Rakesh Kumar, President
Rakesh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. His research focuses on high voltage energy harvesting for autonomous drone applications. Rakesh holds a B.S. in Engineering from Georgia Tech and enjoys learning about new systems and their societal impact. In his spare time, Rakesh enjoys running, skiing, and hiking.
David Born, Engagement Manager of the Volunteer Consulting Group
David is a PhD candidate in the Biophysics program at Harvard. His research in Dr. Cathy Drennan’s lab focuses include microbial phosphorous metabolism in the upper ocean and vitamin B12 utilization in human cells. David is interested in emerging technologies for gene and cell therapies. He enjoys playing squash, cycling, and teaching new tricks to his dog. Prior to joining CCM, David participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group.
Yiou He, Engagement Manager of the Volunteer Consulting Group
Yiou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT where she has been developing lightweight high-efficiency high voltage power conversion circuits for various applications such as modern drones, X-ray machines, and electro-precipitators. She is also interested in entrepreneurship and converting new technologies to commercial products. Yiou received her B. E. in electrical engineering and double major in economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Prior to joining the CCM team, Yiou participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group. She has also held leadership positions in other student groups at MIT, including MIT Hyperloop Team and MIT Energy Club. In her spare time, Yiou enjoys working out, cooking, and watching detective dramas.
Eric Alt, Engagement Manager of the Volunteer Consulting Group
Eric is PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at MIT where he uses computer simulations and statistical mechanics to study the network structures of gels. Prior to joining the VCG team, he has participated in the Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition and Volunteer Consulting Group. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing soccer, reading, and running along the Charles River.
Yuan He, Manager of Case Practice
Yuan He is a PhD candidate in Department of Chemistry and Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM). His research focuses on the synthesis of heterobifunctional polymeric hollow capsules using colloid templates. In addition to his scientific training, Yuan has organized the Harvard. vs. MIT Case Competition and the Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG).
Stephan Holzer, Senior Adviser
Stephan is a postdoc at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory focusing on the Theory of Computing. He received a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich’s Electrical Engineering Department and an M.S. and B.S. in Mathematics (excellence program) from TU Munich. He also spent a year as a visiting fellow in Harvard. Stephan was co-President of CCM and currently serves as Senior Adviser, in particular as VP of Volunteer Consulting and VP of Business Discussion Nights.
Amar Ghodasara, Senior Adviser
Amar is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT where he has been developing tools for precise gene expression control for use in synthetic genetic circuits and metabolic engineering. In addition to his scientific training, he has experience in entrepreneurship and finance. Prior to joining the CCM team, Amar participated in volunteer consulting and the Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition where his team placed 3rd. He has also held leadership positions in other student groups at MIT, including the Edgerton House Association.
Mike Lu, Senior Adviser
Mike is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at MIT with a research focus on protein-based drug delivery. He holds a B.A. from Wabash College and has experiences working in management consulting as well as private equity. Prior to joining CCM, Mike participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group.
Danhao Ma, Manager of Business Discussion Nights
Danhao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT with the research focus on optoelectronic and photonic materials and devices. He holds a B.A. in Energy Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has experiences working in technology consulting. Prior to joining the CCM team, Danhao participated in the Harvard vs. MIT case competition in the summer 2016. In his spare time, Danhao enjoys reading, playing table tennis, and swimming.
Donald Bryant, Manager of the Volunteer Consulting Group
Donald holds a B.S./M.S. degree in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University. He is currently a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard University. Donald's research focus is understanding the molecular mechanisms that initiate and guide heart and limb regeneration. Before joining the CCM team, Donald competed in the 2015 Harvard vs. MIT case competition and participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group.
Yinying Ren, Vice President of Harvard-MIT Case Competition; Treasurer
Yinying Ren is a second-year PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT and her research aims to develop electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, a minor in Biotechnology and a Kellogg Certificate in Managerial Analytics. At CCM, Yinying has participated in Business Discussion Nights and was part of the organizing team of 2015 Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition.