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6.UAT Oral Communication
Spring 2017

Staff BioSketches

Lecturer Recitation Instructors (RIs) Teaching Assistants (TAs)
Professor Sangeeta Bhatia fist came to MIT in 1991 as an MD/PhD student in HST. She started her faculty career at University of California at San Diego, returned to MIT in 2005 and is now the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Prof. in EECS and HST. She co-authored the first undergraduate textbook in Tissue Engineering and at MIT has taught 6.021 as well as various medical and graduate subjects for HST. Her research is focused on the use of micro- and nanotechnology to improve human health, specifically liver disease and cancer. She lives in Lexington with her husband (a professor) and two children. She enjoys, yoga, travel, and family game night.
Evan Denmark is a senior in Course 6-3 whose interests lie in the intersection of technology, cultural expression, and the visual arts. He enjoys snapping photos, improving comedy sketches, and hiking in the middle of the desert with camels. If you want to see Evan outside UAT, come to a Roadkill Buffet improv comedy show this semester (he promises you will laugh your socks off). In the future, Evan plans to work in the film industry, primarily within computer animation.
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 a senior in Electrical Engineering and Com\ puter Science. He is interested in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence,\ Human-Computer Interaction, and Systems (how can we make tools that are not on\ ly smart, but also augment people's ability in a natural way?). When he's not d\ ebugging his code or debating the future of technology, you can find him chasin\ g down balls on the tennis court and wreaking havoc on a drum set.
Amar Gupta has spent the bulk of his academic career at MIT and is currently working there in close collaboration with colleagues from the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) and CSAIL. Dr. Gupta holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, a masters degree in management (from MIT Sloan School) and a doctorate in Computer Science. He worked at the MIT Sloan School for 25 years (1979-2004), the summers from 2005 thru 2012, and then from September 2015 to the present. He served as an advisor to various agencies of the United Nations and has published 12 books. He has published papers in journals from diverse fields and has played a significant role in nucleating several technologies that are in broad use today.
Kimberle Koile is currently a Research Scientist in the Office of Digital Learning (previously at MIT's Center for Educational Computing Initiatives and CSAIL). She has focused over the past 25 years on building intelligent computational tools for complex human tasks, and her research interests include educational technology (pen-based computing in particular), assessment, ubiquitous computing, knowledge-based systems, human-computer interaction, and computer-aided design. She received her S.M. in EECS at MIT in 1984, worked in industry for a decade, then returned to MIT and completed her AI-focused PhD in EECS with Randall Davis in 2001. She has been doing research and teaching at MIT since then.
Alex Luh is a senior in Course 6-3 who is interested in the intersection of computer science and medicine. He is also excited about educational applications of virtual and augmented reality. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, learning guitar, and eating food with friends.
Jason Miller is a Research Scientist in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). His research interests include multicore processor and system architecture, simulators, and adaptive self-optimizing computer systems. Past projects include the Raw multicore processor, the ATAC nanophotonic processor, the Graphite multicore simulator, and the SEEC adaptive runtime system. Dr. Miller first arrived at MIT as a freshman in 1994 and refuses to leave, earning his SB and MEng degrees in 1999 and his PhD in 2007, all in Course 6. He lives in Woburn with his wife and twin girls and enjoys cycling, hiking and home improvement in his spare time.
Remi Mir is a senior in Comp Sci, with a concentration in Theatre Arts and an interest in machine learning. (Look up DeepDream and you'll probably be interested too!) She enjoys teaching kids how to code, microblogging (because "tumblring" isn't fetch yet), and alliteration.
Kelly Qi is a senior in course 6-2 with a interest in AI and product design. She hopes to work on applying machine learning to self driving cars (just until we figure out teleportation!). Her favorite hobbies include eating, lifting, and playing children's card games.
Sarah Tortorici is an Senior in Course 6-3 who wants to someday use that degree to make super cool/pretty things in video games and movies (a.k.a has a focus in computer graphics). Sarah is also an editor and artist for Voo Doo (MIT's only intentionally humorous campus publication). In her free time, she likes to longboard, rock climb, revisit SNES games, learn how to make balloon animals, and hang out with her cat, Barry.
Phoebe Tse is an M.Eng student who completed her Course 6 undergraduate degree in June 2016. She is working at the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (MIT STEP) on StarLogo Nova, a block programming-based platform for 3D modeling and games. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and education, and will be working in the Ed Tech space after completing her thesis. Outside of UAT, you can find Phoebe chasing puppies, toddlers, and her dreams around campus.
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.
Morgan Voss is a MEng student in 6-2, with a concentration in Computer Systems. She is working on her thesis, building an object-oriented spreadsheet, under Professor Jackson in the Software Design Group at CSAIL. She is also in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and will commission into the Air Force as a Cyber Officer upon graduation. Throughout her many experiences during 5 years here - GEL, class projects and papers, many presentations, and ROTC - she's found effective communication to be a critical part and is excited to be a part of the UAT team.
Jessica Wang is an M.Eng student in course 6-3 with interests in security, systems, startups, HCI, and UI/UX design. Her research areas include authentication and privacy, and she intends on working in that space after graduation. In her free time, she works as a freelance designer and likes to shoot film photography and explore cities.