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6.UAT Oral Communication
Fall 2018

Staff BioSketches

Lecturer Recitation Instructors (RIs) Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Past "Best TA" Award Recipients


Alex Chen is a senior in Course 6. He's from Davis, California, and likes spending time with his friends, singing, and rock climbing. He hopes to become a teacher someday! Feel free to drop him a message via email anytime :)
Tony Eng(Area II) finished his degrees at MIT and is now a Senior Lecturer in EECS. He has been involved with 6.001 (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs) for a number of years, and now heads 6.UAT. He has also taught various other courses in entrepreneurship and oral communication. His background (Computer Science, Biology, and Math), and his previous areas of research (Networking, Cryptography, Computation and Biology, and Text Mining) are symptomatic of an individual who gets bored easily. He has a passion for learning about and trying new things; an explorer and dilettante at heart, he'll try most things twice.


Kenny Friedman is an MEng-er in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction (how can we make tools that are not only smart, but also augment people's ability in a natural way?). When he's not debugging his code or debating the future of technology, you can find him chasing down balls on the tennis court and wreaking havoc on a drum set.
Professor Martha Gray first came to MIT in 1978 as a graduate student in HST and EECS, and is now the J.W. Kieckhefer Prof. in HST and EECS. She has held many positions over the years, including 13+ years as Director of HST. She has taught many of the entry-level courses in EECS, as well as medical school subjects for HST. She has a long-standing research interest in arthritis and in developing multi-disciplinary organizations. The latter interest has grown to involve multiple international projects. She lives in Arlington with her husband (a boatbuilder), and three teenage children.
Christie Hong is a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in finance. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadephia, Christie loves exploring new cities, and trying out all different kinds of food. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, exploring new music on Spotify, baking sweets, and playing video games. Come say hi and hang out with her in OH some time
Mitchell Hwang is a MEng student studying electrical engineering and computer science. He concentrated in Korean and lived in Korea for a summer. He also interned as a firmware engineer at Samsara, and IoT company for industrial applications. For hobbies, he loves to play sports and dance. You might even catch him longboarding to classes as long as its not raining or snowing.
Kimberle Koile is a Lecturer in EECS. She completed her S.M. in EECS at MIT, worked in industry for a decade, then returned to MIT and in 2001 completed her AI-focused PhD on computer-aided architectural design with Randall Davis. She has been doing research and teaching at MIT since then. Her research has focused on building intelligent computational tools for complex human tasks, most recently building and studying the use of pen-based technology in education. She has taught 6.001 (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs), 6.034 (Introduction to AI), 6.871 (Knowledge-based Application Systems), 6.UAR (Undergraduate Advanced Research), and 6.UAT. She enjoys doing therapy dog work with her golden retriever Kyla, woodworking, camping, reading science fiction, and learning about the latest computer game developments so she can keep up with her college-aged son who is majoring in that topic at RIT. She lives in Lexington with her husband, an MIT alum who works as an applied mathematician and software engineer at MathWorks.
Leslie Kolodziejski (Faculty Chair for Areas IV and V) is the principal investigator for the Integrated Photonic Devices and Materials Group within the Research Laboratory of Electronics. Professor Kolodziejski joined EECS at MIT in 1988 as Assistant Professor following two years as Assistant Professor at Purdue University. She obtained all of her education from Purdue: a BS in 1983 and a MS in 1984 in Materials Science, and a PhD in 1986 in Electrical Engineering, Her research interests include: compound semiconductor materials, novel heterostructures, devices and device physics, heteroepitaxial growth processes and advanced fabrication technology, optoelectronic and photonic devices. She supervises two research labs located in Bldgs. 38 and 36 using molecular beam and ion beam deposition techniques to layer materials atom-by-atom. After work, Leslie very much enjoys the twists and turns, ups and downs of raising her 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter.
Long Nguyen is a senior majoring in 6-3 with a concentration in the Korean language. He is interested in computer systems and loves playing the piano and classical guitar, though he currently has no idea whether his future entails working in industry, being a stay-at-home dad, or backpacking throughout Southeast Asia. He loves all things romantic and is well-versed in the art of gaming: Witcher 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, Kingdom Hearts... need he say more? He hopes to have an impact on our students here in 6.UAT.
Laura Pang is a dual-enrolled undergrad senior / meng student at MIT. When she isn't working, she loves dancing, composing music, and playing tractor. She loves meeting new people, so feel free to contact her whenever!
Rajeev Ram has worked in the areas of physical optics and electronics for much of his career. His group at MIT has developed record energy-efficient photonics for microprocessor systems, microfluidic systems for the control of cellular metabolism, and the first light-source with greater than 100% electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency. His group’s work on small-scale solar thermoelectric generation is being deployed for rural electrification in the developing world as SolSource and was recognized with the St. Andrews Prize for Energy and the Environment.
Joel Schindall received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from MIT in the '60's. Although he briefly joined the EECS faculty, he decided to relocate to California and make his career in industry. He has had an entrepreneurial career in both product design and management, including being president of a telemetry company, chief engineer of Globalstar (a satellite-based mobile phone system), and chief technology officer of Loral Spacecom. Joel rejoined the EECS faculty in September of 2002. His biggest frustration is that many students are not prepared for the proposal writing, concept development, marketing, and project management that they will need to be successful in their careers. As director of the Bernard Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program, Dr. Schindall is actively engaged in helping undergraduates develop the design thinking and engineering leadership skills that are vital for entrepreneurial and industry success (and academic success as well!) Joel has done research on nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitors, and he enjoys running, biking, sailing, and talking about the virtues of his folding bicycle.
Professor Collin M. Stultz is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His group conducts research to understand conformational changes in macromolecules and the effect of structural transitions on common human disease. Prof. Stultz employs an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing, and basic biochemistry. He received the AB from Harvard College in 1988, and the MD from Harvard Medical School as well as the PhD in Biophysics from Havard in 1997. Professor Stultz is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). In his spare time Prof. Stultz enjoys baseball, jazz, and heavy metal music.
Anuhya Vajapey is a current MEng student in the Clinical Decision Making Group at CSAIL. Outside of academics, she loves being active by running, playing tennis, and doing karate. An avid music lover, she likes singing and playing drum set in a band.
Luis Fernando Velasquez is a Principal Scientist with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories of MIT. He is a microfabrication expert and a MEMS expert. He leads a group that conducts research on micro and nano enabled multiplexed scaled-down systems for space, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and analytical applications that exploit high-electric field phenomena, e.g., electrospray, electrospinning, electron impact ionization, field emission, field ionization, plasmas, and X-rays. He was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He received is BS degrees from Los Andes University and his MS and PhD degrees from MIT.
George Verghese is Henry Ellis Warren (1894) Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. His research interests in modeling, signal processing, identification and control have drawn him to applications in biomedicine (for the past thirteen years) and power systems (for the twenty-five years before that). He is currently interested in the use of physiological models to extract information – on timescales of seconds, minutes and hours – from clinical data collected at the bedside or in ambulatory settings. He has coauthored undergraduate texts on power electronics (used in 6.334) and signals, systems and inference (used in 6.011).
David Walter is a Course 6 M.Eng. student interested in natural language processing and representation learning. As an undergrad at MIT he majored in 6-2 and 24-1 (Philosophy). Outside of academics, he is training for the Boston Half Marathon this fall, and he is also on the MIT Track and Field team in the spring, where he runs the mile and 5K. He also loves The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones and reading fantasy and philosophy.
Linda Zhang is a Course 6 M.Eng student interested in economic public policy. She enjoys glass blowing, wandering, acquiring Texas-themed memorabilia, and being uncomfortable (generally in that order). She also collects stories.