Warehouse RAs

Warehouse RAs 2016-2017

Email the RAs at wh-ras@mit.edu.

President: Zsigmond Varga

Zsigi is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His specialization is in Soft Matter Physics, focusing on the analysis of microstructure and numerical simulation of colloidal dispersions with an application towards petroleum engineering and medicine. After spending the first 18 years of his life in Budapest, Hungary, he graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK. When not in the lab, Zsigi is outdoors (skiing and climbing), traveling or playing sports like squash, tennis and volleyball. He enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts and going out to (jazz) bars.

Treasurer: Libby Tolman

Libby Tolman is a PhD student in the Physics Department, where she studies plasma, a fourth state of matter which is important in many astrophysical phenomena and can be used to generate fusion energy. Libby received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she majored in physics and received a certificate in Latin American Studies. In her free time, she enjoys travel, dancing, cooking, and reading; her favorite authors are Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. She grew up in Vermont and returns there as often as possible.

Co-Orientation Chair: Raphael Schaad

Raphael is a second year master’s student at the Media Lab where he designs systems to empower human networks with embedded machine learning. Previously, he was a designer at the personal magazine app Flipboard in California and built the writing app iA Writer in Tokyo. Growing up in a small village in Switzerland, Raphael is passionate about the outdoors, especially hiking, rock climbing, sailing, and skiing. Please say hi!

Co-Orientation Chair: Marika Psyhojos

Marika grew up in Lexington, MA and proceeded to go to college twenty minutes away at Wellesley where she studied English, economics, and pre-med. She is thrilled to be enrolled in the Technology & Policy Program (though also only twenty minutes from home) and is conducting research in the MIT AgeLab. After TPP, she hopes to go to medical school. She enjoys playing music, outlet shopping, and volunteering to hold babies as an official "Baby Cuddler" at Mass General Hospital.

Webmaster and Technology Officer: Ben Sherman

Ben is a second-year PhD student in Computer Science, where he's building a programming language for manipulating continuous spaces, such as real numbers or probability distributions. He's an east-coaster: he grew up on Long Island, NY, attended college at Yale in New Haven, CT, and spent two years near Washington, D.C. before coming to MIT. Ben loves reading tales from the history of mathematics. His less peculiar hobbies include tennis, basketball, and guitar.

Secretary: Kenny Chen

Kenny is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, where he performs research on protein homeostasis. He is from Los Angeles and previously studied at UCLA. He considers the move to the East Coast an adventure, experiencing for the first time rapid transit and snowfall. Kenny enjoys STEM outreach, and exploring new places in the city.

Sustainability and Building RA: Marie Feng

Marie is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her specialization is in medical imaging with a focus on using MR to improve placental and fetal imaging. Originally from Austin, Marie graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Outside the lab, Marie enjoys watching college football (GO CARD!), teaching group fitness, and finding the best cannoli in Boston.

Sports RA: Burak Gozluklu

Burak is a second year graduate student at System Design and Management program at MIT. Burak worked for major aerospace companies for 8 years as Lead Engineer. Burak has founded the Systems Thinking Club (STC) at MIT-Sloan. He was professional self-defense instructor (Wing Tsun Kung-Fu) and scuba diver and likes volunteer activities such as mathematics teacher to visually impaired people.

Front Desk RA: Rijul Kochhar

Rijul is a second-year PhD student in the History; Anthropology; Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) program, where he is studying the ongoing cultural, technical and biosecurity entailments surrounding the planetary emergence of antibiotic resistance infections. Before coming to MIT, he earned a bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and an MA and MPhil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Rijul enjoys swimming, music, miniature paintings, and looks forward to meeting residents at the splendid Warehouse!

Lori and Steven Lerman Arts Chair*: Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy is a first year PhD student in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture. She has lived at the Warehouse since September 2014, when she began her master’s degree at MIT in the same program. She is from Toronto, Canada, where she completed a BA in Architecture at the University of Toronto. As a student and admirer of the arts and humanities, she looks forward to bringing the residence community together to enjoy and partake in arts-based events at and around MIT, such as music events at the Warehouse, museum outings, PaintNite, and performances in the Boston/Cambridge area. Her other interests include soccer, running, and cooking.

*This RA position was created to honor the contributions and legacy of founding Warehouse Housemasters Lori and Steven Lerman who lived at the Warehouse from 2000 to 2010. One of Lori's many contributions to the Warehouse community was a music program to which she dedicated her talents and resources. Lori and Steve now live in Washington, D.C., where Steve is Provost at George Washington University.

Community Chair: Sami Khan

Sami is a dual degree S.M. student in Mechanical Engineering and the Technology and Policy Program, and will be pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT starting January, 2016. If he is not globe-trotting in some corner of the world, you will find him playing tennis at the Dupont courts or sailing on the Charles river.

Wellness RA: Peilun Dai

Peilun is a Ph.D. student in computational neuroscience at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He is interested in using machines to reconstruct and understands the connections between neurons in the brain (Connectomics) and building more intelligence machine systems based on our understanding of the brain (Artificial Neural Networks). He spent the first 19 years of his life in Western China Sichuan Province and then moved to the small tropical city state of Singapore for college. He majored in electrical engineering as an undergraduate at the Nanyang Technological University. In his free time, he likes reading, traveling and eating different food!