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Academic Year 2020-2021
Undergraduate Chair: Derya Yavuz
Undergraduate Vice Chair: Efe Ayhan
Graduate Chair: Vivien Yiu
Graduate Vice Chair: Rishubh Palaniappan
Derya is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is from Turkey. As a computer engineering major, she is planning on going to law school after college. You can find her at Starbucks enjoying her coffee or at the library studying, or working out. As an international, she has faced a lot of challenges coming to Penn so would love to help anyone out with their own experience.
Vivien Yiu is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Education studying Child Development. She is interested in studying how culture shapes children's relationships with their parents and peers, and how culture influences children's psychological, social, and academic outcomes. Vivien grew up in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and went to high school in Oxford, England. She received her B.A. in Psychology, Education, and Child Development from UCLA and graduated summa cum laude. She loves traveling, painting, reading, and doing yoga.
Rishubh is a second year graduate student from Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom. He is in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying materials science and engineering. Prior to joining Penn, he studied at Imperial College London. During his free time he enjoys cricket, football and music. Rishubh is looking forward to helping international students, graduate students in particular, to settle in and thrive at Penn.
Efe Ayhan is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science majoring in Computer Science and Economics. He was born in Izmir, and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. His academic interests include machine learning, AI and big data. In his career he wants to focus on the applications of such technologies in medicine and decision making. His involvement in windsurfing allowed him to visit many countries in Europe and the Middle East for a variety of competitions, and through his volunteer work in South India, and research internship project in Aachen, Germany, he got to live in extended durations in different countries and experience different cultures. He loves learning about new cultures and is passionate about helping international students. On campus he is involved with ISAB and AIS, aiming to help international students find their new home in the US, at Penn, in any way he can.
Gergely is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences planning to major in Economics. He was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, however, he also studied at a boarding school in Pittsburgh. Gergely has attended various international conferences (for debating and Model UN) so he has experienced the positive impact a strong international community has. He is committed to making sure that all international students at Penn are successful while having a great time. He would especially like to address issues that first generation low-income international students face. Outside of school, Gergely is passionate about all things water-sport related, having been a competitive kayaker himself. He also enjoys listening to all kinds of music from classical through pop to rap, and would never turn down a good Netflix marathon.
Rina is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning on majoring in biochemistry. She was born and raised in Japan, and was enrolled in an international school in Aichi Prefecture. Outside of school, she swims on UPenn's varsity team, and love to play/perform music.
Being the NHS president and the student council communications director during high school, she talked to many international students and worked to nurture a welcoming environment, and would like to continue doing so by joining ISAB. She is looking forward to working with ISAB to encourage a positive setting where everyone can reach their full potential, personally and professionally.
Christopher is a senior from Singapore studying Finance and Real Estate in Wharton. After high school, he was conscripted into the military and served as a First Lieutenant in the Republic of Singapore Air Force for 22 months after undergoing basic military training and officer cadet school training. During his time with the military, he served as a Platoon Commander in a counter-terrorism anti-aircraft artillery unit and subsequently as a military diplomat, travelling to Brunei, Thailand and Taiwan. Christopher enjoys learning about disparate international cultural norms, and is especially passionate about helping international students thrive both professionally and socially in America. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, freediving and attending plays.
Yao Qi is a third-year dental student at Penn Dental Medicine. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and finished her college degree in Neuroscience at Duke University. As an international dental student, she has faced some unique challenges because of the lack of information and companionship. Outside of school, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, biking, and traveling. As an ISAB member, she is aiming to help international students with similar backgrounds to improve their experience and thrive in their career, as well as encouraging a positive and supportive environment at Penn for all international students to feel welcomed to their new home.
Stefan Tzvetanov is a senior studying Mathematics and Economics. Originally from Bulgaria, he has studied in a boarding school in the United Kingdom, and this experience has helped him understand the power of diversity and the problems international students face. Stefan likes problem-solving and is interested in the way the economy shapes financial markets. He loves playing football (soccer) and skiing.