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Stanford Mentors 2021-2022

Leadership Team


Raj Balaji - President

Mechanical Engineering - abalaji@stanford.edu

The President coordinates the Stanford FAST program by overseeing the leadership team, maintaining partnerships within and outside Stanford, ensuring sustained funding, and dealing with the administrative and legal aspects of FAST.


Hannah Rosenblatt - Chief Operations Officer

Developmental Biology - hrosenbl@stanford.edu

The Chief Operations Officer is responsible for FAST leadership after the President. They disseminate information from the leadership team, document changes to the structure and logistics of FAST, and deal with administrative and legal aspects.


Alex Heyer - Andrew Hill Chief Program Officer

Chemistry

The Chief Program Officers are the first point of contact at each high school for both mentors and teachers. They are responsible for keeping track of mentors and students, communicating weekly goals, and referring for help any mentors or students suffering health, psychological, or family problems.


Alex Lessenger - Andrew Hill Chief Program Officer

Biology

The Chief Program Officers are the first point of contact at each high school for both mentors and teachers. They are responsible for keeping track of mentors and students, communicating weekly goals, and referring for help any mentors or students suffering health, psychological, or family problems.


Anudeep Mangu - James Lick Chief Program Officer

Materials Science and Engineering

The Chief Program Officers are the first point of contact at each high school for both mentors and teachers. They are responsible for keeping track of mentors and students, communicating weekly goals, and referring for help any mentors or students suffering health, psychological, or family problems.


Josselyn Peña - James Lick Chief Program Officer

Immunology

The Chief Program Officers are the first point of contact at each high school for both mentors and teachers. They are responsible for keeping track of mentors and students, communicating weekly goals, and referring for help any mentors or students suffering health, psychological, or family problems.


Stephanie Lim - Financial Officer

Earth System Science

The Financial Officer coordinates with funding sources, creates financial projections for fundraising efforts, and files reimbursements for FAST expenses.


Brian Zhong - Development Officer (external)

Chemical Engineering

The Development Officer identifies grants and funding sources, organizes the grant-writing process, and forms internal funding partnerships within Stanford University.


Erica Liu - Development Officer (internal)

Chemistry

The Development Officer identifies grants and funding sources, organizes the grant-writing process, and forms internal funding partnerships within Stanford University.


Joseph Kelly - Deputy Financial Officer

Chemistry


Rosa Ma - Outcomes Officer

Genetics

The Outcomes Officer leads the outcomes surveying team, researches improved outcomes tracking practices, and designs new surveys for measuring FAST's long-term impact.


Tina Na Narong - Outcomes Officer

Physics

The Outcomes Officer leads the outcomes surveying team, researches improved outcomes tracking practices, and designs new surveys for measuring FAST's long-term impact.


Qian Zhao - Outcomes Officer

Statistics

The Outcomes Officer leads the outcomes surveying team, researches improved outcomes tracking practices, and designs new surveys for measuring FAST's long-term impact.


Nora Enright - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Bioengineering

The Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training hosts information sessions to recruit future mentors. They also coordinate and develop mentor training sessions to prepare new and current mentors to be successful in mentorship.


Sarah Wu - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Psychology

The Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training hosts information sessions to recruit future mentors. They also coordinate and develop mentor training sessions to prepare new and current mentors to be successful in mentorship.


Melissa Nakamoto - Director of Communications

Chemistry

The Director of Internal Communications and Social Programming is responsible for maintaining the FAST website, electronically communicating weekly goals to mentors and students before each session, and organizing social events for mentors.


Sahil Dagli - Workshops and Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Materials Science and Engineering

The Workshops and Auxiliary Programs Coordinators develop and deliver workshops that cover a wide range of topics, including college applications, SAT/ACT testing, scientific ethics, reading primary scientific literature, and giving presentations. They are responsible for interfacing with summer intership programs, serving as the primary point of contact for FAST students who are interested in doing research at the university level.


Lindsey Mehl - Workshops and Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Cancer Biology

The Workshops and Auxiliary Programs Coordinators develop and deliver workshops that cover a wide range of topics, including college applications, SAT/ACT testing, scientific ethics, reading primary scientific literature, and giving presentations. They are responsible for interfacing with summer intership programs, serving as the primary point of contact for FAST students who are interested in doing research at the university level.


Amanda Wiggenhorn - Teaching and Education Specialist

Chemistry


Ruhi Sayana - Science Fair & Symposium Coordinator

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Sahil Tembulkar - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

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Eric Cooper - Andrew Hill Inventory Officer

Physics

The Inventory Officer is responsible for managing FAST equipment and supplies, including coordinating orders for supplies and proposing purchases of capital equipment based on student needs.


Jasper Ainsworth - James Lick Inventory Officer

Chemistry

The Inventory Officer is responsible for managing FAST equipment and supplies, including coordinating orders for supplies and proposing purchases of capital equipment based on student needs.

Professional Team

FAST is a voluntary student organization (VSO) entirely led by Stanford graduate students. To most effectively design curriculum and coordinate the program, FAST solicits the expert advice of the following staff scientists and professional researchers at Stanford who volunteer their time.

Mentors


Alex Heyer

Chemistry

Alex is a third year PhD student in the chemistry department. He grew up in the 'zert and then went to the University of Virgina (go hoos!). In his free time he likes wearing laser glasses, making zoom breakout rooms, and drinking caffeine-free diet coke.


Alex Lessenger

Biology


Amanda Wiggenhorn

Chemistry


Anudeep Mangu

Materials Science and Engineering

Anudeep is a second year Phd student interested in the physics of new materials that are interesting for new technologies. He loves reading fantasy novels, watching TV shows, and going on the occasional hike. He is excited to work with FAST to make some exciting projects!


Brian Zhong

Chemical Engineering


Daria Wonderlick

Biophysics

Daria is a first year Biophysics PhD student. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. Daria loves practically all athletic activities, as well as listening to audiobooks and playing card/board games.


David Cyncynates

Physics

David is a second year PhD student in Stanford's physics department. He is interested in exploring the nature of dark matter and its observable consequences. Legend tells of his ability to brew super delicious coffee.


Edward Mu

Chemistry

Edward is a first-year PhD student in the Chemistry department. He’s interested in sustainability-related applications of inorganic and materials chemistry. He is from Maple Grove, Minnesota and went to college at UC Berkeley. In his free time Edward likes TV and movies, as well as table tennis and running.


Elise Bruguera

Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Elise is a sixth year student in Molecular and Cellular Physiology. She’s interested in how cell surface proteins receive and respond to molecular signals. A South Bay native, she went to undergrad at Duke but couldn’t stay away for long! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her dog, backpacking and playing ultimate frisbee.


Eric Cooper

Physics


Erica Liu

Chemistry


Hannah Rosenblatt

Developmental Biology - hrosenbl@stanford.edu


Hope Leng

Bioengineering

Hope is a first-year Bioengineering PhD student. She grew up in the East Bay area and transferred from Woodland Community College to UC San Diego as an undergrad. She is interested in sustainability-related research, as well as making science accessible to everybody. She loves musicals, trivia, and reading any books or graphic novels.


Jasmine Cox

Electrical Engineering

Jasmine Cox is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and a current EDGE Fellow. She received her B.S. in EE with a minor in Applied Mathematics from Boise State University in 2020. During her undergraduate academic career, Jasmine was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar as well a member of the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory focusing on additive manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics.  Her current research as a member of Extreme Environment Microsystems Lab (XLab), under the direction of Dr. Debbie Senesky, explores the synthesis and characterization of devices and materials in extreme environments that can be found in space.


Jasper Ainsworth

Chemistry


Jeremy Treiber

Materials Science and Engineering

Jeremy is a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering department who researches biosensors utilizing organic mixed conducting materials. He enjoys hiking, watching thriller series, and playing with his dog Iggy.


John McEnany

Biophysics

John McEnany is a Biophysics Ph.D. student who studies complex biological systems with math and computation. In his free time, he enjoys theatre, both watching and working backstage. He's excited to be a FAST mentor!


Joseph Kelly

Chemistry


Josselyn Peña

Immunology


Lindsey Mehl

Cancer Biology


Madeline Chosy

Chemistry

Madeline is a fourth year PhD student in the chemistry department. Her research focuses on designing and testing new antibiotic conjugates to treat drug-resistant bacteria and bacterial biofilms. Madeline is from Madison, WI and went to undergrad at Carleton College. In her free time, she enjoys cooking/eating new food, hiking, board games, swing dance, and spending time with friends!


Marigold Malinao

Materials Science and Engineering

Marigold is a 1st year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering department. She is from San Diego, CA and is a first-generation college student. In her free time, she loves climbing, playing Pokemon, and watching anime!


Melissa Nakamoto

Chemistry

Melissa is a third year PhD student in the chemistry department. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and then moved to the east coast for her undergrad at Brown. In her free time she enjoys indulging in charcuterie boards, cappuccinos, and Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. 


Nora Enright

Bioengineering


Qian Zhao

Statistics


Qianyun "Savy" Lu

Electrical Engineering

Savy (i.e. Qianyun) is a third year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. She grew up in rural Jiangsu, China and is a first-generation college student. She is usually very quiet and likes running and reading in her free time.


Raj Balaji

Mechanical Engineering - abalaji@stanford.edu


Rosa Ma

Genetics


Roshni Sahoo

Computer Science

Roshni is a second-year PhD student in computer science, where she studies human interaction with machine learning systems. She loves reading books, doing outdoorsy things with friends, and drinking hot chocolate.


Ruhi Sayana

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Sahil Dagli

Materials Science and Engineering


Sahil Tembulkar

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Sarah Wu

Psychology


Stephanie Lim

Earth System Science


Tina Na Narong

Physics