Executive Committee-Student Government - Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Gingerich

Daniel Gingerich

President, Engineering and Public Policy

Email: gsa-president@andrew.cmu.edu

Daniel is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), where he studies ways to reduce the energy consumption for water treatment. He previously served as Social Chair and Representative in EPP, before being elected to the VP of External Affairs.  In his free time Daniel enjoys binge-watching BBC shows, collecting facts about Teddy Roosevelt, and reminding people that the place he calls home (Anchorage, AK) has as many people as the city of Pittsburgh. 

Amanda Willard

Amanda Willard

VP of Campus Affairs, Biological Sciences

Email: gsa-VPca@andrew.cmu.edu

Amanda Willard is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she studies the progression of Parkinson's disease in an area of the brain called the basal ganglia. She received her B.S. in Biology at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA where she enjoyed serving on the executive board of student government and as the student director of orientation. In her free time, Amanda loves reading A Wrinkle In Time, binge-watching sci-fi shows on Netflix, winning concert tickets on the radio with her wife Jess, rooting for the Pirates, and staring longingly at the clouded leopard at the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

Nicole Rafidi

Nicole Rafidi

VP of External Affairs, Machine Learning and Neural Computation

Email: gsa-VPea@andrew.cmu.edu

Nicole Rafidi is a fifth (!) year Ph.D. candidate in the joint Machine Learning and Neural Computation program, where she develops algorithms for analyzing brain data so we can better understand how humans process language. Originally a valley girl from Los Angeles, she fled the sunshine for Princeton University, where she attained a BSE in Electrical Engineering. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, swimming and running. Nicole also has an extremely cute dog.

Clive Newstead

Clive Newstead

VP of Graduate Student Life, Mathematical Sciences

Email: gsa-VPsocial@andrew.cmu.edu

Clive is a fourth-year PhD student in the Mathematical Sciences department studying category theory and algebraic topology. He grew up in Yorkshire, a region in the north of England, and studied mathematics at Cambridge before embarking on his American adventure at Carnegie Mellon. Clive enjoys cycling around Pittsburgh, quoting Mean Girls and being asked if he knows the Queen.

Jon Willcox

Jon Willcox

VP of Finance, Chemistry

Email: gsa-VPfinance@andrew.cmu.edu

Jon is a Ph.D. student in computational chemistry.  He grew up in Virginia in the small town of Farmville (like the Facebook game, but with better graphics) and then received a degree in chemistry from James Madison University.  He plays guitar and soccer and - when he has left the Mellon Institute for the day - can often be found jammin' or kicking the ball around.

Rony Patel

Rony Patel

VP of Communications, Psychology and PIER

Email: gsa-VPcomm@andrew.cmu.edu

Rony is a Ph.D. student in Psychology and in PIER (Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research), studying how to sequence instructional material to optimize learning with educational software. In his down time, Rony enjoys watching TV, yoga, hugging his kettle bell, hanging out with friends, and trying to convince people to find a work-life balance.


Stephanie Laughton

Stephanie Laughton

VP of Internal Affairs, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: gsa-VPia@andrew.cmu.edu

Stephanie Laughton is a second year graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research in environmental applications of nanomaterials continues her interest in the field from her previous studies in Civil & Environmental Engineering (B.S.) from Duke University in her home state of North Carolina. When not playing with dirt, plants and nanoparticles, Stephanie can be found on a dance floor, in a kitchen, or behind a book.

Brittani McKenna

Brittani McKenna

GSA Administrative Coordinator

Email: gsa@andrew.cmu.edu

Brittani is GSA's Administrative Coordinator. She originally hails from the tiny state of Delaware. She has a degree in Business Marketing from Eastern University and a Graphic Design degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In her free time, she enjoys being outside in any capacity, eating tacos and exploring Pittsburgh. 


Sneha Prabha Narra

Sneha Prabha Narra

International Student Advocate, Mechanical Engineering

Email: gsa-international@andrew.cmu.edu

Sneha Prabha Narra is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering department. Her research is in metal 3D printing.  She joined CMU as a master's student in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012. She completed her bachelors from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. She enjoys trying out new restaurants and different cuisines apart from watching food vlogs. 

Braulio Brunaud

Braulio Brunaud

Family Advocate, Chemical Engineering

Email: gsa-family@andrew.cmu.edu

Braulio Brunaud is a PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, researching in supply chain optimization. He worked for 6 years in industry before moving to CMU from his native Chile. He holds engineering degrees in both chemical and biotechnology engineering from Universidad de Chile. Braulio is married, and a proud parent of two lovely girls, Isabella and Laura (6 and 2 year-old). He is passionate about travelling and learning about new cultures, and of course, making CMU a more welcoming place for students with families.