Chairs and Directors

Chairs and Directors




Phiwat Klomkaew | Activity Chair

Phiwat (Pee-Wat) “P” Klomkaew is a second-year chemical engineering graduate student serving as GEC activity chair. Intellectually, he is interested in the shale gas separation using the membrane system of ionic liquid and polymer of intrinsic microposity. Things he likes to do include playing board games, drinking craft beer, cycling, learning new languages, volunteering, and traveling.






Vineeth Dharmapalan Senate Representative

Vineeth is a Civil Engineer pursuing a PhD in Construction Engineering and Project Management. He will be starting his 4th Year this fall and will be representing the Senate for GEC. He hopes to increase graduate student involvement in GEC and also assist in developing academic and outreach projects for GEC. In his free time, Vineeth likes to go on hikes, cook, swim, watch an occasional movie, or just catch up on sleep.





Scott Snarr | Past Activities Chair 

Scott Snarr is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student in the Manufacturing and Design program. His research involves process and parameter development for the selective laser sintering of novel materials as well as the development of a multi-material powder bed fusion system. Scott is still involved with GEC. He wanted to meet more young engineers at UT while at the same time give back to the engineering community here on campus. Outside of school, in his free time, he likes to play basketball recreationally and eat lots of great food, especially some delicious Texas BBQ. Hook em’






Liam Connolly | Pickle Research Center Representative & Past Activities Chair

Liam is a fourth-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and his research focuses on design of metrology tools for nanoscale manufacturing. Liam is serving as the messenger and representative for graduate students who work at the Pickle Research Center.