Welcome To Our New Executive Board!

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

With the 2018-2019 school year coming to a close, we first and foremost would like to thank everyone that has made this year such a massive success! Our efforts to serve the Purdue graduate student body were driven by the hard work of the outgoing Executive Board and we will use their accomplishments as a foundation moving forward. As we now look to the 2019-2020 school year, we have begun transitioning to our new Executive Board and wanted to introduce them all to you. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime with your questions and ideas as we prepare for all our upcoming events and initiatives!


President [2nd Year] - Taylor Bailey

Public Relations Officer [2nd Year] - Frederick Damen

Senate Chair [2nd Year; Prior Parliamentarian] - Ben Rachunok

Grant Review & Allocation Council Chair [2nd Year] - Jasmine Moore


Chief of Staff - Pratik Kashyap

Pratik is a 6th year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering who got his bachelor's from PESIT (Bangalore, India) in 2014. His research focuses on medical imaging and its various applications. In his free time, Pratik likes to play the bass, cricket, softball and hopes to one day pitch at a MLB game. Besides that, he is a self-proclaimed "party animal" as you'll definitely catch him at the next PGSG Pint Night.

Treasurer - Aaron Benjamin

Aaron Benjamin is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry. His current research involves using synthetic chemical tools to understand the structure-function relationship in many specialized enzymes within metabolism. Aaron grew up right outside of Philadelphia, often playing hockey with friends or playing a variety of different instruments such as the piano or guitar. Aaron graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2014. He continued with his love of biochemistry at Purdue, in 2015, when he joined the Biochemistry Ph.D. program.

Life Team Chair - Madelina Nuñez

Madelina is a second-year American Studies Ph.D. student in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her current research is on halal, or Islamically permissible, Latino food. Before coming to Purdue, she received her B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Studio Art with a focus in Latina/o Studies and her M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys cooking, reading, and art.

Career Team Chair - Connie Muniandy

Connie is a Ph.D student in the Department of Food Science where she is working towards developing an innovative technology for shelf life prediction of food and beverages. Connie earned her B.S. in Food Science from Purdue in 2013 and her M.S. in Food Science from the University of Idaho in 2015. She returned to Purdue in 2017 to pursue her second master’s in food processing, after working in the food industry for 2 years in R&D. Connie enjoys salsa dancing, traveling, painting artwork and creating new food recipes for her blog. She is passionate about food and competes in professional food product development competitions.

Community Team Chair - Hannah Cebull

Hannah is entering her third year of graduate school in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Her current research focuses on the mechanical characterization of aortic aneurysms using various imaging modalities. Hannah grew up in a Cleveland suburb and attended the University of Akron for her undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of research, Hannah is involved in Chi Alpha campus ministries and the Purdue Triathlon Club  She enjoys swimming, biking, and running and recently competed in Collegiate USA Triathlon Nationals in Tempe, Arizona. In addition, she has become a member of Purdue’s Alternative Transportation Committee to help improve the safety of cyclists around campus.

Diversity Officer - Val Schull

Val Schull is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Their current research focuses on developing and enhancing modeling tools for water quality management and decision-making using a Food-Energy-Water nexus framework. They are originally from the San Joaquin Valley in California. They completed a B.S. degree at Cornell University, double majoring in biological engineering and natural resources. During their free time, Val enjoys training for competitive powerlifting, and holds the RPS Indiana State records for women's raw classic squat, bench, and deadlift in the professional 198lb weight class.

Legislative Affairs Officer - TBD

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