American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Yale Chapter

AISES gives Yale Native students in the sciences a national network and a campus community to engage for academic and professional development, with the mission to “increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other technology related disciplines. The group invites inspirational Native speakers to a variety of guest dinners and events to learn about careers in the STEM field.

Mission Statement

The mission of AISES is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.

Executive Committee 2015-2016

  Ashton Megli
President
Saybrook ‘18
 
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas
Major: Undecided
Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
 

Ashton Megli is currently a freshman in Saybrook College. She likes to hike, run, do yoga, and spend time with friends and family. She is active in the Blue Feather Drum Group, the Association of Native Americans at Yale, and Yale Faith and Action. She is interested in pursuing a degree in science so that she can help protect the outdoor world that she loves.

 
Christopher Kodiak “Kodi” Alvord
Vice President
Ezra Stiles ‘17
 
Hometown: Enfield, New Hampshire
Major: Psychology
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Diné)
 

Kodi is heavily involved in the Native American Cultural Center, holding officer positions in ANAAY, AISES, Blue Feather Drum Group, and the Indian Health Initiative, as well as a position on the Cultural Center’s Executive Board. He is a premed Psychology major, and he works as an academic and personal mentor to local middle school students, with the goal of increasing high school graduation rates in New Haven. In his free time he enjoys playing ukulele, running, and spending time with friends. He loves Yale, and considers the NACC his home within a home-away-from-home.

     
     

Executive Committee 2014-2015

  Vanessa Noelte
President
Ezra Stiles ‘16
 
Hometown: Seekonk, MA
Major: History of Science, Medicine and Public Health MPH Yale School of Public Health
Tribal Affiliation: Mi’kmaq
 

Vanessa is a pre-med undergraduate junior at Yale, specifically interested in natural and alternative medicine and thus has been named an officer of Integrative Medicine at Yale. She is the current president of AISES Yale Chapter, the Intercultural Affairs Council, and YMindful. She is also involved in Integrative Medicine at Yale. Vanessa was a heptathlete and 400-hurdler for Yale’s Varsity Track and Field team, and loves yoga, meditation, organic tea, and cheetah print.

  Christopher Kodiak “Kodi” Alvord
Vice President
Ezra Stiles ‘17
 
Hometown:
Major: Psychology
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Diné)
 

Kodi is heavily involved in the Native American Cultural Center, holding officer positions in ANAAY, AISES, Blue Feather Drum Group, and the Indian Health Initiative, as well as a position on the Cultural Center’s Executive Board. He is a premed Psychology major, and he works as an academic and personal mentor to local middle school students, with the goal of increasing high school graduation rates in New Haven. In his free time he enjoys playing ukulele, running, and spending time with friends. He loves Yale, and considers the NACC his home within a home-away-from-home.

  Carissa Jade Sanchez
Treasurer
Pierson ‘15
 
Hometown: Peoria, Arizona
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tribal Affiliation: Tohono O’Odham
 

Carissa serves as the Treasurer of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). In hopes of giving back to her tribe and her family, for her senior capstone project she is currently collaborating with the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Yale Medical School, and IBM to develop more accurate and cost-effective glucose sensors for diabetes patients. In her free time she enjoys playing the guitar and daydreaming about riding horses back home in Arizona!

     
     
 

Executive Committee 2013-2014

 

 

 

Carissa Sanchez
President
Berkeley ‘15

Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tribal Affiliation: Tohono O’Odham

       

 

 

 

Emily Flagler
Vice President
Berkeley ‘15

Hometown: Newfane, NY
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Tribal Affiliation: Mississaugus of the First New Credit

       

 

 
        

AhKeyah Andrada Allahjah
Secretary
Ezra Stiles ‘15

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Psychology
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee

       
   

Chris Brown
Treasurer
Pierson ‘15

Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Major: Geology & Geophysics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo

       
   

Vanessa Noelte
Public Relations Manager
Ezra Stiles ‘16

Hometown: Seekonk, MA
Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Tribal Affiliation: Mi’kmaq
 


Faculty Coordinator:

Christopher J. Cutter, Ph.D.

Past National Conference Locations attended by Yale AISES Members:

  • Anaheim, California AISES 08 Conference
  • Phoenix, Arizona AISES 07 Conference
  • Detroit, Michigan AISES 06 Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina AISES 05 Conference
  • Anchorage, Alaska AISES 04 Conference

Future National Conference Locations:

  • TBA

Keep an eye out for the AISES booth at the freshmen activities bazaar to find out more information.


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