EECS GSA Celebrates Holiday Special Events!

To start off the new semester with refreshed energy, GSA organized a series of winter events for EECS students and their f&fs. Everyone had a blast getting back together after the long IAP. Here are the proofs!!!

Ice skating at the frog pond!

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat at TD Garden where Celtics heated us up by beating the Heat!

Chess challenge going on at the chess event!

Stay tuned until the next winter!

Congrats to Elected Officers for 2022!

We are excited to announce the new EECS GSA executive board members for 2022 who have been elected at the 2021 GSA elections on 21st November! Congratulations and best of luck to all the officers for the new term that begins on January 15, 2022.

  • Christina Ji, Co-President
  • Kruthika Kikkeri, Co-President
  • Akhilan Boopathy, Treasurer
  • Khandoker Nuzhat Rafa Islam (Rafa), Vice President of Publications
  • Leticia Mattos Da Silva, Vice President of Visit Days and Orientation
  • Vinith Suriyakumar, Vice President of Visit Days and Orientation
  • Matt Bowers,  Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Parmida Davarmanesh, Vice President of Student Life
  • Theo Olausson, Vice President of Student Life
  • Renato Berlinghieri, Vice President of Academics 

Elected Officer for 2021

At the 2020 EECS GSA elections on November 12th, graduate student members elected a new slate of officers to lead the EECS GSA in 2021. Congratulations to the new officers!

  • Ajay Brahmakshatriya, Co-President
  • Tejas Jayashankar, Co-President
  • Shangdi Yu, Treasurer
  • Kruthika Kikkeri, Vice President, Academics and Diversity
  • Logan Engstrom, Vice President, Publications
  • Anna Zeng, Vice President, Student Life
  • Adam Jetplane “AJ” Miller, Vice President, Visit Day
  • Christina Ji, Vice President, Visit Day

The term for new officers begins on January 15, 2021. We look forward to a great year!

First Coffee Hour of the Spring 2020 Semester!

The Spring 2020 semester has officially started! It was a busy first week with our graduate students rushing between classes and figuring out their new schedule for the semester. As the hectic week came to end, the GSA coffee hour returned with tasty pastries, fruits, coffee and most importantly, a lot of fun!! We had a great turnout as usual 🙂

Make sure to stop by RLE-8th floor lounge every Friday at 3:30 pm for more coffee hour treats!

Assorted fruits, tiramisu sheet cake, strawberry shortcake, pastries and coffee!
An awesome environment to catch up with friends and meet new people!

Elected officers for 2020

At the 2019 EECS GSA elections on November 21st, graduate student members elected a new slate of officers to lead the EECS GSA in 2020. Congratulations to the new officers!

  • Liane Makatura, Co-President
  • David Palmer, Co-President
  • James Minor, Treasurer
  • Tom Tseng, Vice President, Academics and Diversity
  • Tejas Jayashankar, Vice President, Publications
  • Zhutian Yang, Vice President, Student Life
  • Ajay Brahmakshatriya, Vice President, Visit Day
  • Christina Ji, Vice President, Visit Day

The term for new officers begins on January 15, 2020. We look forward to a great year!

2019 Pi Day

Pi Day (March 14th) has always been a special date to MIT. It is celebrated on March 14th because 3.14 are the first digits of the irrational number π. Every year MIT announces its admission results for the upcoming undergraduate class on this day. It is also MIT’s annual giving day, during which MIT students and alumni come together to support the institute to help expand educational resources to empower learners worldwide.

This year, as usual, the EECS GSA has thrown a “pie” party for fellow EECS graduate students to celebrate this event. 24 whole pies of different flavors were ordered from Petsi Pies were and Flour Bakery, with vegan and gluten-free options as well. A lot of students showed up at the event and enjoyed the delicious pies with friends at the 8th-floor cafe of RLE.

Shout out to Mina Dalirrooyfard (in front), who helped organize the event with our social VP Social Farnaz Jahanbakhsh (not in scene).
EECS graduate students enjoy slices of pie with friends at the 8th-floor cafe.

Elected officers for 2019

At the 2018 EECS GSA elections, graduate student members elected a new slate of officers to lead the GSA in 2019. Congratulations to the new officers!

  • Ella Wassweiler, Co-President
  • Mazdak Abulnaga, Co-President
  • James Minor, Treasurer
  • David Palmer, Vice President, Academics and Diversity
  • Kaidong Peng, Vice President, Publications
  • Farnaz Jahanbakhsh, Vice President, Student Life
  • Liane Makatura, Vice President, Visit Day

The term for new officers begins January 15, 2019. We look forward to a great year!

GSA Elections: Call for Candidates

The EECS Graduate Student Association has announced elections and a call for officer candidates for the term beginning January 15, 2019.


The elections will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 6pm to 7:30pm in room 32-D463 (Star Room). Dinner will be served.

Officer nominations are now open!

We are seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Co-President (2)
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President, Academics and Diversity
  • Vice President, Visit Days and Orientation (2)
  • Vice President, Student Life
  • Vice President, Publications

All MIT EECS graduate students, including MEng students, are eligible to nominate or be nominated. To secure a nomination, you must be nominated by at least two EECS graduate students; self-nominations are encouraged. Candidates are highly encouraged to submit a short personal statement to be posted on the GSA website prior to the elections.

Please submit nominations by email to by December 5.

Seeking executive board members

The EECS GSA is seeking three executive board members for the remainder of the current term (until December 31, 2018).

Interested in joining our executive board? Looking to give back to the larger department community? Consider joining us for the current term. This is also a great opportunity if you are interested in running for any position on the EECS GSA Executve Board in 2019 in order to familiarize yourself with the organization and the roles.

We have openings for the following positions:

  • Treasurer: Manage the GSA budget and finances
  • Academic Chair: Help organize academic events, such as faculty dinners, along with the VP Academic
  • Coffee Hour Chair: Organize the weekly GSA coffee hour

If you are interested, please contact

EECS welcomes new PhD students

The beginning of another academic year always brings with it the eager shouts of a new cohort of PhD students joining our ranks. Welcome new students!

The EECS GSA hosted a variety of orientation activities to get our fellow students up-to-speed on the MIT PhD experience and Boston living… and hopefully meet a few friends along the way. Check out some photos of our events below.

EECS GSA Orientation activities included a board games and sushi social, a frisbee and cupcakes social, an Insider’s Guide to the PhD, Cambridge pub night, a beach outing, a rock climbing outing, and a How to Communicate in Grad School panel.

Constitution beach outing

One of everyone’s favorite orientation week events is our outing to Constitution Beach in East Boston. Students enjoyed a picnic lunch and a day of games and waves to unwind after a busy first week on campus. If this ends up being the only time you go to the beach in Boston during your entire PhD tenure, then rest assured it can’t get better than this!

Rock climbing

Those forearm muscles look great! Are they from the climbing gym or from mashing code at your keyboard? It didn’t matter to first year students as they scaled the walls at Rock Spot Climbing in South Boston.

New student?

Make sure to follow the EECS GSA for more social and academic events like these.