I’m Chris, a third year PhD student working on optimization-guided design of nanoparticles with Prof. Chrysanthos Gounaris. I’m originally from Indianapolis, IN and I’m a Purdue grad (Boiler Up!). Outside of school, I enjoy swimming and listening to music.

Social Chairs

Andrew Fox

Andrew Fox (email)

Hey everyone! My name is Andrew and I am a first year Ph.D. student working with Professors Aditya Khair and Jim Schneider. I grew up in central Pennsylvania and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University. In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing sports, as well as reading and spending time with friends and family.

Nick Golio

Nick Golio (email)

Hello! My name is Nick and I’m a first year PhD student working for Professor Andy Gellman. Although originally from Long Island, New York, I got my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California. At USC, I played tenor sax in the Trojan Marching Band and had the time of my life performing all over the country. My current goal is to read all of the books on the Library of Congress’ list of 88 “Books That Shaped America.”

Olga Vinogradova

Olga Vinogradova (email)

Hi! Olga here. I am here to train the Avatar in fire-bending. Besides that, I am a 1st year PhD student co-advised by Venkat Viswanathan (in MechE) and Aditya Khair. I graduated from Penn State University where I received my BS in Chemical Engineering. I come from the Philly area, or if you go far back enough, I come from Russia. In my spare time, whatever that is, I enjoy hiking, biking, playing tin whistle, catching snowflakes in my mouth while skiing very very fast, and rewatching Avatar the Last Airbender, again.

Kyle Cochran

Kyle Cochran (email)

Hi, my name is Kyle, and I am a first year Ph.D. student working with Professor Katie Whitehead on oral drug delivery technologies. I grew up in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and playing with my dog.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson (email)

Hi, all. My name is Brad Johnson. I am a first year PhD student working with Dr. Nikolaos Sahinidis on methods of automatic reaction pathway prediction. I grew up in the Philly Suburbs and attended Rowan University in New Jersey for my BS in Chemical Engineering. Outside of engineering, I enjoy programming, playing games of all kinds, exploring Pittsburgh’s restaurant and brewery scene, and a myriad of other things.

GSA Representatives

Qi Chen

Qi Chen (email)

Hi, my name’s Qi, pronounced ‘chee’. I started my PhD in 2015, working with Prof. Grossmann. My research helps us decide what technologies we should optimize and utilize to produce the materials and energy that drive modern society. I have a B.S. from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) and an M.S. from Imperial College London. Outside of work, you can find me learning ballroom dance (from waltz to tango to foxtrot) or volunteering at science and engineering events. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to learn more about my research or the CMU ChemE program.

Qin Gu

Qin Gu (email)

Hi I’m Qin and I’m a third-year PhD student working with Prof. Todd Przybycien on developing a novel precipitation-filtration process for purifying recombinant protein drugs. I am from Suzhou, China and I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I enjoy cooking (Chinese) food and playing board games with friends.

Bowen Huo

Bowen Huo (email) [Alternate Representative]

Hello, I’m Bowen. I am a first year PhD student working with Professor Schneider. As with many of his students, I am interested in improving micelle-ELFSE, which is a faster method of electrophoretic DNA sequencing. Originally, I am from the New York Tri-State Area, but I completed my BS and MS in chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. I enjoy playing games, cooking, reading manga, and the color orange. If you have any questions about my experiences here or my research, feel free to contact me.

Fundraising Chair

Ben Sauk

Ben Sauk (email)

Hi! I’m Ben, a second year PhD student working for Dr. Sahinidis. I’m from Philadelphia, and I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Outside of school I enjoy playing video and card games and hanging out with friends.

Outreach Coordinator

Natalie Isenberg

Natalie Isenberg(email)

Hi, I’m Natalie Isenberg. I consider myself a Pittsburgh native though I have only lived here 7 years. I have volunteered and worked with various local schools on STEM related education and am very excited to be the outreach coordinator for CheGSA. I also like biking, backpacking, and painting.


Marissa Engle

Marissa Engle (email)

Hi, my name is Marissa and I’m a second year PhD student working for Prof. Nikolaos Sahinidis. I grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California. I graduated from MIT (IHTFP!) where I majored in Biochemical Engineering. Outside of school I enjoy going to the movies, playing intramural sports, trying to grow plants, and listening to music.