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.
Logistics, Publicity, Finance
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)
Social Media Manager
Romeu is originally from Portugal where he got a degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Aveiro, with research activities on fiber optic communications and virtual computer networks. As a believer that education should not be too specialized, he has studied music, creative writing and languages outside school.
On his procrastination time, Romeu gets in all kinds of trouble, as a humans rights activist and writer of controversial opinion articles.
Prasanna Kumar Muthukumar
Blog Coordinator, Logistics
Prasanna is a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute. He makes computers speak in tongues. For his thesis, he tries to make computers speak without making listeners cringe with pain.
Dismayed by the communication skills of scientists like himself, many of whom spoke worse than their computers did, Prasanna decided to join PCR and make a difference. He now co-curates the PCR blog at ScienceNonFiction.org. In addition to coming up with lofty, difficult-to-achieve goals, Prasanna also enjoys assigning work to other people, writing fake bios, watching music, listening to books, and reading movies.
Lea Veras is passionate about science communication, and she is a person who fights for the causes she believes. She genuinely likes to interact with people – and learn from them. She enjoys dancing, reading, writing, and using her knowledge and commitment to develop meaningful work with tangible social impact. She is also a computational chemist Ph.D. and non-formal education researcher. In short, she is a scientifically trained individual who see the world as a community: an interplay of logic and humanity.
Mark Whiting is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department developing tools to tackle hyper-complex design problems, such as those found in biology. He has grown up traveling the world and has studied in Australia, China and Korea along the way. He currently serves as VP of Finance in the Graduate Student Assembly at CMU.