Leadership Team

oSTEM Student Officers

Alex Kincaid-Beal – President

Alex in front of glass sculptures

  • They/them/theirs
  • Third-year student in Biology, Society, & Environment
  • Ask me about how to get more involved in oSTEM!
  • Contact: kinca092@umn.edu


Terran Stenger – Vice President

Terran in a lab coat and mask.

  • He/him/his
  • Senior in Cellular and Organismal Physiology
  • Ask me about why I left the Jehova's Witnesses
  • Contact: steng110@umn.edu


Zach – Treasurer


  • He/him/his
  • Second-year in Computer Science
  • Placeholder
  • Contact: bens1060@umn.edu


Niko Deshpande – Events Archivist

Niko wearing a green sweatshirt and holding two kittens

  • They/them/theirs
  • Sophomore in Environmental Engineering
  • Their other interests include Vampire: The Masquerade, thrifting, and petting their roommates' kittens Krobus (left) and Maru (right). 
  • Contact: deshp131@umn.edu


Lauren Hagen – Social Chair and CSE Chair

A nighttime photo of Lauren with a bike

  • They/she
  • Third-year student in Computer Science, Design, and Music
  • Ask me about cool spots to bike to!
  • Contact: hage0585@umn.edu


Natalie Hudson-Smith – Graduate Student Representative

Head shot of Natalie Hudson-Smith, Graduate Representative 2019-2020.

  • They/them/theirs and she/her/hers
  • Graduate Student in Chemistry
  • Fun fact: I have three pet beetles.
  • Contact: hudso283@umn.edu


Henvy Xiao – CLA Chair

Head shot of Henvy Xiao, CLA Chair 2019-2020.

  • They/them/theirs and he/him/his
  • Junior in Mathematics
  • Ask me about mysticism or astrology!
  • Contact: xiaox371@umn.edu


Jo Hidalgo – CFANS Chair

Head shot of Jo Hidalgo, CFANS Chair 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Sophomore in Environmental Science Policy and Management with a minor in Forestry
  • Ask me about my latest Minecraft project!
  • Contact: hidal023@umn.edu


Michael Dunst – CDes Chair

Head shot of Michael Dunst, CDes Chair 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Junior in Landscape Architecture & Urban Studies
  • Ask me about how highways destroyed the American city! (or something fun like politics or baseball)
  • Contact: dunst016@umn.edu


AZ Kersten – General Officer

Head shot of AZ Kersten, General Officer 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Junior in Cinema, Media Production and Communications
  • Fun fact: I have a sock obsession, I am scared of mayo, and I have a hearing disability.
  • Contact: kerst097@umn.edu


Jack Dong – General Officer

Head shot of Jack Dong, General Officer 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Senior in Computer Science and Statistics
  • Ask me about Chinese food!
  • Contact: dongx462@umn.edu


oSTEM Advisors

Alon McCormick

Head shot of Alon McCormick, oSTEM advisor.

  • He/him/his
  • Professor since 1989 in Chemical Engineering
  • Also graduate advisor for Materials Science and Chemistry
  • Ask me about my LGBTQ+ rights work in grad school in the 80s!
  • Contact: mccormic@umn.edu


Alisa Dean

Head shot of Alisa Dean, oSTEM Advisor.

  • Alisa Dean
  • She/her/hers
  • Academic Advisor in Computer Science & Engineering Department
  • Fun fact: I submitted a "quilt on a stick" and crop/seed art to the Minnesota State Fair this year!
  • Contact: ajdean@umn.edu


Kai Takatsuka

  • He/him/his
  • CAPE Academic and Career Coach
  • My name comes from the Hawaiian word for ocean. My father grew up in Hawaii, and I have spent many summers there. I am also an animal lover!
  • Contact: kai@umn.edu