The board is responsible for teaching classes, organizing and running events, and managing the club’s activities. The board also maintains the observatory and STAHR’s astronomy equipment. If you have any questions that are not answered on other pages of the website, contact the appropriate board member.

Elected Board

President: Basil Baccouche ’20

Basil Baccouche is a senior in Cabot House who began his journey with STAHR his freshman fall at Harvard. He has watched this club grow over his four years here, and considers leading STAHR one of his great privileges at this university. He loves all things astronomy, and can be frequently found in the dome of the Science Center gazing at the stars through the Loomis-Michael telescope.

Contact for: Administrative Questions and Ideas, General Inquiries


Vice President: Kendra Wilkinson ’21

Kendra Wilkinson is a junior in Lowell House pursuing Sociology with a secondary in Art, Film, and Visual Studies. She can often be found in the observatory listening to the rain falling on the roof during a storm (though without opening the dome, of course), and she loves learning about constellations. Her current top picks are Andromeda, Orion, and the Big Dipper.

Contact for: Administrative Questions and Ideas, Website Questions


Observatory Manager: Kidus Negesse ’21

Kidus Negesse is a junior in Lowell House studying Computer Science with a minor in Physics. He is intensely curious about the universe and believes that astronomy is a great way to put things into perspective. Kidus also enjoys programming, screenwriting, and drumming in his free time. He is the gatekeeper and protector of the realm, the wonderful Loomis-Michael Observatory!

Contact for: Broken/Missing Things, Observatory Questions, Observatory Events


Treasurer: Kanishk Mittal ’21

Kanishk is a junior in Leverett House studying Physics and Mathematics. In his free time, Kanishk enjoys reading, bouldering, and playing badminton. He can be found at the observatory most Friday nights listening to classical music and looking at the stars.

Contact for: General inquiries

Director of Operations: Andrew Wang ’22

Andrew is a sophomore in Leverett House studying economics and physics. In his free time, he can often be found running along the river or curled up on a couch with a book. The cosmos captures his imagination like nothing else, and he dreams of someday stargazing in the Atacama desert.

Contact for: Meeting Notes, Times, and Locations


Class Coordinator: Mirac Suzgun ’20

Mirac Suzgun is a senior in Cabot House pursuing a joint concentration in Mathematics and Computer Science (with a secondary in Folklore and Mythology). Whenever he makes a trip to the Observatory with his friends, he cannot help but tell them about the history of Memorial Hall and mention how the 1956 fire destroyed the four iconic clocks surrounding the 1897 Memorial Hall Tower.

Contact for: Telescope Class Information







Telescope Class Instructors

Many of our instructors are members of the elected board, but this is not a requirement. The below individuals do not hold elected positions, but show their dedication to STAHR’s mission of science-education through leading our telescope classes.

Elba Alonso-Monsalve ’19

Elba Alonso-Monsalve is a senior from Madrid studying Physics and Math. She consistently fails to go to bed early, so she thought she might as well become a telescope class instructor. When not working on her problem sets, she can be found singing or listening to one-hit wonders from the 80s.





Officers Emeriti

Below is an incomplete list of our graduated board members. Their dedication and hard work will be missed!


President: Evan Komorowski ’18, Vice President: Anthony Taylor ’18, Observatory Manager: Elba Alonso-Monsalve ’19, Treasurer: Collin Styring ’18, Secretary: Gabe Grell ’18, Class Coordinator: Rodrigo Cordova ’19, Trip Tsar: Basil Baccouche ’20, Public Liaison: Sky Russell ’20


President: Evan Komorowski ’18, Vice President: Andy Mayo ’17, Observatory Manager: Anthony Taylor ’18, Treasurer: Geoffrey Kristof ’17, Secretary: Gabe Grell ’18, Class Coordinator: Rodrigo Cordova ’19, Public Liaison: Sky Russell ’20


Chris Merchantz ’16 – President Emeritus
Nat Mayer ’16
Juliana Garcia-Mejia ’17
Kent Chan ’17
Elisabeth Meyer ’15 – President Emeritus
Josh Speagle ’15
Bethany Kanten ’15
Brian Claus ’14 – President Emeritus
Kristin Barclay ’14
Ellen Farber ’13
Tom Rice ’12 – President Emeritus
Dom Pesce ’12
Chris Jensen ’12
Marta Bryan ’12
Kevin Fogarty ’12
Sam Meyer ’13
Nick Induni ’15
Pamela Jiménez Cárdenas ’13
Peyton Greenside ’11
Kelly Brock ’11
Peter Hedman ’10 – President Emeritus
Lauren Weiss ’10
Masha Baryakhtar ’10
Ben Burns ’10
George Xu ’10
Roger Fu ’09 – President Emeritus
William Skinner ’09
Ziad El-Zaatari ’09
Christine Barron ’09
JJ Blair ’09
Megan Harney ’08
Nora Bartosik ’08