M. Ehsan Hoque is a graduate student at the Media Lab of MIT. His research interests revolve around using technology to build systems that understand and respond human emotions. His current efforts
involve customizing this technology to help individuals with special needs, e.g., autism, down-syndrome. A native of Bangladesh, where most the people are farmers, Ehsan looks forward to spanning his efforts into other countries in the future. Apart from having degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Ehsan also has experience working for Goldman Sachs as a technology analyst. Ehsan is accountable for the Systems Architecture of this project.
Scot Frank has a background in engineering that is coupled with a love for learning, travel, and happiness. His goals are to utilize science and engineering skills and principals for Good; primarily he hopes this will be realized through addressing community-voiced problems with sustainable and clean solutions. His experiences living and working abroad in rural areas of China, India, Tibet, and Nepal will assist him in helping with this project in collaboration with the farmers in Zacatecas, Mexico. Similarly, Scot has been working with others toward these goals as part of an NGO he helped start, called One Earth Designs.
Prashant Paliwal is a first year System Design and Management Fellow with MIT Sloan and the Engineering Systems Division.
Prashant currently works for Intel Corporation as an Architect for Embedded Communications Group. Prashant has worked with and led various projects focused on networking, wireless and mobile communications technologies at Intel. He is passionate about mobile and wireless technologies and their ability to bring content to people on the move. At MIT, Prashant is involved with entrepreneurial activities focused around Location based services using mobile technologies. More than technology he believes in the long-term sustainability and business viability of such enterprises. Prashant also holds a BS and MS in Computer Science.
Leo Anthony Celi is an internist, an intensive care unit doctor, and an infectious disease specialist . He is pursuing graduate studies in biomedical informatics at MIT and in public health at Harvard, while currently o n staff with the Department of General Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing his degrees, he intends to go back to practicing in the intensive care unit while carrying on with his projects. These projects in clude the use of machine-learning to facilitate personalized medicine in the ICU and the integration of cellphones in healthcare delivery for resource-poor settings.
Ted Chan is a double bottom line entrepreneur who is currently an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is President and Founder of DBL Partners, a Boston-based consultancy focused on strategy, systems integration and risk management working primarily on socially oriented, for-profit enterprises. He has worked for two leading consulting firms before starting his own company, holding both consulting roles and serving as Head of Information Technology for one firm.
Ted also holds a degree in Organizational Psychology and History with High Honors from Swarthmore College, as well as a certificate in Emergency Management and Organizational Continuity from Boston University. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute, and is a Disaster Recovery Institute Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP).
Crystal Mao is a junior studying Bioengineering and Management Science at MIT, while contemplating the ways that she can make the world a more cheery place. During her time in college so far, she has organized the “etre: the face of human rights” exhibition & lecture series in collaboration with the Consulate of Switzerland, moonlights as a stem cell research assistant at Harvard Medical School, and is embarking on a climate law project at the Sloan School. Last summer, she worked in health economics modeling and development for a large-yet-quirky biotech company. Crystal also serves as a member of the 2010 class council, MIT Mock Trial Team, and is the administrative coordinator for Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents have cancer. A native of sunny(ier) Northern California, Crystal adores figure skating, literature, and dining al fresco.
Vijay Umapathy is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He hails from Sunnyvale, CA and is excited to help design software that will produce a positive, tangible impact where it is needed most!
Before coming to MIT, Jeff was a partner and co-founder at Vestal Design, a design firm focused on information and interface design. In 2006, he opened a design school (cutpastelabs.com) in Lima, Peru, focused on teaching web technologies to students in developing countries. More recently, he co-founded Weardrobe.com and Kogbox.com. Jeff has a B.A. in architecture from Yale, and now works with spatial data and digital cartography at the Media Lab’s Design Ecology group.
Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, his research focuses on web-based tools for creative learning and collaboration. Andrés leads the development of the Scratch online community where thousands of children share their own interactive content. Most recently he has been doing work on the use of camera phones to assist health care workers in developing countries. He holds a Masters degree in media technology from MIT and a bachelors in electronics engineering from Tec de Monterrey in México.
Manvi Goel is a junior undergraduate in Economics at MIT. She is really excited to be part of the TelmexConnect team primarily because of her interest in education and outreach. Manvi traveled in China two summers ago through an MIT Initiative and worked on promoting project-based science education in high schools across three different cities. She has also done some research in education economics in America and is interested in focusing her economics studies towards international development and public policy work. In her spare time, Manvi likes to immerse herself in various sports – swimming, running, biking, and tennis. She also enjoys traveling and taking pictures about her travels! With this mobile social networking project, Manvi hopes to find a creative, out-of-the-box solution that uniquely fits the needs of the Telmex Fellows community.