2019 - 2020 Leadership

Jyot Antani, Council Chair

Jyot is a fourth-year PhD student in Dr. Pushkar Lele’s lab. In his thesis work, he is trying to explain the signaling processes occurring inside bacteria, which allow them to sense their environment and spread diseases. He got his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay (India) and is aspiring to continue in academia after his PhD. Outside of the lab, Jyot likes to spend time cooking (his Plan B is to become a chef), singing and playing Harmonium (Indian version of accordion), reading high fantasy, or watching comedy shows.

Rahul Kakodkar (Kako), Executive Assistant

Rahul joined the department as a graduate student in the Fall of 2019 and is a part of Dr Pistikopoulos’ research group. Before this, he was a process engineer in BASF’s Dahej-India site. Having grown up on India’s western coast, Rahul lists diving and painting amongst his hobbies, and is passionate about sustainability. He received his BTech in Chemical Engineering from VIT University in 2014.

Chikaodinaka Eneh, Scheduling officer

Chika is a second year M.S. student in the Lutkenhaus lab. Her research focus is on the effects of ionic strength and temperature on hydration of polyelectrolyte multilayers. Chika received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos in 2016. On the side, Chika has interests in fashion and in her spare time makes outfits from African prints.


Patrick Lathrop, Secretary

Patrick is a sixth-year PhD student in Dr. Yossef Elabd’s group. His research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of poly(ionic liquid) containing block copolymers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Patrick joined Texas A&M University in 2014 after completing his bachelors in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. His hobbies include tennis, drumming, board games, and linguistics.

Yumna ShahidWebmaster

Yumna is a second year student of master in Chemical Engineering. She is working with Dr. Chad Mashuga and is currently researching a modification of conventional calorimetric method that will allow a more conservative reading of heat on-set temperature. Her research mainly focuses on reactive chemicals. Yumna completed her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. Yumna is an amateur climber, and enjoys spending time with friends.

Arinzechukwu Ufondu, GPSG Representative


Bhavana Bhadriraju, Council member

Bhavana is a second year M.S. student working in Dr. Kwon’s lab. Her research interests include artificial intelligence based data-driven modeling of nonlinear dynamical systems and process control. After receiving her B.Tech degree from National Institute of Technology, India, Bhavana worked for two years as a Process Engineer in Reliance Industries Limited, India. She likes to watch movies and play chess.


Nutan Patil, Council Member

Nutan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Micah Green’s group. Her research focus is on using Radio Frequency interaction of novel materials for applications in material processing and reaction engineering.  Nutan loves cooking and watching shows during her free time. She is currently the PResident of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association.

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