Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.B. 2014. & 1st Year Ph.D. Student
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Research Assistant at MIT CSAIL
Founder & President at Gique Corporation
Former Program Manager at Microsoft
Playing with My Pets. Traveling.
Comic Books. Yoga & Meditation.
Calligraphy. Cooking. Concerts.
"When you’re completely focused on doing something you truly love, you lose your sense of ego & time."
During the summer after my junior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks as a student in the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program at MIT. MITES is a rigorous, residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities – who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. This is the summer when I fell in love with MIT's campus culture and developed the confidence that would enable me to succeed in pursuing an engineering degree when I returned as an MIT freshman the following Fall.
During my senior year at MIT, in reflection and gratitude of the transformative impact of my engineering education, I founded Gique (pronounced “geek”), an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing hands-on ArtScience education to Boston-area middle school students. With the help of two like-minded individuals who became my co-founders, Gique was created to empower youth to more deeply explore their personal interests, better understand how art, science, and technology collide in the real world, and develop the confidence and skills to bring their own ideas to life. Working to grow Gique since 2013 has been the most gratifying experience of my adult life and has helped me grow in my openness to feedback, hunger for learning, and dedication to bringing new ideas to life.
Graduating from MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering is one of the accomplishments I am most proud of, given the challenges I overcame to earn my degree. As an undergraduate student, I worked on projects at the intersection of my interests in computer science, brain and cognitive science, and women and gender studies. My extracurriculars included serving as the captain of the MIT Cheerleading Squad from 2012-2013, working as a UROP at the MIT Media Lab, and working as the first Student Ambassador to the MIT Office of Minority Education.
Given the enriching experiences I had completing two summer internships at Microsoft while I was an undergraduate at MIT, I decided to join Micrsoft full-time as a Program Manager for the Intune product team after graduation. My responsibilities including driving the technical vision, design, & implementation of next-generation software solutions and conducting hypothesis-driven customer research to ensure products exceeded customer expectations with the Microsoft Intune team. After 2 years growing within a team of great people, I reflected on my career goals and realized my desire to transition from enterprise software work to join the ever-growing artificial intelligence and machine learning revolution. I grew tremendously at Microsoft, and credit much of my development to the dedicated mentors and colleagues who supported me along the way.
After leaving Microsoft, I spent the summer working as a Summer Program Coordinator for the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP). This is the same office which served me back in 2009 as a 17-year-old MITES student! I had a great experience giving back to the same community which nurtured me as a young, budding scientist. Following the program, that Fall I began my studies at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I am now a Doctoral Student and Research Assistant at MIT's largest research lab, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Within CSAIL, I work as a member of the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab). The MIT ICE Lab researches and develops computing systems for creative expression, cultural analysis, and social change, through new forms of gaming, interactive narrative, social media, digital media art, and, most importantly, creative computing forms unanticipated by any of those. I am truly lucky to have come full circle in bringing together my passions for art, science, and technology and helping people improve the way they live, work, and play every day.
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
Product Designer at Axon
Senior UX Researcher at Microsoft, User Research Trainer & Entrepreneur
Ph.D. Student Researcher at US Army NSRDEC
Product Manager at Twitter
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision... It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
— Andrew Carnegie