Fall 2016

Staff BioSketches


Louis Braida (Area VII) is Henry Ellis Warren Professor of Engineering Engineering and Computer Science and of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. His research is currently focused on aids for the deaf: hearing aids, tactile aids, cochlear implants, and cued speech. He developed and is responsible for 6.182 and 6.552. In addition, he has lectured 6.001, 6.002, 6.071, and 6.551. He very much enjoyed teaching 6.UAT in the Fall, 2004. He is currently Chair of the Bioelectrical Engineering Area of the EECS Department and Co-Director of the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program of the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
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.


Dirk Englund received his BS in Physics from Caltech in 2002. Following a year at TU Eindhoven as a Fulbright Fellow, he did his graduate studies at Stanford, earning his MS in electrical engineering and PhD in Applied Physics in 2008. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University until 2010, when he became Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Applied Physics at Columbia University. He moved to MIT in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of RLE and MTL. His research focuses on quantum technologies based on semiconductor and optical systems. Recent recognitions include the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, and the 2012 IBM Faculty Award.
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.

Yola Katsargyri is a PhD candidate in EECS. Her background \ is in optimization and she has worked on a variety of applications including au\ tomotive, traffic modeling and finance. Her PhD thesis studies the conditions u\ nder which investors' limited information, as well as their independent investm\ ent decisions according to that information, may magnify risk in the financial \ system and lead to a financial crisis. In the past she gained industry experien\ ce working with Ford Motor Company on fuel consumption optimization, where she \ published two patents.
Kimberle Koile has focused over the past 25 years on building intelligent computational tools for complex human tasks. Her research interests include educational technology (pen-based computing in particular), assessment, teacher professional development, ubiquitous computing, knowledge-based systems, human-computer interaction, and computer-aided design. In her current project, INK-12: Teaching and Learning Using Interactive Ink Inscriptions, she and her group are developing a pen-based wireless classroom interaction system and investigating, with co-PI Andee Rubin of TERC, how such technology can support teaching and learning math in upper elementary classrooms. Prior work with the technology focused on middle school science and math, undergraduate computer science, and undergraduate chemistry.
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.
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.
Tomas Palacios is a Professor in the EECS of MIT. Originally from Spain, he received his PhD from the University of California - Santa Barbara in 2006, and his undergraduate degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His current research focuses on developing the next generation of electronic devices. By using new semiconducting materials such as graphene and gallium nitride (GaN), Prof. Palacios' group aims to find ways to save up to 30% of all the electricity used in the world, and to bring electronics to everything around us. Prof. Palacios is the founder and director of the MIT MTL Center for Graphene Devices and 2D Systems, as well as the Chief Advisor and co-founder of Cambridge Electronics, Inc. (CEI), a start-up company focused on commercializing GaN electronics.
Robert Ramirez is a 2nd year S.M. student in the Technology and Policy Program (TPP) in ESD/IDSS focusing his studies on cyber security and Internet policy. He got his B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2015 before coming to MIT. When not doing research or classwork, Robert likes to cram every waking moment of his life with pursuits like practicing piano, learning Japanese in preparation for the MISTI program, and building startups with his friends -- while still managing to watch way too many cartoons.
Joe Steinmeyer did his undergraduate studies in EECS at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he worked with Professor Michel Maharbiz on BioMEMS-related research. He graduated from U of M in 2008. He subsequently came to MIT and got his MS and PhD also in EECS/Course 6 in 2010 and 2014, respectively, while carrying out research focussed on the development of automation techniques for neuroscience. He's also spent a lot of time working on/in education both at the college and pre-college level. Since 2014 he has held an appointment as lecturer in Course 6 here at MIT and has been involved in 6.01, 6.021/.521, 6.302, and now for the first time this fall, 6.UAT, which he's excited to be participating in.
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.
Jason Tong is an M.Eng student who recently completed his undergrad studies in course 6 with a minor in linguistics. He's absolutely stoked to be working on natural language question answering with the InfoLab under Boris Katz, and he hopes that helping machines learn to communicate more and more like humans will hone his ability to do likewise. When he's not doing school stuff, you can find him learning other fun stuff -- his most recent sources of fascination are US constitutional law, Scottish phonology, and how to play the ukulele.
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) at the Media Lab on StarLogo Nova. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and education, and can`t wait to dive into her M.Eng project this year. Outside of UAT, you can find Phoebe chasing puppies, toddlers, and her dreams around campus.
Kiran Wattamwar(6-3, 2017) is a senior in Computer Science, minoring in Architecture with an interest in design, and the intersection of art and tech. She serves on the UA, SAAS and is a designer at the Peace Corps. When she's not in class or studio, she enjoys glassblowing, running and doodling.
Emily Zhang is doing her M.Eng under Prof. Michael Cuthbert in computational musicology. She is working on creating data structures to represent "music", which can then be used to solve some of musicology's biggest questions (e.g. "Did composer X write this, or did his apprentice?"). When not in class, you can usually find her cooking and feeding other people, at the gym, or in the World Music Room. Talk to her in English, Chinese, Spanish, or Russian, or write to her in Latin.