December 19, 2014

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AS&E Graduate Student Association

Welcome the AS&E 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 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            Wei Lai
Social Programming Amanda Davis
Academic Programming Allison Browar
Student Advocacy Jingqui Li
Treasurer Johanna Forst
Information Technology Carmen Cortazar



photo Wei

I am a PhD student in the department of Physics and Astronomy. I got my Bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China. Currently I work in the High-Intensity Femtosecond Laser group. My research focuses on the response of electrons to strong external laser fields, which involves some fundamental yet intriguing phenomena like enhanced ionization and attosecond science. I serve as the 2014-15 GSA President. I am working to build a better connection between grad students and the university administration, to improve students’ graduate school experience.




Social Programming Officer


I 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, studying laser-energy coupling to fusion targets through mass-ablation-rate measurements. As the Social Programming Officer, I aim to help AS&E graduate students get connected and provide fun events to help students take a break from work!




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.






IJCF_profilepic am a master’s student in the Biomedical Engineering Department. I work in the Auditory Neuroscience Lab studying speech processing in the auditory midbrain. I serve as the 2014-15 GSA Treasurer.






Information Technology Officer


I am a first year master’s student in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department, a mother to four fantastic children, and a wife. As a research assistant in the Wireless Communications and Networking Group, my research includes Emotion Sensing using mobile computing and Android application development. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX where I am from. Currently, I hold the GSA Information Technology Officer position for the second year. I look forward to making this a very successful year.



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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