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Graduate Student Association

Executive Board Roles and Duties

The executive board oversees the administration of the GSA and serves as the first line of communication between the GSA and the rest of the University at large. When contacting the GSA, it is normally better to address the entire exec board to ensure that your message is heard and answered, but if you need to reach out to a particular member, they are listed here for your reference.

  • President: Deveshwar Hariharan
    • Executive Liason for the Special Projects and Political Action Committee
    • Addresses graduate student concerns, Inter-University networking, communicates with the graduate student body
  • Vice President of External AffairsSamit Chakraborty
    • Executive Liason for the Community Service Committee
    • University standing committees organizes GSA community service events, represent GSA
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Melissa Mitchler
    Executive Liason for the Department of Outreach and Leadership Committee

    • Best Practices Award, Representative resource, and constitutional amendments
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs: Kuncheng Song
    • Executive Liason for the Research Recognition Committee
    • GSA Award for Conferences, Graduate Research Symposium
  • Vice President of Communication: Pragna Bollam
    • Executive Liason for the Publicity Committee
    • Listserv, website updates, and technological concerns
  • VP of  Student Governance Relations: Troi Davis
    • Represent the graduate students in student governance structures
  • Secretary: Monica Rathod
    • Executive Liason for the Teaching Effectiveness Committee
    • Outstanding TA Awards, meeting minutes and historicizing the organization
  • Treasurer: Thaddeus Paulsel
    • Executive Liason for the Social Committee
    • Yearly budget, honoraria/block grant, social events

Executive Board Bios

President: Deveshwar Hariharan

Hello Wolfpack, I’m Deveshwar, a 2nd year  PhD student in the ECE Dept. I’m really excited to serve as the President of GSA this year. I work with self driving vehicles, specifically in optimizing how they can share data while on the road. I’m also a rock climbing enthusiast (if you’re looking for a climbing buddy, let me know). I’ve been involved with the GSA for 3 years now, this has given me the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. The year 2020 has shown us a clear need to reinforce our commitment to Diversity, Equity and inclusion. This year’s executive board has made this our priority. We understand the stresses and issues surrounding grad life, worker’s rights and mental health. My vision is to create an equitable, inclusive and fair environment, and I will try to achieve this through representation and advocacy.  I will not be able to realize this alone, I need you to reach out to me when you face issues that you believe is something we need to address.

Vice President of External Affairs: Samit Chakraborty

My name is Samit Chakraborty. I am a Ph.D. student in Textile Technology Management and working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with Wilson College of Textiles. I was awarded the NCTF/Distance Education fellowship in Fall 2018. My research is based on implementing innovative technologies and ensuring sustainability in textile and fashion manufacturing. I am originally from Bangladesh and moved to Raleigh two years ago to pursue my Ph.D. degree. I completed my Master’s from The University of Manchester, UK and Bachelor’s from Bangladesh University of Textiles. I am serving as a volunteer member in NC State Dining Committee. I have
also volunteered as an officer with NCSU-Bangladesh Student Association. My interests are watching movies and playing cricket.
As a secretary of GSA, my goal is to carry out my responsibilities with utmost sincerity and working with the GSA team for the further betterment of graduate students of NC State University.

Vice President of Internal Affairs: Melissa Mitchler

Hello everyone! I am Melissa Mitchler, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department developing genetically encoded biosensors for the high-throughput engineering of small molecules with industrial and pharmaceutical relevance. I also am a Molecular Biology Traineeship Program fellow working towards my minor in biotechnology. I will be serving as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the 2021-2022 school year. This is my first year on the GSA executive board so I am very excited to work with the rest of the executive board to advocate for all graduate students at NC State University! Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Vice President of Academic Affairs: Kuncheng Song

My name is Kuncheng, and I am a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics program. My research focuses on integrating multiple types of omics data and using them to study complex diseases, including disease prediction and prevention. It is a great honor to serve as the VP of Academic Affairs, and as the liaison of the Research Recognition Committee. I will work closely with the Graduate School in coordinating Graduate Research Symposium. I also serve as a GSA representative to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School, and it is my responsibility to connect the graduate student body to the executive side of the administration. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions/concerns regarding GSA travel awards or GSA as a whole.

Vice President of Communication: Pragna Bollam

Hi everyone! I am Pragna, a Masters in Computer Science student specializing in Data Science. My research focuses on developing models that allow us to detect threats, extremist tweets, hate speeches on social media platforms. I am deeply grateful to serve our community as the VP of Communication and look forward to representing graduate student interests at NC State. I am the executive liaison for the CASE committee, which organizes social and community events for graduate students. I am also responsible for the graduate newsletter PawPrints, and other social media. I enjoy traveling, reading, and trying new adventures. So, feel free to reach out to me if you want to share something with graduate students or have an adventure trip plan.

VP of  Student Governance Relations: Troi Davis

My name is Troi Davis, I am a second-year Master’s student in the Physiology program. I received my B.S.(Biology) and B.A. (Japanese Studies) degrees at Western Carolina University in 2019. My goal after graduating is to go to dental school and hopefully specialize to become an oral surgeon. This has been a dream of mine for years, and I feel like I am one step closer to seeing it come to fruition. In my first year at North Carolina State, I was the Physiology Graduate Student Association Representative, and it was through that role, I discovered Graduate Student Association. As the VP of Student Government Relations, I will be serving as a liaison between Student Government and the Graduate Student Association. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns, thoughts, or questions!

Secretary: Monica Rathod

Greetings! I’m Monica Harshad Rathod, pursuing Master’s in Chemical Engineering at NCSU and attaining a graduate certificate course in the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center. My research focuses on the detection of human diseases under Dr. Wei’s guidance. Along with being the Secretary of NCSU GSA, I am currently an International Student Ambassador for India, College of Engineering Department Ambassador, and Vice President of MAITRI (Indian Graduate Student Association). I’m a student member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). I’ve served as the Co-Captain and Captain of the Chemical Department during my undergrad years. I’ve also led the college team of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) as an Events Head. I love dancing and enjoy baking, painting, and cooking. As a part of GSA, I would work towards the betterment of Graduate Students and historicize the organization.

Treasurer: Thaddeus Paulsel

Hello everyone! I am Thaddeus Paulsel, a third-year Ph.D. student in Chemistry with research that focuses on precursor-directed biosynthesis and enzyme engineering. My focus is on creating more accessible pathways to antibiotic production using a combination of traditional organic chemistry and synthetic biology. This is my first year on the GSA executive board, and I look forward to finding new ways to advocate for graduate student rights. I serve as treasurer and look forward to working with you. Go Pack!