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Staff 2007

Instructors

Three female PhD students in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science design and teach the Women's Technology Program classes in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Discrete Math.


Sarah Finney

Sarah Finney
Computer Science Instructor

Hometown: Lawrence , Kansas

I am a seventh-year PhD student in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). I am interested in making complicated robots learn from previous experience so they can be faster at generating motion plans in new situations. Outside of my research life, I play the fiddle and do some running. I grew up in Kansas, got my undergraduate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island , and then worked as a software engineer at iRobot Corp. for several years before coming back to school.

Tania Khanna
Tania Khanna
Electrical Engineering Instructor

Hometown: Chicago , IL

I am a third year PhD student in the Dawson Research Group, where I work on analog circuit and system optimization. I did my undergraduate work at Cornell University . I've lived in many places all over North America and love to travel around the world. I especially love to see the natural beauties of the world because seeing really is believing. I like to cook, read and be in the sun. I can't wait to see you all this summer!

Laura Zager
Laura Zager
Discrete Math Instructor

Hometown: Sayre , PA

I'm a fourth-year PhD student in the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, where I study mathematical models of ecology and epidemiology. I'm especially interested in how infectious diseases spread through networks of people, and how different kinds of public health strategies can impact a community and the environment. It might sound strange for a student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to be studying ecology, but that's what I love about MIT - you're really encouraged to tackle problems which have applications in lots of different fields! The rest of the math staff and I will try to do the same thing this summer, and draw lots of examples of amazing math from many disciplines. Outside of the lab, I take glass-blowing lessons at MIT's very own glass lab, spent lots of time walking around Boston and Cambridge , and relax with family and friends. Looking forward to the summer!


Residential Tutors

Residential Tutors are female MIT undergraduate or MEng students who assist the WTP-EECS Instructors in the classroom, and also live in the dormitory with the high school students where they chaperone residential life, create fun activities and field trips, and help with homework.

Nicole Bieber


Nicole Bieber

CS Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Niskayuna , NY

Hi everybody! I was a WTP student myself back in 2005, and I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you and spending another summer at WTP. I realized that I wanted to major in computer science when I was in 5th grade and I decided that I wanted to write video games when I grew up; I've since realized that there is much more to computer science than just writing games or other software applications, and I hope to get involved in some interesting research projects in the not-so-distant future. Beyond computer science, my interests include Tae Kwon Do, singing, knitting, reading, and I'm trying to learn how to play the guitar. See you this summer!


Stav Braun
Stav Braun

Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Santa Cruz , CA  

Hi! I am a first year computer science student at MIT, and am really excited to teach math this summer. I've always loved math, although computer science is also a great passion of mine. During my free time I enjoy reading (and am very excited about Harry Potter this summer!!!), playing tennis, hiking, camping, cooking, snowboarding, and traveling. I am thrilled to be spending the summer in Boston and plan to explore the city a lot.

 

Lauren Cipicchio


Lauren Cipicchio

Math
Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Tiffany Dohzen


Tiffany Dohzen
C
S Tutor

MIT Class of 2006 & MEng 2007
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Torrance, CA

Hi everyone! I'm currently finishing up my M.Eng (Master's of Engineering) degree at MIT, having finished my Bachelor's degree last year. My research is in data visualization and database systems. I'm originally from southern California , but after five years here in Boston , I'm pretty used to the wacky weather and Red Sox mania =). However, I'll be returning to the west coast later this year, when I start my full-time job with Microsoft. Some activities I've been involved with while at MIT include: doing layout for The Tech, the student newspaper; singing with Resonance, a co-ed a capella group; being an official MIT tour guide; and doing lots of things with my sorority, Alpha Chi Omiga. I even got to live right near Fenway Park for two years in my sorority house - I was there when the Red Sox won the World Series! I love music, watching Gilmore Girls and/or House, and random geeky things, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great time this summer!

 

Kristen Felch
Kristen Felch
EE Tutor

MIT Class of 2009
Major: EECS and Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Bloomingburg , NY

Hi Girls! I am so excited to be an EE tutor this summer for WTP, and to meet intelligent women who are aspiring engineers. I am currently a sophomore, and have just begun on a long and exciting track in EECS whose end is unknown to even myself. In addition to my computer science and EE classes, I enjoy the bio classes that I am enrolled in and hope to make a minor out of that. I am a swimmer and a runner, and in my high school days the saxophone and the piano found time into my schedule as well. As a first year WTP-er, I look forward to a great summer!


Cassie Huang
Cassie Huang
EE
Tutor

MIT Class of 2006 & MEng 2007
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Plano, TX

I'm currently finishing my Masters of Engineering on synthetic biology. When I'm not working on my thesis, I can be found playing with my cats, hunting down out of print books, and attempting to cook. I've lived in Boston for 5 years now, and know the location of every used bookstore in walking distance, and a handful that aren't. I read mostly scifi and fantasy, and the occasional good 19th century children's literature. I look forward to meeting you.

 

Rebecca Idell
Rebecca Idell
Math Tutor

Class of 2007
Major: Mathematics and Computer Science
Hometown: Fishkill , NY

Hey everyone! I'm really excited about this summer, and I can't wait to meet all of you. Right now I'm in my senior year, majoring in Mathematics with Computer Science. Outside of classes, I compete for the MIT Women's Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track teams. I also get involved with community service through my sorority. After this summer, the company I've been hired to flies me to Europe to live in London for about two and a half months. There, I'm completing first year global markets analyst training before I move to Manhattan to start my full time job, using my degree on Wall Street. I love running along the Charles River, shopping on Newbury Street, dancing, baking cookies, watching movies, and (of course) math!

Allie Jacobs


Allie Jacobs

EE Tutor

Class of 2008
Major: Humanities and Engineering (Anthropology and EE)
Hometown: Quakertown, PA  

Hi, I'm Allie, and this is my first experience with WTP. I'm joint majoring in Anthro and EE and I want to study Human Factors / User Centered Engineering. I love cooking and I'm trying to get into running, so you should join me this summer. I'm going to try to get out into Boston as much as possible this summer, so I'll be taking trips to the local beaches, the Common, the shopping district, and local clubs. See you soon!


Katherine Klesch


Katherine Klesch
CS Tutor

MIT Class of 2007
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Columbus, OH

I'm a senior in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. This is my third year as a CS Tutor for WTP, so you can tell I really enjoy the program! When I was a junior in high school I took a Computer Science class and fell in love, so I hope I can share that experience with some of you. In my free time I like to write, to read, and to teach; this spring I've been teaching a Creative Writing class for middle/high school students. I also like to watch movies; I'm a former projectionist for LSC. The last two years I've shown a bunch of movies in the dorm, and I'm sure this summer will be no exception. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and having a great time!

 

Residential Assistants

Residential Assistants live in the dorm and help with evening and weekend activities, but do not have classroom or tutoring responsibilities. These women students are rising sophomores who all attended WTP when they were in high school.

Neeharika


Neeharika Bhartiya

Class of 2010
Major: EECS, Management
Hometown: Floral Park, NY

Hi guys. I did WTP back in 2005, and I had so much fun, that I'm doing it again! :o) I'm a very confused little freshman and I have no idea what I'll be majoring in, though Electrical Engineering is a likely choice.  Some of the many activities I've taken part in at MIT include Women's Lacrosse, doing advertising for MIT's school newspaper, Tech, holding lots of different events with consultants from consulting firms, and participating in a Culture show for South Asian American Students.  I'm generally very spontaneous and like to live in the moment. I assure you that you'll have a great time at WTP!

 

Melodie Kao
Melodie Kao

Class of 2010
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Glencoe , IL  

Hi girls! I was a WTP student in 2005, and I had an incredible time, so I'm really excited to meet all of you wonderful girls this summer :-) Although I'm an Architecture major, I designed and built a robot this IAP for MIT's Mobile Autonomous Systems Laboratory competition and am thinking about taking several MechE, EECS, or Aero/Astro classes. Apart from design, I also enjoy blacksmithing, metal-casting, and just building things in general. I rowed for MIT Crew this year, and I love spandex, reading, shopping, cooking, and just chilling and talking to people. Definitely email me if you have questions or just need someone to share your excitement with :-)

 

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Asha Martin

Class of 2010
Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Hometown:   Linden, NJ

Hi!!! I'm really looking forward to this summer. I attended WTP in 2005 and I absolutely loved it. WTP is actually one of the reasons I came to MIT. I am a freshman this year and I just declared Course 9 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences). However, I still love EECS. My Electricity and Magnetism class is one of my favorite classes this semester. Outside of classes, I enjoy singing, eating, watching movies, acting, and shopping. I know we will have fun this summer = D I look forward to meeting all of you!!!!!

 

Graduate Resident Tutor (GRT)

Dawn Wendell
Dawn Wendell

MIT PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Farmington, CT

Dawn will continue her academic-year role as a GRT in McCormick Hall through the summer. She is trained in conflict resolution, helping students adjust to college life, and navigating the MIT healthcare system. Dawn Wendell is a second-year PhD student in mechanical engineering. She has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Dawn was instrumental in developing the curriculum and teaching the WTP-ME inaugural summer of 2006. This year she is looking forward to meeting all 60 WTP students in her role as GRT in the dorm. For hobbies, Dawn builds robots and does craft projects (most recently, knitting).


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