Kaushik Dutta is a fourth year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate in the Imaging Science program at the Washington University McKelvey School of Engineering. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Kaushik earned a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata India. His doctoral research focuses on developing interpretable artificial-intelligence based computational pipelines for predicting therapeutic response for breast cancer in context of co-clinical imaging. At WashU, he has played an active role in graduate student leadership in the School of Engineering serving as President for Association for Graduate Students (AGES) and as a Graduate Student Ambassador. Additionally he also serves on the Executive Council of the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) and Graduate Student Affairs Advisory Board (GSAAB). During his tenure as the AGES President he introduced a new Community Outreach board position and contributed in creating a STEM mentorship program by graduate engineering students for St Louis based high school students especially from the marginalized communities. Kaushik is passionate about advocating for mental health issues, better work-life balance and promoting diversity to help WashU emerge as a global university.
Asia Hayes is a rising joint Master of Social Work and Law student at Washington University in St. Louis who is passionate about advocacy.
Asia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Alabama and was actively involved in various campus organizations focused on promoting diversity and inclusivity.
Currently, Asia is pursuing her joint degree in Social Work and Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she has excelled academically and been recognized for her leadership potential. She is particularly interested in the intersection of social work and law and hopes to use her education and skills to advocate for underserved and marginalized communities.
Asia is also deeply committed to student engagement and representation. She is excited to serve as a student representative to the Board of Trustees at Washington University in St. Louis, where she will have the opportunity to advocate for the needs and concerns of her fellow students.
Overall, Asia Hayes is a driven and passionate individual who is dedicated to making a positive impact in her community and beyond.
Guinter Damé Vogg
Guinter Damé Vogg is a senior international student from Encruzilhada do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, majoring in Chemical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, where he serves as the President of the Engineering Council. Having found a home in St. Louis, Guinter’s work at WashU is focused on fostering a strong campus community where all students feel a sense of belonging. For this matter, Guinter has served as the Social Programming Board Outreach Director for the Student Union; mentored students as First-year International Leader; and advised University leadership in the University Student Affairs Advisory Board, the University Academic Affairs Advisory Board, and the Dining Services Advisory Team. A Danforth Scholar, Guinter ambitions to use his background in environmentalism and engineering to develop climate change mitigating technologies, as well as promote international climate action. In his time in the university, he has interned as a Climate Associate for the Washington University Climate Change Program and as an atmospheric researcher for the WashU Center for Atmospheric Science and Engineering – this year, he will serve as one of the 2023 Washington University delegates for the United Nations’ Conference of Parties in Dubai, UAE. Following his undergraduate studies, he hopes to pursue climate engineering through a Masters in Engineering or working at an early climate technology development role. Guinter is committed to ensure that the WashU experience is equitable, memorable, and supporting for all members of our community.
Johnathan Smith is a senior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, majoring in Political Science and English with a Concentration in Creative Writing while minoring in History. He is passionate about fostering inclusive community, in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Johnathan is a member of the varsity football team, President of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a Facility Lead at the Sumers Recreation Center. He has also served as President of Natural Ties, an organization that hosts weekly meetings with special needs adults from the St. Louis community. Following the completion of his undergraduate education, Johnathan plans on engaging with a service organization before either attending law school in pursuit of a JD or obtaining a Masters in Education Administration. As the son of two educators, he is particularly interested in work involving equitable education and teacher advocacy. Johnathan is committed to advocating on behalf of marginalized communities and ensuring that every student at WashU feels supported and celebrated.