"I knew going into the program that our cohort would be made up of deeply talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and I anticipated that we would all have different skillsets and knowledge bases. What I did not anticipate was that our interests and ways of working would be so closely aligned: across the board, there's a desire to think systematically, understand details, and make a positive contribution to society."
-Brian Ho, MDE '18-
B.A. in Public Policy
Nicki joined the MDE program to work creatively and collaboratively on socially impactful projects and to build original solutions in areas of health & aging, mobility, and waste & sustainability. Prior to Harvard, Nicki studied Public Policy and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, worked as a corporate strategist evaluating the potential for new technologies across product groups as well as the implications of competitive developments at Microsoft, and lived in dozens of countries around the world while experimenting with remote work constructs. More recently, she worked in user research and design strategy for a Research and Development group at Amazon. Nicki brings a focus on scalable, culturally viable solutions, and an ability to spot patterns in the world – convening people and ideas from disparate spaces.
B.A. in Politics & Sociology
Berlynn’s passion lives interdisciplinary, which converges at the heart of design, society, and people. Her liberal arts education allowed her to understand and deconstruct the structural unity of social dilemmas, and her professional experience in the tech industry developed real-world skills in designing alternative solutions. Prior to the MDE program, Berlynn worked at Airbnb, and was responsible for partnerships spanning strategy, marketing, and product, to user growth. Her current focus is in building sustainable innovations that transform collective norms and behaviors at scale. In her free time, Berlynn enjoys playing music, outdoor activities, and meditation.
B.A. in Visual and Media Arts
Jeronimo has gone from working in the Hollywood film industry to founding a company that designed and manufactured LED roadway lighting fixtures. After seven years of operating the company, he joined the MDE program to further understand how technologies such as automation, industrial IoT, and robotics are disrupting the workforce. During his summer at Tulip - a company that designs manufacturing software - he explored methods of addressing these problems. Through his continued studies at SEAS, GSD, and HBS, he is seeking to answer questions such as: how might we ‘upskill’ factory workers for them to remain at their jobs? How might we assess team compatibility? And lastly, how might we make workers in repetitive jobs, happier?
Bachelor of Business Administration
A writer, designer, and environmentalist, Yash is interested in understanding how our planet’s sustainability is inextricably linked to issues that most affect marginalized populations. Yash previously worked as a customer engagement and design consultant at IBM, where he used innovative technologies to transform organizations and user experiences across industries and sectors. He also has experience as a domestic and international researcher, covering studies involving transportation safety, health deficiency, and public education. Yash draws creative inspiration from his writing – his playground for observing and reflecting on human behavior, stories, and our built and natural environment – and primarily focuses on fiction.
Bachelor of Economics
Humberto is a systems thinker and strategist with a background in economics and five years of entrepreneurial experience, founding and leading Bemena, a video production company based in Mexico City. He has created and led diverse projects in areas combining design with technology and the arts, including duCode, a non-profit where children from under-served neighborhoods experimented for the first time with electronics and programming. During the summer of 2018, Humberto developed a product for the Corporate Strategy team at Autodesk, leveraging machine intelligence to create a mutual growth relationship between users and machine. His current work falls at the intersection of social cognition, lifelong learning, and human-machine collaboration. Humberto is an amateur runner, a gourmand, and enjoys art in all its forms.
B.A. in Art History and B.S. in Computer Engineering
Samuel is a computer engineer with a background in software, hardware, manufacturing, and art. In 2009, he launched NewsBlur, a news reader and popular successor to Google Reader. In 2016, he launched Turn Touch, a wooden home automation remote control. He led the electronics teams on two interactive biofeedback sculptures at Burning Man, Pulse+Bloom and Grove. Before moving to San Francisco, he worked in the New York Times newsroom and at Microsoft. His passion is to build products that act as productivity multipliers. Samuel spends his free time hiking in the forest and machining in the wood shop.
B.S. in Economics
Jenny is a product designer and creative technologist with a background in business from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining MDE, she developed digital marketing strategies as a consultant at Accenture Interactive. She’s helped early stage start-ups refine their product vision as the UI/UX lead at Applico, a boutique design consultancy, and built the Product Design team at a Bombfell, Series A retail start-up in NYC. Most recently, she interned as an Interaction Designer with IDEO working on autonomous vehicles in partnership with Ford’s Greenfield Labs. She is inspired by interdisciplinary applications of human-machine interaction, urban resilience, and complex adaptive systems.
Taylor Greenberg Goldy
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Apparel Design
Taylor is a true believer in cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Prior to joining MDE, Taylor worked at Harvard’s Wyss Institute designing textile-based, lower-extremity exosuits alongside a team of engineers, clinicians, and designers. She also spent a summer as a grant student at NASA, re-designing intravehicular activity (IVA) apparel for astronauts on long-duration missions to Mars, as well as engineering a cooling device for ballistic vests worn by NASA security personnel. At MDE, Taylor hopes to continue cross-disciplinary problem-solving to further understand how to translate an idea into a product and improve people's lives.
Bachelor of Architecture
Saif’s professional experience has been based in the NY Metro Area as well as the Middle East, most recently at AECOM-Abu Dhabi. While at AECOM, he worked as an architect specializing in computational design and algorithmic modeling, with additional exposure to project management. His work spanned high-rise towers, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, and masterplan developments. Saif is dedicated to addressing societal problems at the interface between human behavior and the built environment, with a focus on crisis mitigation, urban displacement, and resiliency. He is also an award-winning artist in film and music competition and enjoys singing and composing in his free time.
B.A. in Psychology and Art Theory & Practice
Audrey is an experience designer and researcher from San Jose, California. She is excited about harnessing data and technology to discover new stories and inform design decisions. Audrey is especially interested in interdisciplinary solutions to complex social problems, including human trafficking, homelessness, and violence towards femininity. Prior to joining the MDE program, Audrey worked with physicians, patients, designers, and engineers at Partners HealthCare in a joint initiative to use clinical analytics and machine learning to empower cardiac patients to better manage their health. She loves playing sports, philosophizing, and making things.
Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering
Vivek is an engineer with a background in product development, entrepreneurship, and computer science. After his undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering, he joined Honeywell, where he worked on rapid prototyping and development of products for private jets. More recently, Vivek has worked with founding teams at multiple different startups – including Utopia.do, My Online Health Hub, and Predible Health - on strategy, product, software and user experience. Across his professional and academic work, Vivek believes in creating and influencing through design, engineering, and innovation. Beyond this, Vivek enjoys art, cats, soccer, waffles, programming, and trekking.
Bachelor of Architecture
Prior to joining the MDE program, Anesta worked at several design firms in San Francisco on projects ranging from private residences, a place of worship, an airport, and more. Although trained and professionally employed in the field of architecture, Anesta has spent the last year delving into new topics in product design, data science and visualization, digital design, film, and most recently, the field of science related to the human microbiome. She has received awards for several design competitions in both architecture and product design and has exhibited works in the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Museum of Craft and Design, and the A+D Gallery. She is constantly curious, forever innovating, and enjoys both playing the piano and figure skating.
B.A. in Design | Media Arts
After graduating from UCLA, Togo moved to Japan and joined Dentsu Tokyo, where he started his advertising career. As a creative director / creative technologist at Dentsu Lab Tokyo, Togo engaged in a wide range of projects that combined creativity and technology. His work has been recognized at Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, London International Awards, Epica Awards, Ars Electronica, STARTS Prize, and Japan Media Arts Festival. He was also chosen by the Foreign Policy Magazine as ”100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016.” Togo is a Fulbright Scholarship grantee.
B. A. in Visual and Environmental Studies
Oliver is a user experience designer and animator based in Cambridge. In his years with the design studio and consultancy INVIVIA, he has embarked on projects ranging from interactive public art installations, to architectural renders, to data and system visualization, to strategic consulting for clients. In parallel with his professional work, he experiments with film, animation, and art assemblages to explore novel ways of narrating immigrant memories and unraveling the complex identities shaped by displacement. He also dabbles in the indie game scene and indulges his global wanderlust.
B.S. in Human-Centered Design & Engineering
Erin is a practitioner of human-centered design and passionate about creating equitable experiences for users of diverse abilities as well as designing for extreme environments. Most recently, Erin worked as an Interaction Designer for Disney Parks & Resorts. Additionally, she has led research projects investigating affordable access to space systems, as supported by aWashington NASA Space Grant. From this research, she conducted several novel launches, including the launch of a 3D-printed, high-powered rocket, and a rocket + balloon system. She is interested in exploring the intersection of astronaut activities on Mars and human-centered design. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Erin can often be found hiking, backpacking, or sailing.
Master of Design, Transportation & Automobile Design
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Arjun is a creative technologist with a background in mechanical engineering and industrial design. He focuses on creating user-centric innovations that live at the intersection of digital experiences and physical products. Prior to Harvard, he was responsible for the conceptual design, prototyping, and implementation of multiple automotive design projects at Nissan-Ashok Leyland, General Motors, and Tata Motors, winning multiple global automotive design and innovation awards in the process. His passion spaces now revolve around creating cutting-edge design ecosystems that enable and empower people. During the summer of 2018, he worked with the CEO’s senior leadership team at workplace design firm Knoll to craft a strategic vision for the firm. After hours, Arjun loves pushing pixels and ideas in equal measure.
Mitsue Guerrero Monsalve
B.A. in Industrial Design
Mitsue is a design strategist driven by complex challenges and endless optimism. She has studied and lived in Mexico, Spain, and Belgium, where she became a specialist in creative methodologies for strategy development. Before MDE, she was Lead Design Strategist at SBB and worked with clients like Samsung, WWF, Aeromexico, and Uber. She also co-founded Tothom, a strategic design startup, and became president of SODA (Society of Anonymous Designers). She's now interested in transforming environmental issues into social business opportunities through design and technology. Mitsue is a Fulbright scholarship grantee.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Following her mechanical engineering studies, Terra worked in a technical consulting role as a mechanical and a materials engineer, leading projects to manage and guide risk mitigation decisions at ExxonMobil. Her interest in design and new technologies led her to the MDE program, and she extended this passion into a summer internship at Formlabs, a leading 3D printer company. This internship turned into a full-year product manager opportunity, where she led the company into a new industry and developed new applications for the printer. After a busy year, she is excited to now return to the MDE program. Terra is originally from Western Canada and loves all things outdoors; especially skiing, mountain biking, climbing, and backpacking.
Master in Architecture
Anahide’s academic and professional path has always been about crossing areas of knowledge. During her master in collaboration at the ENPC engineering school, she studied structure and construction in architecture. Her professional experience has focused on urban master planning and high-end design, while her associative background specializes in the social and informal architecture of suburban, Parisian slums. As an architect, she is deeply interested in sustainable and innovative building systems and biomimicry. She is convinced that technology and innovation can contribute to solving social and environmentally complex problems. Anahide is a traveler, and is passionate about philosophy.
B.A. in Architecture
Elisa is currently investigating the relationship between labor and technology to understand how the “Future of Work” might (dis)empower vulnerable populations. Beyond her core competencies as a planner, architect, and interaction designer, her specialty lies in designing and using multidisciplinary methodologies to deconstruct emergent enterprise technology (re: human) problems. Most recently, she was a UX designer at Treasure Data / Arm Holdings where she led product vision and design implementation for a data management ecosystem capable of ingesting and unifying historical and streaming datasets for real-time data activation. She advocates for an inclusive and neurodiverse future where teams and tools can positively engage, rather than erase, the individual. She loves the works of Marilynne Robinson, Lebbeus Woods, Albert Camus, and Maurice Leenhardt.
Master of Environmental Design
Dual Degree in Business and Engineering Science
Saad has worked as both a strategist and implementer across a variety of sectors to include oil and gas, solar energy, consumer goods, and real estate. He has managed teams from the conceptual design phase to final implementation, and worked on projects on five different continents. In Tanzania, Saad co-founded and helped grow various social enterprises. In Tajikistan, he worked with the Aga Khan Development Network on earthquake mitigation and housing improvement. And in Canada, his love for the human interactions of the built environment led him to his most recent experience as a project manager in design and development at a real estate development firm where he led large scale projects through the entire process of financing, design, construction, and marketing.
B.A. in Industrial Design
After spending years in United States, Korea, Russia, Myanmar, and Australia, Hane founded a digital healthcare company that originally spun off from Samsung Creative Lab. Experienced with real world R&D procedures, she practices an interdisciplinary approach in design, engineering, and business. She is interested in designing creative interfaces for sustainable digital solutions and seamless HCI. She enjoys playing tennis, flute, and traveling in her free time.
Bachelor of Architecture
Carla has explored her passion for spatial experience in the kinetic and static realms of design through theater and architecture. With the MDE program, her fascination with spatiality expanded to encompass both virtual and tangible perspectives, and their connection to technologies. Prior to Harvard, Carla’s professional journey included high-end design and low-cost architecture work in the Middle-East, Spain, and the United States. While at Soma Architects and Hashim Sarkis Studios, she worked on residential and mixed-use projects. At UNRWA, she implemented design solutions within the shelters’ rehabilitation program at the Palestinian Refugee Camps. Carla is interested in the spatial interrelation of borders and technologies as well as their repercussions on design, social patterns, and economic impact. For fun, she enjoys photography, diving, CrossFit, and recently, sailing.
B.S Design, Innovation & Society
B.S Business & Management
Jake joined the MDE program to expand his capability to bring innovative solutions to industries he cares about. Before MDE, Jake worked at Facebook, managing marketing partnerships with some of the large financial services companies. Prior to Facebook, he started a company called Paywithme, which was a peer-to-peer payments platform focused on ensuring repayment to group and social organizers. He is passionate about the outdoors, and will jump at any chance to go skiing, hiking, surfing, or exploring.
B.A. in Political Economy
Julian is a brand and business strategist with experience crafting market and product strategies for large multinationals and fast-paced start-ups. Julian worked at McKinsey & Company’s Berlin office, where he consulted with European clients in China, Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand. At McKinsey, he also helped launch an early-stage consulting group, which introduced him to the e-commerce start-up Amorelie. At Amorelie, Julian established the private label division, launching 12 brands and over 350 products in two years. He was responsible for the entire end-to-end process from supply chain management to go-to-market strategy to online pricing and product positioning. While enrolled in the MDE program, Julian is focusing on bioengineering and bio-fabrication, evaluating the future of fashion and food. In his free time, he loves playing music, sports, and engaging with art.
B.S. in Neuroscience
B.S. in Anthropology
Kenneth is a creative and technologist with experience designing new products and services for companies such as IDEO, Groupon, Kaiser Permanente, and venture-backed startups. With an academic background in neuroscience and anthropology from Brown University, Kenneth’s work has spanned several areas of interest including brain-computer interfaces, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and fashion. At Harvard, he has focused on a lab-on-a-chip technology to bring affordable diagnostics to the healthcare industry and a wearable therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Bridging his experience in product strategy, visual design, and consumer psychology, Kenneth is passionate about building mission-driven brands tackling technically deep and multi-scalar societal challenges. In his spare time, he loves mentoring junior designers, playing racquet sports, and extreme minimalism.
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Following undergraduate engineering studies, Kate was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps where her training focused on leadership and flying acumen. Kate’s early career as a pilot included experience flying over 3000 hours, leading more than 100 combat missions, and ultimately a selection to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School. As an experimental test pilot, Kate integrated aeronautical engineering, high-risk test and evaluation, and program management to guide Department of Defense acquisition decision-making. She bridged the gap from conception to employment of revolutionary new technologies. Kate’s research at Harvard is centered on smart materials, innovative design, and autonomous systems with a specialized focus on the electric-VTOL space. Outside of academia, Kate loves spending time on adventures, running, practicing yoga, reading quietly, and crafting savory vegan dishes.
Bachelor of Business Administration
B.A. in Psychology
Vish is a product manager and business strategist. He has 5 years of experience at BCG Digital Ventures, IDEO.org, and Accenture, collaborating with and leading teams to create pioneering product and business model innovations across a range of industries. As a product manager at BCG Digital Ventures, Vish helped launch the home services startup All Set, developed the future of grant-making at the Gates Foundation, and designed a digital banking app for unbanked populations. Prior to that, he worked on strategy projects in digital health, energy, and technology at Accenture. He is passionate about building cutting-edge products that extend the benefits of technological and societal progress to underserved populations, teaches product management and data analytics at General Assembly, and is an Indian classical musician.
B.E. in Automotive Studies
Zongheng is an explorer at the intersection of mobility, machinery, and materials. As an interior automotive designer for General Motors, he merged design and engineering with aesthetics and technical feasibility to create new value for both mobility and people. Zongheng has over 8 years of design experience from Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Formula SAE, Johnson Controls, Michelin, etc., which enables him to think both creatively and analytically to tackle complex problems with elegant designs. As a generator, he is passionate and sensitive about a broad range of topics , and is committed to exploring autonomy with future architecture of human mobility. He is a cafe racer and a fan of origami.
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Janet’s undergraduate and professional experience has largely focused on machine learning applications, including computer vision and machine comprehension. She has worked in research at Yahoo and National Taiwan University, and helped set up MediaTek’s data-centric infrastructure and process. While enrolled in the MDE program, Janet is extending her data science knowledge toward addressing social problems, including networked systems like public transportation and social media. In her free time, she is an avid traveler and enjoys photographing food around the world.
B.S. in Economics
B.A. in Fine Arts
Mengxi Tan is a tech consultant with specialization in data analytics, and a digital artist who conveys her ideas through design and animation. She has designed, tracked and modeled statistical business tests at Applied Predictive Technologies, MasterCard for clients in US, Japan and Taiwan. Mengxi has also collaborated with neuroscientists and engineers on a National Science Foundation project, ‘Self Reflected’, to create a gigantic visualization of human brain network. Going forward, Mengxi aims to explore how technology combined with design can improve problem solving in both business worlds and our everyday life. During her free time, Mengxi enjoys cooking, bread baking, gaming and outdoor activities.
Bachelor of Architecture
Daniela's interest in using design for social innovation projects started as a student of architectural design, and grew in scope with professional practice at -dxp- Experimental Design, a studio she co-founded in Ecuador. The studio offers design consulting, creates new products and furniture as produced in their workshop, and works on architecture and construction projects. A specialized branch, dxp-org, focuses on social innovation projects and works one-on-one with communities and stakeholders. She believes in the potential that lies within communities and people to improve their lives and their environment, and wants her professional practice to be a tool in that process.
Bachelor’s in Computer Science
Kiran joined the MDE program directly out of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Architecture at MIT. In academia, Kiran analyzed the crossover between technology, design, and law with focused research at the MIT Media Lab. In industry, she further explored her passion with internships at Microsoft, Square, and Palantir’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Team. In practice, she aims to apply her education and experience directly through activities like directing MIT’s Global Startup Workshop, or writing for Science in the News. Kiran’s thesis work is centered on her interdisciplinary interests in privacy law, data governance, and the social impact of technology-driven systems. Kiran loves Taco Bell, dark chocolate, and big dogs.
Muhammad Hanif Wicaksono
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
Hanif comes from Indonesia. He took an interest in technology and started developing digital products with Labtek Indie. He then found excitement in research and strategy consultancy when he freelanced alongside Flamingo, Nation Insights, and Dalberg DIG, where he worked on projects for both private and public development. These experiences made him value design as a versatile lens to bridge critical, intricate problems, and moving forward, he plans to expand that view to a broader context and interconnected systems. Hanif enjoys concerts, games, cycling, science fiction, technological breakthrough, and almost anything.
BSc. in Business Economics and a minor in Art History
Emily is interested in seeing how design can change social and political systems. She has worked for Factmata (Google Digital News Initiative) to use AI to combat misinformation in online content, and has also designed digital products to promote medical compliance as part of Stanford University’s London Ignite venture program. Most recently, she has been living in Zimbabwe, exploring ways to employ blockchain technology for transparent financial services. Prior to living in Zimbabwe, Emily was part of American Express’s European UX design team in London. She studied at the NYU Stern School of Business.
B.S. in Architecture
Originally from Lebanon, Mia studied Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, she worked at the Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris on a high-rise tower in Bangkok, juggling between concept schemes, 3D modelization, and project coordination. In parallel, she participated in the manufacturing part of the family business back in Lebanon touching on innovative processes to optimize design and marketing. Mia is mostly interested in the sociological aspect that lies beneath the design process. Her multicultural background has aroused her curiosity on how human behavior is sculpted by our cities' built environment and culture. She aspires to create designs that respond to human comportments. Mia is an origami adept.