Advisory Board 2016-2017
Yongjin is a Ph.D. student in the Biological Engineering department at MIT. He is from Seoul and Daejeon in South Korea and came to US for grad school. He majored Chemical Engineering and Biology at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and misled to MIT to pursue another five years of research. He is interested in playing music, biking, drinking (..!!) and synthetic biology (...?).
Claudia is a EECS PhD student working at CSAIL in the AI & Robotics areas. Her alma mater is the Simon Bolivar University (Caracas, Venezuela), where she studied Electronics Engineering, a Masters in Mechatronics, and served as Assistant Professor. She truly enjoys listening to music, buying more books than can read, and travelling to observe different cultures and attempt to do photography.
Ivo is a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His specialization is in Geotechnical Engineering, with a focus on numerical modeling and reinforced earth structures. Born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil, he did his undergrad at the University of Brasilia. After graduating, he worked in the energy sector, designing dams for many places around the world. During his spare time, Ivo enjoys practicing sports (soccer and tennis are his favorite), hanging out with friends and traveling.
Samantha was born only days preceding a blizzard in Wausau, Wisconsin – possibly explaining her bias for the snowy months of New England weather. Before coming to MIT, she studied Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK. Here at MIT she is a fourth year PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science studying within Doug Lauffenburger's Research Group in Biological Engineering. Her research explores the development and application of quantitative techniques utilized in electrical engineering and computer science to questions in systems biology.
She can be found appreciating and creating art in a variety of places – from playing piano, cooking during Warehouse events, to enjoying a performance at the Hatch Shell. If you have questions regarding performances in the area, restaurants, or local museums please get in touch!