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About the Officers

President: Rachita Puri

  • Major - Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Month/Year of graduation - May 2020


As a future aerospace engineer, Rachita aspires to contribute towards space exploration and technology. A third-year honors engineering student, she is originally from Chandigarh, India and currently lives in Northville, Michigan. On campus, Rachita is actively engaged in the Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program, Alumnae Scholarship Housing Program, Bucket and Dipper Junior Honorary, and the Honors Collegium through community service and leadership roles. Additionally, she is passionate about travelling and exploring new cultures, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and playing badminton for recreation. As the President of TBP, Rachita looks forward to building a community of engineers who can make a meaningful difference to lives across the world.

Vice-President: Samuel Croarkin

  • Major - Biomedical Engineering
  • Month/Year of graduation - May 2019


Sam is one of those funny engineers: he likes building, reading, and writing. He lived in myriad places: Chicago, IL, Reno, NV, Portland, OR, and currently Columbus, OH. Despite not currently being a published author or a working engineer, he has aspirations to become the world’s foremost engineer and science fiction author (graciously acknowledging his inability to be the foremost in either singular field). Ask Sam about Sumo, 3D printing, robots, or fiction in space and you can probably strike up a lengthy conversation that will conclude with a reference to a video game. He joined Tau Beta Pi to help spread engineering and humanities in harmony.

Secretary: Lauren Vaccaro

  • Major - Chemical Engineering
  • Month/Year of graduation - May 2019


Lauren is a junior from Canton, Ohio. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading and traveling. In May 2017, she had the opportunity to travel to Greece with the Engineering of Ancient Greece program and loved exploring the country as well as learning its history. In addition to TBP, Lauren is a freshman peer mentor for Chemical Engineering, member of AIChE, BuckeyeThon Team Caption and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Lauren works for the Engineering Education Department as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Since being initiated, Lauren’s favorite part of TBP is meeting engineering students in other disciplines and the opportunities to grow her professional network.

Treasurer: Hamil Shah

  • Major - Electrical Engineering
  • Month/Year of Graduation - May 2019


Hamil is interested in many fields, ranging from aerospace to business finance. In addition to Tau Beta Pi, Hamil is a member of the Buckeye Space Launch Initiative and Business Builder’s Club. While not at the library, you will likely find him at football games (Go Bucks!), the Oval, or in the Union. Hamil enjoys travelling, and has been to many places, such as Brazil during the World Cup and Sydney, Australia. He chose Tau Beta Pi to meet highly motivated people from all engineering disciplines, and expand his network. As the Treasurer, he seeks to help put on great events for TBP members as well as the entire Buckeye community.

Service Co-Chair: Nicole Nassif

  • Major - Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Month/Year of Graduation - May 2020


Nicole is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio. She has done 3 co-op rotations, 2 with Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and one with General Motors Vehicle Safety. Nicole is also involved in the Injury Biomechanics Research Lab, Phi Sigma Rho Sorority, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Nicole is a big Buckeye Football fan, as well as a member of Block O. Nicole also loves to travel, having gone to Lebanon, China, Mexico, and is planning a backpacking trip to Europe. Nicole’s joined TBP to meet other high achieving engineering students, to expand her professional network, and to be part of a reputable honor society.

Social Chair: Kaelyn Kouns

  • Major - Chemical Engineering
  • Month/Year of Graduation - December 2019


Kaelyn is a 4th year in chemical engineering, from Findlay, Ohio. She currently works for Cooper Tire and Rubber company, where she has done 2 co-op terms. In addition to Tau Beta Pi, Kaelyn is involved in Phi Sigma Rho sorority, where she currently serves as the philanthropy chair. Kaelyn loves to travel, her favorite place being Sydney, Australia, and has lived abroad in Spain and England. Kaelyn joined TBP to meet high achieving engineering students in a variety of disciplines, and to expand her professional network.

URF Co-Chair: Kyle Burrows

  • Major - Chemical Engineering
  • Month/Year of graduation - May 2019


Kyle is originally from Eldersburg, Maryland which is a small town about 30mins. northwest of Baltimore. Kyle enjoys playing a variety of intramural sports, attending different OSU sporting events, and doing community service. Kyle is an Engineering Ambassador with the College of Engineering, involved in the Green Engineering Scholar program, is a Resident Hall Peer Tutor with the Office of Student Life, and a member of the Ohio State student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Kyle is also a member of Block O and plays on the Club Lacrosse team here at THE Ohio State University. Kyle’s main motives for joining TBP were to expand his professional network, meet other motivated engineers, and to be part of a great honor society that both his father and aunt are members of.

E-Council Rep: Syahidah Mohd Khairi

  • Major - Chemical Engineering
  • Month/Year of Graduation - May 2020


Syahidah is a junior in Chemical Engineering from Selangor, Malaysia, a small country in Southeast Asia. Being an international student, she always searches for opportunities to gain as many experience in the United States as possible, especially in volunteering and community services. Besides TBP, Syahidah also joins Muslim Students Association, Malaysian Students Association and American Institute of Chemical Engineering. She is also a Math Tutor in Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center. She chooses to be with TBP to connect and build a lifelong friendship with people from various engineering backgrounds. She also looks forward to gain professional and communication skills after joining TBP.

2019 National Convention Chair: Chris Silva

  • Major - Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Month/Year of Graduation - May 2020


Chris is a junior Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering student from Long Hill, New Jersey. He currently works at the Aerospace Research Center at the OSU Airport as an research assistant. Chris is also a member of AIAA Design/Build/Fly at Ohio State and the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honorary. Chris joined TBP to expand his professional network and grow friendships with high achieving engineering students.