Study - Write - Relax
Oct 21st & Nov 11th - 3:30 pm
The Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists (GSBES), formerly known as The Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists – Graduate Component (SMES-G),
serves as an academic and social network for Black graduate students within the University of Michigan's STEM community. GSBES's primary aim is to recruit and retain Black graduate students within engineering and science disciplines through outreach and advocacy.
We strive to meet real student needs and community demands, all whilst tackling issues centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We provide a welcoming environment that is committed to personal, professional, and technical development while addressing critical graduate student issues. Through our programming, we help ensure that underrepresented students develop skills that contribute to scientific research and the University's learning environment, while positively impacting our communities.
GSBES's mission is to recruit and retain Black graduate students within engineering and science disciplines through outreach and advocacy.
Check out our orientation video below!
2020-2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD
President Tasmine is a 2nd year Master's student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Latino Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Tasmine is currently in the Wittkopp Lab, where she studies tools for the detection of microRNA-target interactions and gene expression.
Vice-President Nathan Louis is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering at Kennesaw State University in 2017. His current research area is Computer Vision with interests in visual tracking, language grounding, and general video understanding.
Treasurer Demba Komma is a second year PhD student in the ECE department. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2016, and worked as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company prior to joining Michigan. In his free time he enjoys watching sitcoms, general outdoor activities, and respectful political/philosophical conversations. He will be serving as the Treasurer for GSBES for the 2020-21 academic year.
Communications Chair Ihudiya Finda Ogbonnaya-Ogburu is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at U of M. She is an alumnus of Harvard Graduate School of Education and Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to attending the University of Michigan she had the wonderful opportunity of serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and working for the United States Department of State. Her current research focuses on the digital literacy development of people who were formerly incarcerated.
Programs Chair Maribel is a dual degree doctoral student in chemistry and a master student in bioinformatics, in addition to being a Student and NSF GRFP Fellow. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the Catholic University of America. Her current research focuses on secondary metabolites as quorum sensors in oral microbe interactions. Outside the lab, Maribel serves on the executive board of Rackham Student Government and the Students of Color of Rackham
Programs Chair Kamerhon is a graduate student pursuing a dual degree (M.S./M.S.E) within the SEAS and Mechanical Engineering Departments. After receiving his Mechanical Engineering B.S. from LSU, he wanted to dedicate his education to advancing the progress in international development and emergency management through the integration of clean energy systems. Kamerhon is currently involved in organizations such as GSBES, SWB, and PGMEnt; and appreciates opportunities to give back
GSAC Representative Dianna is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. She received her B.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware and her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her current research focuses on carbon resource recovery from urban waste streams using anaerobic wastewater treatment technologies.
Faculty Advisor Herbert Winful is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD from the University of Southern California. He joined the University of Michigan as faculty in 1987 and has served as the advisor for SMES-G, now GSBES, since 2000. Dr. Winful also loves to play piano in his spare time.