Council Members


Brandi Wooten, President of WEGC

Brandi is a Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. student. She completed her B.S. in physics at Cal Poly Pomona where she was an active member of The Optical Society of Southern California and Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. Her current research is focused on transport properties of topological materials in the Thermal Materials Lab. On the weekends, she enjoys reading with a glass of wine, bonding with her pets, and gardening. She is basically a little old lady.



Elizabeth Jergens, Treasurer of WEGC

Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering. She got her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. She currently works with Dr. Jessica Winter doing research in fluorescent imaging with novel materials. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, doing crossword puzzles, and hanging with her cat (prefers dogs to cats).



Mounica Maddela, VP (External Affairs) of WEGC

Mounica Maddela is a Computer Science Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University. She received her Master’s degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H), India. Her research interests are artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning. Her hobbies are hiking, taking road-trips to national parks, reading, and binge-watching good TV shows.



Goonmeet Bjaj, VP (Internal Affairs) of WEGC

Goonmeet is a third year Computer Science and Engineering graduate student. She studies AI systems. Her interests lie in natural language, knowledge extraction, and understanding how AI models learn. In her free time, she likes to run and try new activities. She enjoys exploring new coffee shops and eateries!



Priyanka Karnati

Priyanka Karnati is a Ph.D. student in Material Science and Engineering. She received her master’s degree in Material Science from Missouri State University and her bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-CEH), India. She currently works under Dr. Sheikh Akbar and Dr. Patricia Morris on Metal oxide semiconductor-based nanostructures for gas sensing device applications. Her hobbies are cooking, traveling, reading, and watching TV shows.



Jaden Tatum

Jaden is a Ph.D. student in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas, where she was an Honors College Fellow. She currently works with Dr. Ajay Shah in the BioSystems Analysis Lab, and her research interests include sustainable agriculture and appropriate technologies for developing countries. In her spare time, you can find her reading, gardening, and crafting.



Kawthar Shafie Khorassani

Kawthar is a PhD student in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where she was a Ronald E. McNair scholar. She currently works in the Network Based Computing Laboratory at OSU on the MVAPICH project with a focus on high performance computing, and GPU communication and computation. In her free time she’s an avid hiker, reader, and painter.



Wenyi Liu

Wenyi is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. She got her bachelor’s in Medical technology at China Medical University in Taiwan and her master’s in Materials Science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She works with Professor Joerg Jinschek doing research in liquid cell TEM with metals and polymers, to see the corrosion behaviors of the materials. She has a cat and enjoys playing with her cat and playing video games (now, it is Animal Crossing, please add me as a friend if you are playing as well)!


Rebekah Koehn

Rebekah is a fourth year PhD fellow and FAST Scholar in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University where she did research on human movement and sports-related injury prevention. She is currently studying motor control in individuals with total knee arthroplasty in the NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. For fun, she likes to backpack, keep up with food bloggers, and play board games with friends!


Jessica Gilliam

Jessica is a second-year GRA Masters’ thesis student in the mechanical engineering department. Currently, she is working with women’s fastpitch softball athletes where she analyzes the biomechanics of a windmill pitch and its implications for injury. Her GRA is in cooperation with Bertec on a Balance is Vital study in which she measures patient balance to determine fall risk. For fun, she loves to go hiking and camping. Originally from Colorado, she’s a very outdoorsy person!