Women's Technology Program
in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology











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Summer 2010

Instructors| Residential Tutors|Residential Assistants


Three female 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.



Sabrina Neuman
Discrete Math Instructor

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

I am a second-year graduate student. I did my Master's research in the the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) within the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) . I am currently starting my PhD research. I am an Electrical Engineer, and my research interests are in smart meter sensors (to collect data on things like energy and water usage in homes) and in low power and high performance digital electronics design (to make computers and mobile devices smaller and better). I'm from Southern California (where it's warm!), and went all the way out east to MIT (where it's cold!) for college. When I'm not engineering, I like to watch/act/help out with theatre, particularly Shakespeare, and I sometimes play rugby. I think math is super cool because, as an engineer, I consider it to be an essential tool that helps me understand complex systems and build new things!



Michelle Sander
Electrical Engineering Instructor

Homecountry: Germany

I am a fourth year PhD student in the Optics and Quantum Electronics Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). My research focuses on the development of compact laser sources (fiber based and waveguide chips) to generate ultrashort pulses. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, exploring Boston, going to concerts and doing sports. I am very excited about teaching WTP this summer and am looking forward to meeting all of you!


Oshani Seneviratne
Computer Science Instructor

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka

I am a third year PhD student in the Decentralized Information Group at CSAIL working with Tim Berners-Lee. I study the semantic web, social media and policies on the web. I grew up (mostly) in sunny Sri Lanka, but spent a significant portion of my high school years in Europe and in Australia. I went back to Sri Lanka for my undergraduate studies and majored in Computer Science and Engineering. In my spare time I like to read, watch movies, or just chill with friends. I am also an avid traveller. I am very excited to be teaching for WTP this summer and looking forward to meeting you all!


Residential Tutors

Residential Tutors are current 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.


Martyna Jozwiak
Discrete Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, and Mathematics
Hometown: Bydgoszcz, Poland

I am a graduating senior double majoring in Computer Science and Math. Next year, I will be getting a Master's degree in CS here at MIT. I'm really excited to meet you all and share my love for discrete math. During the summer, I spend most of my free time outside, be it doing sports, reading, or just relaxing. In the evenings I like to cook, watch movies and play games. I'm also a huge soccer fan, so if you hang out with me, you might get to see a lot of the World Cup games this year. Finally, my favorite thing about the summer is just going for random walks in Boston. I hope you will join me for many of them.


Jovana Knezevic
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2012
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia

I'm a rising junior in course 6-2, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I went to Mathematical high school in Serbia (far away in Europe, but it's not the same thing as Siberia :)) and I was a math geek, but then I discovered how much I love programming so I switched. I discovered later how much I like robots, so I'm trying to combine those two somehow. Besides CS and EE, I also love biology, drawing, singing, fashion design, basketball, insects and chocolate, a loooot of chocolate. I love different cultures and I'm obsessed with traveling to France or Peru. I'm probably one of the tallest girls at MIT, but don't let my size scare you because I'm actually quite nice. I'm lab assistant in MIT class 6.01 (Introduction to EE and CS) and I enjoy teaching in this field. That's why I can't wait to meet you girls. We're going to have a lot of fun!




Kat Kononov
Electrical Engineering Tutor

MIT Class of 2012
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Chicago, IL

I'm a rising junior majoring in Electrical Engineering. I love all my classes right now, but my favorite is Microelectronics, where I'm learning about various devices made of silicon. I enjoy teaching about things I love even more than learning about them. Last summer I taught a course on Robotics to a group of eigth graders. Also, I'm an athlete - fitness and nutrition are very important to me, and blowing off steam by exercising is the best part of my day. I play on MIT's womens rugby team and in the fall we will need to defend our National Championship title, so you can bet that I'll be staying in shape this summer. In addition, I enjoy arts and crafts, especially making things like origami. I can't wait to meet you all!




Hilary Monaco
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2012
Major: Mathematics with Computer Science
Hometown: New Berlin, Wisconsin

Hi! I'm Hilary, a soon-to-be junior in Mathematics with Computer Science. When I came to MIT, I knew I loved math and biology - then I discovered computer science and discovered that not only was computer science really neat, it was also the perfect way to bridge my scientific interests! During term, I have a research position doing computational modeling of the behavior of the cardiovascular system. I like having a broad range of interests: I am a member of MIT's Sport Taekwondo team and the Vice President of MIT's Society for Women in Mathematics. In my free time I dance ballet and sometimes even teach ballet classes, read books about epidemics, and do work with technical theater stage lighting and sound. MIT is an adventure and I am looking forward to sharing what I've learned about computer science and college life with you.



Emily Pitts
Computer Science Tutor

MIT Class of 2012
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Corona, CA


I am a rising Junior the Computer Science department. I came into MIT knowing nothing about computer science or programming, but I'm really glad I learned more about it and decided to go with this major. I can't wait for WTP this summer and the chance to share my newfound love of computer science with others! Outside of class, one of my favorite parts of MIT is being on the swim team. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it. Other than that, my hobbies include video games, watching movies, drawing, and piano. I'm still trying to decide what I want to do with my life after MIT, but I think I still have plenty of time to choose. I can't wait to meet all of you this summer!


Rebecca Rich
Electrical Engineering Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Raytown, MO

Hey ladies! I am a rising MIT Master's student in Electrical Engineering. I have a variety of academic interests, ranging from device fabrication, radio frequency design, FPGA systems design, and computation methods. Outside of MIT, I have a passion for exploring foreign cultures, cuisines, and languages. I also love music (everything from light rock to hip hop to country to classical) and dancing; I spend a lot of my spare time cooking. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you this summer and exploring engineering and Boston together!



Kimberly Santos
Discrete Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2012
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Marshfield, MA


Hello! I'm a rising junior majoring in Mathematics (Course 18). I am a member of the MIT Marching Band (my instrument's the flag) and participate in research with the MIT AgeLab's super cool driving simulator. I am also a campus tour guide, so feel free to ask me to show you around! My other interests and hobbies include hockey, skating, rollerblading, tennis, trying to learn trumpet, theater, baking, gardening, and, of course, mathematics. As a Massachusetts native, I have some idea what great attractions are in the area, but am still willing to explore new places. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this summer!



Sara Sheehan
Discrete Math Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Mathematics and Computer Science
Hometown: Pueblo, CO

I am a graduating senior majoring in math with a concentration in computer science.  I love all kinds of math from analysis to modeling, and I like the connection between math and computer science.  I will be going to grad school next year for computer science, studying something related to artificial intelligence and algorithms.  I've recently become interested in computational biology as a possible application.  When I have the time I like to run, read, shop, and try new restaurants in Cambridge.  I haven't participated in WTP before, but I'm excited to be a tutor and meet all of you!



Jing Wang
Electrical Engineering Tutor

MIT Class of 2010
Major: Bioelectrical Engineering
Hometown: Rochester, NY

My undergraduate major is Bioelectrical Engineering: in MIT-lingo, it would be 6-1. I will be continuing my study at MIT next year for my M.Eng degree in the Biological Engineering Department (Course 20). My research advisor is Prof. Hugh Herr, who is the Principal Investgator for the Biomechatronics Group at the Media Lab. Other than studying and UROPing, I also do competitive ballroom dancing with the MIT Ballroom Dance Team. I love the team because of the friends I made here and the competition experience in general. Besides dancing, I also enjoy practicing yoga, running along the Charles, shopping, baking and cooking. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and helping to make WTP a memorable and fun experience for you :)


Residential Assistants

Residential Assistants live in the dorm and help with evening and weekend activities, but do not have classroom or tutoring responsibilities. Residential Assistants attended WTP when they were in high school. They help make a warm community in the dorm (this often involves cooking and baking projects!) and they organize sightseeing trips into Boston and Cambridge.


Carin King

MIT Class of 2013

Hometown: Waterville, ME


HI! I’m a rising sophomore at MIT and right now I’m planning on majoring in Course 2, Mechanical Engineering and I may minor in Biomedical Engineering. I loved WTP when I was in the program in 2008, and I can’t wait to spend the summer with you! For fun, I like running, swimming, cooking, baking, watching movies, and exploring Boston with my friends. I’m really excited to get to know you all and you should feel free to e-mail me or find me on Facebook if you have any questions, or if you just want to say “Hi”.


Jessica Li

MIT Class of 2013

Hometown: Yardley, PA

I am a rising sophomore at MIT. I intend to major in Biological Engineering (Course 20) and possibly also pursue premed. I attended WTP during the summer of 2008, and I loved every minute of it. I'm pursuing a field of engineering because of WTP. When I have free time, I enjoy playing my violin, playing volleyball, cooking, and watching TV shows (CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Psych, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Glee, The Mentalist, etc.). I hope WTP will help show you just how amazing MIT is. I look forward to meeting all of you!!


Tatiana Mamaliga

MIT Class of 2013

Bender, Moldova, and more recently
Louisville, Kentucky

I am a rising sophomore here at MIT. In my free time I like to go outdoors, swim, draw, paint, read, explore Boston, watch movies, listen to music, cook, and solve Japanese crosswords. I attended WTP-EECS in the summer of 2008 and had the most exciting time. I have learned greatly from the experience and got to know a lot of wonderful girls from around the country. I am sure anyone who comes to WTP this summer will have an enormous amount of fun. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

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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