Spring 2015

Staff BioSketches

Dr. Anu Agarwal is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Microphotonics Center. Her work has focused on the technologies for the foundational components of future electronic-photonic chips including polysilicon waveguides, LEDs, couplers, filters, detectors, and optical buffers. Prior to coming to MIT she received her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, where she investigated the spatial extent of point defect interactions in silicon. With Dr. Agarwal's cross-disciplinary training, industrial experience, and background in Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Science, she has successfully connected basic sciences with relevant applications, using integrated devices that are manufacturable on a large scale.
Ayesha Bose is a senior in 6-3, planning on staying for her M-eng next year. She's interested in concentrating in AI and is also a political science minor at MIT. Outside of class, she enjoys eating out in Boston and reading political biographies.
Vivek Dasari is an M.Eng student studying computer science and molecular biology. His current research involves visualizing in situ RNA sequencing data. His passions include healthcare, technology, and medicine. If he's not in lab, you can probably find him climbing at brooklyn boulders.
Deborah Chen is an M.Eng student studying computer science. She is interested in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the intersection of journalism and technology. As an undergrad, she spent many nights at The Tech, where she was a writer and editor. Outside of class, she enjoys exploring Boston and cooking elaborate meals.

Erica Du is an MEng student studying computer science, interested in the use of technology to improve the quality of education. Recent projects have included work with Scratch, AppInventor, Google, and Zearn, an edtech nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, travelling, and exploring new places.

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 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.

Anurag Kashyap (TA) is an M.Eng. student interested in studying advanced topics in data infrastructure/science and its applications in creating high-quality consumer-oriented tech products. In addition, one of his passions is learning the subtleties of how to present and how one can drastically improve their presentation skills. In his spare time, he loves to read and to play tennis!
Jenny Liu (TA) is an M.Eng student developing models for hospital acquired complications with Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI). Returning to MIT after working on Microsoft Outlook as a Program Manager, she is looking forward to taking BioEECS courses and further exploring her passion in medicine and technology. She loves to play ultimate frisbee and supports women's football. Go USWNT!
Dr. Aude Oliva joined CSAIL in 2012 as a Principal Research Scientist, after spending eight years as a faculty in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She received her Ph.D degree from the Institut National Polytechnique, Grenoble, France. Her research in Computational Perception and Cognition is multi-disciplinary, using methods from psychology, neuroscience and computer science. Her work has been featured in museums of art and science, the popular press, TV shows and textbooks. She writes short sci-fi stories, and practice kickboxing.
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.
Cardinal Warde has been on the EECS faculty for over 30 years. His research interests include optoelectronic neural network processors, infrared imaging sensors, adaptive optics, displays, and materials and devices for optical information processing. He holds eleven patents and has founded two companies: one engaged in transparent CMOS microdisplays and the other in optical MEMS. He is always looking for new tennis opponents.