AHEC

Ashdown House Executive Committee (AHEC) : ahec-five@mit.edu

AHEC consists of five residents who work together to ensure the Ashdown residential life is active, engaged, safe, and supportive. Tasks include organizing annual events, liaising between residents and administrators, overseeing committees, and advocating on residents’ behalf. AHEC members are involved not only with Ashdown House, but with larger external bodies related to housing and student issues including the MIT Graduate Students Committee (GCS), the Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) group, the GSC Sustainability sub-group, amongst others.

Each spring, a new AHEC group is voted in by Ashdown residents. Each officer is assigned a role in AHEC as well as a committee to oversee. There are weekly open AHEC meetings, also attended by Heads of House and any interested resident. These meetings are open to the entire Ashdown community. All residents are encouraged to attend, whether they have something to contribute or simply want to listen. Residents are also free to bring up problems or concerns at AHEC meetings. Meetings are documented by a communications officer (meeting minutes can be found here).

The 2021-22 Ashdown House Executive Committee consists of:

Ignacio Arzuaga-Garcia, AHEC Chair

  • As Chair, Ignacio presides over the weekly AHEC meetings and acts as the primary liaison to the MIT administration and other student groups.
  • Oversees the Events Committee
  • Liaises with the GSC
  • Ignacio is pursuing a PhD in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
  • Contact: arzuaga@mit.edu

Tejas Jayashankar, Officer Coordinator

  • As Officer Coordinator, Tejas hires Ashdown officers, oversees officer evaluations and assigns seniority points and continuing licenses, ensures officers have the resources they need, and helps plan officer social activities.
  • Oversees the Coffee Hour Committee
  • Liaises with the GSC Orientation Committee
  • Tejas is pursuing a PhD in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.
  • Contact: ejasj@mit.edu

Xiaowei Ou, Treasurer

  • As Treasurer, Xiaowei keeps track of the available funds, writes proposals for outside funding sources, and coordinates reimbursements for purchases made by Ashdown officers.
  • Oversees the Operations Committee
  • Liaises with the GSC Activities Committee
  • Xiaowei is a first year PhD student studying astrophysics.
  • Contact: xwou@mit.edu

Amogh Sood, External Affairs Coordinator

  • As External Affairs Coordinator, Amogh oversees the room lottery and interfaces with Housing and Residential Services.
  • Oversees the Brunch Committee
  • Liaises with the GSC Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Group
  • Amogh is a third year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry.
  • Contact: amogh@mit.edu

Charvi Gopal, Internal Affairs Coordinator

  • As Internal Affairs Coordinator, Charvi oversees elections and referendums within the house.
  • Oversees the Communities Committee
  • Liaises with the GSC Sustainability Group
  • Charvi is a MEng student in Computer Science.
  • Contact: charvig@mit.edu


The 2020-21 Ashdown House Executive Committee consists of:

Amanda Hornick, outgoing AHEC Chair

  • Oversees the Events Committee;
  • As Chair, Amanda presides over the weekly AHEC meetings and acts as the primary liaison to the MIT administration and other student groups;
  • Amanda is pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program;
  • Contact: ahornick@mit.edu

Kruthika Kikkeri, outgoing Treasurer

  • Oversees the Communities Committee;
  • As Treasurer, Kru keeps track of the available funds, writes proposals for outside funding sources, and coordinates reimbursements for purchases made by Ashdown officers;
  • Kru is pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
  • Contact: kkikkeri@mit.edu

Andrew Lew, outgoing Internal Affairs Coordinator

  • Oversees the Brunch Committee;
  • As Internal Affairs Coordinator, Andrew oversees elections and referendums within the house;
  • Andrew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Physical Materials Chemistry;
  • Contact: lewan@mit.edu

Haosheng Feng, outgoing Officer Coordinator

  • Oversees the Operations Committee;
  • As Officer Coordinator, Haosheng hires Ashdown officers, oversees officer evaluations and assigns seniority points and continuing licenses, ensures officers have the resources they need, and helps plan officer social activities;
  • Haosheng is pursuing a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry;
  • Contact: hsf25@mit.edu

Allison Lee, outgoing External Affairs Coordinator

  • Oversees the Coffee Hour Committee;
  • As External Affairs Coordinator, Allison oversees the room lottery and interfaces with Housing and Residential Services;
  • Allison is pursuing a Master in City Planning degree;
  • Contact: leeah@mit.edu