Graduate Student Advisory Council


The purpose of Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is to provide a liaison between the graduate students and the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Utah. Our aim is to enhance your graduate life experience by promoting the interests and concerns of graduate student body, as well as establishing a dynamic community through active participation. Please feel free to contact us at


Our activities are mainly focused (but not limited) to the following:

  •     Involved in graduate student affairs
  •     Promote communication and collaboration among students and faculty.
  •     RPT (Retention, Promotion, Tenure) reviews
  •     New faculty hiring (Attend seminars and luncheon to review and provide feedback)
  •     Organization of graduate visitation weekend (GVW)
  •     Outreach activities
    • Graduate fairs
    • Social events

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Graduate Student Advisory Council Contact

John DeSutter – Chair
Research: Near-field radiation and its applications in waste-heat recovery
Life interests: Skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and golfing
Jordan French – Vice Chair
Research: specifically targets emerging composite cryogenic fuel tank technology for rocket propulsion
Valentin Romanov – Treasurer
Research: Microfluidic synthesis of nanoscale artificial cells
Life interests: Backpacking, skiing, martial arts and drawing
Aowabin Rahman –
RPT Coordinator
Research: Integrated energy systems, thermal storage systems
Life interests: Soccer, sports journalism, films and chess
Isaac Nelson –
Media Coordinator
Research: Bioinspired materials engineering (
Life interests: Rock skipping, pogo sticking, tic-tac-toe, and thumb wars
Jourdan Colter -
Recruitment Chair
Research: Finite element modeling of an ophthalmic drug delivery device
Life interests: Travel, dogs, hiking, beer, and music