Hailing from the lovely city of Pittsburgh, PA, Anna Premo is stoked to be spending a third consecutive summer with MEET. She will be returning to MIT in the fall for the second and final year of her masters with the International Development Group of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. When she’s not teaching or being taught, she enjoys dancing, playing her harp, drawing, painting rooms, and woodworking.
A native of Vietnam, Christy Le holds a BA and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University, and recently graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan where she was a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to MIT, she worked in investment banking and later was a co-anchor for a stock market TV show that aired nationally in Vietnam. Christy loves flowers, adventure travel, and steak. She now works at McKinsey in Boston.
Derek is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who is entering his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a degree in Mathematics. Before joining MEET, he worked in disaster response and prevention through AmeriCorps and the U.S. Forest Service. This is his first time living abroad, and he is loving every minute of it.
Eirik is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at MIT CSAIL, originally from Bergen, Norway. He has a Master’s degree from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Before going to the US in 2004, Eirik performed his national service by spending a year as an end-user of an aquatically themed database system made specifically for the administration of public Norwegian schools of music, theatre, and visual arts. He now spends his time doing research on general-purpose user interfaces for database applications.
Elena Agapie is a second year PhD student at Harvard in Computer Science. Originally from Romania, she loves to travel. She spent her undergrad in Romania, France, Germany and the US. Elena is passionate about using technology to solve social problems. In her spare time she loves to make pottery and to run by the Charles River in Cambridge.
Emily is originally from central New Jersey, and graduated in 2010 from MIT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and minors in Physics and in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science. After graduating, she joined Teach For America and currently teaches high school chemistry and physics in Richmond, California. Even though she loves working with students, she hopes to eventually go back to graduate school in engineering. In her free time, Emily loves cooking, hiking, reading, and exploring new places.
Evan Iwerks has been studying for many, many years. Most of those years, he has also been teaching. From Mathematics to Robotics, and from Computer Science to Theater Design, he’s learned and taught quite a bit. He earned a BS in Computer Science & Engineering in the spring of 2010; he continues to study for a Masters in Artificial Intelligence. In addition to his educational focus, Evan can often be found cooking in the kitchen, playing a percussive instrument, or leading his friends through one of his favorite games.
A southern California native, Justin Sharps graduated June 2010 from MIT with a degree in Chemical Biological Engineering. A passionate student of many subjects, he enjoys computers and programming as a hobby, and for the freedom to solve problems of interest afforded by modern technology. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing tennis, and learning about new languages and cultures.
Lorenzo Brown graduated from MIT in June 2011 with a degree in Mathematics with Computer Science and a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. Originally from Dallas Texas, Lorenzo enjoys barbecues and outdoor parties. He has a strong interest in multi-lingual education especially in the math and science field and also tries to learn new languages in his own free time.
Mark Wittels, known to his friends as “Mark,” is going into his third year studying math and computer science at MIT. He enjoys stand-up comedy, learning, and most kinds of music. He does not enjoy puns, smooth jazz, or mincing words.
Matt Landreman is a plasma physicist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. He received his PhD from MIT’s physics department in June 2011 and he is continuing his research at the Center as a postdoctoral fellow. In addition to MEET, Matt is involved in several other international education programs. He serves as an advisory board member and as the volunteer coordinator for the Sabre Foundation, which provides textbooks to universities in many developing countries. He has also spent several months teaching mathematics and science in Zambia. Outside of work, Matt enjoys long-distance running, cooking, cycling, and eating hummus.
Selim Temizer received his PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in February, 2011. Selim is from Turkey. He is already a part of the Middle Eastern culture, but he has been amazed by the MEET program from day one, and he found the opportunity to do some growing up himself, both technically and socially, along with all the wonderful students within the unique atmosphere that MEET provides. Selim enjoys developing software and biking.
Shelly Manber holds a BS from MIT in math and a graduate certificate from UMass Boston in Dispute Resolution, and will begin a PhD in math at UC Berkeley this fall. She has been involved with MEET since summer 2006. Aside from math and computer science, she enjoys ballet, modern and folkdance, long distance running, aerial silks, singing, and creative writing.
Alessondra Springmann is a graduate of Wellesley College and was a graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT. She is currently works as a tutor and freelance writer, though she loves the “big ideas” of computer science. In her free time, Sondy also enjoys SCUBA diving, sailing, and hiking, as well as serving on the board for a non-profit in California.
Nada is teaching the business and entrepreneurship sessions for Y1 and Y2 in Nazareth. She holds a B.S. degree in computer science from the Technion, and an executive MBA from Northwestern University / Tel Aviv University. For the last 10 years she has been involved in the hi-tech sector as a group manager, software team lead, and now CEO and co-founder of an internet startup.
Ofir Beigel is a yearlong business mentor for the Y1s, teaching business and entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program and has been involved with marketing with various startups for the last 10 years. Currently he is working on a few personal startups, including Just Us, a company creating mobile apps for couples. He is also interested in the bitcoin movement.
Yoni Mindel is a yearlong business mentor for the Y1s, teaching business and entrepreneurship. He moved to the region in 2003 from Belgium and graduated with a B.A. in business administration. He has been involved in business development at a biotech startup and later at an internet startup. He studies human behavior and is also a certified life coach. Outside of work he enjoys sailing, traveling, and being healthy.
George Khoury is a dedicated MEET alumnus who has been serving as a Y1 and Y2 mentor in the yearlong program for the past three years. George is also MEET’s computer lab manager. George is currently an undergraduate student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he intends to pursue a degree in computer engineering. Outside MEET, George loves computers, science, especially physics, music, learning and teaching, and activities that have a positive impact on the world.
Zohar Shevach is a MEET graduate (Class of 2008), who serves as a Y2 mentor for the yearlong program. A dedicated alumnus, Zohar has spent the past three years tutoring and recruiting students and also served as a teaching assistant and mentor at MEET. Zohar is currently in her third year of studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, pursuing a Bachelors degree in computer science. She has in the past worked as a teacher and as a private tutor. Zohar enjoys travelling and getting to know new places, sports, reading books, and listening to music. Her favorite quote:
“One must be something in order to do something” / Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Liraz Sharabani coordinates the business instructor and mentor team for the MEET yearlong program and works with summer business instructors to solidify their curriculum. She is currently the program coordinator of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the IDC Herziliya and in the past has been involved with Oscar4b and eCamp in managerial roles. She likes sports, startups, and education.