Executive Board 2024-2025

Lauren Sprague

Office Hours: M-F, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Grad Commons.


Lauren is in their 5th year as an MTU graduate student and obtained their Master’s in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors in December 2023. They are continuing with their PhD in the same program. Lauren’s research involves the study of sustained attention and vigilance and how they affect human error. Lauren served as a general body member of GSG for two years before being elected president.

The GSG President chairs meetings and works as GSG’s liaison with the Michigan Tech administration.

Matt Sisson

Office Hours: Thursday, 11:00 AM to Noon, Grad Commons or Zoom.


Matt is a 4th year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering using computational methods to study nanoscale magnetic materials with spintronics applications like magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM), which could accelerate workloads like deep learning. A lapsed video gamer, Matt knows all about the greatest retro hits. His hobbies include GSG, which explains why this is his 4th year participating and he wouldn’t have it any other way!

The Vice-president assumes the duties of the President in his/her absence at any GSG or Executive Board meetings; serves as liaison with the standing committee chairs, and is the administrator of the First Contact program.

Sarah Larkin

Office Hours: Friday, 09:00 – 10:00 AM, Grad Commons.


Matt is a third-year Materials Science & Engineering PhD student studying micromagnetism with spintronics applications. He enjoys retro video games, fantasy football, and being heartbroken by the Detroit Lions.

The Secretary records and prepares minutes for all GSG meetings; maintains the Constitution and Bylaws, including any amendments; maintains member and committee rosters; coordinates the poster-board rentals; and oversees yearly elections.

Aritra Chakrabarty

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:00PM – 01:00 PM, Grad Commons.


Aritra is an energy policy researcher in the Department of Social Sciences at MTU.  His work is situated at the synergy of gender, energy, and development. His focus is on decentralized energy policy and Just energy transition programs in the Global South. He has been part of GSG since 2022 as a Department Representative, before transitioning into his current role as the GSG Treasurer. Student advocacy is part and parcel of a graduate student life. Our academic and community endeavours are influenced by the rules and institutions that govern us. GSG is one such institution that strives to work for betterment of graduate student concerns at MTU.

The treasurer maintains all income, disbursements, and financial records of the GSG; plans the coming year’s budget in conjunction with the Executive Board; provides monthly financial status reports to the Executive Board and to GSG; manages committee-related expenditures, providing monthly reports to committee chairs.

Oluwatosin Oyeniran

Research Chair
Office Hours: Grad Commons by appointment.


Swapan is a Ph.D. student in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology and an M.S. student in Data Science. His research focuses on Novel methods of tree improvement in the genomic era. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography.

The Research Chair is responsible for organizing the major research events on campus. These include the Graduate Research Colloquium, the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, the Merit Awards Program, and more.

Shipra Tiwari

Professional Development Chair
Office Hours: Monday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grad Commons.


I’m Shipra Tiwari, hailing from Prayagraj, India, and currently in my second year as a PhD student in the ECE department. I have a profound love for animals and am deeply involved in volunteer work that aids them. I’m both a dog and cat lover, cherishing every moment I spend with them. Apart from my academic and volunteer pursuits, I am passionate about dancing, engaging in both classical and modern styles. I also love to help and motivate others, especially women, encouraging them to achieve their best.

The Professional Development Chair is responsible for organizing and running the standing seminar program. They organize the Academic Seminar series and the Professional Development series in conjunction with the Graduate School.

Vikramaditya Gurrapu

Social Chair
Office Hours: Virtual, by appointment.


Trevor is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering studying molecular-level simulations of high-performance aerospace composites. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, gaming, and reading.

The Social Chair helps build a sense of community among graduate students by organizing social events each semester; assists the vice-president as necessary with Fall and Spring orientation; organizes the Graduate Student Orientation Picnic; and works with other committees, as requested, with the social aspects of workshops, such as catering and reservations.

Jhuleyssy Sánchez-Aguilar

Public Relations Chair

Office Hours: By appointment.


Genius is a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric, Theory and Culture program. He is interested in Technoculture; working between digital humanities’ and digital cultures’ intersection with contemporary democracy and developmental practices, especially as it concerns media, migration and social justice.

The Public Relations Chair promotes awareness of GSG in the University community by crafting publicity materials in a variety of communications media, especially the GSG website, and responds to requests for general information from the graduate student body at large.