Executive Board & Planning Board Members


Jack Dunkelman, Director of SURGEjack-dunkelman

Jack is a senior at Tufts, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Chinese. He is from Goshen, New York. He has studied Chinese since middle school. In the summer of 2012, Jack spent a month in China studying Mandarin and Shanghai Jiaotong University. The following summer, he spent six weeks backpacking through Yunnan province, spending time living with families in Lijiang and Kunming. Jack is Director of Logistics for SURGE and part of the SURGE executive board.


Yuan Jun Chee, Deputy Director of SURGE


Yuan Jun Chee is a junior from Singapore majoring in History and International Relations with an East Asian concentration. On campus, Yuan Jun is also involved in the Tufts Daily and the Tufts Singapore Students Association,and has major interests in Korean pop culture and sporting tactics.


Haruka Noishiki


Haruka Noishiki is a freshman from Japan working on the North Korea Panel. She is looking to double major in International Relations with an International Security Concentration and in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Out of SURGE, she is involved with the International Club, Japanese Culture Club, the Tufts Daily and Tufts Asian Students Coalition.


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Michael is a member of the security panel and the class of 2019. He grew up in the college town of Iowa City, Iowa. He has not yet declared a major, but plans on majoring in International Relations and German. He is interested in current affairs and history. In addition to SURGE, he is a member of the Tufts Debate Society, the Tufts Culinary Society, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Xiaoyu Shi, Environmental Panel Leader

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Xiaoyu is a sophomore at Tufts University from Nanjing, China. She is studying both International Relations and Computer Science in the hope that she could effectively utilize both skills in researching and analyzing data in a global context. She is going to be in charge of the Environmental Panel for the 2016 China-US Symposium, and is looking forward to exploring China-US relations and bringing more in-depth academic discussions to the Symposium with other aspiring SURGE members.

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Rachel is a senior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security, and minoring in Chinese. She studied abroad in Shanghai in Spring 2015, and hopes to return to China after graduation. She is a planning member for the Environmental panel in the 2016 China-US Symposium, and is excited to learn more about the relationship between the US and China from a variety of perspectives.


Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Wang is a sophomore from Taiwan double majoring in International Relations and Economics. She spent this past summer in France and Myanmar and is fluent in Mandarin and French. On campus, she is also involved in the Taiwanese Association of Students at Tufts, the Tufts Mountain Club and serves as a First Year Advisor.

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Arlo is a freshman in Tufts University. He is interested in Majoring in International Relations and Applied Math. He is one of the organizers for Environment Panel of CUS in 2016. Fun fact about Arlo: He got his English name simply by searching “the coolest English name” on Google.

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Tati Doyle is a current junior at Tufts University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Foreign Policy Analysis. Outside of her work in SURGE, she is a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science department and works on the LUX Charity Fashion Show. In her free time, she enjoys reading and photography.


David Batubara, Regional Panel LeaderDavied

David is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations (Security) and Economics from Jakarta, Indonesia. Graduated from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, David is a military and history buff, enjoys discussion about everything between the lines of civil military relations, economics to general international affairs and political matters. In addition to his involvement in the SURGE, he is also involved in the Tufts Financial Group (TFG), Directors of Leadership Council (DLC) as well as the Singapore Student Association (SSA). Beside his bilingual ability of English and Indonesian, David also spoke conversational Spanish as well as beginner Russian. In his free time, David enjoys discovering exciting places, talking to people about Southeast Asian politics as well as playing on the Tufts Club Volleyball Team.

Fina Short


Fina Short is a sophomore from Seattle, Washington working on the Gender Relations panel. She is majoring in International Relations with a Chinese minor and plans to study abroad in China with Tufts-in-Beijing during fall 2018. On campus, Fina also writes for the Tufts Daily, plays frisbee and enjoys hiking and skiing.


Noah Smith, Curriculum Director and Logistics Director

NoahNoah Smith is a junior from Edina, MN majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Security. Before Tufts, he spent a year studying with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship at Beijing No. 80 High School. He is fluent in Mandarin and French. He will work for the US Consulate in Guangzhou this summer, and apart from SURGE he also plays frisbee and sings in an a cappella group on campus.


Rui Sun OW9592%A)`7L`_I0SXE`KMA

Rui is a freshman at Tufts. She grew up in China and received all her pre-college education in mainland China. Experience of debating helped her discover her interest in Sino-US relations. She is going to take international trade concentration under international relations major, and computer science major. She is currently a member of the Business panel of the Sino-US Symposium.

1.pic_hdYinhao Liu (Harry)

Yinhao is from Beijing China. He is a freshman studying at Tufts University. Potentially, he wants to major in Computer Science or International Relations. He is currently a member of the Business panel. Fun fact about Yinhao: he has a birthmark on my right elbow that resembles the map of China!


Puyuan Han IMG_20151108_170141

Puyuan comes from Hangzhou, China. He is a member of class 2019 and has not decided his major yet. But he may pursue a major in either economics or international relations. He likes to make friends with different people.


150930_0344_ESA_careerfair666Jake Halpin  

Jake is a current sophomore at Tufts and part of the marketing team and business panel for SURGE, Jake first got a taste for US-China relations spending a year of high school abroad in Harbin, China as an AFS exchange student. Since then, Jake has helped facilitate multiple Chinese delegations visiting the metropolitan area working for Sunels International, and is currently studying International Relations with minors in Economics and Chinese.