About Us

Elizabeth Basha
Graduate Student, CSAIL
Elizabeth studies sensor networks, specifically targeted at early warning of potential natural disasters. As part of her research and the FloodSafe Honduras student group, she leads a project to design and implement an early warning system for river flood detection in northeastern Honduras.

Joost Bonsen
Lecturer, MIT Media Lab & Founding Research Fellow, MIT Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship
Joost is an innovation ecologist studying global transformations at the level of invention in research labs, action in entrepreneurial ventures, and the orchestration of innovation ecosystems generally. He co-founded and has taught the 15.971 / MAS.665 Development Ventures since 2001. He is co-founder of the Howtoons Project which distributes educational cartoons which show kids everywhere "How To" build things. He finished the Management of Technology program at the MIT Sloan school with his thesis "The Innovation Institute: From Creative Inquiry Through Real-World Impact" at MIT. Prior to MIT Sloan, Bonsen ran the MIT Founders Project which quantified the economic impact of MIT-related entrepreneurs. Joost did his Bachelor's in Bio-Electrical Engineering also at MIT.

Alex Hamilton Chan
Alex is a PhD student from the Science, Technology and Society Program. His current research is on energy innovation and energy policy. Other research interests include the STS studies of economics and international development. He is also a researcher at the Industrial Performance Centre. Currently the Chair for Housing and Community Affairs of the Graduate Student Council, he is also responsible for advocacy. He is also the graduate representative to the International Students Association and Director of the Harvard/MIT COOP.

Christina English
Christina English joined MIT in 2007 as program associate with the Technology and Culture Forum; she also serves as Administrative Assistant in the Office of Religious Life and to the chaplain to the Institute, Robert M. Randolph. Christina earned her Master of Music degree in classical vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and performs regularly throughout the New England area. She is pleased to support the complete education of the MIT students and community through TAC, IDN and Religious Life.

Geoffrey Groesbeck
Geoff is a consultant on international development initiatives in resource-constrained regions. His work encompasses the creation of new programs throughout Latin America to provide tangible assistance to the bottom of the pyramid. Geoff is the advisor for MIT's student magazine on international development, Komaza, the Global Poverty Initiative, the MIT spin-off Sana (formerly MoCa Mobile Care), and the institutional relations officer and lecturer for NextLab, which addresses large-scale development needs through mobile-based solutions. He was previously executive director of international affairs and visiting professor at ITESM, where his work focused on rural poverty reduction and migration alleviation. An expert on the social transformation of the Jesuit missions of Chiquitos, his works regularly appear in leading magazines and journals.

Laura Sampath
Laura joined MIT in December 2007 as the manager of the International Development Initiative (IDI). Prior to joining MIT, Laura worked with USAID's Regional Conflict Management and Governance office in Nairobi, Kenya. Her areas of technical skill and expertise include strategic planning, program and project management, participatory approaches to community development, conflict prevention, mitigation and response, and analytical writing. Laura’s international experience spans many countries, including the Horn of Africa, Somaliland, Morocco and India.

Amy Smith
Amy Smith is the founder of the Designs for Developing Countries Project at the Edgerton Center and has taught classes related to this subject for several years. She served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana for four years and has also done field work in Senegal, South Africa, Nepal, Zambia, Ghana, Haiti and Honduras. She has taught engineering design at a variety of levels, ranging from undergraduate courses in mechanical engineering to high school enrichment programs to graduate courses in sustainable development. She continues to focus on engineering design for developing countries and working at creative ways to bring this kind of design opportunity to MIT students.

Trish Weinmann
Trish Weinmann is the Associate Coordinator of the Technology and Culture Forum. Although trained as a musician and now a faculty member for the New England Conservatory's Opera Studies Program, Trish has been long dedicated to issues of justice, peace and sustainable living. Her part-time position at T&C affords her the opportunity to work on such issues and explore new ways to promote a just and viable world.