2016 officers

Akshay Tharval – President

Hi! I am Akshay Tharval, President of ChEMSA. I am a Graduate student in Chemical Engineering Department. Currently I am working with Prof. Kitchin and my project topic is Machine Learned Atomistic Potential of Titania. I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. Whenever I get time I like to read books (Ayn Rand and Dan Brown are my favorites). I am also interested in long distance running and participating in Marathons. If you are a master’s student and need any help, please contact me anytime and I will help you as much as I can!

Faisal Ali – Vice President

It is a great opportunity to be a part of this active and engaging organization!! As a member, it is my duty to serve the Masters Students and represent them. Feel free to get in touch for anything!

David Yao – Finance Chair

I am a MS Chemical Engineer. I previously graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in Economics. I currently work with Professor Przybcien on a project affinity aqueous two phase seperations. Although I am a Chemical Engineer, I’ve taken a lot of the mandatory CPS courses, so feel free to ask me about these course. I enjoy playing badminton ,watching soccer and basketball.

Sachi Nagada – Academic Chiair

I did my undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University with a specialization in biomolecular engineering. I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, water activities, and discovering new food.

John Villaraga – Social Chair

Hi, my name is John. I got a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with minors in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in May of 2014. After that, I worked in the industry for a year as a Manufacturing Engineer and decided to follow my personal interests; which are in the fields of Modeling, Optimization and Scientific Computing, by enrolling in the ChE program at CMU. I always try to balance work with sports since I was raised with the habit of being active. I enjoy outdoor sports such as swimming, hiking, biking and crossfit.

On a side note: I am from Colombia!!

Akshara Shetty – Social Chair

Hello there! I’m Akshara Shetty, a graduate student in the department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Currently, I’m working on my Master’s thesis under the guidance of Professor Lynn Walker. My research deals with the rheology of polymeric solutions and the impact of its hydration kinetics on the molecular and macroscopic properties of natural thickeners. I enjoy reading books, dancing and playing the keyboard during my leisure time. Do let me know if you need any help. Thanks for stopping by!

Yingkai Song – Technical Chair

Hello, everyone. I am Yingkai Song, MS student in ChemE. I obtained my undergraduate degree in China University of Petroleum, Beijing. I like singing, playing basketball, computer games..almost everything except studying, haha.. Now I am focusing on process modeling under the guidance of Ignacio Grossmann and Larry Biegler. Hope you guys a good time in CMU!

Han Shui – Communications Chair

Traveling, adventure and making new friends are the three sources of my happiness. CHEMSA is to support all graduate student and to be there when needed, that’s the same way I want you to feel about me! If you have anything to say about CHEMSA, or want some traveling advice to China, come talk to me~!


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