Kay Igwe, SEAS Graduate Student Representative
Kay Igwe is a first year Master of Science student in Electrical Engineering. She is very interested in entrepreneurship and is currently on a team that is in the process of building a startup. She has helped in formulating a solution for hospitals in West Africa to help combat the Ebola situation. She is very involved in the Maker community and very committed to bringing opportunities of entrepreneurial involvement to both women and underrepresented groups.
Lauren Cardenas, SEAS Undergraduate Student Representative
Lauren Cardenas is a rising senior at Columbia University, completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on cell and tissue engineering. During her recent career, Lauren has built a tech startup from the ground up, pioneered sustainable solutions for the recent Ebola epidemic, and innovated a web app that diagnoses brain tumors in MRI images at a rate of 900 images per hour, receiving recognition both locally, and internationally for her ventures. Outside of her entrepreneurial pursuits, she takes an active interest in the arts, including writing, photography, and art preservation, previously having worked as a painting conservation research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ellie Bastani, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, SEAS
Ellie Bastani is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. She serves as a leading liaison between the student body and the various offices across the university. Ellie earned her Bachelors in English and Psychology and a Masters in Teaching and Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Masters in International Education from New York University. In 2010 she received a fellowship to research gender equity in Ghanaian classrooms and has worked as a grant writer for a Brooklyn based art -tech gallery. In her spare time, she loves reading, biking, running and photography.
Fred Sanchez, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Affairs
Fred Sanchez is the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Affairs at Columbia Engineering. He advises the Engineering Graduate Student Council and other student groups at SEAS while ensuring graduate students have a positive experience at Columbia by connecting them to its world-class resources. Fred has over seven years of experience in higher education including work with the Posse Foundation, the Institute of International Education, and in Mexico, Brazil, and El Salvador. He's also a certified SCUBA diver, triathlete, and stamp collector. Fred holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in International Education from New York University.
Samuel Ortiz, Graduate Intern at The Office of Graduate Student Affairs at SEAS
Sam Ortiz is a Graduate Assistant in the office of Graduate Student Affairs at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Sam is currently a graduate student at Columbia University studying Higher and Post-secondary Education Administration. Having received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Social Work, Sam has consistently worked to help diverse and underrepresented populations. In 2009 Sam joined the founding board of Good in the Hood, a non-profit dedicated to serving refugees from around the world and improving neighborhoods through service. As a director for Good in the Hood, Sam assisted with fundraising efforts, volunteer recruitment and organization and leading mentoring efforts for refugee youth.