2022-2023 Leadership

Executive Board

Open Position

President

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Akua McLeod

Vice President

Akua is a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy.

Abubakir Siedahmed

Treasurer

Abubakir Siedahmed is a 2nd year graduate student pursuing a Masters in Learning Science & Educational Technology within the Human Computer Interaction Institute. His research interests include algorithmic bias in education. Outside of academia, one can find Abubakir running, reading, and/or tiktoking. His favorite sport is tennis and a fun fact is that he pours his milk before the cereal.

Bekah Adams

Secretary

Rebekah Adams is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. She hails from South Orange, New Jersey. She obtained her bachelor’s of science and engineering in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 2021. Rebekah conducts research on designing and functionalizing DNA origami structures for microneedle array delivery suited for immunotherapy applications. During her free time, Rebekah enjoys reading, journaling, drawing, playing and listening to music, playing board games, and making or watching memes. She is very much into cosmology and history, so any of those topics will cause a tangent in the conversation.


Mohamed Mohamed

Service Chair

Mohamed is pursuing a masters of science in Biomedical Engineering and is currently a 2nd year student. His research interests are in medical devices/cell and tissue research. Mohamed also enjoys playing sports. His favorite movie is The Incredibles as he has the entire movie memorized.

Open Position

Social Chair

Open Position

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Open Position

Social Media Chair

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Advisors

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Lisha White

Chair Emeritus

Lisha is a mechanical engineering PhD student from Portsmouth, Virginia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in engineering from James Madison University in 2016. Lisha began her journey at Carnegie Mellon as a GEM Fellow and is currently conducting research on 3-D printing inside of a gel support matrix. Lisha enjoys soccer, reading, exercise, learning new languages, and diverse catalogs of music. A fun fact about Lisha is that her favorite food is anything cookies and crème!

Ms. Shernell Smith

Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Ms. Shernell is the executive director for the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. She helps to coordinate multi-cultural, diversity and inclusion programming for the campus community, such as CMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, and is an adviser to various student organizations, like the Asian Student Association. She’s a housefellow for students in the Margaret Morrison Apartments, Woodlawn Apartments, Roselawn Apartments and Spirit House, and a college liaison for the College of Engineering.

She also advises sustainability initiatives on campus, like Sustainable Earth and the upcoming Sustainability Weekend in April, and she has used her green thumb to help students grow CMU’s community garden on Winthrop Street.