Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Student Ambassadors

The Graduate Engineering Association or GEA acts as "the voice of graduate students" in the School of Engineering and represents engineering across campus. Student membership to GEA is divided into two categories: Graduate Engineering Ambassador and Graduate MemberAll currently enrolled graduate students are considered members of GEA. Ambassadors are selected each year for a fellowship (applications open in March 2019) to provide leadership within the organization through committees and recruitment support for both the school and departments/programs within engineering. They are an elite group of engineering leaders who work closely with adminstrators in the school to identify resources and strengthen our recruitment and retention efforts at KU. 

The organization further provides professional development, research/outreach, and travel opportunities for all graduate students in the school. To get invoved with the organization, email gea@ku.edu or one of the Graduate Ambassadors listed below.  Applications for the 2019-2020 GEA Ambassador Fellowship will open in early February. An email will be sent announcing the application is open to all current & incoming engineering students. 

Emilio Alverio
  • Marketing & Commuications Committee
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Quincy, IL
Aaron Blevins
  • GEA Treassurer
  • Travel Committee Chair
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Mayetta, KS
Cade Albert
  • Research & Outreach Committee
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Santa Calrita, CA
Alejandra Escalera Mendoza
  • Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
  • MS Aerospace Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia
Camilo Giraldo
  • GEA Vice President
  • Marketing & Communications Committee
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous Institution: Olivet Nazarene University
  • Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
Danny Griffin
  • Recruitment Committee Chair
  • Ph.D. Bioengineering
  • Previous Institution: Widener University
  • Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Ben Liu
  • Research & Outreach Committee
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering Computer Science
  • Previous Institution: Beijing Jiao Tong University
  • Hometown: HuNan, China
Bailey Miller
  • Research & Outreach Committee Chair
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Leavenworth, KS
Sarah Morton Rupert
  • GEA President
  • Marketing & Communications Committee
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Connecticut
  • Hometown: Oxford, CT
Jose Rocha
  • Social Committee Chair
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Charu Srivatsa
  • GEA Secretary
  • Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
  • Previous Institution: Jain University
  • Hometown: Bangalore, India
Xingtian Tao
  • Research & Outreach Committee
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering
  • Previous Institution: Northwestern Polytechnical University & University of Southern California
  • Hometown: YueYang, China
Sirisha Thippabhotla
  • Research & Outreach Committee
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Hyderrabad, India
Tugba Turnaoglu
  • Travel Committee
  • Ph.D. Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Oklahoma; Ankara University
  • Hometown: Ankara, Turkey
Simon Velasquez Morales
  • Recruitment Committee
  • Ph.D. Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Previous Institution: University of Kansas
  • Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
Gang Yang
  • Travel Committee
  • Ph.D. Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Previous Institution: China University of Petroleum
  • Hometown: Dotong, China


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