I recently graduated with an MEng from MIT, where I majored in computer science and molecular biology and math and minored in writing.
I'm about to start the second year of my PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, where I study viral infections at the Sabeti lab.
on residence exploration, which accompanies MIT freshman orientation:
you can read the piece online here;
you can also read my blog post about it, with bonus photos and text
("It is Friday, August 28. A group of MIT students are wielding power tools in the East Campus courtyard, building the worldís steepest wooden roller coaster...")
a reflection on my 2012 MIT Admissions blog post "Meltdown," more optimistically titled "Melting Down, Building Up" (because I am)
("At my MIT interview seven years ago, I said I wanted, like the students and scientists Iíd read about, to be broken down and rebuilt. And thatís exactly what happened in my time at MIT...")
on Python Bee, an annual MIT tradition: "The Nth Annual Python Bee"
("A comfortably large group gathers in the East Campus dormitoryís main lounge, where the dayís schedule for Bad Ideas Weekend spins from the ceiling...")
"Digital Joy," for which I got to read and write about A Mind at Play, a biography of Claude Shannon, and interview the authors, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman
("Claude Shannon somewhat famously built an electromechanical maze-solving robotic mouse named Theseus. But readers of his first biography may be surprised to learn that he built juggling robots, a 35-foot-long swing, and a squadron of unicycles as well...")
Here is my small friendly robot army, which has seen better days and will hopefully see them again soon:
@GatsbyBot, a Markov chain based on The Great Gatsby