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A&S Undergraduate Student Advisory Council 2021-2022

The A&S student advisory councils advise the Dean on initiatives that have a direct impact on students including those that increase the visibility of the Arts & Sciences at WPI.


Sarah Doherty - Biology & Biotechnology

Sarah Doherty is a senior Biology and Professional Writing double major on a PreMed track. She is on the Cross Country and Track and Field team and is also a tutor for Biology and Organic Chemistry courses. Outside of WPI, Sarah loves to run, sail, and watercolor.


Justin Moy - Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Justin Moy is a senior pursuing a BS/MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB). He is the vice president and cofounder of the BCB Club. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano and exploring the outdoors.


Catherine Reynolds - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Catherine Reynolds is a junior from Concord, NH. She volunteers in Professor Gericke’s lab where she studies membrane domain formation. Outside of the classroom, she is on the Varsity Volleyball team and the Varsity Volleyball representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC). She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

Ashley Schuliger - Computer Science

Ashley Schuliger is a senior Computer Science major from Lewis Center, Ohio. She is a member of the Women's Rowing team at WPI and serves as their Student Athletic Advisory Committee Representative. She is also an SA for the Computer Science department as well the Events Coordinator for UPE, the Computer Science honors society. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, playing the piano, acting, and singing. She is involved in an interdisciplinary research group that develops Data Science solutions to Materials Science problems and plans to further this research by pursuing a PhD in Data Science with a focus in data series.

Robbie Oleynick - Humanities & Arts

Robbie Oleynick is a Sophomore Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science major from Yardley, PA. He is the Vice President of the Pep Band, the Treasurer of Jazz Groups, a member of the Concert Band, and the producer of virtual performance for all three groups. In his free time, he likes to tinker with electronics and create embedded systems. When he’s not using a soldering iron, he’s camping, kayaking, or making music. He plans to pursue a master’s in ECE with a minor in CS and Music

Sophia Marcus - Interactive Media & Game Development

Sophia Marcus is a senior and a part of the Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) BA Tech Art Concentration.  She has a strong passion for animation, both in games and films. In addition to this, she dabbles in character rigging primarily for game development implementation. As an IMGD BA Student Representative, she enjoys talking to the student body and relaying their comments, questions, and concerns to those who can enact change. Sophia's goal is to create a bridge of communication so that we may all achieve our goals

Ally Salvino - Mathematical Sciences

Ally Salvino is a senior at WPI from Germantown, Maryland.  She is majoring in Mathematical Sciences with minors in Computer Science and Spanish.  On campus, she works as a Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and as the Student Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Research.  Ally also serves as the Secretary of the WPI Rotaract Club.  In her free time, Ally enjoys volunteering, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Laura Staugler - Mathematical Sciences

Laura Staugler is a senior mathematical sciences major at WPI. She is the public relations chair for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and is also the vice president of membership in the Residence Hall Council (RHC). During the school year, Laura works as a peer-learning assistant for the mathematical sciences department. In the summer of 2019, Laura completed a research project and published a paper on estimating time-varying applied current in the Hodgkin-Huxley model. Since then Laura has presented at two mathematical conferences and continues to work on furthering her research.

Morgan Kaler - Physics

Morgan Kaler is a senior Physics major planning to enter the photonics industry after graduation. Passionate about physics, Morgan has been heavily involved with the Society of Physics Students (SPS) since her first year at WPI, and now serves as the president of WPI’s SPS chapter. The summer before her junior year, Morgan completed her IQP on campus, which focused on identifying the role of the Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP @ WPI/QCC) in the growing integrated photonics ecosystem. A primary focus of the project was to determine how to get undergraduate students involved in research at the LEAP early and often. She now works at the LEAP as a student administrator.

Jada Hinds-Williams - Social Sciences and Policy Studies

Jada Hinds-Williams is a first-generation student born to Jamaican immigrants. She is a rising junior majoring in Psychological Science with a concentration in diversity science. One of her greatest passions is helping the underrepresented and overlooked excel in life.  Beyond that, she is also an extroverted introvert who enjoys creative writing and sharing poetry with my friends. On-campus she is a program assistant for the Connections Program and a Student Support Network leader and also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Alliance, the Society of Women Engineers, Black Student Union, and African Student Association.


A&S Graduate Student Advisory Council 2021-2022

Sabine Hahn - Biology and Biotechnology

Sabine Hahn is a 4th year Biology & Biotechnology PhD candidate in the Manning Lab which primarily focuses on the cellular mechanisms that maintain genome stability and how these pathways might be compromised in cancer.


Dayna Mercadante - ​Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Dayna Mercadante is a PhD candidate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program, co-advised by Dr. Sarah Olson and Dr. Amity Manning in the Mathematical Sciences and Biology and Biotechnology Departments, respectively. Dayna received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Mathematics from Franklin Pierce University in 2015. Dayna’s research focuses on the force requirements for cell division and how these forces potentially change and impact the division of cancer cells. While she is passionate about her research, Dayna has become increasingly interested in science policy and science communication through her graduate school career. She is collaborating with a graduate student group at UMMS and working with state senators to establish and pass a bill for a MA STEM Fellowship Program (MASPF) for graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows. Additionally, she is one of five co-founders of the Massachusetts Science Policy Network (MASPN), a chapter of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), where her primary focus will be making scientific research, particularly that presented in the media, clear and understandable to the community.

Adroniqi Qifti - Chemistry & Biochemistry

​Adroniqi Qifti is a graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. She graduated from WPI in 2017 with a BS in Biochemistry and chose to continue her studies at WPI. Adroniqi is an international student from Albania and WPI has given her the opportunity not only to be different, but also to explore several aspects of her personality including her arts and humanities interests. Therefore, she is extremely proud to be a part of this community and she looks forward to the years to come.

Samuel S. Ogden - Computer Science

Samuel S. Ogden is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science department.  He currently works with advisor Dr. Tian Guo on leveraging cloud cloud resources to accelerate mobile deep interference.  His interests involve making the use of advance deep learning models available to mobile developers and users transparently.  He is currently working on developing systems that can leverage a knowledge of deep learning models as well as large scale systems to best trade-off between mobile and cloud execution.

Geri Dimas - Data Science

Geri is a 3rd year PhD Student in Data Science. Her current research interests are in the application of machine learning, explainable AI and Mathematical Optimization on data that can benefit society, addressing the ethical issues of fairness, efficiency and interpretability in areas such as public health, safety and security. She is currently working on research involving human trafficking and asylum seekers on the US/Mexico southwest border.


Leo Bunyea - Interactive Media & Game Development

Leo Bunyea ’19 is a master's student in the Interactive Media and Game Development program. His research is focused on the intersection of queerness and video games as well as the encouragement of non-privileged voices in these spaces. He is best known for his design work on games which explore transgender experiences. Leo's games have been featured at large conventions and conferences such as Different Games and Queerness in Games. Leo plans to pursue a PhD in Digital Media to continue to contribute to field of queer game studies.

Shano Liang (Hongyuan Liang) - Interactive Media & Game Development

Shano Liang is a graduate student with a major in Interactive Media and Game Development. Considering her long-term goal – to become a researcher and teach students – she believes it’s the best choice to pursue a doctoral degree. Shano loves challenging herself and the border of human knowledge to research and publish papers. The current theories about the randomness and uncertainty in the game are immature in enriching the playability and appreciation of the game.  Her hobbies include: Piano, Electronic Music Composition, DJ, Cooking, Mixing drinks, Painting, Fishing, Writing.

Karen Royer - Interactive Media & Game Development

Karen Royer is a PhD student in the Interactive Media and Game Development program. She is currently leading a team of developers creating an augmented reality learning module on the HoloLens. In the fall of 2020, she will be a Research Assistant for Professor Gillian Smith and her Code Crafters project. Further, she is developing a virtual certificate program in Serious Games for Yeshiva University in New York City that will debut in the Fall of 2020. Karen believes that everyone has a story to tell and uses her skills as a game designer to encourage globally diverse people to find common ground. Karen has had several games accepted to local and national indie game festival showcases. She has been celebrated as an international original doll sculptor and received many awards for her doll making skills. She is a skilled artisan and enjoys a variety of crafts. Karen holds a MS in Interactive Media and Game Development gn from WPI.

Avery Harrison - Learning Sciences & Technologies

Avery Harrison is a doctoral candidate in Learning Sciences & Technologies with a focus on student learning in early algebra. Before coming to WPI, Avery completed her B.A. degree at the University of Richmond where she studied cognitive psychology. She completed her M.S. degree in Learning Sciences & Technologies at WPI in 2019 and is now a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In addition to her research on math education and learning technologies, Avery is committed to broadening participation in STEM fields through research, mentoring and outreach opportunities and has received internal funding to create such opportunities on campus.  

Elisa Negrini - Mathematical Sciences

Elisa Negrini is a PhD student in the Mathematical Sciences department. She comes from Italy and obtained her undergraduate and master’s degree in Mathematics from University of Bologna in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Since her first year as a PhD student, she has developed a strong interest in the mathematical foundations of data science problems; in particular her research interests focus on deep neural networks which have demonstrated stunning empirical results across many applications (like vision, natural language processing, and reinforcement learning), but for which strong theoretical foundations haven't been completely developed yet. In particular, she is interested in learning equations from noisy data using neural networks. Elisa is the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics chapter at WPI and will be part of the SIAM Career Opportunities Committee starting January 2021.

Riugi Sato - Mathematical Sciences

Riugi Sato is a PhD student in the Mathematical Sciences department. His research focuses on the application of partial differential equations to problems found in physics and chemical engineering. Ruigi obtained his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and master’s in Applied Mathematics in the Philippines. Aside from Mathematics, he is deeply passionate about music and is part of different choral groups in and out of WPI.

Teagan Bate - Physics

Teagan Bate is a physics PhD student working in the field of soft condensed matter. He studies the properties and behavior of microtubule-kinesin based active fluids under varying conditions with assistant professor Kun-Ta Wu and his colleague Edward Jarvis. In addition to his own research he has mentored both undergraduate and high school students in doing their own research within our lab group, and work as a laboratory instructor for the physics courses during both the winter and summer. He has found great value in the learning, teaching, and research activities of my graduate experience, and is excited to continue working with the WPI community.

Abhishek N. Kulkarni - Robotics Engineering

Abhishek Kulkarni is a third-year PhD candidate in Robotics Engineering program. He graduated from VIT-Pune, India in 2016, where he earned a B.Tech. in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. At VIT, he founded the Cognitive Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab (CRISTL), which was the first lab on campus to explore an integrated cognitive science, machine learning and logic-based AI approach to design intelligent robots. While he was conducting research and teaching at CRISTL, the question that inspired him was: How to design an intelligent agent that can reason autonomously and, most importantly, in a provably-correct way? The quest to answer this question brought him to WPI, where under the guidance of Prof. Jie Fu, he explores formal methods (a logic-based AI approach) to allow the autonomous agents to not only reason in a provably-correct way but also use advanced behaviors like deception to their advantage.

Kristophe Zephyrin - Social Science and Policy Studies

Kristophe Zephyrin ’21, is a former Civil Engineering and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Double major who is now pursuing his master’s in Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development. As an undergrad, Kristophe was involved in many organizations on campus as well as the admissions office and the office of multicultural affairs.