Department Representatives 2022

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop

Biography

I am a 4th year PhD student in Applied Physics working with Alex Gaeta on quantum and nonlinear photonics. I’m excited to once again serve as a DR for the department.

About Andrew

I grew up in Massachusetts, got my BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in California, and am happy to be back on the east coast since 2018. 

Contact

Ask me about qSTEM or the graduate worker union. Please reach out anytime at [email protected].
 

Alexander Benanti

Alexander Benanti

Biography

Hey everyone! I’m Alex Benanti and I’m currently an Applied Mathematics Master’s student here at Columbia!

About

In my free time, I love to play tennis, chess, and golf! I also spend a lot of time watching tennis (Nadal is my favorite).

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to reach me at [email protected]

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Akshada Pradhan

Biography

Hey everyone! I’m Akshada, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering student and I’m in the Career and Alumni affairs committee.

About

In my free time, I love to swim in the Uris pool, read or watch movies.

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or ideas. Feel free to reach me at my email address or through my Instagram.

Xin Wang

Xin Wang

Biography

Hi everyone! I am Xin and I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, working in Dr. Lance Kam's lab. Growing up in China, I did my undergrad at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and my master's at UCSD.

About

I have a wide range of hobbies like singing, dancing, running, photography and FOOD! I joined EGSC as Department Representative because I want to try my best to help graduate students with their concerns and problems.

Contact

You can reach out to me at [email protected].

YiRan (Vanessa) Li

Vanessa YiRan Li

Biography

Vanessa is an M.S. candidate in Biomedical Engineering from Nagoya, Japan, and Shanghai, China. She is an aspiring scientist in biomaterials, tissue engineering, and health equity. Vanessa’s current research at the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering focuses on understanding cardiovascular diseases in lupus patients using engineered heart tissues.

About

In her free time, Vanessa can be found playing classical music, trying new restaurants, and exploring New York City.

Contact

You can reach her at [email protected].

Amulya Elamanchili

Amulya Elamanchili

Biography

Hello! I am a M.S. Biomedical Engineering student specializing in Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, planning to graduate in December 2023. 

About

I'm from Hyderabad, India and did my undergraduate at Georgia Tech. Apart from running from my startup, I love hiking, traveling, and meeting people! 

In 2021, I served as EGSC President and I am excited to continue to serve as a Department Representative this year! EGSC is an integral part of the SEAS community and I am happy to be able to continue to advocate for our students and improve student life.

Contact

I would love to hear from you about any thoughts or feedback for SEAS! Feel free to reach me at [email protected]

Howard Nicholson III

Howard Nicholson III

Biography

Hey everyone! I am a second year Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering in Professor Clark Hung's lab.

About Howard

In my free time, I love to watch TV, movies, play instruments, and exercise. I also love exploring the city and trying new places to eat with friends.

Contact

If you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Kevin Turaczy

Kevin Turaczy (Lead DR)

Biography

I'm a 3rd year PhD Student in Chemical Engineering in the Chen lab working on polymer waste upgrading via catalytic methods. 

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any feedback or questions.

Abizer Sodawalla

Abizer Sodawalla

Biography

Hey! My name is Abizer Sodawalla, I'm a returning master's student in Chemical engineering pursuing a specialization in biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals.

About Abizer

I have served as a Career and Alumni Relations Representative and excited to join the team for another semester to conduct career and academic events for the graduate class. 

Contact

EGSC is a great place for discussion and would love to invite any questions for the council or the Chemical Engineering department at [email protected]

Hansen Mou

Hansen Mou

Biography

I am a 4th year PhD student in working with Professor Jingguang Chen. I did my undergrad at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Research focus: Electrocatalysis for biomass conversion

About Hansen

In my free time I enjoy biking, skating, and learning new languages. I've also been trying to go through the backlog of games on my Steam account.

Contact

If you've got any questions or concerns, you can reach me at my email [email protected] or on Slack.

Martin Acosta Jr.

Martin Acosta Jr.

Biography

Howdy y'all! I am a Master's student in chemical engineering. I get excited for all things within the chemical/biological world and lab work/design.

About Martin

In my free time, I like to workout at the gym, compete in video games, play with fashion, and make people feel powerful.

Contact

If you'd like to discuss ideas for social events, I'd like to help brainstorm. If you like biochemistry and pharmacology, that is my jam too. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] for any questions or feedback.

Anshika Agarwal

Anshika Agarwal

Biography

I am a second year Chemical Engineering master’s student. I will be graduating in December 2022, and before that I would like to collaborate with the student community as much as possible. 

About Anshika

I did my undergrad from India, (Manipal University). I was also a part of the Student Council in my undergrad. I love to meet new people, travel and to broaden my knowledge and horizon as much as possible.

Contact

I am always up to hear from peers and faculty. Feel free to reach me at  [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS!

Enrik Shehu (Lead DR)

Biography

Hello everybody! This is Enrik, your DR from CEEM. I have been in EGSC last year, and I loved it! I have done my undergraduate studies and a previous M.S in Structural Engineering in Albania. Now here I am at Columbia, waiting to graduate in Dec 2022. 

About Enrik

I love movies, rock music, gin, civil engineering, and meeting good people!

Contact

Please feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback, or ideas for SEAS!

Karthik Boppana

Karthik Boppana

Biography

Hi there, I'm a Master's student in Civil Engineering and expected to graduate in December 2023. I am currently specializing in Computational and Data-driven Engineering Mechanics. At present, I am the Department Representative of the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department and a Council member of the CEEM Graduate Student Council (CEEM GSC).

About Karthik

Before that, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from PSG Tech. In my free time, I enjoy working out, listening to music, and exploring the ever-bustling NYC. I also love meeting new people and engaging in worthwhile conversations. Lastly, a young entrepreneur!

We are excited to continue aiming to create a supportive space promoting excellence and innovation through inclusive growth.

Contact

Should you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about SEAS, please e-mail me at [email protected] I look forward to meeting you.

Palash Badjatya

Palash Badjatya

Biography

Hey everyone! I am Palash (he/him), a 4th year PhD student in CEEM. I got my undergrad in India and Master's in Illinois.

About Palash

I like photography, traveling, exploring NYC, trying new restaurants - ask me for recommendations.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] Glad to address any questions, concerns, comments, especially from PhD students.

Preet Jasoliya

Preet Jasoliya

Biography

Hello everyone!! I am Preet Jasoliya pursuing masters in Civil Engineering and expected to graduate in May 2023.

About Preet 

I am very passionate about the Real Estate industry, F1 and meeting new people. I am looking forward to help out students with their concerns.

Contact

If you have any ideas, suggestions or just want to have a conversation about anything, feel free to contact me on [email protected]

Sharyu Bhagwan Chavan

Sharyu Bhagwanrao Chavan

Biography

Hey everyone! I am pursuing my master's in civil engineering with a concentration in Real Estate Construction & Finance.

About Sharyu 

Outside of student life you can find me hiking, working out in the gym & painting. I am excited to be a DR with EGSC and create positive experiences.

Contact

Let me know how I can help! Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS.

Kahlil Dozier

Kahlil Dozier

Biography

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Computer Science working in the Distributed Network Analysis group with professors Dan Rubenstein and Vishal Misra. I'm also super excited to be serving as a DR for the second consecutive semester.

About

In the Fall of 2020, I moved across the country to NYC from Los Angeles, where I had previously completed my MS degree at USC. Among other things, I like to stay active, doing things like running in Central Park, or playing pickup basketball in the NYC parks when the weather gets nice.  I’m also into skateboarding, something I picked up from my time in LA!

Contact

Please feel free to email me at [email protected] any time!

Samanway Sadhu

Samanway Sadhu

Biography

I'm an MS student currently in my final semester.

About 

I am a member of the EGSC Social committee.

Contact

Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] if you've any Questions and Feedback regarding the Department's graduate programs.

Nandini Agrawal

Nandini Agrawal

Biography

Hello, I am Nandini Agarwal.

About 

I'm a Computer Science Department Representative (DR) at EGSC.

Contact

Feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Nathalie Tuya

Nathalie Tuya

Biography

Hi! I’m Nathalie, a PhD student in Earth & Environmental Engineering with a focus on sustainable energy. This is my second year as a DR. 

About

I'm originally from Miami, Florida. A fun fact about me is I used to work at NASA!

Contact

Please feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts, ideas, or general assistance at [email protected]

 

Daniel Galperin

Daniel Galperin

Biography

Dan is a chemical engineering undergrad from Cooper Union and is currently in Professor Park's group in EEE. Dan has always had a passion for improvement of institutional effectiveness.

About

Dan is committed to improving any institution he is a part of and sees it as his duty to participate and help students voice concerns (and positive comments!) to administration to ensure that everyone has a voice.

Contact

You can reach Dan at [email protected].

Lingyu Zhang

Lingyu Zhang (Lead DR)

Biography

Hello everyone! My name is Lingyu, it means ‘above the clouds’ in Chinese. For some reason people seems to find my English name Michael easier to pronounce, so you can call me that too.

About Lingyu

I am a second year master student in EE, expected to graduate in Dec 2022. I am from Beijing, China and I went to Nanjing University as an undergrad. It’s funny because Beijing means ‘North City’ and Nanjing means ‘South City’. And I’ve flown from the East glode to the West! 

My current interest is in deep learning algorithms for image processing, but I’m generally passionate about AI and what it is capable of doing. Aside from that I also like to produce hip hop music and write zombie stories. 

Contact

I like to think of life as a high dimensional optimization problem. We work together and learn to improve policies to achieve a better future. It is my honor to be of service for Columbia Engineering and you are more than welcome to email me at [email protected] if you have  any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS.

Ameya Tudavekar

Ameya Tudavekar

Biography

Hi everyone! I am Ameya, a second year MS student in the EE department and will be graduating in December 2022.

About Ameya

Outside of academics, I enjoy playing video games, learning about new computer hardware and photography. I'm also an avid fan of Formula 1.

Contact

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions about EGSC or the EE department.

Bhoomi Shah

Bhoomi Shah

Biography

Hello! I am an MS student studying Computer Engineering in the EE Department and I will be graduating in December 2023.

About Bhoomi

After a brief stint in the semiconductor industry following my bachelors degree in BITS Goa, I am back to pursue my internship in SoC Development and Computer Architecture. In my first months I noticed that there were things to be improved on that I wanted to be a part of making the graduate experience smoother and easier.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions or feedback.

Saharsh Aggarwal

Saharsh Aggarwal

Biography

A second-year Masters student in Electrical Engineering.

About Aggarwal

I go around the city on photowalks.

Contact

Please feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions or feedback!

Ajay Vanamali

Ajay Vanamali

Biography

I am pursuing my Masters in Electrical Engineering and a representative for my Department. 

About Ajay

I did my undergrad from National Institute of Science and Technology, India in ECE. Being the president of students representative for our college, me and my team have successfully organized the Techno-Cultural Symposium and many other events.

Post my undergrad, I spent quite some time working in the semiconductor industry for CoreEL Technologies and Intel. 

I love running, reading books and traveling.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] for questions or feedback.

Sakshi Gulgulia

Sakshi Gulgulia

Biography

Hello everyone! My name is Sakshi and I’m pursuing MS in Electrical Engineering graduating in December 2022. 

About Sakshi

In my free time, I love playing chess, reading books, and exploring cafes in the city.

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or ideas. Feel free to reach me at [email protected]

Christos Tsanikidis

Christos Tsanikidis

Biography

Hi! I am Christos (or Chris)! I am a PhD candidate in the EE dept where I do research in Networks. I have previously interned at Microsoft, optimizing Deep Learning models. Did my undergrad at NTUA in Athens. I have a few papers in networking conferences/journals. I like to think that I have a good mathematical and computer science background, but there's always room for improvement. 

About Christos

I like interacting with smart or nice people (or both). Beyond humans and probability puzzles, I have an interest in quantitative finance or working in applied research problems leveraging my technical interests (optimization, algos, machine learning, etc).

If you are still here, I also like reading about body language, human biases, psychology, the brain. I like playing social deduction board games (Avalon?), Ping pong, or in general, anything I am good at. One of my goals in life is to experience as many things are worth experiencing.

Excited to be here of course! 

Contact

[email protected], feel free to reach out. Especially if you like probability puzzles but not only.

Anusha Kulkarni

Anusha Kulkarni

Biography

Hello! I'm Anusha Kulkarni, a first year Management Science and Engineering MS student. 
I did my undergraduate degree from VIT Chennai, in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Post that, I worked as a business analyst at Axis Bank, India.

About

I'm someone who loves reading and watching movies, and will throw quotes at you left and right. I'm also a basketball player, swimmer and cyclist. I genuinely love solving problems and would like to extend my abilities to help the IEOR students.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS.

Sirisha Saddikuti

Sirisha Saddikuti

Biography

Hey everyone! I am a final semester student from the Management Science and Engineering program. In my undergrad, I majored in Mining Engineering.

About

I make time to travel and paint to decompress.

Contact

Reach me at [email protected] or 9175172274 at any time!

Vighnesh Srinivasa Balaji

Vighnesh Srinivasa Balaji

Biography

Hey Everyone!! I’m a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing my Master in Business Analytics.
I worked as a Data Scientist at IBM for 3 years prior to this. I play basketball, swim or go hiking in my free time.

About

Want to be a Hokage one day.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS.

Anita Shi

Anita Shi

Biography

Hey everyone! I'm a first year MS student studying Management Science & Engineering. I'm from Canada, and I studied Math in my undergrad at Cornell.

About

Brought up in China and Vancouver, I love learning about different cultures. In my free time, I also enjoy the outdoors, ice skating, and cooking.

Contact

If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas for SEAS, please feel free to reach me at [email protected], I would love to connect with you!

Nirali Vadodaria

Nirali Vadodaria

Biography

Hey everyone! I am an MS in Business Analytics Dec '23 student from India.

About

In my free time, I love watching movies and sports. I would eat Mexican food with coke & a cookie for every meal if it were possible.

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] at any time!

Kim Kroupa

Kim Kroupa

Biography

Hi all! I am a 4th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, and your Career & Alumni Chair! My research focuses cartilage mechanics.

About

I am also President of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA), and in my free time I love to cook and run.

Contact

Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for SEAS! 

Avinash Chaudhary

Avinash Chaudhary

Biography

Hi everyone! I’m a final year Mechanical Engineering Masters student.

About

In my free time, I enjoy working out, cooking, running, or going out downtown to explore new places.

Contact

If you want to reach out - my email is [email protected]. I am more than happy to chat over coffee !

 

Joe Lee

Joe Lee

Biography

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I am a 3rd year PhD student in Professor Michael Burke's combustion lab.

About

If you ever see me outside of the Northwest Corner Building, it is probably to pick up my sushi from my Grubhub driver.

Contact

Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]!

 

Turki Al Rubaya

Turki Al Rubaya

Biography

Hey everyone! I'm a first year student pursuing a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. I moved to the US from Saudi Arabia back in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. from Boston University last year. I did some exciting research on soft robots in my undergrad, so I decided to concentrate in Robotics and Control here at Columbia.

About 

As a DR, I work to create a better experience for all SEAS graduate students. Outside of class, you can find me either cycling or playing tennis at Central Park.

Contact

Feel free to reach me at my email: [email protected]

Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney

Biography

Waddup! I am Kevin and focusing on machine learning, controls, and optimization-related topics, while also taking security/IR electives from SIPA.

About 

Love to escape the city and pretend I am home by catching waves at Rockaway or on Long Island, or going kayaking, paddleboarding or ocean swimming.

Contact

Please contact me at [email protected], especially if you are interested in DEI issues and providing access to underrepresented groups.

 

Jason Fan

Jason Fan

Biography

Hi everyone! I am a 4th year ME PhD student. My research is about how photochemical reactions can change the biomechanics of transparent soft tissues.

About 

I am excited to be a DR and hope to contribute to the engineering community. Outside of the academic work, I enjoy watching movies, strolling in the Riverside park, and exploring NYC.

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or thoughts about SEAS or ME. Please feel free to reach me at [email protected].

Parv Joshi

Parv Joshi

Biography

Hello everyone!

I'm Parv Joshi, a final semester MS in Data Science student. I have a BS (Hons.) in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Economics from Stony Brook University, NY. I am originally an Indian (Gujarati) raised in Dubai, UAE.

About

I have experienced both suburban and city life in New York and studied at very diverse institutions; I would love to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds and learn about their cultures. I have been involved in a lot of things before including graphic design and filmmaking. I am currently learning how to play the violin. In my free time, I like to binge-watch movies and shows (recommendations accepted).

As an MS in Data Science Department Representative (DR), in the communications committee of EGSC, and I look forward to helping solve student issues in order to improve the educational experience. I am also a member of the Data Science Institute Student Council (DSISC), and I look forward to being a bridge between the two, ensuring all voices are heard.

Contact

I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or ideas. Feel free to reach me at [email protected]. Please contact me regarding anything you want to be addressed. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/parvjoshi) and Instagram (@parvjoshi1). Looking forward to hearing from you.

Srividya Inampudi

Srividya Inampudi

Biography

Hey everyone! I'm Srividya Inampudi, a MS in Data Science student graduating in December 2022. I am from Mumbai, India.

About

I completed my undergrad in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University in 2021. I love cooking, dancing, swimming and watching horror movies!!

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected].

Vedant Rajeev Kumar

Vedant Rajeev Kumar

Biography

Hey everyone! I am Vedant and am in my final semester of Data Science program at Columbia.

About

I am a sports fanatic and love playing cricket, soccer, badminton, etc. I love exploring new places, trekking/hiking, and spending time on campus.  

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] and I'd be happy to chat with you!

 

Vipul H Harihar

Vipul Harihar

Biography

Hi I am Vipul. I am a Full Time Graduate Student in Master of Science in Data Science program.  I would  graduate in December 2022.

About Vipul

I am a fun loving person, and love to live life to the fullest, I believe in Living the Moment and truly cherishing the opportunity we are given along the way.

I like to meet new individuals, actively listen to others as much as I love to share my Ideas and thoughts. Everything is awesome! I shoot videos for YouTube and do some photography too. 

Contact

Feel free to reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions, feedback or ideas for SEAS!”

You might reach me on instagram too @vipulruless, for informal communication.