Members

Grand Marshal (GM)

Paul Ilori

151st Grand Marshal and Student Body President

Paul Ilori

151st Grand Marshal and Student Body President
Biography

So, I joined Senate because I like working on projects to help people and trying to improve the RPI experience for myself and others.

I’ve been on senate since my freshman year and really enjoy the work we do trying to make RPI a better place

Fun Fact: I’m allergic to sesame seeds.

Senate Committee Involvement Ex Officio member of all committees
Other Campus Involvement Capoeira Club, Greek Life
Class Year 2017
Major Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
Hometown Pittsburgh, PA/Doha, Qatar

Graduate

Anthony Ashley

Graduate Senator

Anthony Ashley

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Aeronautical Engineering

Anthony Bishop

Graduate Senator

Anthony Bishop

Graduate Senator
Biography

I have been a student at RPI since 2010, receiving my bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology in 2013. I am continuing my education at RPI as part of the BS/PhD program in Biochemistry and Biophysics with expected graduation in spring 2017. Over my years here I became a brother of the Delta Phi Fraternity and have been involved in student government. From 2011-2013 I was a member of the Union Judicial Board serving as its chairman in 2012. This is my first year on the Student Senate and I hope to make a positive impact on Student Government through the Rules and Elections committee.

Senate Committee Involvement Rules and Elections
Other Campus Involvement Graduate Student Council; CBIS Graduate Student and Postdoctoral association
Class Year RPI BS 2013; Grad 2017
Major Undergraduate: Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology; Graduate: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Hometown Glastonbury, CT

Benjamin Walcott

Graduate Senator

Benjamin Walcott

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Biology

Ezra Teboul

Graduate Senator

Ezra Teboul

Graduate Senator
Biography

Ezra is a musician, sound engineer, audio electronics designer and researcher from Paris, France. Some of the things he likes include food, doom metal, feedback loops, second order cybernetics, mountains and witch house.

Senate Committee Involvement -
Other Campus Involvement starting an experimental music and media group, also interested in ham radio, gz, wrpi, EMPAC unpacked, outing club, astronomy
Class Year Graduate
Major Electronic Arts
Hometown Paris, France

Jordan Angel

Graduate Senator

Jordan Angel

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Mathematics

Kinshuk Panda

Graduate Senator

Kinshuk Panda

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Mechanical Engineering

2017

C.J. Markum

Class of 2017 Senator

C.J. Markum

Class of 2017 Senator
Biography

Senate Committee Involvement SLC, UAR, Ad Hoc
Other Campus Involvement Greek Life, Habitat for Humanity, Phalanx
Class Year 2017
Major Nuclear/Mechanical Engineering
Hometown Emporium, PA

Erica Braunschweig

2017 Senator

Erica Braunschweig

2017 Senator
Biography

Hello, my name is Erica and this is my first year as a Class of 2017 Senator. I love RPI, and am excited to help make it the best it can be. I can’t wait to spend my senior year being as involved in the RPI community as possible! If you ever have any questions or concerns that you want addressed, shoot me an email and I’ll do everything I can to help you out.

Senate Committee Involvement WebTech, SLC
Other Campus Involvement ACM-W, RPI TV, Red Army, CS Undergraduate Recruiting Committee, Class of 2017 Council, Newman Catholic Fellowship
Class Year 2017
Major Computer Science / Information Technology and Web Science Dual Major
Hometown Buffalo, NY

2018

Justin Etzine

Class of 2018 Senator, Student Life Committee Chair

Justin Etzine

Class of 2018 Senator, Student Life Committee Chair
Biography

I’m passionate about ensuring that every student at RPI is represented and has a voice in student government.

Senate Committee Involvement Student Life Committee, Web Technologies Group
Other Campus Involvement Residence Life (RA), RPI TV, ITWS Student Leadership
Class Year 2018
Major Computer Science; Information Technology & Web Science
Hometown Hollywood, FL

Matthew Heimlich

Class of 2018 Senator

Matthew Heimlich

Class of 2018 Senator
Biography
Class Year 2018
Major 2018 Senator

Richard Lin

Class of 2018 Senator

Richard Lin

Class of 2018 Senator
Biography

Richard is a computer science and business management student in the class of 2018 who aspires to be a successful entrepreneur one day. He is currently building a startup that teaches high school students entrepreneurship and mentors them in business plan competitions. He is also very involved with RPI TV and serves the RPI community by providing high quality livestreams and on demand content for athletics games, cultural performances, and musical productions. In his free time, he likes to ballroom dance competitively and juggle with the RPI Juggling and Unicycling club.

Senate Committee Involvement Webtech and TBD
Other Campus Involvement RPI TV, RPI Ballroom, RPI Juggling and Unicycling, Foundry
Class Year 2018
Major Computer Science & Business Management
Hometown New York, New York

Steven Sperraza

Class of 2018 Senator

Steven Sperraza

Class of 2018 Senator
Biography

In my past two years on Senate, I’ve worked on the Mall Shuttle, Research Directory, On-campus Pharmacy, and Syllabus Site projects, among others. I’m looking forward to serving my third term representing the Class of 2018.

Senate Committee Involvement Academic Affairs, Union Annual Report, Student Government Communications
Other Campus Involvement Residence Life, Resident Student Association, Foundry
Class Year 2018
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown New Fairfield, CN

2019

Caleb Caraway

Senator

Caleb Caraway

Senator
Biography

I joined the Student Senate because I wanted to make an impact on RPI and it’s community, as I hope to improve RPI and make it as great as can be. I am doing this so that years after I graduate, I can come back to RPI and see what I have done having a positive impact on the campus, but also to see my ideas improve upon to allow RPI to become even better.

Senate Committee Involvement Web Technologies Group and Student Life Commitee
Other Campus Involvement Destination Imagination, Greek Life
Class Year 2019
Major Physics
Hometown Canaan, NH

Kinsley Rowan

Class of 2019 Senator

Kinsley Rowan

Class of 2019 Senator
Biography
Class Year 2019
Major Biomedical Engineering

Nancy Bush

Class of 2019 Senator

Nancy Bush

Class of 2019 Senator
Biography

Hello! My name is Nancy and this is my second year as a Class of 2019 Senator. I have worked on projects such as the refillable water bottle stations being installed across campus and am excited to begin other personal projects this year. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact me and I would be happy to talk them out with you!

Senate Committee Involvement Facilities and Services, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement Ultimate Frisbee (Strut), Rensselaer Chemistry Society
Class Year 2019
Major Chemistry
Hometown North Branford, CT

Sid Kochman

2019 Senator, WebTech Chair

Sid Kochman

2019 Senator, WebTech Chair
Biography

Hello! I’m a sophomore from Pennsylvania. I play the saxophone and enjoy mountain biking. When I’m not working on a WebTech project, you can usually find me photographing events around campus for The Poly.

Senate Committee Involvement Web Technologies Group
Other Campus Involvement The Polytechnic, Photo Club
Class Year 2019
Major Computer Science
Hometown Philadelphia, PA

 

Greek & Independent

Jennie Miller

Greek Senator/Parliamentarian

Jennie Miller

Greek Senator/Parliamentarian
Biography

Hi I’m Jennie, I’m really bad at talking about myself. I know way more about parliamentary procedure than any human being ever needs to know.

Other Campus Involvement Alpha Phi
Class Year 2019
Major Physics
Hometown Southbury, CT

Marvin Cosare

Greek Senator

Marvin Cosare

Greek Senator
Biography

After being a member of the Facilities and Services Committee and Greek Life since freshman year, Marvin joined the Senate to better serve the RPI community, work on meaningful projects, and represent the needs of the Greek community. Marvin has worked on several projects, such as the Online Classroom Assessment Tool and Picnic Table Project.

Senate Committee Involvement UAR, SLC
Other Campus Involvement Inter-Fraternity Council, Sigma Chi, Marketing Advertising Publicity (MAP) Committee
Class Year 2018
Major Industrial and Management Engineering
Hometown Germantown, MD

Tianyi (Edward) Qiao

Independent Senator

Tianyi (Edward) Qiao

Independent Senator
Biography

Senate Committee Involvement Facilities and Services Committee, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement CSSA
Class Year 2018
Major Chemical Engineering
Hometown Beijing, China

Varun Rao

Independent Senator, AAC Chair

Varun Rao

Independent Senator, AAC Chair
Biography
Class Year 2018
Major Computer and Systems Engineering

Non-Voting Officers

Austin Miller

Facilities & Services Committee Chair

Austin Miller

Facilities & Services Committee Chair
Biography

Hi Everyone! As chair of the Facilities and Services Committee, I am responsible for projects dealing with transportation, safety, and other general facilities concerns. Last year I headed the Water Bottle Filling Stations project and love working on projects dealing with sustainability. Outside of Senate, I spend excessive amounts of time in lab playing with bacteria and watch a lot of Netflix.

Senate Committee Involvement FSC, SLC
Other Campus Involvement Sigma Chi
Class Year 2017
Major Biochemistry and Biophysics
Hometown Clovis, NM

Ellie Mees

Student Government Communications Chair

Ellie Mees

Student Government Communications Chair
Biography
Senate Committee Involvement SGCC, SLC
Class Year 2018
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown Cincinnati, OH

Jack Wellhofer

Election Policy Review Committee Chair

Jack Wellhofer

Election Policy Review Committee Chair
Biography

short bio

Senate Committee Involvement Election Policy Review
Other Campus Involvement The Rensselaer Polytechnic
Class Year 2018
Major Chemical Engineering
Hometown Blue Bell, PA

Jenna Freedberg

Hospitality Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) Chair

Jenna Freedberg

Hospitality Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) Chair
Biography

In my free time (ha ha what is that, even?) I like to sleep. I also like to see how many emails I can ignore from our GM before he notices. Obviously, this one turned out well.

Senate Committee Involvement Hospitality Services Advisory Committee, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement IPERSIST Physics Senior Mentor, Lead ALAC Tutor, Research in Dark Matter, Neutrino, and Solid State Physics, Co-Founder Colorguard
Class Year 2018
Major Physics
Hometown Gaithersburg, MD

Joe Venusto

Senate Vice-Chair

Joe Venusto

Senate Vice-Chair
Biography

I joined Senate to make a difference in the RPI community. I have participated in a number of high-profile projects with large impacts on campus. One of the projects I’m most passionate about is long-term meal plan recommendations that HSAC (the Hospitality Services Advisory Committee) is working on.

Senate Committee Involvement Hospitality Services and Advisory Committee, Facilities and Services Committee
Other Campus Involvement Sigma Chi
Class Year 2017
Major EE
Hometown New Tripoli, PA

Thomas Alappat

Senate-EBoard Liaison, Union Annual Report Chair

Thomas Alappat

Senate-EBoard Liaison, Union Annual Report Chair
Biography

Hi! I’m Tommy and I am the Senate/Executive Board Liaison. I serve the Senate and the Executive Board as an intermediary that keeps both organizations informed on the other’s actions. Also, I am the Senior Week Chair for the Class of 2017. So if you have any ideas for senior week, feel free to contact me. Before these position, I had been a Class of 2017 Senator for 2 years. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Senate Committee Involvement UAR
Other Campus Involvement Zeta Psi, RPI Executive Board, Class of 2017 Council, Senior Week Committee (Chair)
Class Year 2017
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown Morgantown, WV