Officers

 

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2013-2014 GSC Officers

President

Caleb Waugh

Caleb Waugh is a MSc student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and previously completed a MSc at MIT in Technology and Policy. Passionate about realizing a sustainable energy future that is informed by the best available science, economics, policy, and business strategies, his research at MIT has ranged from developing advanced integrated energy, economic, policy and environmental models to study energy and climate policy impacts, to plasma physics and inertial confinement fusion energy. Prior to MIT he received his B.S in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Philosophy with Honors from Brigham Young University. He has previously served as Co-President of the MIT Energy Club, Sponsorship Director of the MIT Energy Conference, and has been an active leader in the national student energy movement. A native of Colorado, he enjoys mountaineering, biking, sailing, basketball, jazz, and the performing arts.

Vice President

Alex Guo

Alex Guo is a third year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. She received her B.S. with honors from UC Berkeley in 2010 and S.M. from MIT in 2012, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Alex is a NDSEG research fellow and she works for Prof. del Alamo in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT. She is currently investigating the physics of breakdown voltage in GaN power electronics. Alex has previously served as the GSC Activities Committee Co-Chair (2012-2013) and GSC Grad Gala Chair (2011-2012). In her spare time, Alex enjoys hanging out with friends, eating out, dancing, and practicing power yoga.

Treasurer

Parth Trivedi

Parthsarathi is a first year S.M. candidate in the department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at MIT. He received his B.S. from Purdue University in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, specializing in astrodynamics. He currently works in the Alternative Fuels Research Group, within the Laboratory for Aviation & the Environment at MIT. Parth assesses the most optimum use of scarce renewable resources with respect to environmental and economic trade-offs. Outside of MIT, Parth has served as a research intern in the Office of the Adviser to the Prime Minister of India for Public Information, Infrastructure and Innovations. In his spare time, Parth enjoys playing golf and tennis, sailing, rowing, playing the Tabla, painting and writing poetry.

Secretary 

Chris Smith

A first-year PhD Student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Chris’s research focus is energy policy and economic development. He is an Energy Fellow under the MIT Energy Initiative, and he has been on the organizing committees of the MIT Clean Energy Prize and the MIT Energy Conference. Prior to MIT, Smith worked as a political organizer with various state and federal political campaigns. Later, he worked as a political analyst for the American Association for Justice. Chris has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MIT and Cornell. He is from Alexandria, Virginia and lives in Tang Hall.


 

2014-2015 GSC Officers

President

Kendall Nowocin

Kendall Nowocin

Kendall Nowocin (EECS, PhD student) researches power system reliability and availability of developed and developing power grids. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering with honors from The Citadel in May 2011 and S.M in Electrical Engineering from MIT in June 2013. He is a certified Engineer in Training (EIT) with work experience in the fields of construction (Atlantic Electric LLC), automation (Robert Bosch), power (Santee Cooper), and defense (MIT LL). His experience in developing small and large power systems range from working on residential and industrial electrical projects for Atlantic Electric LLc to a 2.4 GW power plant for SC Power Utility. He has previously served MIT organizations as GSC 2013 Orientation Co-Chair, 2012 Chair of the Career Fair Directors, 2012 EECS Graduate Student Association Treasurer. In addition he has served on the Committee on Graduate Programs, Committee on Discipline, and GSC & UA Student Joint Task Force on the 17th Presidential Search. A native of South Carolina, he enjoys golf, sailing, hiking, and cycling.

Vice-President

Francesco Bellei

Francesco Bellei

Francesco Bellei is a third year Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. He received his Master Degree in Nanotechnology for ICT from a joint program between the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy), the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France) and the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (Switzerland). Currently, Francesco works on Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors for Free-Space Communication in the Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group. Before being elected for the role of GSC Vice-President, Francesco was Co-Chair of the Orientation Committee (2013-2014) with Kendall Nowocin, and Council Representative for Off-campus students (2012-2013). Outside of MIT, Francesco enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking and exploring new eateries.

Treasurer

Shabnam Raayai Ardakani

Shabnam Raayai Ardakani

Shabnam Raayai-Ardakani is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Shabnam got her S.M. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2013 and her B.S. from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She was ranked first (based on GPA) among the class of 2011 in the Mechanical Engineering Department. She is currently working on the mechanics of fluid flow over compliant patterned surfaces in the ‘Mechanics of Solids and Materials’ and the ‘Non-newtonian Fluid Dynamics’ groups in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Shabnam has previously served as Ashdown House Cultural Committee Officer (2012-2013), Ashdown House Executive Committee Treasurer (2013-2014) and co-coordinator of 2013 Graduate School 101/102 and the Information Booth, two of the main graduate orientation events.

Secretary

Chris Aakre

Chris Aakre

Chris Aakre is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Microbiology program at MIT. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient and works for Professor Michael Laub in the Biology department. He currently studies how to engineer novel protein-protein interactions in toxin-antitoxin systems of bacteria. Prior to MIT, he received his B.S. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences. A native of Washington state, he enjoys coffee, biking, and following the latest fitness fads.