The AIS Administration


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David Kobel

Advisor

Mr. Kobel is the Assistant Dean of ISS and the Advisor for AIS. He’s from El Dorado, Kansas. Besides being the Advisor of AIS, he’s also the Advisor for the Angolan Student Association, the Indonesian Student Association, the Kazakh Student Association, and the Malaysian Student Association. He became interested in the field of international education after he studied abroad in college in Costa Rica. He started out as an ESL instructor 15 years ago and he has continued working with international students since then. He thinks that travelling the world is a mind-opening experience, but so is working with international students from over 70 different countries! He feels very fortunate to have this opportunity.

What is your favorite travel destination? "Wow, I have a lot of these. Cusco, Peru and nearby Machu Picchu are the most breathtaking places I've ever visited. Every time I go to Medellin, Colombia, I feel like I could live there. In the U.S., I like to visit Austin, Texas and the surrounding area (for the music scene and the breakfast tacos) and Northern New Mexico (for the scenery and the green chile)."

Executive Office

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Vandit Trivedi

PRESIDENT

Vandit is a Petroleum Engineering and Mathematics major from India. He is an avid cricket fan, and will follow cricket matches regardless of how busy the semester is. He also believes that the date should be written as DD/MM/YYYY, but if you give him Original Kettle Chips as a snack, he'll probably stop arguing about it.

How do you spend your free time? "Free time? What does that even mean?"

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Rizka Aprilia

Vice president

Rizka is a Mechanical Engineering major and Mathematics minor from Bandung, Indonesia. She lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 4 years. Apart from her AIS leadership, she is part of the Indonesian Students Association of TU, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and University Ambassadors. She likes listening to new and old records, and could spend hours looking through them in a store. When she has time, she can be found binge-watching Netflix, playing tennis, or taking a nap. Her pick for a snack is a Kit Kat!

What is your favorite artist/musician/band? "I love Coldplay. Like, LOVE Coldplay."

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Ahmed Khalaf Alsuwat

Associate Vice president

Ahmed is a Mechanical Engineering major from Saudi Arabia. Apart from his involvement with AIS, he is also part of the Saudi Students Club. When he has spare time, he likes playing soccer and surfing. And nothing better than protein bars after a session at the gym!

What is your hobby or interest? "Lifting weights!"

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Sophie Htet Htet Aye

CHIEF OF STAFF

Sophie is a Chemical Engineering major from Yangon, Myanmar. Apart from her AIS leadership, she is Event Coordinator and Chairwoman of the Department of Arts and Culture for the Chinese Students Association and President of the Purple Ribbon Club. She is also involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. When she has time for a snack, you can trust her to choose ice cream!

What is your favorite travel destination? "I love all countries for their own uniqueness. I would be too biased to choose one."

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Afiqah Ayub

Deputy Chief of staff

Afiqah is a Petroleum Engineering major and Mathematics minor from Malaysia. Besides her AIS leadership, she is involved with the Malaysian Student Association. When she isn't in an AIS meeting, she likes to watch Netflix and chill. She also says she has lots of hijab, by which she means she can wear a different hijab every day for more than 5 months!

What is your favourite travel destination? "National Parks are always my favourite place to go to. I have been to several of them, including Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Zion. I love them all, but if I'd have to pick one, Yosemite would be my all time favourite!"

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Danish Zuhaidi

Secretary

Danish is a Petroleum Engineering major and Mathematics minor from Selangor, Malaysia. Other than AIS, he is also a part of TU Men's Soccer Club and Malaysian Student Association. Apart from that, he likes to run and lift weights. In his free time, he plays Counter Strike Global Offensive. He says he isn't really a good player (his rank is just Gold Nova Master). But if you're up for it, you can add him ("raptorx") any time!

What is your favourite artist/musician/band? "Of course Panic! at the Disco! And I have three reasons for that. Epic songs, versatile live performances and Brendon Urie."

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Evan Chee Yang Ng

Treasurer

Evan is a Petroleum Engineering major and Mathematics and Economics minor from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Apart from handling AIS funds, he is also Treasurer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter and Purple Ribbon Club, and is involved with the Malaysian Student Association and Engineers without Borders. He is an excellent juggler, loves photography, and come snack time, he'll pull out a packet of Doritos! His biggest dream is to travel around the world, explore new places, meet people from different backgrounds, and create lifetime memories.

How do you spend your free time? "Eating, cooking, juggling, running and travelling!"

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Mohammed Al Farsi

Event Coordinator

Farsi is a Petroleum Engineering major from Oman. Apart from handling the nitty gritty of AIS events, he is also a part of the Omani Student Association. When he has some free time, he loves to do anything outdoorsy, and explore new places. He also loves chocolate-covered raisins!

Who is your celebrity crush? "Scarlett Johansson!"


Department of Catering Services

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Shenjie Wu

Catering specialist

Shenjie is a Chemical Engineering major from China. Apart from AIS, he is also involved with TU Treks. He loves cooking, so when he isn't coordinating the food for an AIS event, he'll be cooking up something new with the vast array of spices he owns!

What is your favourite snack? "Kit Kat" 

Nam Vo Phuong Tran

Catering specialist

Nam is a Petroleum Engineering major from Vietnam. When he has time, he loves travelling, making friends, and playing sports. His favourite snacks are Cheetos, Pringles, and jelly candies.

What is your favourite travel destination? "Around the world as long as I have the money!"


Department of Philanthropy and service

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I Gusti Ayu Inten Wulandari

CHairwoman

Inten is a Biochemistry major from Indonesia. Apart from AIS, she is also involved with TrueBlue Neighbors.

What is your favourite food from home? "Klepon"

 

 

 

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Sophia Meneely

Community service specialist

Sophia is a Russian and Chinese Studies major with a Spanish minor from Cary, North Carolina. Besides being in AIS, she’s also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and is involved with Circle K, Russian Club, and University Ambassadors. When she has some spare time, she loves to hang around and chill, or once in a while, contemplate human existence.

What is your favourite snack? "Froot Loops"

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Y Quan

Community service specialist

Y Quan is a Biochemistry Pre-Med major from Vietnam. She is also involved with Alpha Phi Omega and is a violinist for the Newman Center Choir. When she has some time on her hands, you might find her reading, hiking, or cooking. She also loves video games and Kung Fu. And for her, nothing's a better snack than juice or fresh fruit!

Who is your celebrity crush? "Hugh Jackman"

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Ashley Tran

Community service specialist

Ashley is a Chemical Engineering major and Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering minor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is Vietnamese American. When she isn't busy with AIS events, she loves hanging out with friends. She also loves a wide array of snacks: Rice Krispy, Krispy Kreme, chips, crackers with cream cheese, and sushi (of which she can eat 6 rolls at once).

Which fictional character would you like to be? "Mulan"


department of Environmental Policy

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Guilherme Lopes de Almeida

chairman

Guilherme is a Petroleum Engineering major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In his spare time, you can find him cooking, or perhaps snacking on chocolate chip cookies. At the moment, he is studying Petroleum Engineering, but his goal is to work in the clean energy industry.

What is your favourite travel destination? "There is a place in Brazil called Bahia de Marau. It's just like an abandoned paradise, with no cellphone connection and no internet. Every time I go there I forget about all my problems and responsibilities and I just enjoy the beach and the beautiful nature around. It is definitely a place that I make sure I go to once a year."

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Selma Sentissi El Idrissi

environmentAL POLICY specialist

Selma is a Computer Information Systems major and a Computer Science and Economics minor from Morocco. She loves to travel!

What is your dream travel destination? "Brazil!"

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Gege Jiang

environmentAL POLICY specialist

Gege (she prefers Zoe) is a Chemical Engineering major from China. She loves to travel!

What is your favourite travel destination? "Spain"

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Jayoung Ryu

environmentAL POLICY specialist

Jayoung is a Nursing major from South Korea. She is also involved with orchestra and International Student Ministries, and is the Hall Government Publicity Chair. When she isn't involved with AIS, she likes to read novels, play board games, watch TV, and learn how to skateboard and play the piano. She loves to snack on Hershey's chocolate.

Who is your favourite artist/musician/band? "BTS"


Department of Innovation and Engineering

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Abiram Mohan

Inventory Specialist

Abiram is a Petroleum Engineering major. Even though he’s an Indian, he was born and brought up in Dubai, UAE. Aside from AIS, he’s a Project Member of Engineers Without Borders. 

What is your favourite travel destination? "I have traveled to more than ten European countries and I can tell everyone that Germany was without a doubt my favorite destination. Its beauty, the friendly people and culture, all together made me visit the country three times."

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Joao Matheus Andreucci da Silva

Inventory specialist

Joao Matheus is an Engineering Physics major and Electrical Engineering and Robotics minor. He is also involved with the Physics Journal Club, the American Society of Physics Students and the NASA mining competition. He is also into Rubik's Cubes, which he starting solving in 2012. Back then, he could do it in 1 minute. Nowadays, it takes him about 15.1 seconds.

What is your favorite movie? "Definitely Star Wars!"

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Jiaying Zheng

Inventory specialist

Jiaying is a Computer Science and Mathematics major from Chengdu, China. She is also involved with the Chinese Student Association. Her favourite AIS event is the International Bazaar, and when she's taking a break from keeping track of AIS inventory, you might find her snacking on kettle corn.

What is your favourite food from home? "Hot pot"

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Rayan Albinhassan

Inventory specialist

Rayan is a Petroleum Engineering major from Saudi Arabia. He is also involved with MSA. He most admires Prophet Mohammed, and believes in the power of people. In his spare time, he loves to play soccer.

What is your favourite snack? "Dates"


Department of Photography and Videography

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Muhammad Taufiq Mad Yusoff

Photographer

Taufiq is a Petroleum Engineering major and Mathematics minor from Malaysia. He is also involved with the Malaysian Student Association. Apart from photography, he is a foodie (he likes to snack on Doritos) and loves to cook. He spends is free time with friends.

Where is your favorite travel destination? "Philippines"

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Enhao Tang

Photographer

Enhao is a Chemical Engineering major from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is aChinese American.  When not busy taking pictures for AIS, he can be found swimming, gaming, or eating. He would love to combine two of his favourite activities together: swimming + photography = scuba diving, perhaps?

What is your favorite snack? "Banana, kiwi, yogurt and parfait"


Department of Marketing and Communications

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Muhammad Alif Haidar

Marketing Specialist

Alif is a Petroleum Engineering major and Mathematics minor from Indonesia. He is also the President of the Indonesian Student Association of TU. When he isn't making posters for AIS, he is practising magic; you've got to check out how good he is.

What is your favorite snack? "Potato chips"

 

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Siti Nur Maisarah Azami

Marketing Specialist

Sarah is a Marketing major and Art minor from Malaysia. She is also part of the Malaysian Student Association, and is the only current AIS officer who has actually graduated from TU! When she isn't designing graphics for AIS, she likes singing and watching TV shows and movies. She also likes food (anything chocolate)!

What is your favourite movie? "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

 

 

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Farrah Ibni Hajar

Social Media Specialist

Farrah is a Petroleum Engineering major from Malaysia. She is also part of the Association of Black Collegians. When she is not in an AIS meeting, she can be found picnicking or snacking on cookies. She also has a cat, with whom she is spiritually connected.

What is your favourite movie? "Saw Sequel movies from the first one to the last one, Jigsaw"

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Irene Baljak

Social Media Specialist

Irene is a Chemistry Pre-Med major from Milan, Italy. She is also part of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, and is also a member of the Housing Staff at TU. Her favourite snack is Tiramisu, a coffee-flavoured dessert.

What is your favourite food from home? "Risotto alla Milanese"

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Parker Morrison

Writer

Parker is an International Business, Spanish, and Economics major from Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is a Global Scholar, and is involved with Student Association, Rotary International, and La Tertulia. He loves to snack on pistachios, and when he isn't writing for AIS, you may find him trying to learn a new language!

What is your favourite movie? "Children of Men"

 

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Nevin Subramanian

Writer

Nevin is from Malaysia, but has been brought up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is extroverted, and loves communicating with other students. He is also involved with Student Association.

 

 

 

 

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Julia Parackal

Writer

Julia is a Biology major from India. She is also involved with Alpha Phi Omega and University Ambassadors. When she isn't writing for AIS, you might find her watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (that's her favourite movie), or reading!

What is your favourite snack? "Ice Cream"

 

 

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Shuddha Chowdhury

IT Specialist

Shuddha is a Computer Science Master's student from Bangladesh. He likes reading and travelling with friends.

What is your favourite snack? "Vegetable shingara"


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The 2016-2017 AIS Administration. Photo by Luke Lau.