Duke Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC)

Our team


Executive Board

Aaron Appelle

Aaron is a 3rd year PhD student in CEE and a 2nd year EGSC member. He studies ways to use sensors in cities to improve urban services. In his free time, Aaron likes to run and hike trails, go to concerts, and learn languages.

Daniel Marshall

Vice President
Daniel is a 2nd year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. In the Grill Lab, he develops novel methods for computational modeling of peripheral nerve stimulation. He enjoys playing volleyball, producing music, and cooking.

Keenan Powers

Keenan is a MEng student in Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in engineering mathematics. In his free time, he likes to play sports and read Sci-Fi. He also loves to cook and is a substitute Math and Physics teacher at Raleigh Charter High School.

Shivani Metta

Communications Chair
Shivani is a 2nd year MEng in Cybersecurity student. Her research area is Generative AI and cybersecurity intersection. She also loves writing, reading books and cooking. She is also a major anime enthusiast.

Paris Brown

Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Paris is a 2nd year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering. She specializes in tissue, neural, and stem cell engineering and studies neuroinflammation. She enjoys baking, exploring state parks, and she also has a pilot’s license!


Shaojun Xia

Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Shaojun is a 1st year PhD student in BME. His research is focused on medical imaging. In the spare time, he enjoys hiking, strolling, and reading. At the same time, he is passionate about exploring new things and new organizations.

Elizabeth Jacobia

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Elizabeth is a 2nd year PhD student in CEE. She studies lead contamination in drinking water and real-time detection in the Jones Lab. Elizabeth reads and plays pick-up field hockey in her free time.

Deniz Acil

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Deniz is a 3rd year PhD student in ECE. He specializes in nanophotonics and quantum optics, focusing on single photon sources and fluorescent immunoassays. Outside lab, He likes to play the guitar, swim, and tinker with electronics.

Han Zhang

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS)
Han is a 1st year PhD student in MEMS – AI for Materials program. His research involves teaching AI the physics concepts, and using AI to design metamaterials. Han enjoys strategy games & travel in his spare time.

Joshua Chan

Master of Science (M.S.)
Josh is a 2nd year M.S. student in BME. His is pursuing a certificate in Neural Engineering and his research is primarily in Engineering Education. Outside of classes Josh can be found golfing or playing his guitar.

Sai Sanjay Panchatcharam

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Sai is a 1st year student in MEng – Biomedical Engineering. He specializes in Medical Device Design. He loves watching and playing cricket. Beyond the cricket field, Sai enjoys challenging board games and is a true foodie who never misses an opportunity to explore new culinary gems in town.

Prakhar Jain

Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.)
Prakhar is a 2nd year M.E.M at Pratt School of Engineering. He worked as a Data Analyst with Discovery Education in Charlotte during the summer of 2023. He has been actively involved in IEEE and IEEE-PES, even serving as the IEEE-PES chapter chair in 2018. In his free time, he likes to cook and play Badminton.

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