2017-2018 Executive Officers

Sarah A. Goodman, President

Sarah A. Goodman, President


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Sarah Goodman is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research involves sitting in a dark basement, squinting at fuzzy images, and tricking herself into thinking she found peaks in noisy spectra (AKA electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and cathodoluminescence). But actually though, she’s working on improving the efficiency of indium gallium nitride quantum-well light emitting diodes (LEDs) and thoroughly enjoys all things spectroscopy.

Sarah started out as a council rep, then became an Orientation Co-Chair, and is now excited to serve as GSC president. Her motivations include improving the accessibility and awareness of personal support resources at MIT, collecting best practices for handling the various challenges that arise throughout grad school, advocating for the interests of graduate students at the local to federal level, and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives.

When not in the lab or GSC office, Sarah can be found singing, baking for her undergrads in McCormick, and internally debating whether she wants to go into academia or policy.

Lisa Guay, Vice-President

Lisa Guay, Vice-President


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Lisa Guay is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering, and her research involves engineering bacteria to produce high-value chemicals from sustainable sources. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she received dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics at the University of Arizona while enjoying warm winters in Tucson. She was last year’s GSC Treasurer, and has previously served as Chairwoman of the Ashdown House Executive Committee and spent two years on the Science Policy Initiative’s Executive Board. She is excited to serve as GSC Vice-President this year to work on improving representation and collaboration between departments, particularly on professional development and quality of life issues. Outside of lab and GSC, she is a fellow in the new Chemical Engineering Communication Lab. Her hobbies include napping, exploring Boston’s historical sites, keeping up with the news, and reading for pleasure (as time allows).

Eva Golos

Orpheus Chatzivasileiou, Secretary


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Alkiviadis Orfefs Chatzivasileiou, known to most people as Orpheus, is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research involves engineering bacteria for the overproduction of value-added chemicals. He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2013. He previously served as a member of the Ashdown House Executive Committee for two years, and has also held the position of GSC Representative for the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. His goals as the Secretary of the GSC involve making the GSC more efficient and improving GSC publicity. His interests include fencing, board games and reading.

Krithika Ramchander, Treasurer

Krithika Ramchander, Treasurer


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Krithika Ramchander is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research involves the development of water filters using plant xylem. Originally from India, she completed her Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She worked with Shell designing heat exchangers and furnaces for an year before coming to MIT. At MIT, she has been involved in the MIT Water Club, Tang Hall Residents Association, Sangam (Indian student association) and the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers as the co-President, President, Vice-President and Treasurer respectively. As the Treasurer, she would like to work towards making GSC funds more easily accessible to graduate students and groups for conducting awesome activities and events across campus! She is a big fan of hiking, running and most forms of outdoor activities.

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