About the Board
PRESIDENT Kush Mehta (2016)
Kush is a junior pursuing a masters in bioengineering and a minor in engineering entrepreneurship with his undergraduate bioengineering degree. He is from Kenya, he currently lives in India, and he loves to travel. He has been a member of BMES for the past 2 years, starting as the professional development chair and later as treasurer, before being elected as president. He is very interested in the clinical applications of stems cells through tissue engineering, and he hopes to help spread awareness and provide such novel therapies back home.
VICE PRESIDENT Stephanie Mark (2016)
Steph joined BMES as the sophomore representative in 2013 and will serve as the Vice President this year. She is in a research lab on campus and enjoys volunteering with More Than Pennies, among other things. Steph loves being a part of BMES events and is looking forward to another great year with the club.
TREASURER Elizabeth Hwang (2016)
Liz is a junior in the M&T program and serves as BMES Treasurer. Having joined BMES sophomore year as Chair of External Affairs, Liz is interested in genetic engineering and hopes to develop solutions for the world's most challenging healthcare issues after graduation. Outside of BMES, Liz is involved in the Wharton Alumni Relations Council, Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, the Wharton Business and Law Association, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. A native Bostonian, Liz enjoys good food, loud music, and clam chowdah. She can be often be found baking cookies or exploring Philly with her camera.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS Sushmitha Yarrabothula (2017)
Sushmitha Yarrabothula is a sophomore in Bioengineering from Hoover, AL. Interested in aspects of both engineering and medicine, she is still trying to figure out what exactly is -- or better yet, isn't -- Bioengineering. She joined BMES during her freshman year as the Chair of Internal Affairs and hopes to continue discovering the vast field, one Insomnia Cookie-laden event at a time.
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Akshatha Bhat (2017)
Akshatha has been involved with BMES since her freshman year, first as a Freshman Representative and currently as Chair of External Affairs. She finds the neurological side of bioengineering especially fascinating, and is also interested in business and pursuing minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Math. She hopes to go into consulting or the pharmaceutical industry, and has learned a great deal about both by being a part of this organization.
MARKETING Young Shin (2017)
Young joined BMES as a freshman representative in the Fall of 2013 and is currently the Public Relations Chair for the 2014-2015 year. He is primarily interested in Tissue Engineering, Traumatic Brain Injury, and possibly Nanotechnology. He is involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon, Club Volleyball, and currently works in David Meaney's lab as a research assistant focusing on Tissue Culture and Neuronal Imaging. BMES has allowed him to meet upperclassmen, make connections, and have fun with some fellow BE majors.
TECHNOLOGY Tejas Narayan (2016)
Tejas joined BMES during his Sophomore year as the chair of community outreach and later the chair of public relations. He is interested particularly in the areas of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and finds all applications of computing in Biology fascinating leading to him possibly declaring a second major in Computer Science. Through BMES he has learnt a lot about the field as well as having become friends with some of the coolest Bioengineers on campus.
JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE Adam Warner (2016)
JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE Brian Nam (2016)
Brian is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania who joined BMES in his freshman year, serving as an Academic Committee Chair, Secretary, and now a Junior representative. He is highly interested in the integration of law with science and is hoping to use his experience in BE to become an intellectual property lawyer dealing with either patents or company mergers. He is currently working in Huh Biolines labs, where he serves as an associate lab manager and is working on two projects dealing with the novel organ-on-a-chip technology. Born in Michigan and hailing from Ohio, Brian enjoys an occasional game of tennis and critiquing movies.
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE Nikhil Rajapuram (2015)
Nikhil has been on BMES since his freshman year, serving as Freshman Rep, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He has a strong interest in medical devices as well as prosthetics & orthotics. He feels that BMES is one of his favorite groups on campus, and through the club has done everything from build scent walls for service dogs to pie his professors for Relay for Life.