Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association

Create. Develop. Inspire. Engage. Innovate.

Who we are

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association, or ECEGSA, is a group of dedicated graduate students who are passionate about fostering a close-knit, innovative community in ECE.

Our work isn’t limited to graduate students. We aim to create a welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone in the department: undergraduate and graduate students, professors, staff, and industry partners. 

What we do

ECEGSA’s primary goals are to improve the academic and professional experiences of students in the ECE department. We serve as advocates for our students at the university, state, and national levels. We are the bridge between the student body and the ECE department. We share valuable feedback and ideas with department leaders to improve our community, as well as every student’s experience at CSU.

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Meet our officers

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Katya Stewart-Sweeney
ECEGSA Advisor

Katya has been the advisor for ECEGSA since its founding in Spring 2019. She worked with the three founding Officers of ECEGSA to create the group, modeling it after Purdue University’s chapter, with help from the Purdue University group’s President. Partnering with student leaders has been an important part of her CSU career, first in the College of Business with Business Diversity and Leadership Alliance (BDLA) and now in Electrical and Computer Engineering with ECEGSA. She serves as the Graduate and International Student Advisor for the ECE Department, and volunteers on the Leadership Team for CSU’s Center for Mindfulness. Her hometown is Jerseytown, Pennsylvania, and before age 10 she lived in Detroit, Michigan. Her “Ram Fam” is son Zeke P. Weeks, who graduated 2010 with his B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Spanish, and her husband Kent “bongo” Stewart, who graduated with honors with his B.S. in Philosophy in 2019.  

Akhil Penninti
ECEGSA President

I am Akhil Penninti, your new student body President for the ECEGSA, Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Students Association, where I lead, supervise and spearhead the organization to shape the student experience in purposeful and meaningful ways that value & advance the mission of Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering. I’m currently appointed as the Director of International Affairs at the ASCSU, Associated Students of Colorado State University, where I’m responsible for overseeing, supervising & controlling a discretionary budget worth $120,000 allocated for the welfare of the International & Domestic students at Colorado State University, while serving in the Executive Branch of ASCSU and adhering to the principles of Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service & Social Justice. Furthermore, I have been bestowed upon the prestigious Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) award from the Dean of Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering for the year 2022-2023, which is the highest honor awarded to a student in the ECE Department. Under this role, my duties include being the Professor for the course ECE101: Foundations in ECE, where I provide instructional enrichment, mentorship & support to first- and second-year undergraduate students in the ECE Department by enhancing student comprehension, achievement, and motivate them in obtaining a degree in engineering. Apart from these, I have worked and been affiliated with several notable organizations and colleges at CSU, which include the Office of International Programs, University Advancement, College of Health and Human Sciences, Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure division, Office of Engagement and Extension and the Digital Engagement Center. Using my vast experience from all walks of life, my goal is to create an engaging and collaborative environment for all the students within the ECE Department by bringing about professional development through my actions, and I promise to listen to each and everyone of you to help you in shaping yourself into a better person.

Divyani Thota
Director of Finance

I am a graduate student at Colorado State University majoring in Computer Engineering. I am the Director of Finance for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Students Association and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the course Electromagnetic Fields and Devices I (ECE-341). I worked as a Research and Technology Assistant at CSU’s MIP Department (Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology), where I was the the lead of the research activities relating to augmented reality and control systems which are conducted in the department. I was awarded the NRHH RAMS CHAPTER AWARD in recognition of receiving a 4.0 grade point average.  I like to believe I am doing excellent work and my professors seem to agree with me. At the end of the day, I aspire to be the happiest, the most successful, and the best version of myself.

M.S. Kumaran
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Kumaran is a Master’s Student at Colorado State University (MS. Computer Engineering) started Spring 2022. He has completed his B.E Electrical and Electronics Engineering at St. Joseph’s College of Engineering – affiliated with Anna University, India (2021). He is an active member and volunteer of the IEEE Madras Section and IEEE India Council. He is currently serving as Secretary of IEEE Colorado State University Student Branch and volunteering for IEEE Denver Section. Kumaran is the winner of the Prestigious Richard E. Merwin Scholarship (2021) awarded by IEEE Computer Society. He also served as Chairperson of IEEE SJCE SB, he organized more than 100+ events, Seminars, Guest lectures, NGO visits, Industrial Visit, and Workshops.  Kumaran started his volunteering journey as a delegate and gradually grown to be a volunteer in organizing several international events. All through the various phases of his journey, IEEE has taught him numerous things including dealing with uncertainties, being open-minded, developing social responsibility. With the past volunteering experience, he is confident for providing quality events for the all Colorado State University ECE Students. Feel free to reach out if you have any queries.

Bowen Li
Publicity Officer

Bowen is a PhD student of Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University with his research interests focusing on statistical signal processing, sequential decision-making and optimization. Previously, he completed his B.S. in applied mathematics at Central China Normal University and Colorado State University, his M.S. in statistics at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is now serving as the publicity officer at ECEGSA for advertising social events within the ECE department. In his free time, Bowen enjoys various kinds of sports (soccer, basketball, badminton and snowboarding), traveling and reading history books. He is a fervent supporter of Manchester United and Portugal National Team.

Oshin Tiwari
Events Manager

Oshin is pursuing her master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Colorado State University, anticipated to graduate in the spring of 2023. Her focus of study/research is machine learning, data science, and data engineering, along with their applications such as autonomous driving and whole-body GAN generation. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering at the State University, Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Sciences, Indore. During her undergraduate years, she found a strong affinity towards subjects like control systems, signal and systems, and sensors and transducers which laid the foundation for technological prowess and instrumentation acumen for her. Apart from academics, Oshin has a strong fondness for music and likes to write songs and has also learned to play guitar and piano at an intermediate level. She also indulges in playing sports games such as badminton, basketball, and swimming in her spare time.



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