Office: GHC 6008
Jesse is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department. He teaches computers to understand language, coaxing them to stitch together the pieces of a sentence into a coherent interpretation.
Originally from New Jersey, Jesse received his bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT. He has taken his computer science skills into a wide variety of contexts, including software companies, charitable organizations, and physics laboratories. He has also taught college programming courses and helped run computer science outreach programs for children.
Jesse believes firmly in the need for scientific and technological literacy in modern society, and is thrilled to be working toward that vision. He is also easily distracted by birds.
Adona Iosif is a third-year Ph.D. student in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon. She believes her field has great potential for social impact, and is passionate about any project that applies ML to problems in public policy, international development, health or education.
Before coming to CMU, Adona studied Computer Science in Cambridge, UK, where she worked on making programming languages for data analysis more accessible to non-computer scientists, and co-designed medical software for low-resource field hospitals in disaster areas.
While still only an aspiring machine learnist, Adona is a professional hitchhiker, who has backpacked and hitchhiked her way through more than 15 countries in the last 10 years.
(Photo courtesy of Angela Radulescu)
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office: Scaife Hall B16
Ardon Shorr is a biology Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon. He studies how organisms sense and respond to gravity as a fellow with the National Science Foundation, and hopes to improve the safety of long-term space travel.
Before CMU, Ardon graduated from Oberlin College majoring in neuroscience and music theory. He then moved to a closet in Brooklyn as a presentation consultant by day and fencing instructor by night, and then consultant again by very late night. His talk on understanding music was an editor's pick on the TEDx blog. Ardon would like to thank his parents for encouraging him to explain everything he learned as a child, and hopes that they will never release the footage where he explains that the people who live on Mars are 1,000 years old.
(Photo courtesy of James Pan)
Storytelling Workshop Coordinator
Molly Blank is pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Her research efforts are focused on low-cost diagnostic tools for primary care and home settings and are supported by an NIH training fellowship.
Molly grew up in the Great North"wet" and earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. She has twice enjoyed the privilege of a Microsoft Research internship where she earned her first patent working on differential heat flux core temperature sensing.
Outside of work, her happy places are a barn, the stool of a pottery wheel, or anywhere likely to smell like wet dirt.
Storytelling Workshop Coordinator
Chris is a Ph.D. student in the department of biological sciences. He is working with novel fluorescent probes and physiological biosensors to study the cellular events that initiate epileptic seizures and Parkinson's Disease with the hope that targeted therapies can alleviate the debilitating symptoms.
Hailing from New York, Chris received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton, during which he spent time studying stress responses while living abroad in Turku, Finland. After undergrad, Chris worked for several years working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island identifying risk-biomarkers for metastatic prostate cancer.
Chris believes that science is a team effort, and that community involvement is paramount to progress in addition to basic research in the lab. Chris aims to travel the world while engaging with exciting and diverse groups of people and continuing to understand the workings of life.