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Lucy Du
Hi! Iím Lucy, and I am first-year Masterís student in Mechanical Engineering. I received my Bachelorís from MIT in 2014. I work in the Precision Compliant Systems Lab focusing on the precision positioning for awake-mouse in vivo skull and brain imaging. I absolutely love traveling, as well as photography, drawing and painting, and most of all eating. I am originally from around Detroit, Michigan. Looking forward to meeting everyone this summer! Cheers!

Maha Haji
Hi! My name is Maha and I was part of the WTP-ME 2006 class and I am very excited to be returning this summer as an instructor! I am currently a third-year PhD candidate in mechanical engineering in a joint program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. I received my Masterís from MIT in 2015 and my Bachelorís from the University of California, Berkeley in mechanical engineering and applied math in 2012. I am currently a member of the Precision Engineering Research Group, focusing on the design and prototyping of a symbiotic system to harvest uranium from seawater in a way that is cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Originally from South Florida, my favorite hobbies surround the ocean: swimming, surfing, and scuba diving. I also enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors. So far, I have had the opportunity to travel to thirteen countries and I hope to continue checking more off the list! I am very much looking forward to meeting you all this summer!

Larissa Nietner
Hello! Iím a third-year graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department. During my Masterís, I worked on production processes and machines for printed electronics. - What if we could make flexible displays or photovoltaics at a much lower cost? I came to MIT for grad school. Before, I lived in Europe, mostly Germany, where I received my Bachelorís degree in 2012. During my free time I enjoy travelling, crafting, water sports in the summer and snow sports in winter. I am very excited to be part of WTP this summer, and I am so looking forward to meeting all of you! We will have such a fun time.

Residential Tutors

Erin Bailie
Hello. I just graduated from Mechanical Engineering with a focus on (1) women's and gender studies and (2) leadership development. I'm from Atlanta and love going home to my parents' farm. In my free time, I love vegetarian cooking, running, yoga, and reading. I can't wait to have an awesome summer with all of you!

Sarah Fay
Hi! I'm a graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering. Next year, I will still be at MIT studying MechE, but now as a graduate student! My focus so far has been in fluid flow, but I love many other engineering topics as well.Outside of the classroom, I competed both on the field hockey and squash teams for MIT, and I'm an active member of my sorority. Almost five years ago now, I was a WTP-EECS student, and two years ago, I was a residential tutor for the ME track. I am back again and am really excited to share Boston and MIT with you for the summer!

Ana Lo
Hi! My name is Ana. I am a sophomore in mechanical engineering with a focus in product design. I was born and raised in Stamford, CT but am a huge Boston fan. I am part of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) here at MIT as well as Active Minds (a mental health advocacy group on campus). I love going on adventures and trying new things so hit me up if you have any fun ideas for weekend activities! Some hobbies of mine include skiing, dancing, and reading (mostly scifi or fantasy). I did WTP-EECS when I was in high school and had the most amazing time (but realized that mechanical engineering was way cooler ;) ). I look forward to meet all of you; prepare yourselves for a wonderful month!!

Kristen Manning
Hey everyone! I'm a junior studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Product Development. I'm on the women's open weight crew team here at MIT, and I also love yoga, running, board games, and arts & crafts. Last summer, I helped build an MITx course for freshman physics students and gathered materials for a seminar on probability. I'm excited to learn more about teaching and learning with all of you this summer at WTP. MIT and Boston are wonderful places to explore in the summertime, and I can't wait to share them with you!

Emma Nelson
Hi everyone! I am a senior in mechanical engineering. Though I am graduating, I love it here (the school and Boston area) so much, I decided to stay for my masters. I will be focusing on building technologies and improving energy efficiency. I am from the Chicago area. At MIT, I was involved in dorm government, community service, and MISTI (MITís international science and technology program). In my free time, I enjoy baking, traveling, playing piano, singing, dancing, and reading. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Georgia van de Zande
Hey y'all! I'm a graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering, and next fall, I'm going to be starting graduate school at MIT (also in MechE). I have loved all my project classes here, especially ones focusing on product design. Outside the classroom, I've been a varsity swimmer for four years, and I also like exploring Boston, cooking, crafting, and meeting new people. I'm from Raleigh, NC, but I've spent every summer in Boston since I've started at MIT, and I'm incredibly excited about WTP this summer!

Residential Assistant

Annie Chen
Hello all! Iím a freshman planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Biology. Even though I grew up in the St. Louis Area, I already consider Boston as my second home. During the year when Iím not studying for tests or doing problem sets, youíll probably find me playing volleyball for the MIT club team, doing some art project, practicing for quiz bowl, or taking photos. As a WTP-ME alumna, I very excited to be returning and helping all of you explore Mechanical Engineering! I canít wait to meet all of you this summer!

WTP Associate Director & WTP-ME Track Coordinator

Dr. Barbara Hughey joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002 as Lab Manager for the junior-level 2.671 Measurement and Instrumentation Course. She is a graduate of Princeton University (BSE 1981 in Engineering Physics) and MIT (PhD 1989 in Physics). After receiving her Ph.D she worked in the Boston area developing accelerator-based instruments, primarily for medical applications. She is a dedicated violinist, having served as concertmaster of both the Princeton and MIT Orchestras, as well as having been an active participant in the MIT Chamber Music Society. She is a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT and currently performs with the Lexington Symphony. She has two children: one graduated from the Biological Engineering Deapartment at MIT in 2013 and is presently an MD/PhD student in Pittsburgh, and the other graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a degree in Vocal Performance. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, knitting, reading science fiction, hiking, and bird watching.