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Sydney Sroka
I知 really excited to be part of the WTP team this year! I知 a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering researching hurricane intensity prediction; specifically I知 simulating the hurricane spray layer to understand how heat moves from the ocean to the air so it can power the hurricane. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and did my undergrad at UC, San Diego where I majored in structural engineering. I love jogging outside, listening to audiobooks, doodling, and playing board games and card games. I知 really excited to get to know all of you this summer, it痴 going to be so much fun!

Jessica Van Brummelen
Hello! I'm a second year graduate student in computer science. (Wait -- did you say computer science? Yep, I did my undergrad in mechanical engineering, and then decided to switch it up and do a PhD in CS.) During my undergrad, I researched self-driving cars, control systems, and robotics. Now I'm working in MIT's App Inventor Lab to allow anyone to create their own mobile apps, connected robots, and artificial intelligence. If you couldn't already tell, I love combining mechanical systems and computers! In my free time, I like to ice skate, play video games, and build things. Can't wait to meet you all!

Georgia Van de Zande
Hey guys! My name is Georgia, and I just finished my master's in MechE. Right now, I'm teaching Toy Product Design, a class where freshmen design and build new toys! It's a fun MechE introduction, and I can't to have just as much fun exploring MechE in WTP! My master's work focused on engineering education, and I spent a lot of time working with 2.009, a class for seniors in MechE where students work in large teams (18 people per team!) to bring new consumer products to life. In my free time, I like exploring Boston, doing ceramics, swimming, and hanging out in the MIT Toy Lab.

Residential Tutors

Danielle Gleason
Hi everyone! I知 Danielle and I知 a rising junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Global Development and a minor in Linguistics! I traveled to Botswana for a global development class this past January and plan to continue to travel as much as possible in the future. In my free time, I love to cook yummy food in the tiny dorm kitchens (woo!), attempt to play ukulele, and spend as much time as possible in or near the Charles River. I can't wait for this summer, and I知 super excited to get to know all of you!

Andrea Gonzalez
Hello! My name is Andrea. I知 a graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering. I知 from Mexico/South Texas, and next year I値l be starting grad school at UC San Diego for Structural Engineering. At MIT, I知 a member of dance troupe and the gymnastics club team. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, rock climbing, and making a variety of personal projects. I知 a huge fan of both woodworking and metalworking. I built my own electrical guitar at the MIT Hobby Shop, and I知 doing my undergraduate thesis on forge welding at MIT痴 Merton C. Flemings Materials Processing Laboratory. I知 very excited to work with you all over the summer!

Sherri Green
Hey there! I'm Sherri, and I'm a graduating senior studying Mechanical Engineering. After WTP, I'll be working at GE Healthcare, after a brief stint in the fall interning in Spain and practicing my Spanish! Outside of engineering, I spend most of my time cooking, reading, going on exploratory walks around random places, ice skating, and (best of all) sleeping. I also love to hike, play tennis, and bask in the sunshine. Looking forward to meeting you all this summer -- see you soon!


Michelle Kornberg
My name is Michelle, and I'm a rising junior in 2OE - Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, and I particularly enjoy marine robotics. I spent this past spring break on a research ship with my Field Oceanography class taking water samples in the Florida Straits and how to sail a 130-foot boat! I play the oboe and will probably end up with a Music minor (if I ever remember to fill out that form, of course). I also play volleyball on the club team and am a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. I love being outdoors, and during the winter I love to skate, but I also spend a lot of my time baking, knitting and crocheting, and listening to music. I am slowly but surely memorizing one Broadway musical after another so if you have recommendations, be sure to let me know :)

Lyndie Mitchell
Hello! My name is Lyndie and I知 halfway through my junior year majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I grew up in Utah, but have found my home here at MIT. I enjoy dynamics, statics, fluid mechanics, and basically all things MechE. I love to hike, run, catch sunsets (literally chasing them for the best view) and just be active outdoors. I also love baking, learning, singing, and making things (because who doesn稚 need a planetary gear set in their room?). I知 so excited for WTP and the chance to work with all of you!

Sandy Walter
Hi everyone! My name is Sandy and I am a rising Junior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Music. Within academics, I have a focus in design and manufacture for the developing world and am doing research in off-grid water desalination. Outside of academics, I am a member of MIT痴 club gymnastics team, teach for the Edgerton Center痴 K-12 program, and enjoy playing and listening to music. I also love to travel and am trying to learn Spanish; if anyone wants to practice with me- let me know! I can稚 wait to meet you all this summer and explore MechE together!

Residential Assistant

Claire Buffington
My name is Claire and I知 a freshman majoring in AeroAstro. I'm excited to be the RA for WTP this summer! I love all things space, from stargazing at the observatory to building rockets on Rocket Team. Right now, I am doing research in the Space Systems Lab developing a small, wafer-thin satellite. My free time is spent baking, making crafts, and playing guitar and ukulele. I will always be happy to make cookies or play music over the 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 is treasurer of and performs with the Lexington Symphony. She is also an Overseer at the Boston Museum of Science. She has two children: one graduated from the Biological Engineering Department 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 and is presently a singer/songwriter in Nashville. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, knitting, reading science fiction, hiking, and bird watching.