2017-2018 SEAS Graduate Ambassadors


Anabel Lopez Marill

Anabel Lopez Marill - M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering

Anabel is pursuing a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on Structural Engineering. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, she received her bachelor's in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology of Havana (CUJAE) in 2015. During her undergraduate years, she researched prestressed concrete structures. She is also interested in the performance of structures under seismic and extreme wind loads. During her free time, Anabel enjoys practicing sports, dancing and exploring D.C. 



Ankit Raj Saxena

Ankit Raj Saxena - M.S. Computer Science

Ankit is from Mumbai, India, and earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from VIT University. After interning in two organizations within the fields of data science and big data analysis, he realized the Computer Science program was the most ideal for his career growth. Ankit's desire to help people around him nurture and grow led him to work for Make a Difference (MAD), an NGO in India where he went to orphanages to teach English and math. During his free time, he likes to travel, take photos, and explore the food and culture of new places.



Hanhan Zhou

Hanhan Zhou - M.S. Electrical Engineering

Hanhan is from Qingdao, China. After receiving his bachelor's degree at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University at Hangzhou, he came to GW to pursue his master's degree in electrical engineering. With a deep interest in different cultures, Hanhan enjoys traveling, meeting new people and trying small, local restaurants. In addition to Chinese and English, he also speaks Spanish and some Japanese. In his free time, he likes to watch late-night talk shows and visit DC’s museums.



Kenise Morris

Kenise Morris - M.Eng Regulatory Biomedical Engineering

A native of Maryland, Kenise received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biophysics from GW in 2016. Kenise's interest in the regulatory science of the development of medical devices led her to pursue a Master of Engineering in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering. She believes that no matter how much potential new device might have, it is pointless if it cannot be placed on the market. She also believes that ensuring a device is safe and effective is priority for protecting public health. She hopes to obtain career opportunities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other similar agencies post-graduation. During her free time, Kenise likes to enjoy D.C., try new restaurants, cook, travel and read.



Lydia Gleaves

Lydia Gleaves - M.S. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Lydia is pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an area of focus in Industrial Engineering. She recently graduated from GW with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and is looking forward to spending another year with SEAS. During her undergraduate years, she was an active member of Theta Tau, serving as president during her senior year. She also performed in several theatrical productions with the GW Shakespeare Company. She enjoys good novels and board games, and makes a mean cup of coffee. 


Mohamed Abushama

Mohamed Abushama - M.S. Electrical Engineering

Mohamed is pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with an area of focus in Power & Energy. He is from Khartoum, Sudan, where he received his Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Khartoum. After five years of work experience, Mohamed developed a deep interest in the field of renewable energy, battery storage technologies and power systems protection. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, traveling and reading.


Niveditha Nandakumar

Niveditha Nandakumar - M.S. Engineering Management

Niveditha (Nivea) is from Chennai, India, and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Her areas of interest include robotics, systems engineering, project management and financial risk assessment. She is currently the treasurer for the International Student Community (ISC) and has extensive volunteer experience with GW's International Services Office, Language Center and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Her hobbies include reading, poetry writing and enjoying good food.


Shakti Gurikar

Shakti Gurikar - M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Shakti is pursuing his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering as part of the Combined Five-Year Program. During his undergraduate career at GW, he has undertaken research in image processing and nanotechnology. Additionally, he was a Nanotechnology Fellow under Professor Saniya LeBlanc and a member of various student organizations, including the Biomedical Engineering Society, Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and GW Rugby Football Club. In his free time, he enjoys lifting at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, practicing guitar, and watching comedy shows or standups. One thing he loves about D.C. is its wide variety of music venues and dance halls.


Zhiqian Wang

Zhiqian Wang - M.S. Computer Science

Zhiqian is pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science at SEAS. Originally from China, Zhiqian earned a double bachelor's degree in Finance and Mathematics from Indiana University. He developed an interest in computer science when he used code to analyze stock return data. His area of focus is Artificial Intelligence in the business world, particularly as it applies toward the finance industry. In his free time, he likes to read the news, enjoy music and search for the cheapest grocery store around the D.C. area.