Carnegie Mellon University
The GSA Executive Board is comprised of the President, seven Vice Presidents who specialize in a particular area, and Advocates who address particular topics of interest to the graduate student community. We also have a full time Programs and Events Coordinator.

Divyansh Kaushik

Divyansh Kaushik

President, Language Technologies Institute

Divyansh Kaushik is a sixth-year PhD student in the Language Technologies Institute, where he is an Amazon Graduate Research Fellow and works on robustifying natural language processing systems with humans in the loop. He is a native of Chandigarh, India. Prior to starting his PhD, Divyansh completed his Master of Language Technologies at Carnegie Mellon. He has previously served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the GSA from 2019-2021 and the Chair of Federal Affairs in 2018-2019. Divyansh’s advocacy efforts have been featured in prominent national and local media outlets, including Politico, The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS Newshour, Mother Jones, PublicSource, and Pittsburgh Tribune Review, among others. Divyansh loves a good cold brew and is also a Manchester United supporter.


Theodora Thrastardottir

Theodora Thrastardottir

VP of Academic Affairs, Heinz College

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Theodora is a second year master of Arts Management and Public Policy at Heinz College, where she focuses on community development and culture research.
Theodora is a Fulbright scholar from Iceland where she had completed a BS degree in Psychology and a MA degree in Communications. Her last year before she came to CMU she was the executive director of the National Union of Icelandic Students and researching Cultural Heritage at the Icelandic Ministry of Culture. In her free time Theodora enjoys spending time with her friends, doing yoga and reading.

Hannah Morin

Hannah Morin

VP of Campus Affairs

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Gaurav Balakrishnan

Gaurav Balakrishnan

VP of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Gaurav is a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department as a CMU Presidential Fellow. His research involves design of ingestible sensing capsules to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate degree also from Carnegie Mellon graduating in 2019. He is originally from India, living in both Bangalore and Kolkata. He has been a GSA representative for two years and has also served as the President of the MSE Graduate Student Αdvisory Committee. Outside of lab, Gaurav enjoys drinking coffee, spending time with friends, and playing table tennis.

Katie Jordan

Katie Jordan

VP of External Affairs, Engineering and Public Policy

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Katie is a 4th-year PhD student in the department of Engineering and Public Policy. Her research focuses on modeling cost and emissions tradeoffs between different decarbonization pathways for the US energy system. Katie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved to Colorado to complete her bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University. She spends her free time hiking with her dog, skiing, paddleboarding, and thrifting.

Tony Xi

VP of Finance

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Eduardo Ughetto

Eduardo Ughetto

VP of Graduate Student Life, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Edoardo is a second-year dual master’s student in Electrical and Computer Engineering/ Engineering and Technology Innovation Management. He was born and raised in Italy and earned his bachelor’s at Politecnico di Torino. He has lived for some months in Sweden and Germany, and spent a semester at University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Go Vols!). In his free time Edoardo plays. teaches tennis, and leverages gin tonics to keep a solid work-social life balance.

Luis Viornery

VP of Internal Affairs, Mechanical Engineering

Luis is a third-year student in Mechanical Engineering, working in the Microrobotics Lab on mechanisms and dynamics systems. He was born in Mexico and grew up in the US, and Pittsburgh is his favorite city in the world. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Harvey Mudd College and worked in industry for several years before deciding that he hated money and loved making his own hours. When he's not working, you can find him playing tabletop role-playing games or roaming around the city late at night.