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2012

Instructors

Stéphanie Krins Hi ! I come from Belgium. Last October, I finished my Ph. D. in Physics at the University of Liège in Belgium. My research project aimed at cooling atoms using lasers to be able to study them in more details. With my husband Denis, we arrived in Boston four months ago and we are planning to stay at least one year (maybe two). Denis is a Post Doc at the MIT in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. I am extremely interested in Science Education. I am working as an instructor at the Edgerton Center (MIT), teaching science to children from grades 4 to 8. That’s really motivating and also extremely fun! I am also working at the MIT Museum, we are currently building up a new exciting Physics exhibit which will be open in May to a large audience. I also give a hand at the Boston Science Museum.
Besides, I enjoy cooking, hiking and being on stage. In Belgium, I used to be involved in amateur dramatics for more than 10 years.
I am very pleased to work with the WTP this summer, I am really looking forward to meeting you all! stefkrins@gmail.com

Nydia Ruleman
Nydia Ruleman: I'm excited to return to WTP- this time as an Instructor! I attended WTP-ME in 2007 & worked as an RA/Tutor in 2010. I completed my Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2012. In addition to developing a passion for product design at MIT, I completed the Scheller Teacher Education Program to earn my MA teaching license for high school physics. I was also a captain of the Varsity softball team & an avid TV watcher. In my free time, I enjoy eating Twix fro-yo, trying out new coffee shops, and shopping. I'm looking forward to meeting all the WTP students soon! nydia@mit.edu
   

Residential Tutors

Evie Adams Hey! I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and consequently bought my first winter coat my first semester at MIT. I play ultimate frisbee for MIT's women's club team, sMITe, am a member of a group on campus called the Arts Scholars, and have directed the Freshman Arts Program for the past 2 years. Apart from engineering, I love jam, jamming on my ukulele and guitar, and jamming a million things into my schedule. Apart from jam, I love spontaneous dance parties, sunshine, salads, stream-of-consciousness novels, and s-making films. I'm super pumped for my first WTP experience!! eadams@mit.edu

Princess Len Carlos Hey there! I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. I was born and raised in the Philippines then we moved to Las Vegas, Nevada during my 10th grade in high school. In my free time I enjoy making robots, making 3D CAD models of things, or doing arts and crafts. I also enjoy machining and rapid prototyping for my research and personal projects. I love remote controlled things, interactive sculptures, architecture, and graphic design. At MIT, I am involved with the Badminton club, a service-leadership club, SEALnet, and the Filipino club, MITFSA. I am very excited to share my knowledge, and to have fun with WTP students this summer. I'll see you all soon! prinsesa@mit.edu

Carrie Jiahui Liang Hi! I am an MIT sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and I am also planning on pursing a second degree in Mathematics in the next academic year. I was originally from Guangzhou, China, and then I moved to Chicago during middle school. I love candies and beef (not together though!), and I know some very decent restaurants in Boston. In my free time, I like baking cookies, reading comic books, and playing board games. I am especially interested in strategy planning games like Go and Chess. I am looking forward to meeting you all this summer! jliang14@mit.edu

Krista Nordin Hello! I am a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Management Sciences. I am from Toronto, Ontario and am very excited to spend the summer as a WTP Residential Tutor! Outside of class, I enjoy cooking, reading, hanging out with friends and exploring new areas of Boston. I look forward to meeting you all very soon! knordin@mit.edu

Elaina Present My MIT story started when I attended WTP EECS in the summer of 2007. Before WTP, I had written a few dozen lines of C++ but had no further engineering experience. At WTP I met a whole new world of circuits, bandsaws, LEDs, lathes, and code – and people who were just as excited about them as I was. As an undergraduate at MIT I decided to pursue mechanical engineering and also got very involved in theater, mostly with the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble. This summer my MIT story may come to an end. I will graduate in June and then I get to finish on the other side of the WTP curtain: privileged to show you, the next batch of WTPers, all that I’ve found to be awesome about mechanical engineering, Boston, MIT, and having fun with nerdy friends. I remember my tutors as incredible resources, several of whom I remained friends with through my MIT career. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to the challenge this summer! epresent@mit.edu
Keenan Sunderwirth Hey howdy! I'm a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in theater, and a WTP-ME alum from the summer of '09. I'm from Baltimore, Maryland! Here at MIT I'm involved pretty heavily with the Shakespeare Ensemble and Dramashop, because acting is awesome. I also enjoy baking, eating, reading goofy YA novels, watching geeky sci-fi shows, getting way too excited for the 4th of July, using power tools, playing Quidditch, and adventuring! I can't wait to meet y'all this summer; it's gonna be a blast! ksunderw@mit.edu

Residential Assistant

Sherry Ren I’m a freshman at MIT who is thinking about majoring in mechanical engineering. I was born in China, moved to Singapore in 2006, and then moved to Houston, TX in 2008 and went to high school there. I attended WTP when I was in high school and had a fantastic time. I am super excited to make it a great experience for you too! I love building things and taking things apart. I also enjoy cooking, baking, eating, playing intramural sports and just hanging out with friends. I look forward to meeting all of you and having a fun summer with WTP! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about WTP or MIT. sherryxy@mit.edu

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. 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 junior at MIT, and the other a freshman at the Berklee College of Music . When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, reading science fiction, biking, and bird watching. bhughey@mit.edu