REA Leadership

Rice Engineering Alumni Board of Directors 2019

Call for REA Nominations

If you are interested in serving for 2021-22 on the REA Board of Directors or one of the REA Committees, submit an application by March 5, 2021. If you have questions regarding the application or board member requirements, please contact Ramesh "Neelsh" Neelamani, Chair of REA Board Governance, via email at

Learn more about current REA Board members and what inspired them to apply to the REA Board.

2020-21 Board of Directors

Rice Engineering Alumni is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of approximately 20 alumni serving staggered 3-year terms.


  • President - Adam Gottlieb BS ME '03
  • President Elect - Joanna Nathan BS BioE '11, MS BioE '12
  • Immediate Past President - H.T. Than MS ME '87
  • Secretary - Marylauren Ilagan BS ME '04
  • Treasurer - Tim Daniel BSCE '81, M CE '84

Board terms ending June 2021

  • Christopher Powers, BS ChE '02
  • H.T. Than, MS ME '87
  • Tim Daniel, BS CE '81, M CE '84
  • Vivas Kumar, BS EE '14

Board terms ending June 2021 (extendable)

  • Rushi Bhalani, CS '19
  • Apoorv Bhargava, BS ChE '12
  • Steve French, BS CS '84, MS ECE '89
  • Marylauren Ilagan, BS ME '04
  • Ramesh Neelamani, MS EE '99, Ph.D. EE '03
  • Samuel Zorek, ME '19

Board terms ending June 2022 (extendable)

  • Monica Barrera, BS BioE '14
  • Kirk Dotson, MS CE '83, Ph.D. CE '88
  • Peter Fasullo, BA '75, M ChE '76
  • Adam Gottlieb, ME '03
  • Dick Greene, BS ME '70, M ME '71
  • Wayne Hale, BS ME '76
  • Radina Khalid, BS ChE '16
  • John Mulgrew, BS ME '89

Board Terms ending June 2023 (extendable)

  • Joanna Nathan, BioE ’11, MBioE ’12
  • Stephanie Schmidt, ME ’14
  • Stormy Peters, CS ’96
  • David McStravick, ME PhD ‘65
  • George Webb, EE, MEE ‘88
  • Kensey King, ME ‘16
  • Jim Pyke, ME ‘97
  • Elisa Donovan, MSCI ‘92
  • P.V. Suryanarayana, ME PhD ‘91

Non-Voting Ex Officio Members

  • Rob Griffin, Interim Dean, GRBSOE
  • Wendy Hoenig, Senior Advisor to REA
  • Katie Donovan, Associate Director of Development
  • Kerry Pious, Associate Director, Alumni Relations

REA Committees

REA Board members serve on standing committees and task forces that carry out the work and mission of REA. Current REA standing committees and their 2020-2021 chairs are:

  • Sponsorship - Marylauren Ilagan
  • Communications - Steve French
  • Alumni Honors - Ramesh Neelamani
  • Education & Outreach - Peter Fasullo
  • Grants & Awards - Vivas Kumar
  • Board Governance - Ramesh Neelamani

REA Chapters

Outside Houston, REA has chapters in the three cities with the largest populations of Rice engineering alumni. Each chapter is led by a volunteer steering team, one or two of whom also serve on the REA Board of Directors. To get involved with your REA chapter, please contact the steering team chair or any steering team member.

  • Austin (REA Austin), founded in 2011 - Steve French, CS '84, MS ECE '89 (chair)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (REA DFW), founded in 2013 - Tim Daniel, BS CE '81, MSCE '84 (chair)
  • San Francisco Bay Area (REA SFBA), founded in 2013 - Apoorv Bhargava BS ChE '12

Rice engineering alumni living in other cities are encouraged to start a local REA chapter in your cities. Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, Denver and New York City have sizeable numbers of Rice engineering alumni.

To submit items for consideration by the REA Board of Directors, please contact the REA Secretary, Marylauren Ilagan via email at