Past MITOS Student Fellows 2016-2017

Summer 2017
Frankie Schembri
Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow

Frankie joined the Office of Sustainability in October 2016. In her role, she reports on a range of sustainability topics at MIT, from climate action to sustainable mobility, and conducts in-depth interviews with staff, faculty, and student researchers. She writes and edits articles on sustainability issues for print and web-based media. Frankie also creates written and visual content to support MITOS’ official website, and helps to manage the Office’s social media strategy. 

Before joining the Office, Frankie worked as an undergraduate researcher in MIT’s Device Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She also spent a year as a Communications Assistant at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she reported on the intersection of technology and governance.

Frankie graduated from MIT in 2017 with a BS in Science Writing. In the fall, she will return to MIT to pursue an MS in the same field through the Graduate Program in Science Writing with the goal of working professionally as a science journalist. Her undergraduate work has focused on leveraging multimedia and online media for more immersive and effective reporting on topics in science and technology.  

Brent Ginsberg
Climate Change Resiliency Fellow

Brent joined the Office of Sustainability in June 2017. In his role, he is supporting the research and planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness and adaptation efforts. He is working to map and visualize climate risks for resiliency and emergency management. Brent is also researching how climate change risks can be incorporated into MIT’s business continuity planning.

Brent is currently pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning as a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow at NYU Wagner. Previously, he worked as a project manager for the NYC Department of Buildings where he worked to bring spatial analysis and mapping to the agency. Brent began his career at Build it Back, NYC’s Hurricane Sandy recovery program. He received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nehal Davda
Analytics and Visualization Fellow

Nehal joined MITOS in May 2017. In her role, Nehal is responsible for using open source programs, statistical techniques, and visualization tools to clean, transform, and analyze complex datasets and built insightful data dashboards. Currently, she is working on a project that tracks operational performance and enhances institutional decision-making.

Nehal is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Analytics and Project Management at the University of Connecticut. Previously, she worked as a Business Analyst for start-up analytics firm Mu Sigma and an Analytics Associate for Capital One Bank. After graduation she plans to pursue the same field at a senior level. Nehal grew up in India and moved to the United States in August 2016. Being new to the U.S., she loves road trips and exploring various cities.

Sebastian Torrente
Urban Living Lab Fellow

Sebastian joined the Office of Sustainability in July 2017. In his role, he is documenting on a variety of research projects (living labs) that use the MIT campus as a test bed, from resiliency initiatives to student start-ups. He conducts interviews with staff, faculty, students, and researchers. In addition to collecting and editing content for the office’s repository, he is implementing the material into several campus educational programs such as Terrascope. This includes creating a geo-located mobile app tour of campus and a set of Learning Adventure Cards.

Sebastian is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Tufts. He also works as an undergraduate researcher at the geotechnical laboratory to analyze the soil mechanics of MIT’s subsurface conditions. After graduation he plans to pursue a professional degree in architecture and urban planning.

Academic Year 2016-2017
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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.