Carnegie Mellon University
The GSA Executive Board is comprised of the President and six Vice Presidents that specialize in a particular area and Advocate positions to address particular topic of the graduate student community. We also have a full time Programs and Events Coordinator.

Dacen Waters

Dacen Waters

President, Physics

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Dacen Waters is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Physics Department. His research is on two-dimensional materials, using scanning tunneling microscopy to explore novel physical phenomena for potential application in the next generation of electronic devices and quantum computing. Dacen is originally from Arkansas, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering. He spends his free time either in one of his multiple softball and baseball teams that he plays for, listening to podcasts, or playing his Nintendo Switch.


Sarah Hancock

Sarah Hancock

VP of Campus Affairs, English

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Sarah is a fourth year PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies. She’s a Pittsburgh native…and very familiar with several of the universities in town: BA in English from Chatham, MA in English from Duquesne, and now working on a PhD at CMU. Her research focuses on gardens, botany, and floristry in the 18thcentury. She explores the contributions that 18thcentury actresses, mothers, and fashionable women made to the (then) new field of botany. In particular, she studies how these women made learning and education something that was aesthetically pleasing. She looks at their floral-patterned dresses and flower crowns, and the regular creation of elaborate estate gardens and botanical illustrations. When she’s not making an elaborate Instagram story about a new gardenglory she’s discovered, Sarah enjoys a good cup of coffee, experimenting in the kitchen, or a long run through the park followed by some yoga.

Divyansh Kaushik

Divyansh Kaushik

VP of External Affairs, Language Technologies Institute

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Divyansh Kaushik is a first year PhD student in the Language Technologies Institute, where he studies ways to develop fair and robust machine learning methods for understanding and reasoning over natural language text. He is a native of Chandigarh, the first planned city of independent India. Divyansh received his Bachelor's from Thapar University based in the royal city of Patiala, following which he completed his Master's in Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon. He has previously served as Subcommittee Chair for Federal Affairs for GSA in 2018-2019. Divyansh loves a good cold brew, and is an ardent Manchester United supporter who loves Pittsburgh for its sporting culture more than anything.


Michael Sinko

Michael Sinko

VP of Graduate Student Life, Physics

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Michael Sinko is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in the Physics Department. His research focuses on the properties of atomically thin superconductors and their potential applications in superconducting circuits. He grew up in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh then attended Miami University in Oxford, OH where he earned a BS/MS in Physics before moving back to Pittsburgh to attend CMU. Prior to this position, he was one of the department social chairs for 2 years, then served as a GSA rep from the Physics Department for another two years. In his copious free time, he enjoys reading, gaming, binging the latest shows and getting outside to hike. He is happiest when making s’mores over a campfire he built himself.

Josh Gyory

Josh Gyory

VP of Academic Affairs, Mechanical Engineering

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Josh is a 3rd year Ph.D. Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research focuses on human-AI collaboration in engineering design problem solving. He’s originally from eastern Pennsylvania, but has called Pittsburgh home for the past 8 years after completing his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon prior to starting this Ph.D. In his free time, he enjoys binging TV shows, trying the newest restaurant in town (or just eating in general), and working out.

Santiago Carrasquila

Santiago Carrasquila

VP of Internal Affairs, Biomedical Engineering

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Santiago is a fourth year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. His exciting research is in the development of transplantable corneal tissue using natural biomaterials to treat corneal blindness. He was born in Colombia, lived in south Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators) prior to starting at CMU. In his little free time Santiago dances and teaches Salsa and Bachata at Tartan Salsa, bikes, and runs. Additionally, Santiago appreciates the use of the Oxford comma.

Luke Habib

Luke Habib

VP of Finance, Chemical Engineering

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Luke is a second year PhD student in Chemical Engineering where he researches the behavior of organic particulate matter in the atmosphere to get a better understanding of how atmospheric particulate matter affects the earth’s climate and human health. He’s originally from eastern Pennsylvania (Wawa is better than Sheetz, it’s not a competition) and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute before coming to CMU. When he’s not working, he’s probably getting caught up on TV, playing Pokemon, or looking for a local drag show to attend.


Sandra Fomete

Sandra Fomete

International Student Co-Advocate, Chemical Engineering

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Sandra is a second year PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering department. Her research work focuses on developing a better understanding of atmospheric organic nitrogen through novel measurement techniques in an effort to evaluate its role on the global nitrogen cycle. Originally from Cameroon, West Africa, she obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University (Gig'em Aggies!). During her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking, traveling, playing tennis, working out, and engaging in thought provoking conversations.


Adam Stein

Adam Stein

Partners & Families Co-Advocate, Engineering and Public Policy

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Adam is a second year PhD candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy Department where he studies the future of nuclear power. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, he studied Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh during his undergraduate years. After graduation he worked in the power industry for several years, started his own firm, and earned a Masters Degree in Business. He lives about 25 miles outside of the city with his wife, 1-year-old son, and numerous pets. (Yes, the commute is tough). For the last 11 years he has taught music and performance arts as the Assistant Band Director at a local school district. Coffee is a key component of his work-life-sleep balance.

Sarah Meyers

Sarah Meyers

GSA Program and Events Coordinator

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Sarah is GSA's Program and Events Coordinator. She’s a Pittsburgh native and proud of it. She has degrees in both Anthropology & Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include crafting, eating nachos, checking out new breweries, and wondering if it’s too early for lunch.