Our advisory board

Meet our experienced team of advisors.

Tim Schnabel

Executive Student Advisor

Tim Schnabel earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and is a former President of the California Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering at Stanford University, focusing on engineering plants and microbe symbioses for a sustainable AgTech future. When Tim is not in the lab, he enjoys gardening, dancing, bee-keeping, working on his book about spirituality in the modern world, and traveling.

Thomas Kenny

Chief Faculty Advisor

Thomas Kenny received his Ph.D. (1989) in Physics from UC Berkeley. From 1989 to 1993, he served as a Staff Scientist at JPL, and in 1994, he joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. He is currently the Richard Weiland Chair and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs. He has been co-founder of 3 startup companies (Cooligy – acquired by Emerson, SiTime – acquired by Megachips, and Applaud Medical – currently raising seed funding), advised more than 50 Ph.D. students, and co-authored more than 250 technical publications and more than 50 issued patents.

Caelin Tran

Advisor

Caelin earned his master’s degree in Computer Science and his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he worked in a materials lab, conducted machine learning research, and served as President of Stanford Tau Beta Pi during the 2016-2017 academic year. Caelin has past experience in business development and corporate technology at Tesla, Genentech, and Siemens, and he is currently working in management consulting at BCG.

Lisa Wang

Advisor

Lisa is currently a software engineer at Google Brain working on machine learning systems. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University and served as Chapter President of Tau Beta Pi in the 2015-2016 academic year. During her studies, Lisa pursued research in intelligent tutoring systems to explore how machine learning can improve the student experience in online education settings. She also taught two courses on AI and Data Science aimed at non-CS majors. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys playing chamber music, biking in the mountains, improvising dances, and baking bread.

Pedro Milani

Advisor

Pedro graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and served as the Vice President of Stanford Tau Beta Pi. He is currently a Stanford Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department, and he expects to graduate in 2020. Pedro works in computational fluid mechanics with a focus on applying machine learning techniques to improve turbulence models in turbomachinery applications. Outside of work, his hobbies include dancing and hiking.

Kaitlyn Gee

Advisor

Kaitlyn Gee graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2018. She served as President of Stanford Tau Beta Pi during the academic year 2017-18, during which time she focused on increasing candidate involvement in leadership activities, engaging TBP alumni, and diversifying mentorship opportunities for TBP members and officers. She is currently a graduate student at MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on computational design and additive manufacturing.

Zubair Ahmed

Advisor

Zubair, born and raised in Bangladesh, is a FLI (first-generation, low-income) Stanford alumni and former Stanford Tau Beta Pi President who studied mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship as an undergrad and coterm. He has since pivoted careers and currently does software engineering at a FinTech startup. Outside of engineering, he’s a poet and author of City of Rivers, a lover of nature and the outdoors, and an advocate for peace and harmony in our daily lives. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his lovely wife, Alexandra.

Ernestine Fu

Advisor

Ernestine Fu graduated from Stanford University with a B.S., M.S., and MBA. She served as President of Stanford Tau Beta Pi during the 2013-14 academic year. She is currently a venture capitalist, investing in early-stage technology companies.

Petr Johanes

Advisor

Petr Johanes graduated from Stanford University with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. During his Ph.D., Petr has conducted big data analyses to reveal behavioral patterns in online learning environments investigated how scalable learning technologies embody and contribute to their creators’ philosophical views of knowing and learning. 

Ateeq Suria

Advisor

Ateeq Suria earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the New College Graduate Rotation Program 2017 cohort at Lam Research. Currently, he is working on next-generation PECVD and conductor etch tools to enable continuous innovation and improvement for memory clients.

Ryan Cohen

Advisor

Ryan Cohen earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and is currently pursuing a coterm in mechatronics. Ryan enjoys working at the intersection of mechanical engineering and software, and plans to work on system integration for autonomous vehicles in the future. He has previously interned at Ouster LIIDAR and Zoox, helping to design optical manufacturing equipment, calibration routines, and vehicle configuration software. At Stanford, Ryan was an RA for a freshman dorm, served on the board of CS+Social Good, and founded a STEM education nonprofit in addition to leading Stanford Tau Beta as President during the 2018-2019 academic year. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys brewing kombucha and spending time outdoors.