Members

Grand Marshal (GM)

Justin Etzine

152nd Grand Marshal

Justin Etzine

152nd Grand Marshal
Biography

I believe that each and every student has an inherent right to representation. In my role in as the chief representative of the Student Body, I work hard to represent the student body as effectively as possible.

Previously, for the 47th Student Senate, I served as the chairman of the Student Senate’s Student Life Committee. The committee ensures that students have the resources for the best possible, well-rounded RPI experience, and also advocates for and protects student rights. Some projects that took place during my term as chairman include a set of recommendations for residence hall improvements based on student feedback, an access proposal for multiple points of entry in residence halls, and recommendations for the upcoming renovations to the student handbook.

For the 46th Student Senate, I served as the chairman of the Web Technologies Group, where I worked to expand upon the technological services offered to benefit RPI students. Some of these services are Shuttle Tracking, RPI Petitions, and Concerto. I am also working to educate and empower voters with the development of the new elections website. This new and improved service gives students the opportunity to learn more about each candidate’s activities and platform.

Outside of Student Government, I have participated in RPI TV, where I have previously served as business manager and facilities and equipment manager, and RPI Ambulance, where I am training to serve on night crews. I’m also a resident director for the Quadrangle and a former resident assistant for Barton Hall, where I have had the opportunity to instill in my residents the same love for RPI that drives me every day. Through these outside involvements, I have experienced many aspects of campus, all of which have provided valuable ideas and insights that I have been proud to incorporate into my representation of the students.

I grew up in South Florida, and I am a proud first-generation American. Some of my favorite hobbies include jogging, playing video games, playing tennis, and watching RPI Hockey; go Red, go White!

Senate Committee Involvement Ex-officio member of all Senate committees; Student Life Committee (former); Web Technologies Group (former)
Other Campus Involvement Residence Life; RPI Ambulance; ITWS Student Leadership (former); RPI TV (former); The Polytechnic (former)
Class Year 2018
Major Computer Science; Information Technology & Web Science
Hometown Hollywood, FL

Graduate

Anthony Ashley

Graduate Senator

Anthony Ashley

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Aeronautical Engineering
Hometown Spartanburg, SC

Anthony Bishop

Graduate Senator

Anthony Bishop

Graduate Senator
Biography

I have been a student at RPI since 2010, receiving my bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology in 2013. I am continuing my education at RPI as part of the BS/PhD program in Biochemistry and Biophysics with expected graduation in spring 2017. Over my years here I became a brother of the Delta Phi Fraternity and have been involved in student government. From 2011-2013 I was a member of the Union Judicial Board serving as its chairman in 2012. This is my first year on the Student Senate and I hope to make a positive impact on Student Government through the Rules and Elections committee.

Senate Committee Involvement Rules and Elections
Other Campus Involvement Graduate Student Council; CBIS Graduate Student and Postdoctoral association
Class Year RPI BS 2013; Grad 2017
Major Undergraduate: Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology; Graduate: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Hometown Glastonbury, CT

Jordan Angel

Graduate Senator

Jordan Angel

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Mathematics

Kinshuk Panda

Graduate Senator

Kinshuk Panda

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Mechanical Engineering
Hometown New Delhi, India

Michael Gardner

Graduate Senator, Community Relations Chair

Michael Gardner

Graduate Senator, Community Relations Chair
Biography
Other Campus Involvement RPI Players, 2017 Class Council
Class Year Graduate Student
Major MS: Technology Commercialization & Entrepreneurship; BS: Computer & Systems Engineering / Computer Science
Hometown Findlay, OH

Stephanie Jennings

Graduate Senator

Stephanie Jennings

Graduate Senator
Biography
Class Year Graduate Student
Major Communication and Rhetoric

2018

Ellie Mees

Class of 2018 Senator, Senate Vice-Chair

Ellie Mees

Class of 2018 Senator, Senate Vice-Chair
Biography
Senate Committee Involvement SGCC, SLC
Class Year 2018
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown Cincinnati, OH

Hannah Merrow

Class of 2018 Senator, Student Life Chair

Hannah Merrow

Class of 2018 Senator, Student Life Chair
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Greek Life
Class Year 2018
Major Psychology; Science, Technology, & Society
Hometown Newport, NH

Steven Sperazza

Class of 2018 Senator, Internal Reforms Chair

Steven Sperazza

Class of 2018 Senator, Internal Reforms Chair
Biography

In my past two years on Senate, I’ve worked on the Mall Shuttle, Research Directory, On-campus Pharmacy, and Syllabus Site projects, among others. I’m looking forward to serving my third term representing the Class of 2018.

Senate Committee Involvement Academic Affairs, Union Annual Report, Student Government Communications
Other Campus Involvement Residence Life, Resident Student Association, Foundry
Class Year 2018
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown New Fairfield, CN

Varun Rao

Class of 2018 Senator

Varun Rao

Class of 2018 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement RCOS, Smart Lighting Club, Debate Club
Class Year 2018
Major Computer and Systems Engineering; Computer Science
Hometown Sunnyvale, CA

2019

Kinsley Rowan

Class of 2019 Senator

Kinsley Rowan

Class of 2019 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Women's Basketball
Class Year 2019
Major Biomedical Engineering
Hometown Portland, OR

Mary Clare Crochiere

Class of 2019 Senator

Mary Clare Crochiere

Class of 2019 Senator
Biography
Senate Committee Involvement Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement RPI Ambulance; Chemistry Mentor; RPI Ski Team
Class Year 2019
Major Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Med
Hometown Wilbraham, MA

Nancy Bush

Class of 2019 Senator, Facilities and Services Chair

Nancy Bush

Class of 2019 Senator, Facilities and Services Chair
Biography

Hello! My name is Nancy and this is my second year as a Class of 2019 Senator. I have worked on projects such as the refillable water bottle stations being installed across campus and am excited to begin other personal projects this year. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact me and I would be happy to talk them out with you!

Senate Committee Involvement Facilities and Services, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement Ultimate Frisbee (Strut), Rensselaer Chemistry Society
Class Year 2019
Major Chemistry
Hometown North Branford, CT

Yuvraj Chopra

Class of 2019 Senator

Yuvraj Chopra

Class of 2019 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Hackathon Organization, Research, Chess Club
Class Year 2019
Major Business; Computer Science
Hometown New Hyde Park, NY

2020

Chris Duffy

Class of 2020 Senator

Chris Duffy

Class of 2020 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Trudge Ultimate; RPI Players; Leadership House
Class Year 2020
Major Aeronautical Engineering
Hometown Colts Neck, NJ

Joshua Thomas

Class of 2020 Senator

Joshua Thomas

Class of 2020 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement RPI Ballroom (Team, Ballroom/Latin, Lindy Hop), Society of Biological Engineering, Resident Student Assocaution, National Residence Hall Honorary, Rensselaer Pride Alliance
Class Year 2020
Major Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology
Hometown Tuckerton, NJ

Lily Wang

Class of 2020 Senator

Lily Wang

Class of 2020 Senator
Biography

I decided to be on Senate because I wanted to make an impact on RPI. RPI should be a memorable experience which is why I want to make a difference for both the students and their future.

Senate Committee Involvement Student Life Committee, Facilities and Services Committee, Student Government Communications
Other Campus Involvement Circle K, RSA
Class Year 2020
Major Business and Management
Hometown Falmouth, KY

Meagan Lettko

Class of 2020 Senator

Meagan Lettko

Class of 2020 Senator
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Varsity Soccer
Class Year 2020
Major Mechanical Engineering
Hometown Averill Park, NY

2021

Senators for the Class of 2021 will be elected in Fall 2017.

Greek & Independent

Jennie Miller

Greek Senator – Panhel, Parliamentarian

Jennie Miller

Greek Senator – Panhel, Parliamentarian
Biography

Hi I’m Jennie, I’m really bad at talking about myself. I know way more about parliamentary procedure than any human being ever needs to know.

Other Campus Involvement Alpha Phi
Class Year 2019
Major Physics
Hometown Southbury, CT

Sean Ferracioli

Greek Senator – IFC

Sean Ferracioli

Greek Senator – IFC
Biography
Other Campus Involvement Sigma Chi, Resident Student Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Green Greeks, Resident Assistant
Class Year 2018
Major Mechanical Engineering
Hometown McKinney, TX

Stefanie Warner

Independent Senator, Student Government Communications Chair

Stefanie Warner

Independent Senator, Student Government Communications Chair
Biography
Other Campus Involvement 2018 Class Council, AIAS Mentoring, Photography Club
Class Year 2019
Major Architecture
Hometown Bellmore, NY

Tianyi (Edward) Qiao

Independent Senator

Tianyi (Edward) Qiao

Independent Senator
Biography

Senate Committee Involvement Facilities and Services Committee, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement CSSA
Class Year 2018
Major Chemical Engineering
Hometown Beijing, China

Non-Voting Officers

Caleb Caraway

Rules and Elections Chair

Caleb Caraway

Rules and Elections Chair
Biography

I joined the Student Senate because I wanted to make an impact on RPI and it’s community, as I hope to improve RPI and make it as great as can be. I am doing this so that years after I graduate, I can come back to RPI and see what I have done having a positive impact on the campus, but also to see my ideas improve upon to allow RPI to become even better.

Senate Committee Involvement Rules and Elections
Other Campus Involvement Destination Imagination, Greek Life
Class Year 2019
Major Physics
Hometown Canaan, NH

Jenna Freedberg

Hospitality Services Advisory Chair

Jenna Freedberg

Hospitality Services Advisory Chair
Biography

In my free time (ha ha what is that, even?) I like to sleep. I also like to see how many emails I can ignore from our GM before he notices. Obviously, this one turned out well.

Senate Committee Involvement Hospitality Services Advisory Committee, Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement IPERSIST Physics Senior Mentor, Lead ALAC Tutor, Research in Dark Matter, Neutrino, and Solid State Physics, Co-Founder Colorguard
Class Year 2018
Major Physics
Hometown Gaithersburg, MD

Joe Venusto

Senate-Executive Board Liaison

Joe Venusto

Senate-Executive Board Liaison
Biography

I joined Senate to make a difference in the RPI community. I have participated in a number of high-profile projects with large impacts on campus. One of the projects I’m most passionate about is long-term meal plan recommendations that HSAC (the Hospitality Services Advisory Committee) is working on.

Senate Committee Involvement Hospitality Services and Advisory Committee, Facilities and Services Committee
Other Campus Involvement Sigma Chi
Class Year 2017
Major Electrical Engineering
Hometown New Tripoli, PA

Nino Polletta

Treasurer

Nino Polletta

Treasurer
Biography
Class Year 2020
Major Mechanical Engineering
Hometown Watertown, CT

Risheel Gabbireddy

Academic Affairs Chair

Risheel Gabbireddy

Academic Affairs Chair
Biography
Senate Committee Involvement Academic Affairs Committee
Other Campus Involvement Vice President of Global Medical Brigades, Indian Student Association Member
Class Year 2019
Major Biology
Hometown Ashburn, VA

Sidney Kochman

Web Techologies Chair

Sidney Kochman

Web Techologies Chair
Biography

Hello! I’m a sophomore from Pennsylvania. I play the saxophone and enjoy mountain biking. When I’m not working on a WebTech project, you can usually find me photographing events around campus for The Poly.

Senate Committee Involvement Web Technologies Group
Other Campus Involvement The Polytechnic, Photo Club
Class Year 2019
Major Computer Science
Hometown Philadelphia, PA

Timothy Wang

Secretary

Timothy Wang

Secretary
Biography
Senate Committee Involvement Student Life Committee
Other Campus Involvement Union Marketing, Advertising, and Publicity Committee; Sigma Chi Fraternity
Class Year 2019
Major Computer Science
Hometown South River, NJ