Executive Board

Karlee Westrem



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

Karlee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Mathematical Science studying Representation Theory. Her hobbies include painting, hiking, and CrossFit. A fun fact about Karlee is that she can play the accordion.

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

Austin Depottey



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

Austin is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science & Engineering studying aluminum-copper-scandium alloys. His hobbies include exploring the Keweenaw, cooking, mountain biking, and other silent sports.

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.

Matt Sisson



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.

Ali Moazzam



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

Ali is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a focus on atmospheric imaging. His research revolves around understanding and utilizing advanced imaging techniques to improve imaging through the atmosphere. Ali’s passions extend beyond academics to include tennis, camping, and hiking. He finds solace and inspiration in nature while exploring breathtaking landscapes. These activities fuel his scientific curiosity.

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.

Swapan Chakrabarty

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.

Anusha Kannan

Professional Development Chair


Office Hours: Monday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Grad Commons

Anusha is a 2nd Year masters Student in the Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Department focusing on Human-Computer Interaction and Decision-Making. Her hobbies include Indian Classical dancing, reading, cooking and petting dogs on the street.

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.

Trevor Wavrunek

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.

Genius Amaraizu

Public Relations Chair

gsg-pr@mtu.edu www.amaraizu.com

Office Hours: Grad Commons 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.