Ashdown Officers

Ashdown Officers

Everything Ashdown does, from stocking the inventory to planning dance parties to keeping the pianos in tune, is powered by our Officers – residents who volunteer their time to help out the dorm. While the different positions have varied responsibilities, all of them are important in keeping the residence running smoothly. Officers are grouped into 5 committees:

  • Brunch Committee
  • Coffee Hour Committee
  • Communities Committee
  • Events Committee
  • Operations Committee

Officer terms consist of fall, spring, and summer. New officers are hired at the start of each term, but typically there is a larger hiring cycle in the spring. There is no mandatory service duration, but typically officers serve 6 terms (2 years) in order to accrue “continuing status” which grants them guaranteed accommodation in Ashdown House. They are also guaranteed accommodation in Ashdown during their service. Additionally, officers are rewarded with up to 3 seniority points per term, which gives them a large advantage in the in-house lottery for room selection. Even with these perks, officers tend to serve merely because they want a more active role in the MIT Ashdown community!

Below is the listing of current officer positions. If you are interested in serving as an Ashdown officer in any of these roles, or if you wish to suggest a new officer position, please contact ahec@mit.edu.

Brunch Committee
Brunch Committee
Contact: ashdown-brunch@mit.edu

The Brunch Committee organizes brunches on select Sunday mornings in Ashdown’s Hulsizer Room approximately once per month. See here for more information.

  • Chair: Lisa Lin
  • Officer: Shuwen Sun
  • Officer: Nicolás Gomez Vega
  • Officer: Youngjae Min
  • Officer: Khrystofor Khokhlov
  • Officer: Niamh Brown
  • Officer: Rohit Sanatani
  • Officer: Xiaolin Fang
  • Officer: [currently vacant]
  • Officer: [currently vacant]
  • Officer: [currently vacant]
  • Officer: [currently vacant]
  • Inventory Officer: [currently vacant]
Coffee Hour Committee
Coffee Hour Committee
Contact: ashdown-coffee@mit.edu

The Coffee Hour Committee organizes Ashdown’s weekly coffee hour every Thursday night. This long-standing tradition provides residents with a great setting to relax and socialize while enjoying snacks and coffee. See here for more information.

  • Co-Chair: Vishwak Srinivasan
  • Co-ChairShek Nga Chan
  • Officer: Tzu-An Sheng
  • Officer: Rose Yin
  • Officer: Jianting Guo
  • Officer: Alvin Harvey
  • Officer: Aniruddha Ghosh
  • Officer: Vennela Mannava
  • Officer: Sideena Grace
  • Officer: Michael Bichnevicius
  • OfficerKai Yee Wan
  • Officer: Xiuyuan Zhang
Communities Committee
Communities Committee
Contact: ashdown-communities@mit.edu
  • Chair: Haochen Wang
    • ashdown-communities-chair@mit.edu
  • Cherry Pie Society: Serina Hu & Zheng Dai
    • The Cherry Pie Society Officer runs and coordinates Ashdown’s intellectual discussion group, the Cherry Pie Society. See here for more information.
    • ashdown-cherry@mit.edu
  • Athletics/Physical Wellness Officer: Anup Sreekumar
    • The Athletics/Physical Wellness Officer coordinates athletics-related events in Ashdown, and serves as a liaison for other athletics-related events on campus. Tasks include coordinating Ashdown intramural sports teams and organizing outings (basketball, hockey games, snowball fights, skating, etc).
    • ashdown-athletics@mit.edu
  • Mental Wellness Officer: [currently vacant]
    • The Mental Wellness Officer promotes the mental health of Ashdown residents through organizing opportunities for de-stressing and bringing in mental health resources from MIT and the Greater Boston Area.
  • 1st Floor Officer: Alexandra Henzinger
  • 2nd Floor Officer: Haosheng Feng
  • 3rd Floor Officer: Lelia Hampton
  • 4th Floor Officer: Yu Xie
  • 5th Floor OfficerMaria Jimena Muzio
    • Floor Officers: They serve as residential assistants and are responsible for encouraging interaction among residents and organizing floor events, overseeing the floor common areas and the use of floor bulletin boards, and voicing floor concerns to AHEC.
    • ashdown-officers-floor@mit.edu
  • Arts Officer: Haochen Wang
    • The Arts Officer holds events to connect Ashdown residents who are interested in events focused on art, music, theatre, and more. These events vary from museum trips to organized events to MIT performances. They maintain a collection of artwork around Ashdown (both inside the House and in the courtyards). They are an art enthusiast looking to provide an opportunity to Ashdown residents to explore their artistic interests.
    • ashdown-arts@mit.edu
  • Community Service Officer: [currently vacant]
    • The Community Service Officer is responsible for running and coordinating Ashdown volunteer events. They will act as a liaison between groups requiring volunteers and Ashdown residents.
    • ashdown-community-service@mit.edu
Events Committee
Events Committee
Contact: ashdown-events@mit.edu

The Events Committee plans and runs large and small events at Ashdown, either for Ashdown residents or the entire MIT graduate community. They plan orientation activities, social events, outings, culturally-themed events, and other Ashdown traditions.

  • Chair: Narumi Wong
  • Officer: Amanda Hornick
  • Officer: John Bell
  • Officer: Regina Lee
  • Officer: Alex Kashkin
  • Officer: Rachel Sun
  • Officer: Ian Sabula
  • Officer: Ashkan Soleymani
  • Officer: Alexander Bevacqua
  • Officer: Elizaveta Tremsina
Operations Committee
Operations Committee
Contact: ashdown-ops@mit.edu
  • Co-Chair of Publicity and Communications: Seyed Khashaiar Gatmiry
  • Co-Chair of Publicity and Communications: Ignacio Arzuaga Garcia
    • The Publicity Chair is the point of contact for other Ashdown officers and other dorm officers to request posters, etc. The Chair is in charge of delegating tasks within the Publicity team and compiling external events for the Ashdown Anno.
    • ashdown-publicity-chair@mit.edu
  • Publicity: Chen Xi
  • Publicity: [currently vacant]
    • Publicity Officers collect and publicize information about Ashdown, MIT, and off-campus events. Officers organize publicity campaigns for Ashdown events, including creating posters, printing them, and putting them up around campus.
    • ashdown-publicity@mit.edu
  • Photographer / Publicity: Zhen Zhang
    • The Photographer documents residential life, takes pictures at events, and records Ashdown history. Photos can be found on the Ashdown House Facebook Page.
    • ashdown-photo@mit.edu
  • Communications: Shomik Verma
  • Communications: Arun Krishnadas
    • Communications Officers record and disseminate information in Ashdown, including taking meeting minutes at the AHEC weekly meetings. The Communications Officers also manage the 3AM newsletter, and welcome/orientation newsletters as needed.
    • ashdown-comms@mit.edu
  • Chair of Tech and Inventory: Tiansi Xin
  • Tech/Web Master: Mingran Yang
  • Tech: Maitreyi Ashok
  • Tech: Zhengqi Gao
    • Technology Officers maintain and improve the Ashdown website and computing facilities. Tech Officers assist with the hallway displays throughout the building as well as other AV systems in the common areas.
    • ashdown-tech@mit.edu
  • Inventory: Michael Durso 
  • Inventory: Chester Yeo Su Hern
  • Inventory: Megha Tippur
  • Inventory: Noah Bagazinski
    • Inventory Officers maintain and track the status of resident facilities within Ashdown House including the front desk/mailroom, courtyards, lobby, laundry room, kitchens, AHEC storage closet, and gym equipment.
    • ashdown-inventory@mit.edu
  • Sustainability / Inventory: Devashish Pratap Gokhale
  • Garden / Inventory: Kota Konda