Advisory Board 2021-2022

Members of the Advisory Board assist the RA team and Heads of House with their previous knowledge whenever possible. This might include sharing insights on previously adopted policies, report experiences with past events, or reach out to contacts in the greater MIT community. Members of the Advisory Board assist with coordinating events whenever the current RA team is experiencing a shortage of people to maintain the planned schedule.  For more information about ABs, see the Resident Assistant FAQ.

Annie Zhang

Annie is a PhD student in the Biology Department, where she is studying the mechanisms of DNA replication during the cell cycle. Before coming to MIT, she lived in Hong Kong for 18 years and then came to the States and studied at the University of Chicago. Although most of the time you will find her in lab, she also enjoys cooking, baking, running and biking. Her favorite recipes are freshly pounded mochi, castella, chiffon cakes, and okonomiyaki!

 

 

 

 

Brenden Butters

Brenden is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He specializes in circuits and systems with a focus on radio frequency and high speed applications. Brenden is from Sydney, Australia, and completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Wollongong. He enjoys outdoor activities, competitive shooting, and working out in the gym.

 

 

 

 

Zahra Essack

Zahra is a PhD Candidate in Planetary Science, where her research involves the detection and characterization of exoplanets (planets outside the solar system). Zahra hails from hot and humid Durban, South Africa, where she received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in physics and applied mathematics. She enjoys cooking, travelling and swimming, and can often be found outside enjoying the four distinct seasons Cambridge has to offer.