Women's Technology Program
in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology











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Summer 2009


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


Nicole DiLello
Electrical Engineering Instructor

Hometown:Congers, NY

I'm a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Microsystems Technology Lab, working for Prof. Judy Hoyt. My research is focused on semiconductor devices; in particular, I work on silicon-based opto-electronics. I'm originally from a suburb of New York City and received my undergraduate degree from Princeton. In my spare time, I play a lot of softball and try to cook yummy food (I'm occasionally successful). I'm very excited to be teaching for WTP this summer and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!



Biliana Kaneva
Computer Science Instructor

Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria

I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Computer Vision Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). My research interests are in computer vision, computer graphics, computational photography, and machine learning. My current work focuses on new ways of exploring large photo collections. Before coming to MIT, I worked several years at Microsoft as a Software Design Engineer. In my spare time, I enjoy talking long walks around Boston, reading, spending time with friends. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the summer!


Meg Aycinena Lippow

Math Instructor

Hometown: San Mateo, CA

I'm a sixth-year PhD student in the Learning and Intelligent Systems (LIS) research group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). I'm interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, and my research focuses on using grammars (like from language) to represent object and scene classes in images. I grew up on the San Francisco peninsula and did my undergrad degree at Stanford. This is my second year with WTP -- last summer I taught computer science, and this summer I will be teaching discrete math. One of the things I love about math is how it links so many seemingly different fields, and I can't wait to share with you how amazing the theory and the applications of discrete math are! When I'm not teaching or doing research, I love to spend time with my family and friends, read (especially history and fiction), sing, and wander around Cambridge and Boston.


Residential Tutors

Residential Tutors are female MIT undergraduates, MEng students, or recent MIT graduates. They assist the WTP-EECS Instructors in the classroom, and also live in the dormitory with the high school students, chaperoning residential life, creating fun activities and field trips, and helping with homework.


Stav Braun

Stav Braun
Math Tutor

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

I am a rising senior at MIT double majoring in computer science and mathematics. I was a WTP tutor two years ago and am very excited to be returning! I love math and computer science, especially all forms of discrete math (and more specifically algorithms!). During my free time I enjoy reading, 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.


Sari Canelake
Sari Canelake
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

I'm about to start my senior year at MIT, majoring in Computer Science. I found out that I like computers a bit later than most people, and I'm really happy that I did. So far at MIT, I've been a teaching assistant for two CS classes and I absolutely love everything about teaching. I can't wait to meet all the girls for WTP this summer! In my free time, I enjoy biking, watching movies, learning crazy new things, and exploring Boston - especially the aquarium. I love robots and currently work in a lab building artificial intelligences for them. I hope to continue this work for quite some time. I recently picked up a banjo and would like to learn how to play it someday soon!


Kristen Felch
Kristen Felch
Electrical Engineering Tutor

MIT Class of 2009
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Bloomingburg , NY

I am currently a masters student here in the Computer Science department at MIT.  As an undergraduate I developed an interest in both signal processing and artificial intelligence, and therefore can identify with both the Electrical Engineering and the Computer Science worlds.  My research is currently focused on a computer implementation of a medical diagnostic test, with the goal of allowing for earlier diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.   I was an EE tutor in summer 2007, and am coming back this summer because it was such a great experience!  In my free time, I am training to run the Marine Corps Marathon this October.  I also love to cook, especially desserts.  I look forward to meeting you all this summer!


Alina Griner
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Mathematics with Computer Science
Hometown: Lexington, MA

Hi! I'm a rising senior majoring in math with computer science. I'm really excited to be a CS tutor for WTP this summer! Besides math, I've always loved art, particularly drawing and painting, and occasionally playing piano.
Recently I've tried other forms of art like glassblowing, origami and pottery, and that was a lot of fun. I also really like traveling, playing tennis, skiing, and solving all kinds of puzzles. I love mushrooms and cheese and lemon cake. Last year I got into hiking, and now my plan is to start running every day to improve my endurance (but I don't know if it will actually happen because I hate running so much). I really wish I would finally figure out what it is exactly that I want to do with my life (now that I'm almost a senior), but I guess I still have some time. I can't wait for the summer!




Ana Malagon
Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2009
Major: Mathematics and Physics
Hometown: Herndon, VA

I'm a graduating senior, going to Yale next year for grad school where I'll be lining up lasers and thinking about atoms for the next couple of years. I like getting roped into playing intramural sports, finding bubble tea stores in Boston, and trying to convince people that string theory isn't as crazy as it sounds (although yes, there are particles with imaginary mass...). I like pretty much everything about math, but some of my favorite things to think about are complexity theory and combinatorics. Other than that, I'm just excited to talk to people about all the crazy and cool things there are in the world.

Rachel M.

Rachel Meyer
Electrical Engineering Tutor

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

I am going to be a Senior this fall and am majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6-2). This year I worked in labs for 2 different EECS classes and now I'm excited about working with all of you on EE during WTP. Outside classes, I play flute in various groups on campus (concert band and musicals) and dance in a group on campus (ballet, modern, jazz, and more). Besides that, I really like cooking, especially baking and making up new recipes. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, sharing EE with you, and having fun this summer!


Chelsea Ostrander
Electrical Engineering Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Decatur, IL

I am a rising senior at MIT in Course 6-1, Electrical Engineering. I am also working on a Chemistry minor and am concentrating in Public Policy. My hope is to work in biology, specifically medical applications for electrical engineering, after MIT. Outside of classes, I am President of my sorority on campus and a member of the MIT Varsity Softball team. I can't wait to meet you all and share with you how much I love EE and MIT!



Angela Ratto
Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Arcadia, CA


I am a rising senior in the Math department. I love that math takes very obvious ideas and shows that they lead to not-so-obvious results. When I'm not sitting in front of paper and pencil or a computer screen, I also enjoy reading, soccer, volleyball, and dancing. In high school, I needed to have a new ligament literally screwed into my bones due to a sports injury, and I am constantly fascinated by how improved our lives are thanks to engineers. I love to travel, so I'm really excited that I get to study math in Italy after WTP this summer. I can't wait to meet all of you!



Jane Wolcott
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2009
Mathematics with Computer Science
Hometown: Charleston, IL

I’m a graduating senior, having finished a great four years at MIT. Besides math and computer science, my interests include music, ballroom dance, crew, and cycling. I also enjoy many forms of procrastination, including making chainmaille, playing computer games, solving brain teasers, and watching episodes of Star Trek. I can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!


Residential Assistants

Residential Assistants live in the dorm and help with evening and weekend activities, but do not have classroom or tutoring responsibilities. All of them attended WTP when they were in high school.

Huayu Ding

Huayu Ding

MIT Class of 2012

Hometown: Baltimore, MD


I'm finishing an exciting and fruitful first year at MIT. The people, the
environment and the classes here are more amazing than I had ever imagined. I'm sure you will agree with me after spending your summer here. I have declared Major 6 which is EECS, and I may minor in Architecture. The intro course to EECS that I'm currently taking includes learning Python and building the program and circuitry of a robot. I have had many first experiences at MIT - first time trying out skiing, first indoor sky diving, white water rafting, sailing, making chocolate from scratch... The list goes on. I can't wait to meet you this summer and show you around! See you soon.


Julie Harrow

Julie Harrow

MIT Class of 2012

Hometown: Bellport, NY

I am a rising sophomore at MIT and I currently plan on majoring in architecture. I attended WTP during the summer of 2007 and it was truly an eye-opening experience; even though I have not gone the route of EECS, it has proven to be a very valuable skill to have learned thus far. Outside of school, I love to cook, dance, sing, read and explore the outdoors. I am really looking forward to meeting you all this summer. Never hesitate to approach me, I hope to get to know all of you very well!



Claudia Richardson

MIT Class of 2012

Hometown: Huntsville, AR

I am a rising sophomore at MIT. I plan to study Course 10 Chemical Engineering. In my spare time, I love to knit, sew, and be otherwise crafty. I also enjoy cooking (and eating), adventuring in Boston , and exploring music, film, and literature. I attended WTP in the summer of 2007. I had an extraordinary time then and I look forward to WTP 2009 and having just as much fun!


WTP Director and WTP-EECS Track Coordinator

Cynthia Skier

MIT alumna: SB 1974, SM 1981
Hometown: Lexington, MA

I have been the WTP Director since fall 2002. Before that I managed computer software companies and worked in management consulting. My two children are "out of the nest." In my free time I like to sing, read mysteries, and watch old movies, especially film noire, musicals and science fiction. In addition to my WTP responsibilities, I also direct the Industrial Connection Program here in MIT EECS.

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