2015 Officers

Sumedh Beknalkar – President
Nimmy Mathew – Vice President

Nimmy Mathew

Help out where needed and make sure everything is in order. Contact me if you ever need anything!
 Program: Chemical Engineering and E&TIM (Engineering Technology Innovation Management)
 Extra-Curriculars: Reading, Volleyball, Soccer
Vatsal Modi – Technical Chair

Vatsal Modi


I have received my Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Currently I am pursuing my Master’s degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering, where I am working on Model Comparison for Process Scheduling Optimization under Uncertainties under the guidance Prof. Chrysanthos Gounaris. I love travelling, Italian food, discussions involving Indian politics and chess. I am also a Sports Car enthusiast. As a technical chair I am responsible for developing and maintaining this website.

Kanika Suri – Social Chair


Hey! I am Kanika Suri. I am from Mumbai, India. Primarily a Chemical Engineering my aim is to apply this knowledge in the field of Drug Delivery Systems. This was forged during my stint at the National Chemical Laboratory (India). I am currently nurturing this ambition by working with Dr. Whitehead on modulating the permeability of the intestine for oral drug delivery. I like to spend my leisure time listening to music, watching movies, cooking and exploring new places, their cuisines and meeting people. I have learnt a lot with experience. You can come to me for help or advice and I can talk about almost anything under the sun! As a Social chair, I give ideas and help in organizing various ChEMSA events.

Haichao Wu – Social Chair

Haichao Wu

Organize different kinds of events. For academic one: organize a party to gather PhD and master students to talk about professors’ research interests. For entertainment one: celebrate festivals like Spring Festival.
Research: Marangoni effects on thin film
Extracurricular: like hiking, swimming and reading
Tapas Peshin – Communication Chair

Tapas Peshin

Hey, I am Tapas! I am presently a Graduate Student in Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I am currently doing my research under the guidance of Professor Nikolaos Sahinidis on Crude Oil Price Forecasting in the area of Process Systems Engineering. The project involves machine learning and optimization concepts to come up with an accurate Crude Oil Price Forecasting Model. I am working as the Communications Chair in CHEMSA. If you want any information to be out there, you can be rest assured that it will reach out to everyone in a fast and timely manner. Originally, a Kashmiri, I was born in Mumbai, brought up in Delhi and did my undergrad from Chandigarh, so I prefer being called an Indian as I don’t exactly belong from anywhere. I am passionate about travelling, reading, politics and sports. I have traveled across 8 countries, 21 Indian States and 7 union territories. An avid reader my reading interests include philosophy, history, politics and religion. I am an idealist by nature and a firm believer that it takes just one man to change the system. Also, if you plan to treat me someday, I like my scotch on the rocks.


Kanishka Ghosh – Academic Chair

Kanishka Ghosh

Hi! My name is Kanishka Ghosh and I am the Academic Chair. I am pursuing my Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering here at Carnegie Mellon University. I am originally from India and I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. As part of my Master’s thesis work, I am currently working on developing and restructuring metaheuristic methods for vehicle routing optimization under the guidance of Prof. Gounaris. When I am not working, I like playing guitar (and sing along, too!), playing games and hanging out with friends.

Samji Samira – Finance Chair

Samji Samira

Hey, I am Samji! I am a Masters student and I work for Professor Andrew Gellman. Before moving to Pittsburgh, I was in Bangalore, India, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. I am interested in football (the actual European football), Squash and Tennis. Besides sports, my hobbies lie in motor-biking, especially vintage bikes. I am presently working on studying reaction kinetics on metal alloy surfaces. Being the financial chair, come see me if you need some $. You will definitely not find me, hence just call me whenever you want anything.

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