Executive Board

Our Executive Board Members, displayed below, keep GWAMIT up and running:

Molly Bird, Executive Chair
I am a third year PhD student in the Biological Engineering Department. My current research focuses on exploring how MK2 regulates the cellular stress response after DNA damage. I received Read More
Yinying Ren, Executive Chair
I am a fourth year PhD student in the Chemical Engineering Department. My research focuses on developing functional polymeric materials for water remediation. I graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 Read More
Sarah Bi, Finance Chair
I am a second year student in the Computational and Systems Biology PhD program and this year’s GWAMIT finance chair. My research focuses on the relationship between the human microbiome Read More
Nicole Aponte, Publicity Chair
I am a graduate student in the Biology Department. My current research focuses on structural changes induced by neuronal competition, a common feature of developing nervous systems that, if gone wrong, Read More
Elizabeth Harwood, Events Chair
I am a first year Ph.D. student in Social and Engineering Systems. My research focuses on evaluating technology for poverty reduction. I am glad to have joined the board of Read More
Annie Hudson- Finance Chair
Hudson is a dual-degree masters student in MIT’s Urban Studies & Planning and Science in Transportation departments. Her research focuses on city planning for autonomous vehicles. Prior to her time Read More
Juncal Arbelaiz Mugica -Secretary
I am a second year PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics. My research interests include optimal control and decision making under the presence of uncertainty. Before starting my PhD at MIT, Read More
Vrindaa Somjit- Events Co-Chair
I am a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. My research focuses on the computational design of hydrogen barrier coatings for hydrogen storage and Read More
Sarah Goodman
I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For my research, I use electron microscopy to probe the properties of quantum well LEDs on Read More


Our awesome Department Representatives keep us apprised of the status of graduate women in each department at MIT, and let the women in their department know about GWAMIT events and initiatives. If you don’t see your department on this list, we need you to represent your department to GWAMIT! Contact us to find out more.

Aeronautics and Astronautics: Alexa Aguilar (E-mail)
Arithmancy: Hermione Granger (E-mail)
Architecture: Rabeeya Arif (E-mail) and Stephanie Lee (E-mail)
Biology: Renin Hazan (E-mail)
Biological Engineering: Breanna Stillo (E-mail)
Brain & Cognitive Sciences: Elizabeth Brija (E-mail)
Chemical Engineering: Yinying Ren (E-mail)
Chemistry: Allena Goren (E-mail)
Comparative Media Studies: Annis Rachel Sands (E-mail)
Computational and Systems Biology: Sarah Bi (E-mail)
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS): Catherine Wilka (E-mail)
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science: Rachel Holladay (E-mail) and Sumaiya Nazeen (E-mail)
Health Sciences & Technology: Swati Kataria (E-mail)
History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS): Elena Sobrino (E-mail)
Institute for Data, Science and Technology (IDSS): Sahar Hashmi, MD (E-mail)
Mathematics: Juncal Arbelaiz Mugica (E-mail)
Mechanical Engineering: Yvana Ahdab (E-mail) and Aliza Khurram (E-mail)
Materials Science and Engineering: Sarah Goodman (E-mail)
Operations Research Center: Deeksha Sinha (E-mail)
Physics: Dahlia Klein (E-mail) and Carina Belvin (E-mail)
Political Science: Apekshya Prasai (E-mail)
Sloan School of Management: Sahar Hashmi, MD (E-mail)
Technology & Policy Program: Saeyoung Rho (E-mail)
Urban Studies and Planning: Priyanka Desouza (E-mail) and Kavya Vaghul (E-mail)