2017-2018 Officers


President | Chris Strem


I am a senior mechanical engineering major with hopes of pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and I have the pleasure to serve as president for Maryland Beta. Outside of the classroom, you can find me tinkering with computers, losing to my roommates in videogames, and serving as a distraction in the lounge.


VICE PRESIDENT | Allison Grabowski


Hi! I'm a senior mechanical engineering major with an interest in aviation. In my free time, I play video games and board games, as well as read cool books, paint fun things, and go on crazy adventures. In addition to Tau Beta Pi, I am a UTF for ENES100, and a violinist for solo and ensemble performances.


Treasurer | Vaishnavi Murthy


Hello there! I'm a junior electrical engineering major and I'm currently pursuing a minor in business analytics. In addition to Tau Beta Pi, I'm on an Indian Classical dance team called UMD Moksha. In my free time, I like dancing, singing, being a podcast nerd, trying to become a WWII enthusiast, or wasting my life watching the Bachelorette and Degrassi. I'm also insanely addicted to peanut butter. Feel free to contact me for any reason!


Secretary | Justin Sylvers


Hello.  I am a junior bioengineering major.  This year I am the secretary (not to be confused with the American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years) of our lovely organization.  I like playing things and watching things.  I am sometimes moved to engage in physical activity.

2017-2018 Committee Executives


Initiation Chair | Kellen Weigand


Hi! I'm a bioengineering senior with an interest in clinical research and prosthetics. My first home is in Texas, but I'm happy to have UMD as my second. In my "free" time, I teach the Gemstone Honors Program introductory course, dance in UMD's only performing ballet company (Ballet Company M), volunteer with the University Health Center, and experiment in the kitchen. My goal is to do service abroad after I graduate before returning to the US to continue my education.


Initiation Chair | Morgan Sulzbach


Hello! I'm a senior chemical and biomolecular engineering major with minors in sustainability studies and project management. Currently, I'm doing research through the Gemstone Honors Program looking into the ability of biowalls to remove toxins from indoor air. In my free time, I like reading, baking, hiking, or just watching Netflix. 


Community Service Chair | Ben Walton


Junior. Majoring in mechanical engineering and computer science. Some of my hobbies are hiking, traveling to new countries and cities, playing board/ card games, and occasionally listening to podcasts. Favorite band is either Misterwives or Of Monsters and Men and favorite song is definitely "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes. Go check them out in your free time.


Community Service Chair | Dylan O'Reagan


Hey everybody! I am a senior Computer Engineering major enrolled in the BS/MS program here at Maryland. I am also an undergraduate research assistant at the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, and currently I am trying to track malicious sites using the DNS Root Server at UMD. My hobbies include playing music, dancing, poi, and weightlifting. Feel free to get in touch if you want to talk about computers, or if you feel like jamming!


Fundraiser Chair | Kara Huie


Hello! I am a senior bioengineering major with an interest in medical device design. I hope to pursue a career in device design that especially helps those who are less fortunate and in need. My interests include playing sports, travelling, being outdoors, and learning about social justice issues!


Scholarship and alumni Chair | Sami Khan



Hi, I am a Master's student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. I am a part of the structures track and am currently doing research on earthquake damage mitigation strategies, specifically on MR dampers. After graduation I hope to be able to work internationally on structural design work with a focus on sustainable design and implementation. In my free time I like to read and play board games and video games.


Social Chair | Brayan Varghese


Major: Aerospace Engineering

Year: Senior 

Interests: Dancing, Photography, Hiking, Sports, Being Sarcastic

FAQ: Why is your first name spelled like that? Why isnt it "Bryan" or "Brian"?
Answer: To be honest, my mom just spelt it wrong. However, she now tells me its supposed to motivate me to get those "A's" in school. 


Athletics Chair | Tonlé Bloomer


I'm a junior electrical engineering student. I research in Prof. Scarcelli's bioe lab shooting lasers at stuff, and I'm also a UTF for ENEE200. I'm aiming to study bioengineering in graduate school. I love swimming, biking, climbing, hiking, skating, skiing, and kite flying, and I'm always out and about and down for spontaneous adventure. I also love game nights. If you have any ideas for events please let me know!


Webmaster | Drew Mcmenamin


Hi, I'm a junior computer engineering student. I'm involved with sustainability efforts around campus and am a UTF for ENEE 244. I'm hoping that I'll be able to study abroad in the spring semester. I've long been a PC hardware enthusiast and enjoy cooking and playing Frisbee. Please let me know if you see any issues with the website.


Image Master | Eli Fastow


I'm Eli Fastow, a materials science and engineering major and nuclear engineering minor. I work in a radiation and polymer science lab, Cummings Tristar, and terrapin works, and hope to pursue academic research after graduation. For fun I like to run and ski with the respective running and skiing clubs.  I also serve as an engineering and honors ambassador.


Lounge Chair | Jake Besteman-Street


Not actually a piece of furniture, but I do live in the lounge.