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PhD in Engineering & Public Policy, CIT
DeVynne is President of BGSO and a 3rd year PhD student in Engineering and Public Policy. His research focuses on electricity access in the developing world and emissions impacts associated with power outages. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar His interests include mentoring, traveling (14 countries thus far), film and television, and mojitos. He has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy, both from CMU. He’s born and raised in Clairton, PA.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, CIT
Justin received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Mississippi State University (MSU) in May 2016, graduating with honors. During his time at MSU, he interned at Google, NASA-Jet Propulsion Lab twice, and completed a co-op rotation at NASA-Johnson Space Center. Justin is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program and the Carnegie Institute of Technology Graduate Fellowship while researching neuron response to various mechanical forces (brain on a chip) and also noninvasive monitoring of bio-markers on an implantable flexible sensor body network combining engineering, medicine, and information technology. When away from his research, Justin enjoys traveling, exercising, playing sports, and reading.
Kedar M. Perkins
PhD in Chemistry, MCS
Kedar received a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014. As an undergraduate student, he participated in organizations focused on mentoring, science outreach to underrepresented groups, and undergraduate research. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in the lab of Newell R. Washburn. Kedar’s research focuses on utilizing polymer grafting strategies to augment lignin’s interfacial capabilities for cementitious, emulsion and agricultural applications. As a graduate student, Kedar has been involved in organizations that primarily serve underrepresented minorities specifically the National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Black Graduate Students Organization (BGSO), and 100 Black Men. Upon the completion of his degree, Kedar plans on pursuing a career in research and development in the chemical industry.
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adeola Bannis is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research focuses on the Internet of Things, in particular the complexity of sensory and communication interactions due to increasing network scale. She also has 3 years of experience as a software developer. Her hobbies include reading, sleeping and video games.
MS in Mechanical Engineering, CIT
I am an upcoming second year Mechanical Engineering Master's student with a concentration in Advanced Manufacturing. I received my bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Engineering. Last year I was a general body member in BGSO and now I am excited to now have an officer position as Social Chair. I am one of five children (second oldest) and 3D Printing enthusiest. My favorite TV shows include The Office (U.S.), Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Queen of the South. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I'm either watching TED talks, Netflix, hanging out with friends, or working out.
This year I would like to bring the general body closer by planning socials with my partner Phil that will include both the CMU student and faculty body and our surrounding communities. My vision for BGSO is to help with the continuation in building our presence on campus and the welcoming environment that the previous executive members have helped to create.
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, CIT
My name is Phil Jean-Remy. I am a second year Ph. D. student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of new semiconductor materials for power saving applications. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I obtained a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. My interests include drawing, reading, making music. I am also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Community Service Chair
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, CIT
Chelse's research interests include: Systems, Wireless Networks, Usable Privacy and Security, Privacy and Security Policies. Her main goal for the 2017-2018 school year is to present members with opportunities to make a positive impact on the Pittsburgh community.
PhD in Psychology, H&SS
I am entering my 5th year in the PhD program in Psychology. I have always been interested in how, and why, the circumstances of a choice and an individual’s disposition drive the way that they make risky decisions. I take a multimodal approach to research that uses experimental psychology and philosophy, as well as brain imaging. My goal is to better understand how framing choices in certain ways affects decision-making processes that influence how much people try to avoid negative consequences. Ultimately, I want identify effective ways of reframing choices to help people improve decision-making when negative outcomes must be considered and risks must be taken.
Reflecting on my student experience at CMU, there is a dismal lack Black role models at the administrative and, especially, faculty levels of the university. One of my focal points as Social Activism Chair of BGSO is to address the need for increased representation of Black scholars throughout CMU. I hope to develop programming that will both spotlight this need and pressure the university to reassess its processes for recruiting, retaining, and advancing the educational and professional experience of its Black scholars. I also seek to strengthen the connections between Black CMU administrative staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and alumni that I hope will provide a system of support and forge a unified front to advocate for our needs and advancement as Black CMU students.