Officers

President

Harrison Lawson

Harrison Lawson

Hi, I’m Harrison Lawson. I’m a third-year graduate student co-advised by Si-Yang Zheng (BME) and Liz Wayne. I completed my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and my M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. My research interests include drug delivery and education. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

(hlawson@andrew.cmu.edu)

 

Vice President

Jeremy Kach

Jeremy Kach

My name is Jeremy Kach. I am co-advised by Professors Aditya Khair and Lynn Walker, researching electrically driven fluid flows. I did my undergraduate and Master’s at the University of Michigan, where I was a member of the Michigan Marching Band Drumline. I enjoy hiking, eating, and long walks on the beach.

(jkach@andrew.cmu.edu)

 

Symposium Chairs

Dasia Aldarondoo

Dasia Aldarondo

Hey, I’m Dasia! I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student working with Professor Elizabeth Wayne. I completed my B.S in Chemical Engineering in 2019 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. When I am taking a break from work I like to read, listen to podcasts, and find new and cool places to take photos.

(daldaron@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Maya Bhat

Maya Bhat

My name is Maya Bhat, and I am a fourth-year PhD student working under John Kitchin. I am working in computational catalysis using machine learning for discovery of promising bimetallics for hydrogen production. I grew up in Singapore, and I did my undergrad at Claremont Mckenna College and Columbia University. Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, mounting climbing, and scuba diving.

(mayabhat@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Farrah Haeri

Farrah Haeri

 

Social Chairs

 
Bashar Ammari

Bashar Ammari

Hi I’m Bashar and I’m a second-year PhD student under Carl Laird. I graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and spent 3 years in industry at Anheuser-Busch. My research interests are in machine learning and optimization for process decision-making. Outside work, I am an avid classical music aficionado and a passionate advocate for the compositions of Gustav Mahler. I also enjoy travelling and spending as much time as possible in nature!

(bammari@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Robert Macknight

Robert Macknight

 
Janghoon Ock

Janghoon Ock

Hi, my name is Janghoon and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Professor Ulissi’s group. I completed my bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering at Seoul National University. Apart from research, I enjoy running, weightlifting, and traveling. I used to do CrossFit and oil painting, and I hope the Ph.D. program spares me some time to enjoy them again.

(jock@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Daniel Ovalle

Daniel Ovalle

 
Abilash Subbaraman

Abilash Subbaraman

Hey, I’m Abilash. I am a second-year PhD student working in the Gounaris group working on vehicle routing optimization. I grew up in Singapore and did my undergrad/Masters at Nanyang Technological University and my Masters in CMU. I enjoy being outdoors rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering and ice climbing.

(abilash@cmu.edu)

 
Ethan Sunshine

Ethan Sunshine

I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computational Engineering. During my undergraduate studies, I studied catalytic nanoparticles using computational and experimental techniques under the direction of Dr. William Schneider. I also became interested in various applied mathematics techniques including machine learning. In my graduate studies, I plan to combine modern machine learning techniques with physical insights to improve and accelerate computational chemistry calculations. I am especially interested in energy technologies. Outside of work, I like to cook, explore Pittsburgh, and play board/card games with my friends. I am also a fan of college football and Formula One.

(esunshin@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Nick Tiwari

Nick Tiwari

 

GSA Representatives

 
Dominic Casalnuovo

Dominic Casalnuovo

Hi! My name is Dom Casalnuovo, and I am a third-year student in Professor Coty Jen’s lab studying atmospheric aerosol particle nucleation. I completed my undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, but I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, playing soccer, listening to music, and spending time outdoors.

(dcasalnu@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Nick Hattrup

Nick Hattrup

 
Georgia Stinchfield

Georgia Stinchfield

 

Outreach Coordinators

 
Brian McKenzie

Brian McKenzie

Hi, my name is Brian. I am a third-year PhD student working in complex fluids, co-advised by Professors Aditya Khair, Bob Tilton, and Stephen Garoff. I studied chemical engineering and math at the University of Florida for undergraduate. In my free time, I love cooking, reading classics, hiking, biking, and weightlifting.

(bmckenzi@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Megan Walsh

Megan Walsh

Hi everyone! My name is Megan Walsh and I am a second-year student working with Dr. Carl Laird and Dr. Chrysanthos Gounaris. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2021 with a B.S in chemical engineering and then moved out to Pittsburgh from Connecticut to start at CMU this past fall. Outside of school, I love to do yoga, find new hiking locations, and bake new recipes.

(mew2@andrew.cmu.edu)

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chairs

 
Sarah Sonbati

Sarah Sonbati

Hey, I’m Sarah! I’m a third-year PhD student working with Professor Anne Robinson. I graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I am a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) co-chair for CheGSA this year. In my free time I like volunteering with my church, hanging out with friends, bowling, painting, and playing bingo!

(ssonbati@andrew.cmu.edu)

 
Brook Wander

Brook Wander

Hello, my name is Brook Wander. I graduated from UCLA with my B.S. in Chemical Engineering. After graduating, I worked as a Process Engineer for 3 years at Apeel Sciences. Now I am a third-year PhD student in Zachary Ulissi’s group. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, painting, and drinking new beers.

(bwander@andrew.cmu.edu)

 

Webmaster

 
Josh Rasco

Josh Rasco

Hey! I’m Josh! From the era of COVID-19, I’m a third-year PhD student working with Lord Professor Andy Gellman on catalytic surfaces. I’m a Virginia guy, born and raised, and did my undergrad at Virginia Tech majoring in Chemical Engineering. Apart from research, I spend most of my time reading or on other indoor activities, but love any chance to go out!

(jrasco@andrew.cmu.edu)