Past MITOS Student Fellows

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Dora Aldama
Sustainable Procurement Fellow

Dora joined the Office of Sustainability in January 2016 to act as a liaison between MITOS and MIT’s Office of Procurement.  She researched sustainable procurement practices across academia and industry, and developed a methodology of incorporating new sustainable practices within the procurement process. 

After several years working in industry as an aerospace engineer, Dora returned to MIT to pursue an MBA and an SM in Mechanical Engineering in the Leaders for Global Operations Program. She is also pursuing a sustainability certificate from the Sloan School of Management.  Her studies and future career are centered on bringing lasting change to reduce waste in industrial processes.

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Zachary Lamb
Climate Change Resiliency Fellow

Zachary Lamb is a doctoral candidate in the City Design and Development group of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He researches the role of design in the history of urban flood protection with a focus on the Bengal Delta and the Mississippi River Delta. His work bridges design, environmental policy, and the politics of disaster risk. 

Before his doctoral studies, Zach lived and worked in New Orleans, managing post-Hurricane Katrina redevelopment projects, teaching at the Tulane School of Architecture, and founding Crookedworks, a design-build practice whose work has been widely recognized and exhibited including at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Zach has a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in art and architectural history and environmental studies from Williams College. He has taught at MIT and Tulane University. His writing has been published widely including in the Natural Hazards Observer and the Dhaka Tribune as well as in leading academic journals including the Journal of Architectural Education and the Journal of Planning Education and Research

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Louis Liss
Cambridge Community Innovation Fellow

Louis Liss is a Master’s student in City Planning in Housing, Community and Economic Development in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Prior to MIT, he worked in municipal government in New York City and San Francisco. At the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, he worked in an external affairs capacity on street redesign projects; at New York City Economic Development Corporation, he was a project manager for maritime transportation and freight initiatives. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Louis grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and loves going on road trips.

Elizabeth Rider
Analytics and Visualization Fellow

Elizabeth joined the Office of Sustainability in February 2017. In her role as Analytics and Visualization Fellow, she was responsible for coding open source programs to analyze and automate campus sustainability data flows. Additionally, she developed metrics, graphics, and web-based visualizations, and worked with stakeholders to compile datasets to aid decision-making.

Elizabeth graduated in 2017 from MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences. Her research interests include atmospheric chemistry, urban air quality, and sustainable environmental policy.