Officers

President

Nick Golio

Nick Golio

Hello! My name is Nick and I’m a second 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.”

Vice President

Andrew Fox

Andrew Fox

Hey everyone! My name is Andrew and I am a second 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.

Symposium Chairs

Charles Sharkey

Charles Sharkey

Hi, I’m Charles. I am a third 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, playing squash, cooking, and exploring Pittsburgh with friends.

Kathy Fein

Kathy Fein

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.

Ben Sauk

Ben Sauk

Hi! I’m Ben, a third 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.

Social Chairs

Jason Kabarowski

Jason Kabarowski

Hi, my name is Jason Kabarowski, and I am a first year PhD student working with Professor Aditya Khair. I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota and received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison. Outside of school, I enjoy snowboarding, racket sports, and playing video games.

Marty Burton

Marty Burton

Hello! My name is Marty and I am a first year Ph.D. student working with Professor Shelley Anna. I grew up in southeast Michigan and earned my BS in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. When I have free time, I love backpacking, reading, and immersing myself in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Brandon Lopez

Brandon Lopez

Hello! My name is Brandon Lopez and I am a first year PhD student working with Professor Neil Donahue. I graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno and I’m originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. Besides research and ChEGSA, I love cooking and baking (Want a fresh baked pie? I’m your guy!), and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends and family.

Pari Palizhati

Pari Palizhati

Hi, my name is Pari. I am a first-year Ph.D. student working with Prof. Zach Ulissi. I earn my B.S. from North Carolina State University (Go Pack!). Outside of school and research, I am part of the CMU ballroom dance team. I enjoy hiking and crafting during my spare time. Coffee, cupcakes, and TV Show “Friends” are always my guilty pleasures.

Brian Dinkelacker

Brian Dinkelacker

Hi! My name is Brian. I am a first year PhD student working with Professor Spyros Pandis. I grew up in Allentown, PA and earned my bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. I like to spend my free time outdoors skiing, biking, or hiking.

Robby Parker

Robby Parker

Hi, my name is Robby. Or Robert. I’m a first-year out of UCLA who enjoys long days of studying, sub-freezing temperatures, and water skiing on weekends.

GSA Representatives

Luke Habib

Luke Habib

Hello! My name is Luke Habib and I am a first year PhD student working with Professor Neil Donahue. I graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and I’m originally from Jamison, PA (just beyond the suburbs of Philadelphia). I was very involved in student government-type organizations in my undergrad, so I’m very excited to be involved in ChEGSA in this role of a GSA Representative. Outside of work and ChEGSA, I love going to the movies, re-watching favorite TV shows (ask me about my favorite shows!) and exploring Pittsburgh with friends.

Qin Gu

Qin Gu

Hi I’m Qin and I’m a fourth-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

Hello, I’m Bowen. I am a second 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

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Hi, all. My name is Brad Johnson. I am a second 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.

Outreach Coordinator

Natalie Isenberg

Natalie Isenberg

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.

Webmaster

Marissa Engle

Marissa Engle

Hi, my name is Marissa and I’m a third year PhD student working for Professor 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.