VIPER Alumni Board


The VIPER Alumni Board (VAB) consists of a group of volunteer VIPER alumni who organize events and initiatives to help keep VIPER alumni engaged with the University and each other. VAB was established in 2020 with the mission to promote three core values in mind:

  1. Creating a community for the alumni of the VIPER program 
  2. Providing mentorship and guidance for the current students 
  3. Increasing awareness of VIPER and its mission to advance energy science and technology

If you are an alumus of the program and have any ideas of events you would like to see or are interested in getting involved with the board, please fill out the form here. 

VIPER Alumni Board Members

Meet the board! Click on each member's name or picture to learn more about them.

Ben Hammel (VIPER '21)

  • Position: President
  • Fun Fact: When I used to work as a cook at a baseball park, my coworkers called me "Ben Frank" since my first and middle name are Ben Franklin. 

James Kwon (VIPER '20)

  • Position: Alumni Relations Committee Chair, Web Director, Founder
  • Fun Fact: Can tell you about chair history and where to eat in NYC.

Kyle Kersey (VIPER '19)

  • Position: External Relations Committee Chair
  • Fun Fact:  Is a James Spader superfan. 


Abhinav (Abhi) Ramkumar (VIPER '21)

  • Position: Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
  • Fun Fact: I love singing Carnatic (Indian Classical) music and playing instruments! 


Emily (Emmy) Cunningham (VIPER '19)

  • Position: Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

  • Fun Fact: On pace to finish hiking all of the major peaks in the White Mountains and the Adirondacks

 George Popov (VIPER '21)

  • Position: Mentorship Committee Co-Chair 
  • Fun Fact: Favorite book is Icefire since its a fun, wholesome atmosphere I loved growing up and gives me a lot of nostalgia.

Photos from Past Events

Previous VIPER Alumni Board Contributors

  • Gautam Nagaraj (VIPER '17)
  • Mavis Athene U Chen (VIPER '20)
  • Julia Fordham (VIPER '16)