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Stanford Mentors 2020-2021

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.


Raj Balaji - Chief Operations Officer

Mechanical Engineering
Email: abalaji @ 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
Email: heyer @ stanford.edu

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.


Hannah Rosenblatt - Andrew Hill Chief Program Officer

Developmental Biology
Email: hrosenbl @ stanford.edu

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
Email: mangu2 @ stanford.edu

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
Email: jkpena @ stanford.edu

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 - 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.


Stephanie Lim - Financial Officer

Earth System Science
Email: smlim @ stanford.edu

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


Brian Zhong - Development Officer

Chemical Engineering
Email: brizhong @ stanford.edu

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


Rosa Ma - Outcomes Officer

Genetics
Email: rosaxma @ 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.


Nora Enright - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Bioengineering
Email: nenright @ stanford.edu

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.


Lindsey Mehl - Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training

Cancer Biology
Email: lmehl @ stanford.edu

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.


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.


Melissa Nakamoto - Director of Communications

Chemistry
Email: mnakamot @ 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.


Cindy Nguyen - Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Electrical Engineering
Email: cindyn @ stanford.edu

The Auxiliary Programs Coordinator is responsible for interfacing with summer intership programs. They are the primary point of contact for FAST students who are interested in doing research at the university level.


Jasper Ainsworth - Workshops Coordinator

Chemistry
Email: jainswo1 @ stanford.edu

The Workshop 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.


Rosie Sowers - Workshops Coordinator

Biomedical Informatics
Email: rsowers @ stanford.edu

The Workshop 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.


Joshua Visser - Andrew Hill Inventory Officer

Chemistry
Email: jvisser @ 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.


Eric Cooper - James Lick Inventory Officer

Physics
Email: escooper @ 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.

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.


Sahil Tembulkar - Outcomes Consultant

Email: stembulk @ stanford.edu

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


Munam Wasi - Technology Consultant

Email: munam @ stanford.edu

The Technology Consultant documents FAST sessions on social media and develops technology regarding communication, organization, and operations of FAST.

Mentors


Alex Heyer

Chemistry
Email: heyer @ stanford.edu

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
Email: lessenga @ stanford.edu


Anudeep Mangu

Materials Science and Engineering
Email: mangu2 @ stanford.edu

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
Email: brizhong @ stanford.edu


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.


Eric Cooper

Physics
Email: escooper @ stanford.edu


Erica Liu

Chemistry
Email: eliu8 @ stanford.edu

Erica is a second year PhD student in the chemistry department. She did her undergrad across the bay at UC Berkeley. In her free time, Erica enjoys drinking tea, playing tennis, and watching the sunset.


Hannah Rosenblatt

Developmental Biology
Email: hrosenbl @ stanford.edu


Jasper Ainsworth

Chemistry
Email: jainswo1 @ stanford.edu


Jordan Xiao

Biophysics
Email: jyxiao @ stanford.edu

Jordan is a second-year PhD student in Biophysics. He studied physics as an undergrad at UC Berkeley. These days he spends his free time playing Dungeons & Dragons and trying to start a jugger team at Stanford. (Ask him what jugger is!)


Joseph Kelly

Chemistry
Email: joseph13 @ stanford.edu

Joseph is a first year PhD student in Chemistry looking to study molecular structure and dynamics using theoretical and computational tools. As an undergrad he studied Chemistry at UC Berkeley. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, building with LEGO and occasionally playing the French Horn.


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 fourth 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 ♡FIFTH♡ 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.


Lindsey Mehl

Cancer Biology
Email: lmehl @ stanford.edu

Lindsey is a second year PhD student in the cancer biology program and studies the mechanisms underlying chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. In her free time, she loves to read, paint, and hike with friends.


Lisa Couper

Biology
Email: lcouper @ stanford.edu

Lisa is a third-year PhD student in Biology, interested in the effects of climate change on infectious diseases. She grew up in North Carolina and went to undergrad at UNC (Go Heels!). She enjoys basketball, ultimate frisbee, and watching dance videos.


Madeline Chosy

Chemistry
Email: chosym @ stanford.edu

Madeline is a third year PhD student in the chemistry department. She studies bacteria/bacterial biofilms and how we can treat them more effectively. Madeline is from Madison, WI and went to undergrad at Carleton College. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, board games, swing dance (pre-COVID), and spending time with friends.


Mary DeFeo

Microbiology and Immunology
Email: mdefeo @ stanford.edu

Mary is a second year PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology. She grew up in Pennsylvania and got her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Her current research involves studying the molecules produced by our gut microbiota that keep us healthy. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, trying new food, and going for walks.


Melissa Nakamoto

Chemistry
Email: mnakamot @ stanford.edu

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 pressed grape juice.


Melody Wang

Materials Science and Engineering
Email: melodymw @ stanford.edu

I am currently researching ways to increase the mechanical properties of metallic glass, and in my free time, I love to cook all sorts of food! I am looking forward to experimenting in Kitchen Chem with students who are just as excited about food as I am!


Mihyun Choi

Bioengineering
Email: mhchoi @ stanford.edu

Mihyun is a third year PhD student in Bioengineering, studying the use ultrasound as a tool for modulating brain activity. She went to Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology for a dual degree undergraduate program in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and drinking coffee and tea.


Munam Wasi

Technology Consultant
Email: munam @ stanford.edu


Nico Robalin

Chemistry
Email: nrobalin @ stanford.edu

Nico is a first year PhD student studying organic chemistry working on pathways to synthesize large biologically active molecules. In his free time, he loves reading, cooking, boxing, and playing electric bass. Also, one of his favorite things to learn about are dinosaurs. He did his undergrad at University of Notre Dame and is excited to work with students on exciting projects for FAST!


Nora Enright

Bioengineering
Email: nenright @ stanford.edu


Qian Zhao

Statistics
Email: qzhao1 @ stanford.edu

Qian is a fifth year graduate student in the statistics department studying applied statistical methods and their theoretical properties. She grew up in Shanghai where she studied physics as an undergraduate student at Fudan University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, and swimming.


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).


Rosa Ma

Genetics
Email: rosaxma @ stanford.edu


Rosie Sowers

Biomedical Informatics
Email: rsowers @ stanford.edu


Sahil Dagli

Materials Science and Engineering
Email: daglis @ stanford.edu

Sahil is a 2nd year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering department, where he studies photonic devices for sensing and information processing. He grew up in Michigan and got his undergraduate degree at University of Michigan in Materials Science and Engineering. In his free time, he likes to run, play volleyball, hike, and play music.


Sahil Tembulkar

Outcomes Consultant
Email: stembulk @ stanford.edu


Sarah Wu

Psychology
Email: sarahawu @ stanford.edu

Sarah is a first-year PhD student in Psychology interested in computational models of cognition. She grew up in North Carolina and went to MIT for undergrad studying math, computer science, and cognitive science. She loves drinking boba.


Scott Berger

Biophysics
Email: berger51 @ stanford.edu

Scott is a second year PhD student in the Biophysics program currently trying to understand how higher eukaryotes replicate their DNA using single molecule tools. Originally from New Jersey, he went to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he majored in biochemistry. Outside the lab he has been learning Japanese with a particular fascination with the history and evolution of Chinese characters, bikes around the bay area, cooks a mean katsudon, and can usually be found with a cup of tea in hand.


Sophia Shi

Chemistry
Email: smshi @ stanford.edu

Sophia is a second-year PhD student studying the effects of aging on the brain. She was born in New Jersey and received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology at Cornell University. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, biking, and trying new foods.


Stephanie Lim

Earth System Science
Email: smlim @ stanford.edu


Tina Deschene

Chemistry
Email: cdeschen @ stanford.edu

Tina is a first year PhD student in the chemistry department. She grew up in Upstate New York and attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree in chemistry and forensic science with a minor in math. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, and play board games!