MITOS Students

Student Sustainability Researchers

Our students develop meaningful work to advance a sustainable campus at MIT and to build their professional experience in institutional transformation. We hire both undergraduate and graduate students to help shape the future of sustainability at MIT and beyond.

Check out our open postings here.

Meet our current student researchers!
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Katerina Boukin
Climate Action Researcher

Katya is a PhD student at the “Concrete Sustainability Hub” at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her passion lies in structural resiliency of the city scape to flood related natural disasters. Joining MIT office of sustainability in September of 2020 as a climate resiliency modeler and simulator, she is working on developing an improved method to assess, predict and mitigate storm and flood induced hazards. Her research project matches her work at MITOS, combining the projects she is using MIT campus as a test bed in her research work, trying to assess and mitigate natural disaster hazards as well as impacts of climate change on the severity of damages.

In her background she has earned a BSc in structural engineering, from the Technion in Israel, and an SM from MIT focusing on geotechnical engineering, both degrees were helpful to shape up the research path she is taking as well as shaping the holistic view to the challenges of a city in the wake of a changing climate.

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Anushree Chaudhuri
Climate Change Scope 3 Researcher

Anushree is a sophomore double majoring in urban studies and planning with computer science and economics. She's interested in the intersection of environmental policy, economics, data science, and social impact. Anushree joined MITOS in Fall 2021 as a Climate Change Scope 3 Fellow, focusing on data visualization, emissions reduction strategies, and outreach. She hopes to continue incorporating her interests in sustainability and social justice at and beyond her time at MIT.

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Vivian Chinoda
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Vivian is a MIT first year student with an intent to major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and minor in Energy Studies. She is passionate about climate action, energy and the intersection of sustainability, technology, and engineering. Vivian joined MITOS to help with light-duty vehicle analysis to help aid MIT's transition to a fully electric vehicle fleet. In her free time, she takes delight in writing and reading. Vivian's social philosophy is “unhu ubuntu” which means “I am because we are.”

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Ippolyti Dellatolas
Climate Action Sustainability Researcher

Ippolyti is a graduate student in the MIT Mechanical Engineering department whose research aims at understanding and preventing the uneven flow that occurs when rain infiltrates hydrophobic soils vertically. Such uneven flow impedes water retention, optimal filtering of chemicals and can trigger catastrophic landslides. Outside of the lab, she is involved in environmental initiatives across the MIT campus, through the MIT Water Club, GSC Sustain and the MIT Office of Sustainability. Having joined MITOS in summer 2021, Ippolyti performs energy modeling and cost-benefit analyses to provide recommendations for emissions reduction in lab spaces at MIT.
 

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Doris Qingyi Duanmu
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Doris is an architect and urban designer, originally from Guangzhou, China. She earned her B.Arch degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and before joining MIT, she worked in New York City for several years as an architectural designer specializing in sports and entertainment venue design. Doris is currently a first-year SMArchS Urbanism student and her research interests fall in social, economic, and political discussion in the urban space.   

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David Gottdiener
System Design and Management

David is currently pursuing a master's degree in Engineering and Management. David has professional experience as a business developer working with multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver electrical infrastructure projects for renewable energy developers,  EPCs, and utilities. More recently, he has been involved in developing decarbonization strategies for industrial manufacturers, including distributed energy systems and energy efficiency projects. 

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Anna Landler
Sustainability Data Analytics Researcher

Anna is a senior at MIT studying systems engineering and computer science. Her interests lie at the intersection of these fields. Specifically, she hoping to use data analytics and machine learning to design better urban systems. She joined MITOS in fall 2021 as a Data Analytics fellow to better understand campus trends and propose metrics/goals for the future.  In her spare time she enjoys running and playing soccer.

 

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Sheng-Hung Lee
Safe and Sustainable Labs Researcher

Sheng-Hung Lee is an MIT AgeLab researcher, MIT xPRO course experience designer, MIT Office of Sustainability fellow, and Vice Chair of Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) Boston Chapter. He is inspired by multiple domains of knowledge, different perspectives, and he thrives on creating new value for clients on multi-disciplinary teams. He is trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, and his approach to problem solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology impact and can be integrated into society. Sheng-Hung joined MITOS in summer 2021.

Lee has been focusing on organizational designs that create systemic impacts. He was invited to be a jury member for multiple international design competitions including IDEA, Spark Design Award, IDA Award, and A’ Design Award and Competition. Lee graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree (Hon.) in Industrial Design and Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. His work has won prestigious awards including IDEA Gold, Braun Prize, Core77 Design Award, Red Dot (Best of the Best), Spark Design Award, European Product Design Award (Gold), and iF Award. His works have also been showcased in Dubai Design Week, Venice Design Week, and the Cooper Hewitt museum. Lee taught product design at Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Detao Masters Academy as an adjunct Associate Professor from 2015 to 2019.

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Danielle Moore
Campus Environmental Justice Researcher

Danielle is a Master in City Planning student at DUSP. Her interests include environmental justice, air and water pollution, and community planning. At MITOS she is working on environmental justice projects involving GIS mapping, climate change, campus planning, and food justice. Before arriving at MIT, she graduated from Williams College with a BA in Environmental Studies. Danielle joined MITOS in summer 2021.

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Pimpakarn Rattanathumawat (Prim)
MIT Climate Resiliency Researcher

Prim is an architect and urban designer, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Architecture Studies with a concentration in Urbanism. She joined the MIT Office of Sustainability in Fall 2021 as a Climate Resiliency Fellow to better support flood mapping, resiliency planning and preparedness for the MIT campus. Her interest lies in the global issues of sustainability, the integration of sustainable development and climate change adaptation in cities. 

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Melissa Stok
Design out Waste Researcher

Melissa is a sophomore at MIT studying materials science and engineering and electrical engineering and computer science. Her interests lie at the intersection of the two areas, and she hopes to work in a sustainability-oriented field. During spring 2021, she began working with MITOS on a project to implement food waste collection in Site 4, a new graduate residence. Now, she is working on waste pilots around campus to increase food waste collection, reduce recycling contamination, and increase the amount of material available for reprocessing. Outside of these activities, she enjoys running, playing soccer, skiing, and cooking.

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Shu-Yang Zhang
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Shu Yang is a sophomore studying a double major in Materials Science and Engineering with Finance. She is interested in exploring the finances associated with implementing sustainable materials and initiatives into the lives of everyday people, starting from a local perspective such as MIT. In the past, she has worked in business operations, finance, and sustainable materials research. Shu Yang joined MITOS in IAP 2022 as an Electric Vehicles (EV) Student Researcher to bring an innovative and cost-focused perspective to MIT’s transition to electric fleet vehicles and shuttles by 2026 as part of MIT’s Fast Forward Climate Action Plan. In her spare time, she enjoys eating desserts, reading dystopian novels, and learning to play the guitar.

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Ziyuan Zhu (Zoey)
Circular Design Researcher

Ziyuan Zhu (Zoey) is a designer based in Boston and a candidate for a master in architecture study and computer science. Working in the intersection of design, emerging technology, education, and sustainability, she creates physical and digital objects to reflect and communicate the relationship between humans and the built environment we interact with every day. Her approaches include material analysis, data visualization, web-based platform, installation, and prototyping. She is the recipient of several awards, including IDA, Spark Design, SOM prize, and granted art and research fellows internationally, at Ars Electronica, Technion, University of Stuttgart, Yokohama National University, etc. She was invited to give speeches at International Design Conference (IDC), IDSA, Pratt, IIT, Telkom University, Bandung Biennale, etc. 

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She is the co-founder of the design creative platform MAKE TO:GATHER, in which she explores the possibility of connecting digital and physical creative learning for non-designers. She joined MITOS in 2021 and is currently a circular design fellow focusing on research in utilizing data, technology, and design-driven approach to evoke the creativity of material upcycling among the MIT campus.

Past MITOS Students

Learn about the many fellows that have worked for MITOS over the years.

Scales of Impact

The challenges of sustainability are both local and global. Creating transformative solutions requires deep collaboration among community leaders and members on campus, city and global scales.

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