The GSA Executive Board is comprised of the President and six Vice Presidents that specialize in a particular area. We also have a full time Administrative Coordinator. We recently added on Advocate positions to address particular topics of the graduate student community.
President, Engineering and Public Policy
Travis is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), where he is studying the competitiveness of legacy and next generation nuclear power plants. He received his B.S. in Computer and Systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously served as the President of the Black Graduate Student Organization and GSA Representative for EPP. In his free time Travis enjoys playing basketball, throwing day parties, and maintaining and expanding his collection of over 30 mint condition and new Jordans ( 50 sneakers total). *Fun fact Travis is GSA's first Black president. He took inspiration from Barry O.
VP of Campus Affairs, History
Brad Sommer is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of History, where he studies African American, urban, and working-class history. From a Bruce Springsteen-esque town in Ohio, he received his BA from the University of Toledo and his MA from the University of Cincinnati. When not adding books to his library of over 1,000 volumes, he can be found doing crossword puzzles in ink, collecting vinyl records, texting in complete sentences, and consuming large quantities of breakfast foods. He also played football and used to do a lot of musical theatre.
VP of External Affairs, Biological Sciences
Surya D. Aggarwal is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, where he studies the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis of the bacterium, Streptococcus pneumoniae. He originally hails from Punjab, a state in north India. After receiving his Bachelors from Amity University in India, Surya has been globetrotting to pursue his passions and further his education. He completed his Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Edinburgh in UK before starting his PhD in the US. Surya is a theatre enthusiast, and misses his days directing and acting in dramatic productions during his undergraduate years.
VP of Graduate Student Life, Engineering and Public Policy
Tobi is a PhD student in the Engineering and Public Policy Program (EPP) at CMU, where she is looking into energy efficiency programs and policies in buildings around the U.S. Prior to joining CMU, she completed her Bachelors program in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She then joined the Energy Science, Technology and Policy program (ESTP) in CMU for her Masters degree. In her free time, she enjoys looking for new brunch spots around Pittsburgh, making crafts (even though she can’t draw a straight line to save her life), and traveling!
VP of Finance, Mathematical Sciences
Antoine is a fourth-year PhD student in the mathematics department, where he studies some of the many fun equations underpinning fluid dynamics. Hailing originally from the suburbs of Paris, Antoine grew up mostly in Luxembourg, before spending is undergraduate days at the University of Warwick. Recently, he’s found that a good way to spend his time when he’s not doing math is to go climbing – someone told him it was a good way to stay balanced.
International Student Co-Advocate, Heinz College
Rahul is a fourth year PhD student in the School of Public Policy at Heinz College, and his research attempts to answer questions in the healthcare policy space using a mix of statistical and machine learning methods. He grew up in Calcutta (India), and received his B.Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT Madras (Chennai). When not scrambling to meet deadlines, he can be found obsessing over adjectives, indulging in animated discussions over the importance of centrism, or attempting pseudo-yoga poses in public places.
International Student Co-Advocate, Mechanical Engineering
Steven Rich is a fourth year PhD student in mechanical engineering, where he studies soft robotics and wearable technologies. Originally from Florida, he spent his undergraduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He continues to be surprised at the yearly snowfall and lack of hurricanes.
Partners & Families Advocate, Design
Deepa is a PhD. Candidate and Instructor in School of Design. Deepa's research focuses on designing and speculating futures in the framework of critical making practices of the Global South. Deepa is from India and has received her masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Industrial Design. Deepa is raising her 5yr old son and enjoys spending time with friends and family.