Meet Our Executive Board

Every year, UWIP elects new exec members at our winter GBM. Prior membership in UWIP is not required to be elected. Below are some brief biographies of our 2023 exec team.

Karen Lei (Co-President)

Hello! I'm Karen (she/her), and I'm a junior majoring in Course 8. I'm currently working on research in AMO (trapped ion quantum computing), but I'm also interested in condensed matter and other areas of physics. I enjoy outreach and discussing cool physics with other people. Outside of academics, I enjoy rock climbing and reading about interesting scientific/technological history.

Alice Le (Co-President)
Hi everyone! I'm Alice (she/her) and I'm a junior in Course 8 and 21W from Manhattan, Kansas. Within the department, I've also been involved in the Physics Values Committee and am a counselor for the Discover Physics Freshman Pre-Orientation Program. When I'm not being confused by physics stuff or spending way too long to write a line of dialogue, I like learning about filmmaking, studying French and Japanese, and chilling with friends.
Clara Xu (VP of Mentorship)

Hi, I’m Clara (she/her) and I am a senior majoring in Course 8 and minoring in 21M (music). I’m currently interested and do research in cosmology, but I also would like to explore other areas of physics. Outside of UWIP, I am involved in music performance and research.

Emily Neill (VP of Social) 

I’m Emily (she/her) and I am a sophomore majoring in Courses 8 and 22. I’m currently interested and doing research in plasma physics, particularly laboratory astrophysics. Outside of UWIP, I am involved in some energy/investment groups, panhel, and am a student worker in the APO! I am super excited to host social events this semester to help bond the physics community.

Julia Pocket (Co-VP of Outreach)

Sophie Vulpe (Co-VP of Outreach)

Allison Brattley (Treasurer)

Katherine Panebianco

Hi! My name is Katherine (she/her), and I’m a sophomore majoring in Course 8. Outside of physics, I’m also interested in Course 18 and Spanish. Some of my hobbies include tennis, running, and crochet/knitting.

Zara Yu

Hi! I'm Zara (she/her) and I'm a sophomore majoring in Course 8. I'm interested in research and am still exploring different areas of physics. 

Haedam Im 

Hi, I’m Haedam, Class of 2026, planning to major in Course 8. I am interested in astronomy and planetary science, mainly exoplanets. I enjoy meeting new people interested in physics and learning from others about their interests in physics.

Hope Fu

Tyra Espedal