Officers

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CSGSA Executive Board

CSGSA Chair

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Emily Jensen is a fourth year PhD student advised by Sriram Sankaranarayanan and Brad Hayes. She is an avid fan of 80s records, knitting socks, and recently finished her first trail half marathon!

The chair’s responsibilities are to:

  1. Manage all open projects
  2. Run meetings of the CSGSA
  3. Arrange meetings and develop agenda
  4. Represent graduate students to Department and University where appropriate
  5. Assign responsibilities to members as appropriate

CSGSA Vice Chair

Maggie Perkoff

Maggie Perkoff

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Maggie Perkoff is a second year PhD student jointly advised by Clayton Lewis and Jim Martin. She thinks all activities are more fun when done outdoors - running, working, and eating.

The vice chair’s responsibilities are to:

  1. Run CSGSA meetings in the chairs absence
  2. Manage and maintain membership records
  3. Manage regular email communication with members and student body
  4. Be responsible for minutes of meetings
  5. Assist the Chair where necessary

CSGSA Treasurer

Caleb Escobedo

Caleb Escobedo

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bio: Caleb Escobedo is a third year PhD student focusing on physical human robot interaction and perception. He is a member of the Human Interaction and Robotics (HIRO) group at CU. While at CU Caleb works to encourage undergraduate students to pursue their academic goals though teaching and mentorship.

The treasurer’s responsibilities are to:

  1. Handle any and all financial matters
  2. Apply for funding each year from multiple sources
  3. Submit reimbursement forms when needed
  4. Assist the Chair where necessary
  5. Report regularly on financial status of the organization

CSGSA Anti-racism and Inclusion Chair

Christine Chang

Christine Chang

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Christine started at CU in the 2018 PhD cohort and does research in the Collaborative AI and Robotics Lab. She is passionate about space exploration, robots, mountain biking, and social justice.

The Anti-racism and Inclusion Chairs’s responsibilities are to:

  1. Facilitate student-led discussions on making CU Boulder CS more inclusive and proactively anti-racist (in continuity)
  2. Hold CSGSA accountable for actions we plan to take on community inclusivity
  3. Serve as a peer reporter for microaggressions by monitoring the student reporting form
  4. Work with the Associate Chair of Inclusive Excellence and our undergraduate leadership to ensure CSGSA efforts are in conjunction with the department efforts on antiracism
  5. These tasks may be delegated to other members by the responsible executive.

Department Graduate Committee Student Reps

Max Donovan

Max Donovan

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bio: Max Donovan is a first year masters student in the research track interested in environmental and biological modeling applications. As a CSGSA representative, Max is interested in contributing to an empathetic and supportive community by honing his skills as a listener and an advocate.

Nikhith Sannidhi

Nikhith Sannidhi

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bio: Hey there! I’m a research-based Master’s student in our beloved Computer Science department. I kicked off my MS program in Spring 2021 and I’m in my second semester right now. I am currently working on change pattern analysis in ML systems under the supervision of Prof. Danny Dig. My free time in 5 words - Walking, Biking, Badminton, Chess and Cooking! And a BBT watcher, dog lover and a travel freak forever!

Owen Martin

Owen Martin

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Bio: Owen Martin is a second-year PhD student studying emergent collective behavior in swarm systems and synchronization on complex networks. He loves the solitude of nature found via backpacking, climbing, or birdwatching, and likes to creatively write or draw about what he finds.

Vinitha Gadiraju

Vinitha Gadiraju

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Hello! My name is Vinitha Gadiraju and I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department. I work with Dr. Shaun Kane in the Superhuman Computing Lab and we design educational tools and toys for blind or visually impaired children. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Oregon. When I’m not at work, I love to draw, paint, cook, and pet sit!

The Graduate Committee is charged with a broad range of graduate student affairs, both for Masters and PhD students. This committee reviews all applications for admission to the Masters and Doctoral programs in Computer Science. All problems regarding any proposed changes to both the Master’s program and the Ph.D. program are handled by this Graduate Committee. It is also responsible for defining course content, considering new course offerings, and other issues for the graduate degree programs. There are three student representatives on the Graduate Committee, two PhD students and one Masters student.

Department Executive Committee Student Representative

Namratha Mysore Keshavaprakash

Namratha Mysore Keshavaprakash

Pronouns:

Bio: Namratha Mysore Keshavaprakash is a first-year master’s student in the Computer Science department. Prior to this, she worked in the software industry for 4 years. She is interested in building applications which have a deep impact in users daily life. Her hobbies include painting, reading, and cooking.

The student member of this committee is considered to be the senior student representative. This committee usually meets once a week and is concerned with all Department issues: budget, space, promotions, etc. The Executive Committee also reviews applications from prospective new faculty members. The student representative sits on both the Executive Committee and the Search Committee with one full vote. This position provides an excellent opportunity to see how an academic Department is really run. Sometimes the representative is required to poll graduate student opinion and is usually in charge of taking prospective new faculty members out to lunch with a group of graduate students.

GPSG Student Reps

Megan Caruso

Megan Caruso

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: Megan is a second year PhD student in the Emotive Computing Lab working on eye tracking and cognition, advised by Sidney D’Mello. You’ll find her boxing, spending time outdoors, and looking for any excuse to initiate random dancing. She loves meeting and connecting with people.

The Graduate and Professional Student Government is the primary advocacy group for graduate and professional students on the CU Boulder campus. They are committed to enhancing the graduate student experience by interacting with CU administration and the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) concerning issues such as financial aid, graduate stipends, healthcare, tuition and fees and graduate student well-being. Graduate students from each department and program are solicited to serve on the GPSG Assembly, ensuring diverse representation of the graduate student body. We have an official voting GPSG representative, but any student can attend GPSG meetings. Meetings are held weekly on Wednesdays, from 4 - 5 PM.

Alumni

We’re sad to see you go! Thanks for all your help.

chair

  • Spring 2018 - Fall 2019 » Stephen Hutt

  • Spring 2019 - Fall 2020 » Jessie Finocchiaro

Treasurer

  • Fall 2018 » Prasanth Prahladan

  • Spring - Fall 2019 » Yash Sapra

  • Spring 2019 - Fall 2020 » Dylan Fox

Graduate Committee

  • 2018-2019 » Prashil Bhimani

  • 2017-2019 » John Stechschulte

  • 2017-2019 » Stephen Hutt

  • 2019-2020 » Emily Jensen

  • 2019 - Spring 2021 » Arjun Rao

  • 2020 - Spring 2021 » Evariste Some

  • 2020 - Spring 2021 » Varsha Koushik

  • 2020 - Spring 2021 » Amit Rege

Executive Committee

  • 2017-2019 » Cecilia Mauceri

  • 2019-2021 » Layne Hubbard

GPSG Senator

  • 2020-2021 » Jay Luther

Web Guru

  • Spring 2018 » Gerard Casas