Infinite Careers is a collaboration between Career Advising & Professional Development and the MIT Alumni Association to explore career paths and the non-linearity of career decision making. Read profiles of alumni with unique career paths, hear their stories and network at a series of talks.
Course 18C, S.B. 2011
Adriana Vazquez Ortiz is the co-founder and CEO of Lilu, a startup making the world’s first massage + pumping bra for new moms. After seeing so many of her co-workers on wall street struggle to return to full productivity from maternity leave, Adriana was determined to put her passion for product design to work to help solve the problem. After countless iterations, Adriana’s team at Lilu launched their first product this spring, and are excited to see where it takes them! Read more about Adriana.
Course 6, S.B., 1998
Alex is an Engineering Manager at Facebook in London in Developer Infrastructure space addressing build systems at scale. Facebook is choosing to continue pushing at the boundary of scaling developer workflows, and Alex joined to see this challenge through. Read more about Alex.
Alexa Mills is a journalist, editor, and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a writing coach for early-career reporters at The New York Times, and was previously the editor of Washington City Paper, D.C.’s alt-weekly newspaper. She has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and several other publications. Read more about Alexa.
PhD Applied Mathematics '89
Professor Edelman's latest passion is Julia, but his true love is linear algebra. He has been working in the areas of high performance computing systems, data, machine learning, networks, software, mathematics (pure and applied) and algorithms for 30 years. Read more about Alan.
Courses 15 & 17, 2008
Ali Wyne is a Washington, DC-based policy analyst with the RAND Corporation's Defense and Political Sciences Department. He has published extensively in outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Christian Science Monitor. Read more about Ali.
MIT SB Course 2 ‘97, MIT MAS SM '02, MIT MAS PhD '11
Angela is a practicing artist, designer, academic, and entrepreneur who believes that tinkering together enhances relationships. As Founder of TinkerStories, she develops experiences that enable readers to become better storytellers to young children. Read more about Angela.
Courses 9 & 21S, 2007; HASTS PhD, 2017
Anna Wexler is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technology. Read more about Anna.
Course 16, 2002; Course 16 & TPP Masters, 2005
Ayanna T. Samuels is an Aerospace Engineer and International Development Professional who has run a consultancy practice for over 12 years specializing in a) the intersection of Gender, ICTs and STEM policy, and b) the use of ICTs and Technology Policy as enablers of access to basic human rights, socio-economic empowerment and poverty eradication. Read more about Ayanna.
Course 6, 2007, MIT M.Eng, 2009
Anurupa Ganguly serves as the Director of Mathematics and Engineering at Success Academy Charter Schools. She and her team are currently building a next-generation high school Math, Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science curriculum and are excited to be a part of the ongoing transformation of the K-12 experience. Read more about Anurupa.
Course 22 M.Sc.; Course 12 Ph.D 1999
David is the Vice President of R&D with Geophysical Survey Systems Inc (GSSI) and works with his team to dream up "the next big things" in GPR. Originally interested in Radiology Science and Technology, David discovered his passion for Geophysics while studying abroad in Israel, and completed his PhD in EAPS. Read more about David.
Course 11 SB; Master of City Planning (MCP) in Energy Economics/Infrastructure Finance
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a consultant, storyteller, performer & speaker. She hosted the Emmy Award winning series “High School Quiz Show” which premiered on the WGBH in Boston. She was a featured Storyteller on the PBS station, KQED, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s “Snap Judgment.” She hosts the Moth Story Slam, a monthly storytelling event, in San Francisco. Dhaya was awarded the Liz Carpenter Award for Political Comedy. Read more about Dhaya.
Course 6-1, 2009; Boston College J.D., 2012
Ellen Wong is a patent attorney at Microsoft, and has worked on a diverse range of intellectual property projects. After studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, she attended Boston College for her J.D. and found a passion for IP. Read more about Ellen.
MIT, SB Chemistry, 2008; Georgetown, Master of Public Policy, 2009; MIT, MS Engineering Systems, 2016; MIT Sloan School of Management, 2016
Guadalupe Hayes-Mota is the Director of Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing at Ultragenyx Gene Therapy, leading the department for worldwide production and distribution of all the company’s gene therapy. Guadalupe has spent over a decade transforming healthcare organizations in biopharmaceutical, hospitals, and policy, holding leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Biogen, Amgen, UCLA Health, and the RAND Corporation, and conducted scientific research at Robert Langer Lab at MIT. Read more about Guadalupe.
MIT-Woods Hole Oceanography, Ph.D. 2003/p>
Heather Goldstone is a science reporter for NPR member stations WGBH and WCAI, as well as the host of the Living Lab Radio podcast. After beginning her career as an oceanographer, she made the shift to science reporting to better connect what she loved with the broader public. Read more about Heather.
Courses 7& 8 (S.B.); 2008 Course 2 (S.M.);2011 PhD HST, 2017
Justin is Director of Imaging Technologies at PathAI, an AI-for-healthcare startup based in Boston, MA. He has a varied background in optical engineering, computational imaging, deep learning, and medicine. Read more about Justin.
Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, 2001; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Master of Arts in Education, 2006; MIT Sloan School of Management, 2014
As Director of the Boston Art Commission and Boston AIR, Karin Goodfellow drives all public art initiatives and policies for the City of Boston. A leader in the arts in the Greater Boston Area, she is a relationship builder, connector, fundraiser, and arts advocate. Karin leads the Boston Art Commission, housed in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, to commission and approve innovative and transformative art and promote its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. Read more about Karin.
Course 7, 2002; San Diego State University, M.S. Public Health, 2007
Kelly Shannon is currently a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She oversees domestic terrorism investigations and threat-reactive matters for the FBI Tampa Field Office, which are part of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Read more about Kelly.
Course 1, 1994; Sloan MBA, 2006
Kerry and his consulting firm partners help organizations tackle social, economic, and environmental problems with a focus on strategy, management, operations, and design. Prior to co-founding Msaada Partners, Kerry acquired extensive experience as an environmental engineer and manager during nine years with Texas Instruments (TI) and more than eight years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read more about Kerry.
Course 2 Masters & PhD, 2010 & 2013
Kevin is the CEO and Co-founder of EB Innovations LLC. They are commercializing an award-winning medical device to help people learn and practice essential life-saving skills. Kevin did postdoc research on new ways to convert waste natural gas from oil wells into diesel, gasoline and methanol. He has worked with Skunk Works R&D on lasers, and on mechatronics and 3D printers at Formlabs. Read more about Kevin.
Course 9, S.B. 20101
Lynne Tye is the founder and mastermind behind Key Values, an online search tool for software developers searching for jobs based on cultural—not just technical—fit. Prior to her entrepreneurial turn, Lynne ran operations for a 150-person startup, worked as a freelance developer, and attended UCSF for a masters in Neuroscience. Read more about Lynne.
Course 10, S.B. 2002
Maribel Mendoza is the founder of the community and job platform site Momolution, and a consultant with Msaada Partners. After building a career as a product manager in Ed Tech, Maribel sought to combine her love for community-building with her experience in strategy, resulting in her current company: a platform for connecting moms re-entering the workforce with opportunities. Maribel is also the co-founder of Impact Education, a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of science instruction in public schools. Read more about Maribel.
Course 5, Ph.D. 2006
Mary O’Reilly is the founder of O’Reilly Science Art, a creative design firm focused on science communications. Before her career as a full-time scientific illustrator, Mary was an academic, teaching Chemistry at UC San Diego and researching at Scripps Institute, experiences that left her convinced that the quality of academic research would be greatly improved if it were more clearly communicated within the academy. Read more about Mary.
Course 2, SB 2008, SM 2010, PhD 2013
Michael Allshouse is an Assistant Professor in the Northeastern University Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, computational fluid mechanics, disaster response, and experimental fluids. Read more about Michael.
Courses 16 PhD, 2014
Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CEO and co-founder at Accion Systems, which provides in-space propulsion engines for satellites and spacecraft. An Oregon native, Dr. Bailey completed her doctorate in space propulsion at the Space Propulsion Laboratory at MIT where she helped invent the first working prototype of an ion engine technology for small satellites, which would become the first product at Accion. Read more about Natalya.
Course 17, 2014
Netia McCray is the Founder and Executive Director of Mbadika, a social venture dedicated to fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Mbadika, which means 'idea', is on a mission to support ideas and those who create them, no matter where or from whom they arise. Read more about Netia.
Course 10, 2008
Nina graduated from MIT in 2008 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, then went to Harvard Medical School and did a Pediatrics Residency at Boston Children's Hospital. She is now a Nephrology Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital doing both clinical work and research in the genetics of childhood kidney diseases. Read more about Nina.
Columbia University, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 2004, MIT PhD Engineering Systems 2013
Rhonda Jordan Antoine grew up in the Washington, DC area participating in the arts and heavily engaged in math and science. Rhonda attended Columbia University in the City of New York where she obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering and researched fiber optics, all the while training and performing with professional dancers from across the world Read more about Rhonda.
Comparative Media Studies/Writing, M.S. 2007
Sam Ford is the head of Cultural Intelligence at Simon and Schuster, as well as a research affiliate at MIT’s program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing. His career in journalism took a variety of shifts after his Master’s at MIT, leading him from the innovation/engagement team at Univision to the strategy team at a media consultancy, and finally to the culture team at a major publisher. Sam continues to research and write widely on the cultures of wrestling and soap operas, as well as the evolving world of workforce development in his home state of Kentucky. Read more about Sam.
Courses 22 & 17, 2012
Sarah Laderman is an Associate Safeguards Information Analyst in Vienna, Austria, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is the international organization charged with ensuring countries maintain their peaceful use of nuclear material. Read more about Sarah.
Course 4, 1984
Steve Baker is founding principal of Baker | Wohl Architects, an award-winning professional architecture firm located in downtown Boston. He cofounded BWA in 1994 with fellow MIT architecture alumna Margaret (Garet) Wohl. BWA’s practice focuses on affordable housing, academic and institutional work, and mass transit projects. Read more about Steve.
Course 10B, 2009
Tarikh Campbell is the Program Manager for Workplace Inclusion at Microsoft New England Research & Development. There he collaborates with many groups and individuals to develop new means of achieving the company’s diversity & inclusion goals, both internally and throughout the New England region. Read more about Tarikh.
Course 3, 2014
Will is a Principal at FedTech, a startup studio in D.C., where he leads the xTech Accelerator and works with technical innovators to be strong entrepreneurs. Will is an active mentor in the MIT startup ecosystem, and has spoken at several innovation conferences and large organizations. Read more about Will.