November 28, 2015

University of Rochester AS&E GSA

Welcome the AS&E 2015-2016 GSA Officers!!

GSA aims to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities to all students in an Arts, Science & Engineering graduate programs; members can then apply and integrate these concepts through various academic events, social activities, as well as other program related activities/events. The GSA officers are here to help in any way. In the table below you can find the contact information of the 2015-2016 GSA board of officers and please feel free to contact them as needed. Also provided is a photo and a brief bio of each GSA officer.


President            Amanda Davis
Social Programming Orkhan Abdullayev
Academic Programming Allison Browar
Student Advocacy Stephanie Daifuku
Treasurer Valerie Fleischauer
Communications Hongying Sun
Information Technology Fabrizio Buccheri



bioI am a Ph.D. student in the Physics department. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Engineering Physics, I came to Rochester to work in the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, where I now study the coupling of laser energy to fusion targets using mass-ablation-rate measurements. As the GSA President, I am working to improve the graduate student experience by promoting connections among graduate students and between graduate students and the University and Rochester community.




Social Programming Officer

1d5de6bI am a Master’s student in Chemical Engineering. My program consists primarily of course work, with a focus on molecular engineering. I am working on applying computational simulations techniques to model molecular systems of interest. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from University of Rochester, as well. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Russian studies in 2013. In addition to GSA, I am also involved in Ballet Performance Group, Slavic Club and Students for Liberty. My goal is to organize social events for AS&E graduate students, where they can connect and enjoy a break from their studies. I am planning to keep the existing events, as well as put together new ones!


Academic Programming Officer


I am a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department.  I work with the Precision Instrumentation Group and am an IGERT cohort.  My research focuses on using additive manufacturing for reflective optics with applications in solar energy.  Before I came to the University of Rochester, I earned a bachelor of science in Physics at RIT.  Then, I worked for a laser manufacturing company for three years.  My goal is to help students learn about life after academics and help provide students with tools they need to get a job and/or start a career.




Student Advocacy Officer

LM-7867I am a PhD student in the Chemistry Department. I graduated with a B.S. and B.A. in chemistry and biochemistry, respectively, from the University of Washington. My research focuses on understanding mechanisms of iron-based catalysts in solution, as well as the effect of reaction conditions and additives, utilizing a variety of physical-inorganic spectroscopies to lead to rational optimization of these systems. As student advocate for the graduate students on campus, I am here to help address your concerns, provide useful resources, and be a voice for the graduate students with the University administration. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns, or comments that you feel need to be addressed.


GSA photoI am a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry department.  After I graduated from Buffalo State College I came to Rochester to work in a Physical-Inorganic Chemistry group.  My research focuses on the study and synthesis of iron complexes in catalytic reactions using a wide variety of spectroscopic techniques.  As treasurer I will provide a connection between GSA and other graduate students and organizations on campus to approve funding for conference travel and events and work with accountants on campus to handle reimbursements.  

Communications Officer


 I am a Ph.D. student in the Biology department and I am working in the Medical Center. My research is nucleic acid nearest neighbor parameter derivation and structure prediction. As the Communications Officer, I take minutes of the GSA board meeting as well as Department Representatives’ Meeting and distribute the minutes to all the Officers. All the minutes are open and available to everyone on GSA website, too. I also forward GSA communiques to the College’s graduate student population by sending out weekly GSA Newsletter via the college grads mailing list.



Information Technology Officer


I am an international student from Italy currently enrolled in the 4th year of the Ph.D. program in Optics. I received both my bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy. My research interest is in a field called “Teraherz science and technology”.

I hold the GSA Information Technology Officer position, therefore I will be responsible to maintain the web site, the Facebook page and also the brand new forum. I am also currently serving as the president for the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE).


Lastly, GSA is under the guidance of faculty advisor Janice Van Opdorp for the second year. Janice is the Director of Graduate Programs for the school of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and has done a fantastic job as the liaison between university officials and GSA officers. The GSA board of officers greatly appreciates the time and dedication Janice exerts. Below is the contact information for Janice Van Opdorp.

Janice M. Van Opdorp
Director of Graduate Studies
Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Lattimore Hall – Room 222
PO Box 270401
Phone: 585-275-5762


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