Graduate Study
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Society (MEGSS)

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Society (MEGSS) provides a student voice on departmental issues like faculty selection and curriculum matters. In this way, the concerns of the graduate students help shape the way the ME graduate program is run. To facilitate this, members of MEGSS attend select faculty meetings and sit on the Graduate Studies Committee and the Faculty Search Committees.

In addition to offering feedback to the faculty and department, we actively plan and sponsor social events to promote intra-departmental interaction between faculty, staff, and students across all years and research areas.

We also provide information and guidance to incoming and current ME graduate students to help them make informed decisions about their academic careers.

All mechanical engineering grads are encouraged to participate in our activities. Any feedback or suggestions for improvement that you might have are also welcome.


Photo of Giorgos  Mamakoukas

Giorgos Mamakoukas


A Greek native, Giorgos is a fourth year PhD student in Todd Murphey's lab, focusing on nonlinear control algorithms for a bioinspired fish robot. He loves soccer, the outdoors, and is always down for a good conversation.

Outside MEGSS, he is a Brady Fellow working on affordable housing in Evanston and the Hellenic American Student Union (HASU).

Photo of Hannah Emnett

Hannah Emnett


Hannah is a second year PhD student in Mitra Hartmann's lab in the NxR. In addition to being secretary of MEGSS, she is on the board for SWE's graduate chapter at Northwestern.

Her favorite MEGSS activity is the bi-weekly coffee hour.

Photo of Chaitanya  Gokhale

Chaitanya Gokhale

Social Chair

Chaitanya is a second year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management.

He loves to eat, workout and meet new people so if you see him in and around campus, don’t forget to say hi!

Photo of Newell Moser

Newell Moser

Social Chair

Newell is a fifth year PhD student in Professor Jian Cao's and Professor Kornel Ehmann's groups who focuses on advanced manufacturing processes and computational mechanics.

As a social chair, Newell enjoys great conversations over coffee, snacks, beer, etc., and he is regular rock climber both outdoors and indoors.

Photo of Puikei Cheng

Puikei Cheng

Social Chair

Puikei is a fourth year PhD student in Professor Wing Kam Liu's and Professor Jian Cao's groups.

The best foods in Evanston are (1) spoonbread, (2) sushi burrito, and (3) kullaj.

She also serves on the executive board of GLAC and contributes to Northwestern's HELIX magazine.

Photo of Roman Grigorii

Roman Grigorii


Roman is a third year PhD student in Ed Colgate's and Michael Peshkin's Haptics lab.

He represents MEGSS as a treasurer and is on the event planning committee.

Roman loves the outdoors and competes for the NU triathlon team.

Photo of Ola  Kalinowska

Ola Kalinowska

Recruitment Chair

Originally from Poland, Ola Kalinowska is a second-year PhD student in Todd Murphey’s lab.

Her work is focused on making assistive devices intuitive and reliable by improving human-robot interactions and developing controls for rehabilitation robotics, such as exoskeletons.

Outside of lab, she’s part of the NU Swim Club and enjoys bringing the ME students together through MEGSS!