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Helen Tsai I am a second-year Masters student in mechanical engineering. I am really interested in how people think and why they want certain things. I hope to apply my skills as an engineer to help meet some of people's needs. My thesis is on developing a golfing prosthesis for a professional golfer who is missing his left arm above the elbow. I love it when the weather is warm for walks, chilling by the river, going around town taking picture, and attending neighborhood festivals.
Allison Beese is a third-year PhD student in mechanical engineering, working in the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab studying ductile fracture. She received her bachelor?s degree from Penn State University in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Mechanics, and earned her master?s degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of lab, she enjoys crafts, traveling, and spending time with friends. abeese@MIT.EDU
Terianne Hall Hi ladies! I am a first-year Masters student in mechanical engineering. My research is about quantifying and hopefully mitigating the urban heat island phenomenon in Singapore. This project allows me to apply many of the things I learned when studying engineering and architecture as an undergrad. If you’re interested in building energy consumption and sustainable design, feel free to ask me about it! In my spare time I like to go to concerts and explore Boston with friends. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you – New England is beautiful in the summer! teri85@MIT.EDU

Residential Tutors

Kaitlyn Becker Hi there! I’m a graduating senior in mechanical engineering at MIT. I’m originally from the Philadelphia area, but I’ve also lived in Southern Maine. Outside of classes I go rock climbing, play flute, and blow glass. When I hang out with friends I like playing games, building things, and making people laugh. My favorite thing about MIT is meeting interesting people and hanging out with creative engineers that are excited about problem solving. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you this summer!

Amanda Grue I am a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering and also pursuing a minor in Literature. I am from sunny Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, but I love Boston and MIT's environment... even if it's cold sometimes! In my free time I enjoy reading, photography, running, cheering on the Celtics, and cooking new recipes. I can't wait to spend the summer with you at WTP!

Julie Henion Hello! I'm a sophmore majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and I'm having a great time being at MIT. I'm from Watertown, CT, but I absolutely love Boston. In my spare time I love to build robots, listen to and play music (I play the violin), explore Boston shops and restaurants, and speak French. I'm really excited to meet you all and show you around MIT! If you ever want to talk, send me an e-mail at

Sarah Lichtblau I am a sophomore in mechanical engineering with a focus in product development. I also will most likely be minoring in management. I was born in raised in Champaign, Illinois (go Illini!!!!!!). In my spare time at MIT (if you can believe we ever have any) I travel with the Model United Nations team and I also help plan events for MIT's MUN club. I also love to run, play tennis, and listen / play music. MIT so far has been a great experience for me and I can't wait to meet all of you!!!!!

Tiffany Tseng Hi!  MIT is an amazing place full of intense people that really care about their work, and I'm excited that all of you will be getting a taste of that this summer!  I will be graduating this semester and will be starting grad school in the fall for mechanical engineering, but my interests are very multidisciplinary.  Right now, I am interested in product design, specifically products to improve teaching and education.  I'm involved on campus as Design Editor for the MIT yearbook and am usually working on some sort of graphic design project.  I am into photography, classic novels, and learning new things like playing the bass guitar.  I look forward to meeting all of you soon! ( =
Julia Zimmerman Hey! I'm a graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering, and next year I'm going to graduate school at Imperial College in London to study biomechanics and medical robotics. I was a student in WTP when I was in high school, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. MIT is such an incredible place, and I can't wait to share it with all of you. I'm from Chicago, and I spend most of my free time doing gymnastics, but I also like watching movies and playing unique card games. Feel free to email me if you have any questions: I can't wait to meet all of you!

Residential Assistant

Betsy Flowers Hey! I’m so ecstatic about being your RA this summer. I attended WTP-ME in the summer of 2007, and now I’m just finishing my freshman year here at MIT. I hail from Houston, Texas but decided to go off to college in a place that had seasons (other than just summer). MIT is a wonderful place, and I love attending school here. In my free time I enjoy performing and singing with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players; this semester I am a fairy named Celia in the show “Iolanthe”. Other things I enjoy are cooking, knitting, crafts, movies, swimming, stuffed animals shaped like sheep, running, backpacking, hiking, eating, and spontaneously dancing. If you have any questions about me, MIT, or WTP-ME, then feel free to email me at I can’t wait to meet all of you. It will be a fantastic 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 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. Most recently, she was involved with the development at the BEAMS Lab at MIT of an instrument for sensitive detection of carbon-14 applicable to drug development. 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 with her husband, a pianist. She is a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT and currently performs with the Lexington Symphony. She has two children who are in grades 12 and 10. When she has free time, she enjoys gardening, reading science fiction, biking, and bird watching.