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Leadership

Our Mission

The leadership of our chapter of AIChE seeks to provide a social atmosphere for all undergraduates to come together and discuss all there is to know about chemical engineering, including invaluable information regarding career fair, guest speakers from the industry, community service opportunities, a Chem-E Car competition, Engineering Fair, and some amazing social events and general help for most undergraduate courses.

Leadership

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President
Pragati Patel

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Vice President
Nedgine Joseph

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Treasurer
Emerick Gilliams

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Secretary
Grace Li

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Marketing Director
Zachary Lambert

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Outreach Director
Amanda Orta Santana

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Internal Programs Director
Jasmine Brown

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External Programs Director
Matthew Chertok

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Sister Chapter Liason
Melina Michel

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Corporate Liaison
Violet Warren

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K-12 Coordinator
Sean Kochanowsky

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Social Program Coordinator
Viviana Pinzon

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Web Developer
Irene Chung

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Professional Programs Coordinator
Ozair Ahmad

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Editor-in-Chief 
Jose Rodriguez

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ChemE Jeopardy Captain
Ali Gator

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ChemE Car Captain
Brett Bertini

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Graduate School Liaison
Jonathan Michalik

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Mentor Program Coordinator
Jessica Ofarrill

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Faculty Advisor
Dr. Rivera

Committees

If you are interested in one of the many committees AIChE has to offer, reach out to the Committee Heads. Remember, being an active part of a committee counts as progress towards being an active member of the UF AIChE Student Chapter!

• ChemE Car
• Treasurer Committee
• Marketing Committee
• Outreach Committee
• Internal Programs Committee
• External Programs Committee

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Meet the Team

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Pragati Patel

Hello! I am Pragati and I will be serving as AIChE President for the year 2020-21. I have been part of AIChE since the spring of 2019. This organization tv has provided me community and various opportunities where I have been able to grow professionally and personally. Outside of AIChE and school, I enjoy photography and recently got into freestyle poetry writing. I want to use this platform to advocate engineering and reach out to fellow chemE students to provide different opportunities that can enhance their experience as a Gator Engineer!

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Nedgine Joseph

I joined AIChE in my sophomore year and immediately got involved as I fell in love with the organization. I started out as the Corporate Liaison and worked my way up to Vice President. It is such an honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the AIChE assembly and members. Using my platform, I plan to continue in my predecessors’ footsteps by fostering a democratic, productive, ambitious, and compassionate culture at AIChE. In my free time, I enjoy reading mystery films, watching comedy shows, and gardening.

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Emerick Gilliams

Hello! I am currently the Treasurer for AIChE, so I manage all of the big bucks. I’ve been in this organization for close to two years, and this is my fourth semester of being an officer. My first position with the organization was Webmaster, where I spent a year transitioning from the old website to where we are now. My second position was Professional Programs Director, where I spent my time organizing events catered to improving our members’ professional skills and opportunities. 

AIChE has been a huge part of me growing professionally, and I highly recommend every chemical engineer join it. At this point in my collegiate career, I like to spend my time being a leader in a few other organizations I am apart of. As well as being an executive member of AIChE, I am an executive member of ChemE Car, Director of Communications for Chemical Engineering Peer Advisors, and a member of the Engineering Leadership Circle. Besides this, I have been a Renewable Energy Intern at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and I have spent over 400 hours on undergraduate research related to Electrochemistry.

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Grace Li

Hello, my name is Grace Li and I am your secretary for this semester. As secretary, I will be responsible for managing membership points, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about becoming an active member. AIChE has provided me with opportunities to interact with my peers and professors, allowing me to develop relationships with people that I wouldn’t meet otherwise. The people I’ve met have given me valuable advice in many topics and I would like to thank them by improving AIChE so that everyone can benefit from this organization. In my free time, I enjoy painting with watercolor and ink.

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Zachary Lambert

My name is Zachary Lambert, and as the Marketing Director I oversee the Webmaster and the Editor in Chief, and I manage our social media pages. The marketing committee is all about promoting UF AIChE, so if you want to become AIChE famous, participate in our events, and support our merch! We are super open to people joining our committee. We will need lots of pictures and Zoom screenshots this year! Outside of AIChE, I am involved with Solar Gators, UF’s solar car student design team, and the Boy Scouts of America where I play a key role in planning and hosting events for the young scouts in my hometown. I also enjoy biking around campus and love water sports, especially windsurfing. I’m still discovering my interests in ChemE, but I am enjoying every second with these lovely people.

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Amanda Orta Santana

Hello!! I am Amanda Orta Santana and I will be the Outreach Director during Fall 2020. I am originally from Cuba, a beautiful island 330 miles away from Miami. I joined AIChE in Fall 2019, being a member of this organization has not only given me the opportunity to make new friends, and make more connections but to learn more about myself, my goals and my strengths.  I want to use this platform to help those like me who want to grow professionally and support community efforts. AIChE is an organization that has helped me stay inspired and to stay motivated!!

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Jasmine Brown

Hey, y’all! My name is Jasmine Brown and I’m the Internal Programs Director. I’ve been a part of AIChE since Fall 2019 and involved with the internal programs and outreach committee and the mentor-mentee program. Although this year ended up very different than I expected it to, I’m very excited to build our professional development programs and to try new exciting social events. When I’m not in AIChE, I’m an RA in the Broward Area and a freshman engineering peer advisor. Outside of engineering, I love playing volleyball, tubing down the springs, and learning guitar. This next semester is going to be a new experience for all of us and I can’t wait to get started.

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Matthew Chertok

As the External Programs Director, my role is to help connect students to opportunities in industry and graduate school. My goal this fall is to offer a series of virtual info sessions this semester, representing companies across different industries as well as top graduate programs around the country. AIChE has provided me with great friends and networking experiences, and I’m glad to have the chance to contribute to our chapter.

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Melina Michel

I joined AIChE as a freshman in my spring semester, and really enjoyed the casual-yet-professional dynamic at the GBM and openness of the members. Everyone was so kind and motivated, and I was really looking forward to getting to know them all. I appreciate how so many of the members are very determined and supportive, and help each other to study, network, and ultimately succeed at whatever they may be trying to do. I would like to use my platform as Sister Chapter Liaison to expose members to cultures besides ours here at the University of Florida and allow us to interact with other aspiring chemical engineers around the world. As hobbies, I really like to run, crochet, and pick up new shows or playlists to try. My goal for this semester is to increase communications with our sister chapter and introduce more potential members to AIChE!

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Violet Warren

My name is Violet Warren and I will be the corporate liaison for Fall 2020. Currently, I am a junior in chemical engineering. Although plant tours will be limited this semester, I look forward to helping the external programs committee in planning and hosting events with companies associated with the campus. Hopefully by the end of the semester tours might be possible or virtual tours if there is interest. I have been a part of AIChE since Fall 2019 and have been involved with many activities within the organization such as social events and ChemE Car. I enjoy drawing, gaming, and socializing when time permits.

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Sean Kochanowsky

I’m Sean Kochanowsky, and this is my second year in AIChE and the second time as the K-12 engagement chair! As the K-12 engagement chair, I assist the Outreach Director in organizing community events, while also coordinating with local K-12 schools to involve AIChE in STEM-related activities. The most rewarding aspect of AIChE is that it allows students within chemical engineering to not only become acquainted with each other, but it also allows for the development of vital connections that could lead to enriching experiences and professional development. I personally have benefited tremendously from this by forming invaluable friendships and becoming much more involved outside of my classes. My goal for this year is to ensure that AIChE continues to make a significant impact on our community despite the setbacks we face with the COVID-19 outbreak. Outside of AIChE, I am involved with two engineering design teams (Gatorloop and ChemE Car), and also dedicate a lot of my time to bodybuilding.

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Viviana Pinzon

I am a junior in the Chemical Engineer Department. I was born in Tachira, Venezuela. I transferred from Miami Dade College, and AIChE was where I discovered all the opportunities that the department has to offer. I also met my friends and mentors who help me with homework, schedule,  and resume. This semester, I am the Social Program coordinator. I plan to do fun and important events for all our members in AIChE.

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Irene Chung

Hello, I’m Irene Chung and my job as the Webmaster is to make sure this website is up and running properly. In AIChE, I’ve participated in the Mentor-Mentee program, where I learned a lot about the courses I’ll be taking in the future, general life advice, and so much more. Outside of AIChE, I’m also the Secretary of Solar Gator, an engineering design team, making a solar-powered car.

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Ozair Ahmad

I joined AIChE when a good friend of mine (Amanda Santana) recommended it to me in Spring 2020. AIChE has been the most inclusive student organization that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. As the new Professionals Program Coordinator, I hope to fulfill the gap between academia and industry that many undergrads aren’t taught. In addition, I intend to teach many soft skills that I’ve learned through my co-op with Dow Chemical Company in Summer 2020. When not studying, I spend most of my time in Archery practice, reading mystery novels, and learning Mathematics.

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Jose Rodriguez

My name is Jose Rodríguez. I am a third-year ChemE, originally from Valencia, Venezuela. I came to the US to pursue a career in STEM and UF was by far my best choice. I got involved with AIChE during my first semester at UF and joined the Mentor-Mentee Program. I served as Marketing Director during the Spring of 2020 and I am currently Editor in Chief. During my second semester at UF, I got involved with Engineering Education and outreach projects with Dr. Rivera. In Summer 2020, I joined Dr. Colina’s research lab in the Department of Chemistry, in which I’m currently performing molecular dynamics simulations to study biomolecular systems, bioconjugates, and their medical applications.

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Brett Bertini

Hello! My name is Brett Bertini, I was born and raised in Key West, Florida and I am currently a senior in chemical engineering. I am an avid scuba diver, a USCG certified captain, and enjoy working on electrical projects in my boat when I’m back home. I have been involved with AIChE for two years, I attended general body meetings regularly, and spend a semester on the treasury and outreach committee each. After my time on those committees, I joined ChemE Car’s Power generation team and after one semester became the power team leader. After my semester of power team leader, I worked my way up to the position of Captain of ChemE Car. If anyone is interested in joining ChemE Car and getting some design team experience with your talented peers, feel free to reach out!

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Jonathan Michalik

Hi, I’m Jonathan Michalik. As the graduate school liaison, I help AIChE members better understand graduate school. This semester I plan to have speakers from several universities who can give insight into the grad school application process and why one might choose to attend graduate school. AIChE has given me the opportunity to get to know my fellow ChemE students better and learn more about the major. When I have free time, I play video games, read up on the computer hardware industry, and play the cello.

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Jessica Ofarrill

Hi, my name is Jessica Ofarrill and I will be the Mentor Program Coordinator for AIChE this Fall 2020. In Spring 2019, I took part in the Mentor-Mentee Program as a mentee and I got to meet so many wonderful fellow ChE classmates. This past Spring, I was a mentor and I really enjoyed giving my mentees advice and spending quality time with them. My goal this Fall is to keep ChE students connected in the midst of a pandemic while providing professional development/fun activities. Outside of AIChE, I am the Vice President of Dancin’ Gators and participate in Dance Marathon. My favorite hobbies are biking and dancing.

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