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2021 - 2022 Leadership

Kathy Rhee, Council Chair


Kathy is a fifth-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Pushkar Lele's lab. Her research focuses on the characterization of bacterial motility and chemotaxis. She received her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from UCLA in 2017. Outside of her research, she enjoys traveling, baking, and doing yoga. 

Errol Mascarenhas, Executive Assistant/GPSG Senator

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Errol is a first-year M.S. student. His main research interests are nanomaterials, energy storage, and circular economy. He did his undergraduate from the Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India. Errol also enjoys playing chess and badminton. 

Denis Johnson, Secretary

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Denis Johnson is a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Abdoulaye Djire’s group. His main focus is on carbon dioxide electroreduction utilizing two-dimensional MXene electrocatalysis. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Outside of his research, Denis enjoys swimming, reading, and gaming.

Rhythm PawarWebmaster/GPSG Senator


Rhythm is a first-year Master of Science student. His main research interests are in two-dimensional materials and energy storage. He is from India and received his undergraduate degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. Outside his research, Rhythm enjoys reading, singing, and adventure sports.

Sagar Lakhwani, Scheduling officer

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Sagar is a first-year Master of Science student. He is keen on conducting research in Process Systems Engineering. He hails from India. Apart from research, he is a gaming enthusiast and enjoys trekking.


Pingfan Hu, Council Member


Pingfan is a third-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Wang. His current research focuses on aiding pulmonary disease diagnosis and treatment with CFD Modeling and Convolutional Neural Network. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and John Hopkins University. He enjoys hiking, camping, and watching stand-up comedy.

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