Alumni Stories

  • July 26, 2017

    In a way, alumnus Brandon Sim’s decision to pursue a master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering was written in the stars. Sim, who earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard in statistics and physics, enrolled in the master’s program, offered by the Institute of Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the John A.

  • July 25, 2017

    At international sustainability organization, alumna offers fresh ideas for cleaner water

    The Zarqa River in Jordan has become so polluted by raw sewage and agricultural and industrial waste that the river, a critical resource in this arid nation, carries a sickly, brownish hue. Treatment plants are consistently overloaded, and despite clear negative impacts on health and the environment, illegal dumping continues.

  • July 19, 2017

    At Amazon Marketing Services, Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16, is part of a team that offers advertising solutions to help Amazon vendors reach new customers and drive sales at Petschek, who serves as Senior Marketing Program Manager, oversees the development of tools and analytics that support Amazon’s internal marketing teams, which include elements like automation and prediction modeling using historical datasets.

  • July 13, 2017

    At Wayfair, this alumna uses computer vision to re-imagine home goods e-commerce

    The dilemma: you haul your beautiful new coffee table up three flights of stairs into the living room of your apartment, only to realize it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of your furniture.

  • June 29, 2017

    Launching a life of service

    Recent graduate Kira Headrick sees blue skies ahead.

    Headrick, S.B. ’17, a mechanical engineering concentrator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is one of only 25 women selected by the U.S. Air Force to enter the rigorous and prestigious Pilot Training Program.

  • June 23, 2017

    Re-engineering interstellar technology into a smartwatch that never needs to be recharged

    The NASA Voyager 1 space probe, the only man-made object to ever enter interstellar space, is zipping through the cosmos at 40,000 miles per hour as it explores the outer boundary of the heliosphere, nearly 12 billion miles from Earth.

    Haifan Liang, Ph.D. ’98, has re-engineered the same power generation technology NASA utilized in that spacecraft into a smartwatch that never needs to be recharged.

  • June 15, 2017

    Engineering, liberal arts opened a world of opportunities for this alumnus

    Chadwick Eason applies a global mindset to the problems he solves each day.

    Eason’s office at Samsung Electronics world headquarters in Suwon, South Korea is about 11,000 miles from the South American markets where some of his colleagues operate.

  • May 23, 2017

    Early life as a refugee inspires alumnus to use big data to foster economic empowerment

    One morning in February, 1994, Timothy Kotin’s mother walked into his elementary school classroom in the city of Tamale, Ghana and quietly ushered him and his siblings out of the building. They drove to the family’s home, where they hurriedly squeezed some items of clothing into a few suitcases before speeding away in search of a safe haven.

  • May 12, 2017

    At Goodyear, this alumna is driving disruptive technology development

    Christine Nakatani has found success because she has never been afraid to fail.

    Early in her career, Nakatani, A.B. ’89, Ph.D. ’97, crafted product strategy for an iconoclastic Silicon Valley startup creating a speech-to-speech artificial intelligence translation system for hospitals. The concept was for an easy-to-use platform for English-speaking doctors to present crucial medical information to Spanish-speaking patients.

  • April 25, 2017

    Engineering communications policy at the FCC

    Phone scammers claiming to be IRS agents demanding payment of back taxes have cheated more than 5,000 victims out of about $26 million since 2013.

    Antonio Sweet, S.B. ’13, and his colleagues at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are fighting back against these fraudsters.