President: Dani Perdue
Dani is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her research interests are in heat and mass transfer as well as fluid dynamics. I enjoy relating fundamental properties to real-world applications. Water scarcity is a crisis that affects the world and direct contact membrane distillation could be a solution for those in need of clean water.
Vice President: Nick Jean-Louis
Nick Jean-Louis is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Rice’s Mechanical Engineering Department and a member of the Energy Systems Laboratory working under the supervision of Dr. Laura Schaefer. His research focuses on enhancing renewable energy technology through realization of thermochemical energy storage and its application and inclusion in solar thermal power plants generating 30-50 megawatts of electrical energy. Nick graduated from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spends his downtime playing video games, sports and has taken up a new hobby of writing poetry.
Treasurer: Jordan Bluford
Jordan is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program of the Biosciences Department. His research is focused on quantifying the efficiencies of electron transfer pathways in living cells. In addition to his work in the BGSA he is also the treasurer of the Biosciences GSA and a mentor to the Rice IGEM team. His hobbies include writing and playing board games. In the future, he hopes to become a faculty member and establish a stronger relationship between research institutions and HBCUs.
Secretary: Joshua Moore
Joshua is a 2nd-year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program. His research focus is to elucidate the role of BMP signaling on the establishment and maintenance of the enteric nervous system of the gastrointestinal tract. In his downtime, he enjoys photography, baking, and playing video games. His future goals are to run a research lab, teach, and help strengthen the network of black graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college communities.