Biographies

President: Yulissa Cruz

Yulissa Cruz
Hi, my name is Yulissa Cruz. I am a Sophomore majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a double major in EPP. I was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to New York City at a young age. Like any other good New Yorker, I appreciate the beauty in bagels and coffee every morning and a good and fresh slice of pizza. Moving to Pittsburgh finding good pizza or coffee wasn’t an issue, but finding people who shared the same background and values as me was definitely one. This is why I joined ASCE. ASCE provides me with a great environment to bond with peers going through the same as me and also allows me to learn from others and expand my own horizons.

Secretary: Stephanie Tjan

Stephanie Tjan is a senior Civil Engineering student in the IMB Program with a Master's concentration in Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area, but loves to travel and explore new cities. She spent the summer abroad in Germany conducting research and has also traveled to Iceland for an experiential learning program about renewable energy. Stephanie is passionate about the environment and hopes to incorporate environmental sustainability in her service as a future engineer. She hopes to foster student leadership and stewardship as ASCE CMU's Vice President as well as in her current activities in planning a Sustainability Weekend Conference at CMU. In her free time, Stephanie is very involved in her church worship band and enjoys watching movies with friends, thrift shopping, and doing DIY crafts.

Social Chair: Oly Nwankwo


Service Chair: Ariana Sabbat


Treasurer: James Crnkovich


Communications Chair: Sarah Mahler


Webmaster: Gaurav Chatterjee

Gaurav Chatterjee is a sophomore majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He is from Randolph, MA. Gaurav is interested in the intersection of civil engineering and technology. In addition to being webmaster for CMU's chapter of ASCE, he is also Chair of Competitions. Outside of ASCE, he works on Booth with Fringe, a social organization on campus.

Class of 2017 Representative and Former President: Ahmad Khanzada

Ahmad is a M.S. student majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with concentration in Advanced Infrastructure Systems. He received his B.S. from CMU in Civil Engineering in December of 2016 with a minor in International Relations and Politics. He was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Outside of his infrastructure coursework, Ahmad enjoys learning about real estate development. He plans to work in Forensic Engineering in New York City upon graduation. Outside of helping ASCE organize events, Ahmad is also Chi Epsilon Honor Society's past President, a member of Student Life's IMPAQT Program, a past Trip Lead for Habitat for Humanity, a Student Course Instructor, a member of the Academic Review Board and University Disciplinary Committee, a member of CIT's Community Building Committee, and the student representative of the University's Library Redesign Committee. Ahmad is also an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. His non-academic activities include playing basketball, reading nonfiction, and cheering for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Class of 2018 Representative: Cecilia Kiker

Cecilia Kiker is a junior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in project management. She is interested in integrating marketing, communications, and engineering. She is originally from Westport, Connecticut. Outside of class, she can mainly be found in the kitchen teaching her professional baking class, cooking for herself and her mooching friends, or embarking on her own personal food tour of Pittsburgh. Otherwise catch her on a yoga mat, or coordinating for the SPIRIT fashion show.

Class of 2019 Representative: Shahriyar Haider


Class of 2020 Representative: Sharika Hegde


Class of 2020 Representative: Paul Anderson

Paul is currently a first-year student, and one of the two Class of 2020 Representatives for ASCE. He is originally from Los Angeles, California, and attended Harvard-Westlake School prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon. His interests within CEE include construction and structural design, especially as pertinent to the energy industries.




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