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House Government and Officers

Ashdown residents play a key role in dorm operations and management. The main people responsible for running the dorm are the Ashdown House Executive Committee (AHEC) and the many Ashdown officers. The procedures on voting and elections are described in the Ashdown House Constitution and the Ashdown Election Policy.

If you are an Ashdown Officer:

Ashdown House Executive Committee (AHEC)

AHEC consists of five residents and is elected annually in the Spring. The five positions are Chair, Vice-Chair, Officer Coordinator and Secretary. The AHEC Chair presides over the weekly AHEC meetings and acts as the primary liaison to the MIT administration and other student groups. The Treasurer keeps track of the available funds, writes proposals for outside funding sources, and coordinates reimbursements for purchases made by Ashdown officers. The Vice-Chair assists the Chair in their duties, acts in their place when they are absent and is also responsible for running all in-house room lotteries. The Officer Coordinator maintains a list of current Ashdown officers and assigns seniority points accordingly. Finally, the Secretary is primarily responsible for taking minutes at AHEC meetings.

AHEC meets every Thursday evening in the Crafts Lounge to discuss dorm-related issues. These meetings are open to the entire Ashdown community. All residents are encouraged to attend, whether they have something to contribute or simply want to listen. Residents are also free to bring up problems or concerns at AHEC meetings. If you have something to add to the agenda, please email ahec (at)

The current AHEC members are:

Malvika Verma

Kristen Rio LaVigne
Officer Coordinator

Govind Ramnarayan

German Alberto Parada Hernandez

Seamus Bann
Vice Chair

Ashdown Officers

Everything Ashdown does, from caring for fish to planning dance parties to keeping the pianos in tune, is powered by our officers — residents who have volunteered their time to help out the dorm. Even though the positions have varied responsibilities, all of them are important in keeping the building running smoothly.

For their hard work, officers are rewarded with up to 3 seniority points per term. This gives them a huge advantage in our in-house lottery.

A current listing of officer positions is given below. Please contact if any of these jobs sound appealing to you, or if you just want to help make Ashdown a better place. Additionally, feel free to suggest new officer positions that are more aligned with your interests.

Ashdown Lecture Series Coordinator

Ali Vakilian
The Ashdown Lecture Series Coordinator is responsible for conducting TED-like talks (of broad themes, such as research breakthroughs, start-up ideas, policy decistions, etc) with informal discussions following the talk throughout the year. This is an experimental position as of 2015.
ashdown-alsc (at)

Brunch Committee

Muhammad Jehangir Amjad

Wei Wei

Weike Vicky Sun

Xueying Zhao

David Qiu

Vishal Patil

Xueying Sherry Guo

Yifeng Che

Tao Feng

Mukund Gupta
The Brunch Committee is responsible for organizing brunches on Sunday mornings at noon in Ashdown’s Hulsizer Room approximately once a month.
ashdown-brunch (at)

Brunch Committee Co-chairs

Eric Alt

ashdown-brunch-chair (at)

Cherry Pie Society Officer

Igor Kadota
The Cherry Pie Society Officer is responsible for running and coordinating Ashdown’s intellectual discussion group, the Cherry Pie Society.
ashdown-cherry (at)

Coffee Hour Committee

Omar Labban

Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew

Elaine McVay

Torezhan Amanzholov

Jian-An Ke

Somya Singhvi

Yiwei Yang

Cynthia Hajal

Katharine V Greco
The Coffee Hour Committee is responsible for organizing Ashdown's weekly coffee hour every Thursday night at 9 pm in the Hulsizer Room. This long-standing tradition provides residents with a great setting to relax and socialize while enjoying snacks and coffee.
ashdown-coffee (at)

Coffee Hour Committee Co-chairs

Shwetha Mariadassou

Divya Singhvi

ashdown-coffee-chair (at)

Communications Officers

Hongru Cai

Sandro Salgueiro Rodrigues
The Communications Officers are responsible recording and disseminating information in Ashdown. At least one Officer is to be present at every AHEC meeting for detailed notes (to be collated by AHEC Secretary and posted on the Ashdown website). They are also responsible for the IAP/Summer Alumni Newsletters and aiding with the “Welcome Brochure” for new residents during August. This position is experimental and may be subject to change in consultation with the Officers.
ashdown-comms (at)

Communities Committee Chair

Stephanie Chen

ashdown-communities-chair (at)

Events Committee

Justin Holmgren

Liangyu Xu

Ricardo Santos-Baptista

Heng (Elizabeth) Zuo

Kimberly Tam Dinh

Yuwei Li

Maxwell Nagarajan

Jean Carlos Serrano

Donovan Guttieres

Carlos Barajas
The Events Committee consists of the group of Ashdown officers who primarily plan and run minor/major Ashdown-wide and MIT Graduate Community-wide events that are held at Ashdown. They are responsible for Orientation activities, general social events, non arts-related outings, culturally-themed events and certain signature Ashdown traditions that are open to the entire MIT Graduate Community.
ashdown-events (at)

Events Committee Co-chairs

Meicen Sun

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Events Committee Volunteer Coordinator

Kailah Snelgrove

ashdown-volunteer (at)

Floor Officers

Haocun Yu

Haluk Akay

Haoquan Tony Zhang

Nicole Moody

Danhao Ma
Floor Officers serve as a residential assistants and voice fellow residents' concerns and interests to AHEC. They are responsible for encouraging interaction among residents and organizing floor events, as well as overseeing the floor common areas and the use of floor bulletin boards.
ashdown-floor, ashdown-1-officers, ashdown-2-officers, ashdown-3-officers, ashdown-4-officers, ashdo (at)

Inventory Subcommittee

Matthew Pompeo

Yixiang Liu

Wan Yuan Beatri Soh

Albert Magnell

Shiyao Liu
The Inventory Subcommittee is responsible for maintaining the inventory of, and tracking the status of, resident facilities within Ashdown House in the Ashdown Courtyards, the Ashdown Front Desk/Mail Room, the Ashdown Lobby, the Ashdown Laundry Room, the Ashdown Kitchen, and the AHEC Storage Closet. It is also in charge of maintaining gym equipment (emails to now forward to Inventory).
ashdown-inventory (at)

Operations Committee Chair

Cody Karcher

ashdown-ops-chair (at)

Outings & Athletics Officers

Alexander Wing Lake Yee
The Outings & Athletics Officers are responsible for all outings- and athletics-related events in Ashdown, as well as being a liaison for other athletics-related events on campus. Tasks include coordinating Ashdown intramural sports teams and organizing Ashdown outings (basketball/hockey games, snowball fights/skating, "hot-pot" dinner in Chinatown, etc). Please note that gym maintenance duties are now handled by the Inventory Subcommittee.
ashdown-outings (at)

Photographer Officer

Min Hao Wong
The Photographer is responsible for documenting life at Ashdown House. Other responsibilities include taking photographs at major events and documenting the dormitory's history.
ashdown-photo (at)

Publicity Subcommittee

Suzana Fong

Liyang Sophie Sun

Athena Huang

Xin Zheng
The Publicity Committee is responsible for collecting information about Ashdown, MIT, and off-campus events and publicizing them. Other responsibilities include sending out a weekly email to residents about events and organizing publicity campaigns for Ashdown events (creating posters, printing them, and putting them up around campus).
ashdown-publicity (at)

Technology Subcommittee

Kevin Li

Yi Lu

Aditya Thomas
The Technology Committee is responsible for maintaining and improving the Ashdown website and the computing facilities at the dorm. The Technology Committee helps with the hallway displays throughout the building as well as other AV systems in the common areas.
ashdown-tech (at)

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