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Meet The CCM Executive Team

Email: exec-ccm@mit.edu

Rakesh Kumar, President


President: Rakesh Kumar 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. Prior to joining the CCM team, Yiou participated in the Volunteer Consulting Group. She 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).

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.

Chao Zhang


Chao is a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. His research concentrates on the design of computationally efficient calibration algorithms for large-scale stochastic traffic simulators. Chao holds a B.S. in Information and Communication Engineering from Zhejiang University. Prior to joining the CCM team, Chao participated in the Harvard vs. MIT case competition in 2016. In his spare time, Chao enjoys running, cycling and Chinese calligraphy.

Yibin Chen


Yibin is conducting biomedical engineering research at Center for Engineering in Medicine (CEM) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School (HMS). Her research focus is liver regeneration via whole-organ engineering technique to improve the quality of marginal donor livers and to solve the transplantable liver shortage crisis. Prior to coming to the United States, she finished her master study in Germany. She enjoys travel and has visited more than 14 countries.

Laurent Béland, Make the Leap planner, web admin


Laurent holds a BSc and PhD in physics from Université de Montréal. He specializes in computational materials physics. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT, after completing a fellowship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research focuses on the microscopic kinetics of cements and shales. He also completed two CFA exams.

Email: exec-ccm@mit.edu