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Stanford Mentors 2019-2020

Leadership Team


Katie Liu - President

Chemistry
Email: kliu94 @ 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.


Alexander Dunlap - Chief Operations Officer

Math
Email: ajdunl2 @ 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.


Joshua Visser - Andrew Hill Chief Program Officer

Chemistry
Email: jvisser @ stanford.edu

The Chief Program Officer is 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.


Sasha Zemsky - Andrew Hill Chief Program Officer

Biophysics
Email: szemsky @ stanford.edu

The Chief Program Officer is 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.


Cindy Nguyen - James Lick Chief Program Officer

Electrical Engineering
Email: cindyn @ stanford.edu

The Chief Program Officer is 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.


Raj Balaji - James Lick Chief Program Officer

Mechanical Engineering
Email: abalaji @ stanford.edu

The Chief Program Officer is 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 - Financial Officer

Biology
Email: lessenga @ stanford.edu

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


Jake Hsu - Development Officer

Chemical Engineering
Email: jakehsu @ stanford.edu

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


Rachel Mardjuki - Development Officer

Chemistry
Email: rmardj @ stanford.edu

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


Tina Na Narong - Outcomes Officer

Physics
Email: tn282 @ stanford.edu

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


Alisha Piazza - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Mechanical Engineering
Email: piazzaa @ stanford.edu

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


Josselyn Peña - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Immunology
Email: jkpena @ stanford.edu

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


Sahil Tembulkar - Outreach Program Research Specialist

Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: stembulk @ stanford.edu

The Outreach Program Education Research Specialist maintains connections with the School of Education and coordinates efforts to improve mentorship, quality of project-based learning, and measurement of student outcomes.


Julie Ko - Director of Communications

Cancer Biology
Email: kojulieh @ stanford.edu

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.


Andy Renteria - Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Biochemistry
Email: arenteri @ stanford.edu

The Auxiliary Programs Coordinator is responsible for effective integration of undergraduates into the FAST program, including coordinating with current undergraduates to design and carry out effective workshops at all partner high schools.


Sedona Murphy - Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Genetics
Email: sedonaem @ stanford.edu

The Auxiliary Programs Coordinator is responsible for effective integration of undergraduates into the FAST program, including coordinating with current undergraduates to design and carry out effective workshops at all partner high schools.


Anudeep Mangu - Inventory Officer

Materials Science and Engineering
Email: mangu2 @ stanford.edu

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.

Mentors


Alex Lessenger

Biology
Email: lessenga @ stanford.edu


Alexander Dunlap

Math
Email: ajdunl2 @ stanford.edu

Alex is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Stanford's Math Department. He studies stochastic partial differential equations and other random things. Alex grew up in Mount Vernon, WA, went to college in Chicago, IL, and enjoys hiking, bicycling, and crossword puzzles.


Alisha Piazza

Mechanical Engineering
Email: piazzaa @ stanford.edu

Alisha is a first-year PhD student in mechanical engineering. She is interested in energy generation, transformations, and storage. Alisha is originally from Washington (state) and attended Seattle University for her undergraduate degree. In her free time, Alisha enjoys running and watching TV.


Andy Renteria

Biochemistry
Email: arenteri @ stanford.edu

Andy is a first-year Ph.D. student in the biochemistry department. Before Stanford, Andy studied chemistry and physics at Emporia State University, located in his hometown of Emporia, Kansas. During his time in undergrad, he also coached high school students in speech and debate for four years. Andy enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends.


Anudeep Mangu

Materials Science and Engineering
Email: mangu2 @ stanford.edu

Hi! I’m a first year Phd student interested in the physics of new materials that are interesting for new technologies. I love reading fantasy novels, watching TV shows, and going on the occasional hike. I’m really excited to work with FAST to make some exciting projects!


Cindy Nguyen

Electrical Engineering
Email: cindyn @ stanford.edu

Cindy is a first-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering, interested in the intersection of neuroscience and engineering. She also attended Stanford for her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering, and, before that, she attended Independence High (go ESUHSD!). In her free time, she likes to make Spotify playlists and watch stand-up comedy.


Jake Hsu

Chemical Engineering
Email: jakehsu @ stanford.edu

Jake is a second-year in Chemical Engineering studying biosynthetic enzymes. He grew up outside Portland, OR and was an undergrad at Penn. Outside of science, he likes to play tennis and hike.


Joshua Visser

Chemistry
Email: jvisser @ stanford.edu

Josh is a third year PhD student in the chemistry department. He studies the bacterial biofilms of E. coli through interrogation by small molecules. He grew up in Delta, Utah and received his undergraduate education at the University of Utah. Outside the lab, Josh enjoys reading, swimming, and playing board games!


Josselyn Peña

Immunology
Email: jkpena @ stanford.edu


Julie Ko

Cancer Biology
Email: kojulieh @ stanford.edu

Julie is a third year PhD student in Cancer Biology, studying the mechanisms of small cell lung cancer metastasis. Julie grew up in Los Angeles and went to MIT for undergrad. Outside of science, she likes to play video games, eat junk food, and think about dogs.


Katie Liu

Chemistry
Email: kliu94 @ stanford.edu

Katie is a third year PhD student in the chemistry department where she studies viral membrane fusion. She moved to Stanford after graduating from Scripps College in 2016. She is originally from Honolulu, HI and enjoys dancing, hiking and going to the beach.


Rachel Mardjuki

Chemistry
Email: rmardj @ stanford.edu

I'm a second year in the Chemistry department interested in the intersection of chemistry and biology. In undergrad, I worked in an epigenetics lab and an organic synthesis lab, and in grad school I hope to use chemistry to help answer questions in biology.


Raj Balaji

Mechanical Engineering
Email: abalaji @ stanford.edu

Raj is a second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His current research involves computational studies of electrokinetic flows and related multi-physics phenomena. Aside from that, Raj also enjoys running (long distances, slowly), backpacking (longer distances, even more slowly), cooking (never the same thing twice in a month), and riding his fixie (the clearly superior choice for bicycle gearing).


Sahil Tembulkar

Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: stembulk @ stanford.edu


Sasha Zemsky

Biophysics
Email: szemsky @ stanford.edu

Sasha is a second year PhD student in Biophysics. She studies myosin proteins, and she is interested in how forces generated by individual proteins can lead to larger-scale motion at the cell and tissue level. In her free time, she likes to lift weights. She also walks a lot because she doesn't know how to ride a bike.


Sedona Murphy

Genetics
Email: sedonaem @ stanford.edu

Sedona is a second year PhD student in the genetics department and is studying how genes are regulated via super resolution microscopy. She really likes taking dope pictures with microscopes and being active in the outdoors. Her three-legged cat is probably her best friend.


Tina Na Narong

Physics
Email: tn282 @ stanford.edu

Tina is a third year PhD student in Physics. She is building an experiment to cool and trap ytterbium atoms with lasers. She did her undergrad at the University of Cambridge (UK). Born and raised in Thailand, she has a lot of passion for cooking and ice-cream making. She also spends most of her time outside the lab running, weightlifting, hiking, and swimming.