Student Fellows

MITOS Student Fellows

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 fellowship postings here.

Meet our current student fellows!
Diego Castillo Peredo
Diego Castillo Peredo
Climate Resiliency Fellow

Diego is a Master’s in City Planning student from Chile and Climate Resilience Fellow at the Office of Sustainability. He joined MITOS in 2019 to work on flood risk analysis for decision making, developing models and visuals to help communicate scientific research and encourage taking action. Diego holds a Bachelor's degree in business management and economics, and has a background in strategic planning in the private sector. At MIT, he is interested in connecting planning and strategy, with a focus on sustainable development, land-uses, and climate change mitigation.

Effie Jia
Design Fellow

Effie initially joined the Office of Sustainability as a fellow during the academic year fellow of 2017, as a sophomore. She returned as a fellow in 2019 to focus on designing a student/staff collaborative garden program an d exploring a new area for MITOS centering on the art and sustainability. She continues to write and edit articles on sustainability issues for print and web-based media. She also creates visual and written communication material for MITOS as part of its design and digital strategy. Effie is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at MIT.

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Joseph Elsherbini
Data Analytics Fellow

Joseph is a PhD candidate in the MIT Microbiology Program studying the bacterial community in coastal oceans. At the Office of Sustainability, he applies techniques he learned studying DNA sequencing data to understand the commuting patterns of the MIT community. Working with MITOS staff and sustainability fellow, Tianyu Su, Joseph is using historical daily commuting and geospatial data to identify areas of future intervention to make MIT's commuting less impactful to the environment.


Julia Field
Julia Field
Carbon Neutrality - South America

Julia is a Master in City Planning student at MIT, focusing on environmental planning and policy. As a student at DUSP, she co-founded a climate group and spends time working on and thinking about climate mitigation and adaptation projects for cities. As a Sustainability Fellow at MITOS, Julia is working with Dr. Newman and Dr. Gutowski and university partners in Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia to implement a course on solving for carbon neutrality at their affiliated universities.

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Katherine Liew
Writing, Design, and Digital Engagement Fellow

Katherine is a masters candidate in the Integrated Design & Management program. She is passionate about developing products and business models which make sustainable consumption a logical choice. As a Sustainability Fellow, she is creating content which makes it easier for individuals and businesses to understand sustainability issues in their daily purchases.

Tianyu Su
Data Analytics Fellow

Tianyu joined the Office of Sustainability in May 2019, working as an Analytics and Visualization Fellow. He is helping conduct data analysis on transportation and commuting preference of MIT community. Tianyu performs cluster analysis of individual behaviors and geospatial analysis on census block level based on data of parking permits, MBTA transits, Blue Bike, etc, in order to identify the potential opportunities and prepare suggestions for campus decision-making and management.

As a Master in City Planning student at MIT with a background in urban design and analytics, Tianyu is well equipped with insights and methods to study the human activities in buildings, open space, and cities. As a researcher with the City Science Group at MIT Media Lab, Tianyu applied his skills of data analytics, user experience design, and augmented reality into designing, prototyping, and implementing the Shanghai LivingLine Project. Also, Tianyu has been working side by side with Prof. Anne Whiston Spirn on the WPLP project at Department of Urban Studies and Planning in MIT and Prof. Andres Sevtsuk on the Innovation Field Lab project at Harvard GSD to test possibilities to apply data analysis into better support decision-making process, at different scales.


Yael Nidam
Climate Resilience Fellow

Yael is an urban planner and designer, joining MITOS in 2019 to support climate resilience efforts. Yael recently graduated from the MIT Master in City Planning program, where she co-founded a climate group and received several awards for contributions to the community and student life

Prior to joining MITOS, Yael’s education and professional work in the past ten years was focused on sustainable and equitable development. She is experienced with leading urban revitalization projects, working closely with diverse urban stakeholders including community partners, architects, engineers, politicians, economists, developers, and government agencies. She brings in both design and communication skills to simultaneously conduct data analysis, draft policy and design documents, while also directly interacting with the larger team and facilitating stakeholder meetings. . Her passion for developing innovative solutions to climate and social challenges led her to MITOS, where she is excited to collaborate with the professional and scientific team on cutting edge climate resilience planning.