Learning Assistants


First Year Learning Assistants

Tiffany Irvin

Hello everyone, my name is Tiffany and I am a senior from central Pennsylvania.  As a first-generation college student, I was pretty clueless as an incoming freshman and found support from my learning assistant at the time. I enjoy helping others and aim to be supportive to you as my LA had been to me. Speaking from experience, all questions are valid questions. I am here to help you transition into this new environment whether you just want to talk, want some advice, or have questions. 

Hall: BARH

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hobbies: Baking, crafting, hiking, trying new things, and spending time with friends and family

Office Hours: Wednesdays 8-9 pm and Sundays 7-8 pm

Webex: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/irvint

Eli Chai

Hello! My name is Eli, and I am a sophomore doing my first year as a Learning Assistant. I am part of student government, SASE, and Partial Credit A Capella.

Hall: Davison

Major: Business Management

Hobbies: Reading, singing, gushing over people’s pets

Office Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 6-7pm

Webex: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/chaie


Esther Weyer

Major: Biochemistry & Biophysics

Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Esther and I'm from Wilmington, Delaware. I am a Biochemistry & Biophysics and Mathematics Dual Major. I've just returned from an internship assisting in a research lab at a museum and I'm excited to return to campus! I'm involved in Judo Club and RPI Ambulance. This is my first semester as an LA and I'm really excited to meet everyone. I'm happy to answer any questions, so feel free to reach out. 

Office Hours: Tues 3-4, Thurs: 5:30-6:30

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/weyere

Hall: Bray

Hobbies: Drawing, walking

Jeffrey Chai

First-year LA Jeffrey ChaiHi everyone! My name is Jeffrey and I am a senior from New Jersey. This is my second year as an LA, but I have previously worked with first year students as a Bridge Scholars Mentor and as an I-PERSIST Mentor. I am also involved in RPI Student Government.

Hall: Warren 
Major(s): Computer Science and Mathematics
Hobbies/Interests: Playing Board Games, Exploring, Listening To Music, Urban Hiking
Office Hours: Sunday 4-5PM; Tuesday 7-8PM
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/chaij

Maya Johnson


Hey y’all, I’m LA Maya! I’m from a tiny hamlet called Brooktondale, NY, near Cornell University. I’m here for the fall and currently searching for internships at medical device companies for the spring. I write for The Poly, so I know a lot about what’s going on around campus. And I’m also around playing classical music a lot of the time. I transferred into RPI from community college last fall and never had an LA to help me, so I’ll do my best to make everything smoother for you. I’m enjoying getting to meet everyone, so I hope you’ll drop by!

Hall: Bray

Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Hobbies/Interests: Violin, writing, swimming, Star Trek, hiking (preferably barefoot)

Office Hours: Sundays 2 PM - 3 PM; Wednesdays 6 PM - 7 PM; or by appointment

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/johnsm22


Jessica Coco

 Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I am a junior at RPI. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts and this is my second year as a LA. Outside of being a LA, I like to play volleyball and I am one of the Vice Presidents of Alpha Gamma Delta. I’m always happy to help out, so please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime with questions!

Hall: Cary Hall

Major(s): Computer Science & Mathematics

Hobbies/Interests: Travelling, volleyball, watching Netflix

Office Hours: Mondays 7-8pm, Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/cocoj2


Chris Damone

First-year LA Chris DamoneHi everyone! I am LA Chris and a junior from Long Island, NY. At RPI, I have been involved in Alpha Phi Omega, the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, and RPI Ambulance.

Hall: BARH (remote)
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Hobbies/Interests: Playing the saxophone, video games, Netflix
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-10PM, Sundays 9-10PM
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/damonc

Matthew Lovelace

Hello everyone! My name is Matt and I’m from Nyack, NY. I am currently a Junior studying Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering. I’ve been involved in a variety of clubs during my time at RPI, including proudly serving as the manager of my intramural volleyball team. While this is my first semester as an LA, I have significant experience in tutoring and enjoy helping others. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, I’m excited to get to know you!

Hall: Blitman
Major: Civil Engineering
Hobbies: Hiking, baking, Ukulee playing
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00-9:00 PM, Thursday 8:00-9:00 PM
Webex Link:


Saiyam Roy

Hello everyone! I am LA Saiyam and a senior from Nutley, NJ. At RPI, I have been involved in jazz, Alpha Pi Mu, Tau Beta Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Indian Students Association, and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. This will be my first semester as an LA and I am really looking forward to helping students!

Hall: Sharp Hall

Major: Industrial and Management Engineering

Hobbies/Interests: Playing the tenor saxophone, Tennis, Watching movies/tv shows, Playing video games

Office Hours: Mondays 6-7 pm and Tuesdays 4-5 pm

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/roys29


Samantha Martin

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Martin, and I am from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.

This is my first year being a Learning Assistant, so I’m excited to get to know everyone in my hall!

I’m also part of the executive boards for RPI’s Society of Women Engineers and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I’m looking forward to seeing students become more academically and professionally confident.

Hall: BarH

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hobbies: Hiking, Drawing, listening to music, and watching scary movies.

Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 8-9 pm

Webex Room:https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/martis9


Hebah Moait

ello everyone! My name is Hebah. I am part of the class of 2024 and from NYC. Outside of the hectic schedule of classes, I enjoy being part of the Fencing club and Student Government. This is my first year being an LA and I am very excited to help make the transition from High School to college as enjoyable and easy as possible! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out.

Hall: Hall Hall AKA Hall^2

Major/Minor: Biochemistry & Biophysics Major, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Knitting, Fencing, Swimming, Horseback Riding

Office Hours: Tuesday 8 - 9 PM, Saturday 3 - 4 PM, or by appointment 

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/moaith


Sara Ahn


Hello everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior majoring in biology. Besides being an LA, I am active in Circle K, Global Medical Brigades, and AED. This is my first year as a LA, and I am excited to meet everyone.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Hall: Sharp Hall

Major: Biology

Hobbies: walking, listening to music, solving puzzles

Office hours: Tuesday 4-5PM & Thursday 8-9PM

Webex link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/ahns3 


Huy Chu

Hi all! My name is Huy and I’m a Sophomore Computer Science major. This is my first year being an LA and I’m very excited to meet all of you and help you make the most out of your first year at RPI! I am also tutoring CS1 through ALAC this semester if you ever want to drop by my office hours. Outside of classes I love rock climbing, skiing and I’ve been doing quite a bit of photography lately.

Hall: BARH
Major: CS
Hobbies: Rock climbing, skiing, photography
Office Hours:  Friday & Saturday - 8-9pm
Webex:  https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/chuh4


Rachel Hetzler

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel and I am a civil engineering major. I am a sophomore and have joined SWE and Rensselaer motorsport club. This is my first year as a LA, and I am very excited to be helping freshmen adjust to academics and life on campus.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Hall: Nason Hall

Major: Civil Engineering

Hobbies: biking, watching Hockey and F1, reading, and being outside with friends

Office hours: Monday 4-5PM & Tuesday 4-5PM

Webex link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/hetzlr

Marguerite Demasi

Hello! I am Marguerite, and I am a Junior from West Virginia. At RPI, I have been a part of the Women’s Mentoring Program, I-PERSIST Mentoring, Science Ambassadors, and Judicial Board. Last semester, I was an RA, but this is my first time as LA. I am very excited and looking forward to a great semester! 

Hall: Cary Hall

Major(s): Mathematics

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, baking, zumba

Office Hours: Sundays 6-7pm, Wednesdays 4-5pm

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/demasm


Erika Langley

Hi everyone! My name is Erika, and I’m a senior from Florida. This is my second year as an LA but my first year as an in-person LA, so I’m very excited for this semester! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!  

Hall: Nason Hall

Major(s): Computer & Systems Engineering

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, long walks, binging HBO shows

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/langle2 


Abdul Ahmed


Hello everyone, my name is Abdul. I am a senior student, and I am from western Massachusetts.  This is my first year as an LA.  I wanted to be an LA because of my past experiences in mentoring. I also really enjoy the learning process and making the process more effective for others.  If you have any questions, please reach out; I am always willing to assist. 


Major/Minor: Chemical Engineering, Economics

Hall: Crockett Hall

Office Hours: Monday 8-9 PM & Thursday 7:30-8:30 PM

Webex: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/ahmeda5

Hobbies: Walking, listening to music, learning random stuff


Shiyaam Sivaganesh


Hi everyone! I am LA Shiyaam from South Brunswick, NJ, currently a senior ISYE student minoring in Computer Science. I am a member of Alpha Pi Mu, and an active member and treasurer of our school’s Indian Student Association. This will be my second year as a LA but my first time having the in person experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in case of anything.Cool thing about me: I’m a huge Roger Federer Fan!

Hall: Hall Hall

Major: Industrial Engineering Minoring in Computer Science

Hobbies/Interests: Binging Movies/Series, Chess, Tennis

Office Hours: Mondays 6-7 PM, Tuesday 4-5 PM

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/sivags


Sophomore Year Learning Assistants

Karthik Dusi

i everyone! My name is Karthik and I’m a senior from Poughkeepsie, New York. At RPI, I keep myself busy with undergraduate research, ISA, and as a TA for Engineering Graphics & CAD. Outside of school, I’m an avid trail cyclist and enjoy hiking and cooking with friends. This is my first year as an LA and I’m excited to meet you all!

Hall: E-Complex

Major: Industrial & Management Engineering

Hobbies: Cycling, cooking, hiking

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 5-6 PM

Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/dusik



Ariana Espinal

Sophomore year LA Ariana EspinalI will be on campus throughout this academic year! In my free time, I like to listen to music, watch Netflix, and go hiking! This is my third year being an LA, so I'm super excited to be working with all of you!

Major: M.B.A. (Coterm Program)
Undergraduate Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Office Hours: Monday 4pm-5pm  and Wednesdays  1pm-2pm
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/espina2

Deepika Kothakapa

Sophomore year LA Deepika KothakapaI will be remote this semester! In my free time, I like doing arts and crafts-related activities, and I love learning how to do new things. On campus, I am involved in the Indian Students Association and Union Executive Board. This is my first year as an LA, and I am looking forward to working with you all!

Majors: Biology
Office Hours: Sundays 7 PM - 8 PM; Mondays 7 PM - 8 PM 
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/benavt

Geetika Verma

Sophomore year LA Geetika VermaI will be remote this semester! I am very active in many clubs on campus with Red & White and ISA being my two favorites. In my free time, I like to play tennis, watch movies, and go on long drives. This is my third semester as an LA and I love this role because it helps me give back to my community.

Dual Major: B.S Biological Neuroscience and Psychological Sciences
Office Hours: Mondays 11 AM -12 PM; Thursdays 5 PM - 6 PM
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/vermag

Tracey Chen

Hi everyone! My name is Tracy and I’m from Brooklyn, NY. I am currently a Junior majoring in Industrial & Management Engineering and Mathematics. At RPI, I am actively involved with the Women at Rensselaer Mentoring Program and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. This will be my first year as a learning assistant and I am super excited to be working with everyone!

Major: Industrial & Management Engineering; & Mathematics 
Office Hours: Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM, Saturday 7:00-8:00 PM
Webex Link: https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/chenc29