Looking to learn more about the student experience at the McKelvey School of Engineering? Meet our graduate ambassadors. Our ambassadors are current students from across disciplines who are involved in their academic community and are excited to speak with prospective students. 

Christie Crandall

Christie is from Virginia and did an undergrad in engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech. She's currently working on a PhD in mechanical engineering, where her research focus is in cardiovascular mechanics.

When not in the lab, she enjoys working with kids through the local YMCA, running in the various St. Louis parks and eating delicious local food.

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Deepangsu Chatterjee

Deepangsu is a PhD student in Randall Martin’s Atmospheric Composition Analysis Group. His research is based on interpreting trace gas dynamics and their formation in the atmosphere using chemical transport models, satellite-based observations and ground monitors. His work also involves identifying dominating sources of air pollution from global to local scales, which are pertinent to devising strategic policymaking.

Alongside his research, he likes playing soccer, hiking, playing violin and creative writing.

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Rosie Dutt

Rosie is a PhD candidate in the imaging science program and was recently appointed as a lecturer at Smith College. She originally moved to St. Louis from London, where she completed a MRes in bioimaging science at Imperial College London, a MSc in cognitive neuroscience at Durham University, and a BSc in biomedical science with a concentration in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience at St George's University of London. 

Alongside her education, she has a passion for disseminating science through teaching, editing and writing. Her desire to ensure scientific discoveries are impactful has also led her to gain experience in entrepreneurship and business. Outside of work, Rosie is a globetrotter who loves to celebrate the diversity of the world by trying out new activities and food.

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Kaushik Dutta

Kaushik is pursuing a PhD in imaging science in the Washington University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree specializing in electronics and communications engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata. Currently, his work revolves around developing deep learning-based framework to solve quantitative imaging problems in clinical and preclinical PET/MR.

When he's not juggling medical images, you can find him biking in Forest Park (undoubtedly his favorite place in St. Louis), reading historical novels, listening to classic rock or just taking random long drives. He originally hails from Kolkata, also known as the "City of Joy" due to the sweetness of its people and food.

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Wiete Fehner

Wiete is a second-year PhD student in the imaging science program. She joined the NeuroPhoto Lab, led by Joseph Culver. Her research interests lie in task-based and spontaneous human brain mapping methods using High-Density Diffuse Optical Tomography (HD-DOT).

She is originally from Germany, where she received her undergraduate degree in philosophy, gender studies, and psychology. She then moved to Finland for her master’s studies and earned an MSc in human neuroscience. Throughout the course of her studies, she developed a fascination for developing state-of-the-art brain imaging methods, which eventually brought her to WashU. 

Outside of the lab, she enjoys exploring new things, spending time with her dog and eating good food.

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Yiming Gao

Yiming is from Hebei, China. She's currently a master's student studying information systems management and her area of research interest is data engineering and management. She earned her undergraduate degree at Singapore University of Technology and Design. Her working experience at a consulting company gave her a new view about industry and encouraged her to go back to school and get a degree in IT management.

In her spare time, she enjoys calligraphy, hiking, badminton and networking with students from all majors.

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Niyousha Karbasion

Niyousha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science with a passion for cardiovascular mechanics and women's health. 

Outside of the lab, she enjoys watching true-crime documentaries as well as exploring new places around St. Louis. 

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Yao Ma

Yao is from Jiangsu, China. He has a research background in environmental engineering, and he is now a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. He works in Daniel Giammar’s lab and his research focuses on lead corrosion control in drinking water systems. His research aims to prevent lead contamination in lead pipes and improve drinking water quality.

Alongside his research, he enjoys reading books about history, philosophy and psychology, and is a big fan of basketball and soccer. He also volunteers for academic or social events and likes connecting to people.

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Yuanxin Qiu

Yuanxin Qiu is a second-year PhD student in imaging science program. He is from Shangrao, China, and earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, and a master’s degree in bioengineering from Temple University. His research focus is on optical imaging and superresolution microscopy.

He enjoys binge-watching series and shows at home when he is not at work. Contact him if you would like to know more about life in WashU or simply to recommend any shows.

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Yue (April) Rao

Yue (April) is originally from China and is a third-year environmental engineering PhD student in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. She graduated with a master's degree from Fudan University in 2019.  She now works with Zhen (Jason) He in the Environmental Biotechnology and Bioenergy Laboratory (EBBL) on an in-situ biogas upgrading project. She also serves as professional development chair for the Association of Graduate Engineering Students (AGES).

During her spare time, she loves dancing and going to the gym.

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Lydia Reader

Lydia is pursuing a PhD in computational and data sciences on the public health and social work track. She previously graduated from McKelvey Engineering with degrees in electrical engineering and systems science. In her research, she uses computational and systems-based approaches, such as agent-based modeling, for applications in public health. In her free time, she enjoys digital painting and hanging out with her cats.

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Suzanne Russo

Suzanne is currently a second-year PhD student in the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE). She works with Kathy Flores in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science studying structure-property relationships of simulated metallic glasses. She is originally from Illinois and got her bachelors in materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After four years of Minnesota winters, she has been enjoying the warmer St. Louis weather.

Suzanne enjoys being involved with the graduate student community and holds leadership positions in the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and the Association of Graduate Engineering Students (AGES). Outside of school, she enjoys biking, cooking and exploring St. Louis. 

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Kathryn Sarullo

Kathryn is from Palm Coast, Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stetson University, double majoring in computer science and mathematics. After participating in a research experience for undergraduates and doing a thesis project her senior year, she decided to get a PhD. She's getting her PhD in computer science where her main focus lies in applying deep learning to complex domains such as medicine and chemical biology.

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Anxu (Ben) Wang

Anxu (Ben) is a second-year PhD student in the psychological and brain science track in the Division of Computational & Data Science. He’s performing research in the lab of Nico Dosenbachs, whose lab studies brain development, plasticity and precision mapping using neuroimaging technique like fMRI. Anxu aims to use big neuroimaging datasets to learn brain behavior correlation and how environmental/socioeconomic status factors affect brain development.

Outside of the lab, Anxu enjoys traveling, outdoors, theater and culture exchange. He is also an executive member of Outgrad at WashU. 

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Zixuan (Zach) Wang

Zixuan (Zach) is currently a third-year PhD student in the Department of Energy, Environment & Chemical Engineering. He is an environmental engineer studying nutrient resource recycling from the wastewater that is generated every day. During his free time, he enjoys podcasts, mobile games such as Guardian Tales, and working out. 

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