Jacob Schuler (He/Him/His)
I am currently a senior in chemical engineering, this is a my third year being part of the oSTEM exec board and I enjoy doing advocacy work on and off campus with our organization.
Alyssa Boll (She/Her/Hers)
VP of Advocacy
Alyssa is a Senior in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering, and she identifies as on the bi and ace spectra. Outside of school, Alyssa loves Tolkien, karate, church, space, fractals, and her oSTEM family! She also loves coffee and meeting people, so feel free to reach out or visit her in office hours. 😀
Riel Tolan (They/Them/Theirs or He/Him/His)
VP of Campus Events
Hello, I’m Riel! I am a junior majoring in geophysical engineering. I grew up in rural Colorado, but for now I have settled in the Lakewood area. Besides working through school and with oSTEM, I am a part of Rotaract, mentoring/advocacy in my hometown for STEM and LGBT+ mental health, and the ongoing effort to populate my apartment with the number of plants akin to a jungle. I love tea/coffee, Marvel, anime/manga, rocks, and music. I hope to get to know those who are reading this and would love to talk about anything over a good cuppa. So please feel free to contact me!
Kristen Hietala (She/Her/Hers)
VP of Outreach
I’m a senior in Chemical Engineering minoring in Energy. I’m so excited to serve as the VP of Community Outreach for the 2018-2019 school year! I have a love for cats, renewable energy, and activism in the LGBTQ+ community.
Luke Williams (He/Him/His)
With a B.S. in chemistry from Florida State University, I arrived in Colorado to pursue my graduate studies in materials science. Upon earning my masters in computational materials science, I made a switch to the experimental side, where I am currently focused on synthetic inorganic chemistry under Dr. Ryan Richards. Outside of being a nerd in the lab, I am a nerd in my free time: I am an avid comic book enthusiast, a dabbler of linguistics, and the proud owner of giant-tongued dog, Leo, and a beautiful ball python, Sacha. As a member of oSTEM at Mines I am working to hone my own advocacy and allyship skills, as well as bring attention to LGBTQ+ issues at our school and in the broader community. It is important to me to be visibly out in STEM and I am excited about the momentum that this organization continues to gain!
Niko Hadacek (he/him/his)
Howdy! I’m your friendly neighborhood human, excited to be your social chair this semester. I’m transgender and pansexual, as well as a proud Fiji and pagan. When I’m not blundering my way through the junior year Physics curriculum, I’m reading fan fiction, singing in CSM choir, or arting. If you want to talk about cats, comics, DND, or anything regarding oSTEM or life in general, hit me up. I promise I only bite a little.
Kai Nichols (He/Him/His)
I came to Mines from Houston, TX, sight unseen, knowing no one in Colorado, much less at Mines. From those early days as a lost freshman, I have found my home at Mines in the people, academics, and communities of this campus. I am now a senior working towards a B.S. in computer science with a specialty in data science. Outside of class, I spend most of my time baking anything from sourdough bread to pie to pastry. At Mines, I have had the luxury of being out in all aspects of life. I get to be transgender, a student, a fraternity man, and more. I believe, that where possible, visibility is a powerful tool for the progression of our community, and community is a powerful tool for the progression of the individual. As an officer, I want to see oSTEM continue to be that visible force of good for this campus.
Max Pisciotta (He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs)
I am a second-year graduate student in mechanical engineering. I did my undergraduate degree at Mines too (also mechanical engineering). I am also involved in the Be Well and Sustainability committees on campus. Outside of coursework, I am doing my research in fuel cells, specifically storing renewable energy as liquid fuel. When I am not doing work for school or research, I am learning to speak Spanish and enjoy watching Netflix, reading, writing, and hiking.
Mary Elliot (She/Her/Hers)
oSTEM Chapter Advisor and Director of Residence Life
I was born and raised in Golden, CO and after spending time in the Midwest earning my MA in Higher Education Administration (University of Iowa) and working in higher education for 10 years at Washington University in St. Louis, I finally made my way back to Golden to work here at Mines! I have been at Mines since 2014 and love my role as the Director of Residence Life and Housing. I also love that my role allows me to take the time to be one of the advisors to oSTEM. As an advisor to this group of amazing students, I learn every day what it means for students to truly support and care for one another and each day I am challenged to be the best ally that I can be to our LGBTQ+ community here on campus and outside of our community as well. I have the honor of co-facilitating our Safe Zone training program with some of our talented leadership and helping to educate our students, staff and faculty on how they can be the best allies they can be. Advising oSTEM is the most rewarding, humbling and fun things I get to do here at Mines and I am grateful every day to be involved in this organization.
oSTEM Chapter Advisor and CBE Professor
I’m an associate teaching professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and I am interested in improving undergraduate biology education with research interests in synthetic biology and genetic engineering. I grew up in New Mexico and obtained my PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where I also explored DNA replication and cell-cycle regulation as a post-doc. I also have a background in industry where I worked as a scientist at OPX Biotechnologies, focused on the genetic engineering of E.coli to produce a precursor to acrylic acid.
It is important to me to be a proud and visible member of the LGBTQ+ community at Mines. As an advisor with oSTEM, I am continuously inspired by young queer scientists and engineers as we work together to foster an environment of inclusivity at Mines.
Outside the classroom, I love hiking in the mountains of Colorado and traveling with Justin, my wonderful husband of 5 years. I also have a wonderful golden-doodle that looks like a muppet named Chloe.