2020 - 2021 Leadership

Rahul Kakodkar, President

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Rahul works on optimizing energy systems as a part of Dr Pistikopoulos’ Multi-parametric Optimization and Control group. He is motivated towards providing sustainable pathways to facilitate the integration of alternative and renewable energy sources in the existing energy infrastructure. Outside of work, he likes to dive and paint. 

Pallavi Kumari, Vice-President External Affairs


Pallavi is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Joseph Kwon. Her research focuses on root cause and consequence  analysis of rare events in chemical process industries using statistical data analysis methods, process modelling and process control techniques. She received her Bachelor’s from IIT Kanpur and worked in Reliance Industries Limited, India. She enjoys painting, reading and playing table tennis. 

Dustin Kenefake, Vice-President Internal Affairs

Dustin is a second-year Ph.D. student working for Dr. Pistikopolous's Lab. His research is focussed on Process Systems Engineering and Model Predictive Control. Before joining Texas A&M, he received his Bachelor’s from Texas Tech. He enjoys hiking, cooking and watching sports.

Suvesh LalwaniExecutive Officer

Suvesh is a third-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Lutkenhaus. His research focuses on mechanical properties of polyelectrolyte complexes and diffusion of polyelectrolyte. He received his B.E. (hons) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He is a Manchester United fan. He enjoys running and playing ukulele.

Bhargavi Bhat, Webmaster/ Publicity Chair

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Bhargavi is a second year Master's student who works in Dr. Akbulut's group in the area of soft matter and viscosity modifiers. She previously did her Bachelor's degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time in nature.

Mengdi Li, Finance Chair


Mengdi Li is a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Faruque Hasan’s group. Her research area is on Clean Energy: Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). She received her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2019. she likes music, traveling, and cooking in her spare time.

Parth Shah, Event Coordinator-Professional

Denis Johnson, Webmaster


Parth is a second year MS student who works in the field of Process Systems and Engineering with Dr. Kwon. He likes traveling, reading, and cooking. He also enjoys watching football, tennis and basketball. He is also an avid sci-fi enthusiast

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Denis Johnson is a 1st year PhD 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.