Welcome to my home page.
This is pretty out of date. I think I last wrote in 1999. Much has happened since then, I'm now an instructor at the Edgerton Center and I teach a class called D-Lab .
My Life At MIT
I am a graduate student at MIT in
the Mechanical Engineering
Department and the Technology and
Policy Program. My research is in the field of Engineering Design for
Developing Countries. For my master's thesis I designed an improved
grain mill for use in rural villages in Africa. I took the mill to
Senegal to do field testing. I
am currently trying to set up a program which uses other small-scale
engineering projects from developing countries to enhance the
undergraduate design curriculum. Some of the projects we are working
on are a sunflower seed oil press, an animal driven pump, and a low
cost rick-shaw. I also help teach a design seminar which deals with
redesigning medical laboratory equipment so that it can be used in
remote medical facilities.
My Life Before MIT
I was born and raised in Lexington, Mass. where I went to Lexington
High School. I did a lot of musical stuff there (band, orchestra,
stage band, chorus, concert choir, madrigals) and also worked at my
church, the Follen Community Church, Unitarian-Universalist. I went
to MIT as an undergraduate, where I did a lot of sports stuff
(volleyball, water polo, basketball). Before I came back to grad
school I was in the Peace
Corps and worked in Botswana
for 4 years. For my first two years I was teaching Math, English and
Science at Itekeng Community Junior Secondary School in Ghanzi. After
that I transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and was stationed in
Maun as the Regional
Beekeeping Officer for the Ngamiland District and soon thereafter
became a member of The Maun Rejects.
My Life Outside of MIT
I still do a lot of things at my church-- I work with the youth group,
I am in charge of a couple programs which help provide meals at some
feeding programs in Boston, I am in charge of the exchange program
with a high school on the Hopi/Navajo reservation and I sometimes
teach Sunday School for the 3 and 4 year olds. I have also started to
do more musical things-- I bought a Navajo flute while I was out in
Arizona and have been busy playing and composing music for that. I
also play the penny whistle and guitar and I recently picked up my
tenor saxophone and am playing with the Lexington Bicentennial Band.
I am still playing sports, volleyball the most seriously and others
just for fun. I love to work in my garden and I have a cat named
My Recent Brushes with Fame and Fortune
This past year has been quite a doozy-- check it out!
These are some of the other pages which I am maintaining, some of them
are still in progress.
How to Reach Me
You can send me e.mail at
Or if you want to try to send regular mail or find me in person, my office is:
MIT Room 4-406
77 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
My office phone is: (617)258-6844