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Sarah Bates Sarah Bates: I'm a 3rd year MIT graduate student in the mechanical engineering department working with Professor Hosoi and Professor McKinley on active fluids for robotic applications. I've received my SM from MIT in 2010 and BS from Cornell University in 2007. When not in the lab you can find me playing board games, biking, and being outdoors. Another favorite activity is meeting new people like WTP class of 2010!
Kathleen O'Brien Kathleen O'Brien has recently completed her Masters of Engineering in High Performance Structures through the civil engineering department at MIT. She received her bachelors degree from Columbia University in 2007. Kathleen was in the first ever WTP class of 2002 and knows first hand the opportunities it has to offer.
Outside of engineering, Kathleen enjoys flamenco dancing, sewing, and running. She is thrilled to work with future lady engineers this summer! kathleen.obrien@MIT.EDU
Kathryn Shroyer Kathryn Shroyer: I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as Music at MIT in 2009. As a musician, I have a strong interest in acoustics but also took many classes in a broad range of subject areas including computer science, electrical engineering, physics, and architecture. Outside of academics I enjoy art, my latest hobby being ceramics, and music. I’m excited to meet everyone, this summer is going to be a blast!

Residential Tutors

Theresa Dixon
Theresa Dixon: Hello! I am a graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Literature. My goal in college was to spend all of my academic time building cool things and reading novels, and here I am! In my free time, I enjoy reading even more books, building even more fun and interesting things, watching movies, and being outside. I was a WTP student in 2005, and I had a great time - I look forward to helping make a summer at MIT fun for you too!
Jessica Iacobucci

Jessica Iacobucci: I'm a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Engineering Management. I'm from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania which is a suburb of Philadelphia, and I am a huge Phillies fan! I'm on the Varsity softball team at MIT and a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. In my free time, I enjoy baking and scrapbooking, and I can't wait for WTP this summer! jessicai@MIT.EDU

Melissa Kaufman Melissa Kaufman: Hello! I am a graduating senior majoring in mechanical engineering. Next year I will be going to graduate school studying physical oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. I'm from Framingham, Massachusetts and was a WTP student when I was in high school. Outside of class, I enjoy cooking, going for walks, reading, and volunteering with the Educational Studies Program and the MIT Museum. I'm super excited for this summer!

Michelle Nason I’m currently a junior at MIT, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a special concentration in Engineering Management. I am originally from Salem, OR, and I’m very excited to spend my first summer away from home at WTP! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, playing intramural sports, seeing Broadway shows, and just hanging out with friends. I’ve never had any involvement with WTP before, but I’m very happy to get the opportunity this summer. I look forward to meeting everyone very soon! mnason@MIT.EDU

Jackie Rogoff Jackie Rogoff I am a graduating senior in mechanical engineering, but I've also taken a ton of classes in electrical engineering and computer science, so feel free to ask me about any of it. I'm originally from New Jersey, where I played varsity tennis throughout high school. In addition to tennis, in my free time I also love running, swimming, cooking, reading, and music--singing, saxophone, and trying to teach myself guitar. I'm looking forward to a fun summer with WTP before I head to grad school! jrogoff@MIT.EDU
Amanda Turk Amanda Turk: Hi! I'm an MIT sophomore and former-homeschooler who is crazy about building things, spends her free time exploring random places in Boston and Cambridge, and loves to sing, read anything that stands still long enough, tell stories, climb trees, teach, learn, and create. Officially, I'm majoring in mechanical engineering (course 2 in MIT-speak), but I am also: unofficially-and-possibly-officially studying electrical engineering, deeply in love with all things physics-related, and especially enthusiastic about alternative energy, international development, and education. If you have any questions about anything WTP-, MechE, or MIT-related (or anything else), feel free to shoot me an e-mail at I'm really looking forward to working at WTP this summer and meeting all of you very soon!

Residential Assistant

Nydia Ruleman
Nydia Ruleman: Im a mechanical engineering sophomore from Germantown, TN. I enjoy playing many varieties of sports, watching too much TV, and eating pineapple pizza. Attending WTP-ME in 2007 was a great experience and definitely played a big part in me coming to MIT and choosing my major. I also had tons of fun exploring Boston, playing pick-up soccer, and cooking and baking (although I mostly did the eating!). I hope yall are ready to have some fun this summer! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions:

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: one a freshman at MIT, and the other a junior in high school. When she has free time, she enjoys gardening, reading science fiction, biking, and bird watching.