Posted April 16, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Communications and Marketing
The 2012-13 newly elected officers:
Undergraduate Executive Ticket
Eran Mordel (President)
Amit Khanduri (Executive Vice President)
Graduate Executive Ticket
Michael Kirka (President)
Gareth Guvanasen (Executive Vice President)
Undergraduate House of Representatives
Alex Bandes (Class President)
Nicholas Picon (Class President)
Vett Vandiver (Class President)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
College of Computing
Electrical and Computer Engineering
History, Technology, and Society
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Literature, Communication, and Culture
Katarina Rose Jenkins
Materials Science and Engineering
Graduate Student Senate
Elections for the Graduate Student Senate will be held in Fall 2012.
April brings final tests and quizzes before wrapping up the semester, as well as newly elected officers for many student organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA).
Students last week elected Eran Mordel and Amit Khanduri as undergraduate president and executive vice president, and Michael Kirka and Gareth Guvanasen as graduate president and executive vice president. Undergraduate representatives from various departments across campus were also elected for next year, with their graduate counterparts being elected in the fall.
SGA is comprised of two houses: the Undergraduate House of Representatives and the Graduate Student Senate. Together, the houses affect many facets of student life.
“SGA is critical for influencing Institute policy and reflecting students' views to the administration, facilitating student organizations' funding and promoting collaboration, but, most importantly, being the advocate of the student body in both urgent and long-term strategic plans,” said Mordel, a fourth-year industrial systems and engineering major.
Khanduri, a fourth-year business administration major, adds that Georgia Tech’s SGA is in a unique position with an approximately $5 million budget to allocate to student groups and campus departments.
“This, along with the committees we serve on, makes GT SGA one of the most autonomous among [its] peer institutions,” Khanduri said. “It's all about the students' potential and responsibility that the administration has entrusted us with.”
Guvanasen, a doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering, said he ran for the position of executive vice president because he wanted to improve events that foster collaboration across research fields, such as the Graduate Career Symposium and the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference, as well as make progress towards currently existing projects.
“Our Graduate Student Government has made great progress towards acquiring a new health insurance plan for its graduate students that should provide greater benefits at lower cost,” said Guvanasen. “I look forward to working with others to see this project through to completion.”
Executive cabinet positions will be filled through an application and interview process conducted by the newly elected president and executive vice president in each house.