StartLabs - team

executives

Isaac Toscano

Co-Director

Class of 2022

Isaac Toscano

Material Science and Enginerring, Business Analytics

I am the current Co-Director of StartLabs. I have a huge passion for renewable energy, and climate change solutions. I am also very active in the education sector and have my own startup in that space dedicated to helping FGLI students navigate corporate America.

Ruben Castro

Co-Director

Class of 2022

Ruben Castro

Mechanical Engineering

My passion in life is machines. Robots, automation, manufacturing all fall under this umbrella. I am an engineer at heart with an entrepreneurial mindset. I want to make machines that benefit the fields of space and media. I've designed machines for research at MIT to be adapted globally, taught a group of high schoolers how to make a 'flying' broom, started a podcast, coded a FRC world champion robot, and much more. On the side, I like to dance Bachata and be social with friends.

Daniela Velez

VP of Events

Class of 2023

Daniela Velez

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I'm Daniela and I'm passionate about social impact, fintech, sustainability, and edtech, and some of my other interests include VC and quantum computing. This year, I've been taking a gap year, doing a SWE internship at Facebook and working on a startup to develop a mission-driven tech internship recruiting platform. I also love reading, listening to podcasts, and playing the piano in my free time.

Bhav Jain

VP of Events

Class of 2023

Bhav Jain

Computation and Cognition

Hi! I have a deep passion for leadership, healthcare, research, and innovation. In the past, I've worked on health-tech solutions to improve triaging capabilities among low-income populations for COVID-19, and am currently interning at a biotech company discovering solute carrier drug targets. My interests in the neuroscience and health equity space, paired with my passion for solving pressing challenges with evidence-based interventions, continue to guide my approach to entrepreneurship.

Sophia Wang

VP of Internal Development

Class of 2024

Sophia Wang

Aerospace Engineering

Hey friends! I'm a space enthusiast inspired by the exploration and conservation of the great beyond. Today, exploring our universe and those beyond has never been so tangible. I hope to meaningfully contribute to the aerospace field and our broad understanding of life beyond Earth. I'm especially interested in preserving space as a natural resource, making me a space debris (reduction) enthusiast! Besides talking endlessly about space, I love random hands-on maker projects, circuits, and writing.

Gustavo Ramirez

VP of Internal Development

Class of 2024

Gustavo Ramirez

Aerospace Engineering

I'm passionate about space exploration and hope to one day contribute to laying the foundations for humanityÕs future multiplanetary presence. IÕm currently working with a fellow StartLabs member on a project aimed at decreasing the amount of space debris in Low Earth Orbit. My goals are to help humanity transverse its most difficult frontiers and to inspire others to shoot for the stars while doing so!

Sophie Zhang

VP of Finance

Class of 2024

Sophie Zhang

Physics

I'm an enthusiast of problem-solving and a bigger enthusiast of people. I hope to leverage my technical skills to drive social impact and make innovation sustainable and accessible. My interests lie in device physics, ed-tech, and community service. I'm currently researching methods to improve NMR sensitivity using quantum sensing, technology with potential applications in life science and chemical analysis.

Daniel Kim

VP of Marketing & Media

Class of 2024

Daniel Kim

Computer Science and Economics, Finance

I am a freshman really interested in taking an entrepreneurial journey. I especially love tech and finance fields. For the IAP of 2021, I worked at a very early-stage startup Flow, and I plan on pursuing my own idea in the spring 2021 with MIT Sandbox program.

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team

Adit Abraham

Advisor; Former Co-Director

Class of 2022

Adit Abraham

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I'm Adit and I'm currently a junior studying Comp. Sci. I'm really interested in consumer tech, ML, and startups, and want to eventually work on venture that includes all of those. In the past, I've worked as an ML intern at BlinkAI and conducted research at the Media Lab. Outside of StartLabs, I'm also a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital and part of the organizing committee of MIT 100K. Feel free to reach out if I can help with anything you're working on!

Brendan Ashworth

Advisor

Class of 2022

Brendan Ashworth

Physics, Electrical Engineering

I'm passionate about social entrepreneurship and bringing existing technology to those who don't usually see the benefits from technical innovation. I'm particularly interested in data science, product design, and transportation.

Harshal Chamdal

Finance

Class of 2023

Harshal Chamdal

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

My current interests are in embedded systems and machine learning, especially in areas of healthcare and finance. In the future, I hope to work at a startup that focuses on some intersection of those interests and fields.

Christina Chen

Advisor

Class of 2020

Christina Chen

Computer Science and Engineering

Hey! I'm Christina, a senior from Toronto Canada. I love skiing.

GiMin Choi

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

GiMin Choi

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi, I'm GiMin, and you could also call me Gi! Some of my fields of interest are consumer tech, machine learning, fintech, and sustainability. The most memorable entrepreneurship experience I had thus far was participating in MIT Delta V in 2019, which is the flagship startup accelerator program in MIT. My favorite hobbies include singing (mainly Korean rap), cooking, and playing games. I also love trying food that I haven't had before.

Jamil Dellawar

Events

Class of 2024

Jamil Dellawar

Computer Science and Economics

I'm interested in applying my business and computer science skills to a wide range of fields, from improving refugee circumstances around the world to fixing the music industry. Through StartLabs, I hope to work with people just as passionate and driven by whatever is important to them. In my free time, I like to practice taekwondo, listen to albums from start to finish, and watch YouTube.

Neil Deshmukh

Marketing & Media

Class of 2024

Neil Deshmukh

Computer Science and Engineering, Management

I'm a first-year from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and I'm dedicated to developing comprehensive solutions to societal problems, by incorporating novel technologies and community involvement. One of the projects I'm working on involves using AI to help under-resourced farmers optimize their crop yield while maintaining environmental balance. In my free time, though, you can find me with friends, biking, playing Overwatch, or attempting to cook.

Jamie Fu

N/A

Class of 2023

Jamie Fu

Computer Science and Engineering, Finance

My interests currently lie at the intersection of management, finance, and technology. Although the future holds many unknowns, my goal is to bridge the gap between invention and innovation and bring create meaningful change to the lives of those around me. In my free time I can be found learning the guitar, watching movies, or playing tennis.

Raz Gaon

Internal Development

Class of 2024

Raz Gaon

Computer Science and Engineering

I am passionate about many fields in the computer science realm. Two particular fields are productivity and education. I am currently working on a product that combines both these topics, hopefully to be released in the next few months.

Ethan Garza

N/A

Class of 2022

Ethan Garza

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

I'm interested in learning more about the fields of Data Science and AI as to apply new skills to industries as to benefit the lives the lives of others.

Avichal Goel

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

Avichal Goel

Computer Science and Mathematics

I'm a junior interested in algorithms, trading, and machine learning. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and playing badminton.

Caleb Harris

Advisor

Class of 2022

Caleb Harris

Computation and Cognition

I am passionate about the intersection of health technology and artificial intelligence, and seek to improve human healthspan and longevity. Currently, I am working part-time with InsideTracker, a biotech startup in Kendall Square, as a data scientisf.

Adriano Hernandez

Events

Class of 2022

Adriano Hernandez

Computer Science and Engineering

After taking a gap semester to work with a startup doing full-stack, I'm doing a Spring internship with Nvidia on the applications of machine learning to circuit design while taking a part-time semester focused on philosophy. Growing up near the SF Bay area, I've always been interested in in software. Right now I'm interested in how we can automate certain tasks (such as VLSI designs) using ML, though in the future I'd like to learn more about applications for space.

Ally Hong

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

Ally Hong

Urban Studies/Planning and Computer Science

Hey yalls! I'm Ally, and I'm from Los Angeles. Last fall, I took a gap semester to take a step back and introspect. I realized my alignment with humanitarian tech and music, and I hope to create or work in a startup/company within these fields! During IAP 2021, I interned with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) to research media equity. As of right now, I'm taking 11-6 classes, working for the NASA exoplanet satellite TESS, and producing music.

Shreya Karpoor

Internal Development

Class of 2023

Shreya Karpoor

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Hi y'all! I'm a sophomore studying electrical engineering and computer science, specifically interested in autonomous vehicles, sustainable energy, and quantum computing. I'm also passionate about using tech for social good and ethics in AI/ML. In my free time I like to run, sing, and eat way too much food.

Isaac Lau

Events

Class of 2022

Isaac Lau

Electric Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

As a moonshot engineer, I seek to push the boundaries of human capablities in speed and control through the power of autonomy and I am most interested in the interplay between mechanical and electrical systems. If I'm not working on p-sets, catch me on campus working on the Hyperloop pod or find me in a machine shop!

Amber Lu

Advisor

Class of 2021

Amber Lu

Mathematics, Economics

My primary interests lie in mathematics and its intersections with other areas, particularly economics and public policy. I'm interested in investigating the ways technology and innovation shape society, particularly in the realm of education, healthcare, and social equity. I aspire to foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, invest in great potential (whether it be companies, ideas, or people), and potentially create my own startup addressing issues within education and social policy.

Joy Ma

Finance

Class of 2021

Joy Ma

Physics

I love using psychology and data to make decisions and understand why people make decisions.

Jeremy McCulloch

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

Jeremy McCulloch

Mechanical Engineering

My name is Jeremy, I am from San Diego, and I am interested in entrepreneurship related to medical devices. I have previously interned at multiple medical device startups, and I am currently UROPing in the bioinstrumentation lab. In my free time I enjoy running and sailing.

Sarah Moseson

Internal Development

Class of 2021

Sarah Moseson

Business Analytics

IÕm passionate about innovations in health-tech, exploring new areas of bio-hacking (IÕm obsessed with optimizing sleep), the different applications of data that can help create a better world, and the future of cities. While at MIT, IÕve had the opportunity to meet and invest in student founders through Dorm Room Fund as well as work for early stage start-ups during my IAPs in Tel Aviv and Bangkok.

Thomas Ngo

N/A

Class of 2023

Thomas Ngo

Computer Science and Engineering

Hey, I'm Thomas. I love food and I love trying out different places. At the same time, I try my best to eat healthy and workout consistently. So, it's kinda hard to keep a balance between the two. Academically, I'm currently interested in data aspect of computer science. I hope to work with machine learning projects soon whether that would be a UROP or a personal project. I hope to work in IoT startups or social startups that are data-driven.

Mercy Oladipo

Finance

Class of 2023

Mercy Oladipo

Computer Science and Molecular Biology

I am passionate about health/medicine and itÕs intersection with entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently, I am pursuing a project centered around Black maternal health and I am excited to leverage the skills I learned in NME to make a meaningful impact on the crisis of maternal mortality rates in the nation.

Jennifer Pan

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

Jennifer Pan

Computer Science and Engineering, Economics

I am interested in behavioral and developmental economics, and social responsibility (AI ethics).

Alex Quach

Events

Class of 2023

Alex Quach

Computer Science and Engineering

I'm currently a sophomore studying 6-3 interested in AI/ML and tough tech. I'm doing work/research in interpretable and fair ML, and I hope to be on the founding team of a startup in the future.

Shruti Ravikumar

Marketing & Media

Class of 2023

Shruti Ravikumar

Computation and Cognition

Hi! I'm a sophomore from California who's passionate about med tech, social entrepreneurship and developmental psychology! I am currently involved in research at the Spelke Lab and also work with nonprofits through the Global Research and Consulting Group. In my free time, you can find me baking, journalling and hosting a radio show on WMBR (MIT's radio station)!

Saumya Rawat

VP of Marketing

Class of 2022

Saumya Rawat

Computer Science

Interested in fintech, edtech, healthcare startups. Have co-founded/worked at startups in the past and am currently working on a public speaking and improv tools for kids startup.

Vaibhavi Shah

Advisor, Former co-director

Class of 2021

Vaibhavi Shah

Biological Engineering

As an aspiring medical innovator and neurosurgeon, I am extremely intrigued by the intersection of technology and healthcare. I am currently involved in research in the fields of machine learning in medicine and computational neuroscience, and I hope to use this experience to help improve patient lives.

Anjali Singh

N/A

Class of 2023

Anjali Singh

Biological Engineering

Pharmaceutical industry, biotech startups, nonprofits and B-corps. Currently beginning research in Weiss Lab. Interested in community service and ed-tech.

Jessica Sonner

N/A

Class of 2022

Jessica Sonner

Biological Engineering

Hi! My name is Jessica Sonner and I am a junior studying biological engineering with a minor in business management. Being raised by 2 entrepreneurs, I'm inspired to begin a Startup of my own. As I'm passionate about biology and intrigued with business, I see myself working in the intersection between consulting and biotech-both advising others and pursuing entrepreneurial ideas of my own. Despite being from Naperville, Illinois, Boston has become my home!

Wilson Spearman

VP of TechTreks

Class of 2022

Wilson Spearman

Computer Science

I'm interested in building a startup focusing in the privacy and security space. I enjoy working on technical projects with high impact.

Alexis Spinetta

Marketing & Media

Class of 2024

Alexis Spinetta

Mathematics and Computer Science

A math major, I'm interested in joining a startup. I recognize the value of partners and am excited to find a good group of like-minded entrepreneurs and combine talents. I was selected for the MISTI Israel ("startup nation") internship this summer. I also play on MIT's varsity soccer team.

Allison Tong

Marketing & Media

Class of 2022

Allison Tong

Biological Engineering

venture capital, sustainability, healthcare

Sreya Vangara

Events

Class of 2022

Sreya Vangara

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

Hello! I do superconductor research at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a Cambridge start-up developing the first net-energy fusion reactor. I also love public servic, and am a director of Synapse, a non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals with brain injury and combating ableism. I'm heavily involved in several UA committees, shoot Sport Pistol, MIT Medical Board (undergraduate rep), love crosswords, and am an avid MISTI teacher in non-Covid times.

Lilian Wang

Events

Class of 2022

Lilian Wang

Computer Science and Engineering

Most of my experience stems out of making real-world impact through software engineering, an example being working on apps that teach students how to code. I am currently interested in autonomous vehicles and machine learning, in particular how to make self-driving vehicles safer for people. I hope to explore startup ideas in this field more, focusing not just on the tech side, but also social impact.

Allen Wang

N/A

Class of 2023

Allen Wang

Computer Science, Mathematics, Business Analytics

I'm a second-year exploring how techniques in AI and math change the ways of our world. This past summer, I interned at Learn Ventures, a start-up revolutionizing e-learning. In high school, I co-founded ABMC, a math competition that has reached hundreds of schools across the US. When I'm not playing poker or p-setting, I'm most likely reading about Tesla or researching how to start a boba shop in Kendall Square.

Jessica Wu

Events

Class of 2024

Jessica Wu

Mathematics and Computer Science

I'm Jessica, a current student at MIT hoping working towards being a founder of my own! I have experience with healthcare startups and fintech, and I'm currently working on a venture of my own involving a connectivity platform for artists. My interests include entrepreneurship, applied math, chaos theory, machine learning, and social good. :)

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