StartLabs - team

executives

Daniela Velez

Co-Director

Class of 2024

Daniela Velez

Computer Science and Engineering

I am passionate about consumer tech, fintech, and urban planning, and I love built projects in various spaces, including edtech and community tools. I am currently building in web3 / consumer and taking CS classes, as well as playing piano on the side. I hope to be part of early-stage teams and start my own startups to make a positive impact on society in the long-term.

Gustavo Ramirez

Co-Director

Class of 2024

Gustavo Ramirez

Computation and Cognition

Hey, I am Gustavo! I am a Sophomore studying Computation and Cognition. I am eager to work on projects that utilize AI and Machine Learning tools that solve important problems and create a positive impact in the world. I’m particularly excited about applications in healthcare, robotics, and education. Outside of academics, I love listening to music, making playlists for friends, teaching, and getting people excited about entrepreneurship!

Thomas Ngo

VP of Events

Class of 2023

Thomas Ngo

Computation and Cognition

IÕm generally interested in AI/ML and its current applications in healthcare, neuroscience, and computer systems.

Sophia Petrovas

VP of Marketing

Class of 2025

Sophia Petrovas

Finance

Hi! My name is Sophia Petrovas, and I am a first year at MIT. I am very interested in the healthcare industry and can see myself starting a company in that field. Currently, I'm not working on any projects, but in high school, I started a nutritional bar company made for children with allergies called ZS Bars. I am really excited to be a member of StartLabs to gain exposure to startups as well as the entrepreneurial community.

Kidus Yohannes

VP of Internal Development

Class of 2025

Kidus Yohannes

Computer Science and Engineering, Fiance

Hi! My name is Kidus. At MIT I find myself in the intersection between computer science and finance. I am most passionate about each person's right to a quality, enriching education, therefore I hope to have a career in EdTech, allowing me to make a positive impact in this world. I am working on two EdTech startups through MIT Sandbox and MIT PKG's IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge. In my free time I like to draw, paint and take pictures.

Arya Sasne

Co-VP of Finance

Class of 2025

Arya Sasne

Engineering, Computation and Cognition

I'm extremely passionate about using entrepreneurship to create positive change in the world around me, largely in the field of sustainability. At the moment, I'm working on a solo-traveling startup called BubbleBuddy. It's taught me so much, and I'm excited to continue working and learning more about entrepreneurship.

Natasha Maniar

Co-VP of Finance

Class of 2023

Natasha Maniar

Computer Science and Engineering

I'm passionate about the applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and consumer tech.

Adriano Hernandez

TechTrek Director

Class of 2022

Adriano Hernandez

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I'm Adriano, a senior studying computer science. I'm interested in AI/ML and currently doing research for a SuperUROP on interpretability. Outside of that I'm excited to learn about deep tech and explore entrepreneurial opportunities in that space.

Caroline Cunningham

Social Chair

Class of 2024

Caroline Cunningham

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I'm a sophomore studying Computer Science interested in tech and entrepreneurship, especially innovations in healthcare and education. I love learning about startups and working in teams, and I am excited for the year ahead in StartLabs. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and finding new coffee spots in Boston!

Erika Pilpre

Logistics Director

Class of 2025

Erika Pilpre

Computation and Cognition

Hi! I'm Erika and I'm passionate about the intersection of sustainable agriculture, food, and technology. I have previous experience interning at startups in the Bay Area and am currently working on a startup idea innovating in personalized nutrition. I spend my free time writing, taking pictures and playing with food.

Terry Kim

Founder Liaison

Class of 2024

Terry Kim

Computer Science and Engineering, Management

I am passionate about EdTech, more specifically using technology to reduce the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. I am currently working on a project to help high school students with college applications and working at a startup Fit for Everybody as a software engineering/data science intern.

Bradley Bunch

Web Director

Class of 2025

Bradley Bunch

Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science

As a member of the Football team, I am currently working on a start up that focuses on optimizing velocity based training systems.

Daniel Kim

Web Director

Class of 2024

Daniel Kim

Computer Science and Engineering, Fiance

Hello! I am a sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science and Finance. I am very interested in FinTech and EdTech field. I also have worked with a startup my freshman winter. In my free time, I love reading, playing soccer, and playing guitar & piano.

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Andrew Cai

Class of 2025

Andrew Cai

Mathmatics

Hi! I'm really interested in highly data-based technology, and I aspire to lead projects to further integrate it into society. I enjoy mathematics, algorithm design, and machine learning, and I hope I can apply this knowledge to innovate and create new products! In my free time, I play basketball and poker.

Julia Camacho

Class of 2025

Julia Camacho

Computer Science and Cognition

I’m deeply interested in civic tech, public policy, and UI/UX design. Since 2020, I’ve been working on building GrassrootsGov.org, a digital platform for everyday political engagement and activism. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, searching for new books on Goodreads, and going on long walks.

Ruben Castro

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.

Harshal Chamdal

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.

Vivian Chinoda

Class of 2025

Vivian Chinoda

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

I am passionate about entrepreneurship and its intersection with sustainability and engineering, with special focus on renewable energy, climate solutions, water and sanitation, STEM education accessibility and period poverty. I am also strongly drawn to writing. My team and I are currently working on an e-ride hailing social enterprise in Zimbabwe. I centre all my ventures on the "unhu ubuntu", a southern African social philosophy that translates to "I am because we are" or "humanity towards others".

Evan Comiskey

Class of 2025

Evan Comiskey

Mechanical Engineering

I am working with a small group of StartLabs members on redefining the way athletes use velocity based training equipment by making it simpler and more engaging to use, as well as cheaper for the average athlete. I have previous experience in the both hardware and software development of small rockets and autonomous drones.

Jamil Dellawar

Class of 2024

Jamil Dellawar

computer science, data science, and economics

I'm a sophomore working on my own start-up in the music technology and business space. I'm personally into data management, machine learning, and social entrepreneurship.

Neil Deshmukh

Class of 2024

Neil Deshmukh

Computer Science and Engineering, 15-2

I'm a sophomore 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.

Dylan Dong

Class of 2024

Dylan Dong

Computer Science, Data science, and Economics, Mathmatics

Hi! I'm Dylan, a sophomore passionate in ML and data science. I'm focused on bringing and providing value and making an impact in the things that I do. Currently interested in ed-tech and blockchain.

Jamie Fu

Class of 2023

Jamie Fu

Computer Science and Engineering

My research hopes to better understand language from both the computer science and cognitive science perspectives. I'm interested in productivity and fintech startups.

Veer Gadodia

Class of 2025

Veer Gadodia

Computer Science and Engineering

I'm an aspiring tech entrepreneur passionate about fin-tech, ed-tech, and healthcare. I am currently working on building an ed-tech platform that facilitates live 1 on 1 AI and Data Science classes by connecting students with experienced instructors.

Cerine Hamida

Class of 2024

Cerine Hamida

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Hello, my name is Cerine! I am passionate about using AI/ML and computational sciences to develop technologies and tools that address environmental and social challenges. I am currently founding an EdTech startup that aims to democratize high-quality and personalized education.

Anka Hu

Class of 2024

Anka Hu

Mathmatics, Computer and Cognition

I'm a sophomore passionate about using problem-solving for telling effective and meaningful stories through technology.

Felix Huang

Class of 2025

Felix Huang

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathmatics

My name is Felix Huang and I am a first-year here at MIT. Career-wise, I’m very interested in computer science, quantitative trading, and biotechnology. However, in the future, I hope to get involved in the startup space, either as a founder or early contributor. Currently, I am working on my own startup, Celerity Athletics, along with my co-founders Bradley Bunch and Evan Comiskey. In my free time, I enjoy playing offensive line on the MIT football team.

Bhav Jain

Class of 2023

Bhav Jain

Computer 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.

Ritika Jeloka

Class of 2024

Ritika Jeloka

Computer and Cognition

I'm interested in using computational neuroscience, machine learning, and medical devices to help learn about and limit neurodegenerative diseases. Entrepreneurially, I hope to someday lead a group that can work towards this mission.

Rohan Kanchana

Class of 2025

Rohan Kanchana

Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

IÕm interested in biotech, physics, and ML/software Ð and, currently, I'm working to reduce the cost of DNA sequencing for gene editing researchers using software. I also like to play guitar, sing, get *better* at dancing, and read.

Shreya Karpoor

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.

Supriya Lall

Class of 2025

Supriya Lall

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I’m Supriya, and I’m from the Bay Area, California. I’m interested in computer science and its intersection with chemistry and biology. Currently, I’m pursuing research at the Doyle Group. In my free time, I love to read, as well as draw and paint!

Joy Ma

Class of 2024

Joy Ma

Physics

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

Yuval Mamana

Class of 2025

Yuval Mamana

Computer Science and Engineering

After amazing 2 years in a medical startup, I developed a great enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial world. I aspire to use technology, and specifically data science, in the medical industry.

Kevin Meng

Class of 2024

Kevin Meng

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Hi! I'm Kevin, a second-year studying computer science and electrical engineering. I'm interested in the multitude of ways computing can shape the way we interact with the world; recently, I've spent a lot of time thinking about building more intelligent, transparent, and practical machine learning systems. I think entrepreneurship is an interesting and exciting avenue through which real-world solutions can be brought to life.

Lana Van Note

Class of 2025

Lana Van Note

Chemical Engineering

My interests lie in chemical engineering entrepreneurial experiences, particularly the prospect of developing sustainable films, coatings, and gels. I hope to use the knowledge gained from my current work in the Olsen Lab to ultimately build a biotechnology startup. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, baking, and being an MIT Figure Skating Club member.

Mercy Oladipo

Class of 2023

Mercy Oladipo

Computer Scienc and Molecular Biology

I am passionate about digital health startups and the role technology will play in closing gaps of access and experience for people all over the world. Currently, I am working on a startup called Birth By Us to help eradicate the maternal health crisis which disproportionately affects Black women and birthing people. In my free time, I lift, watch Tik Tok/Youtube and practice my Portuguese

Alex Quach

Class of 2023

Alex Quach

Computer Science and Engineering

Hey! I'm a junior studying computer science interested in Responsible AI/ML and web3 tech. I'm currently researching at the Broad Institute, and I hope to be on the founding team of a startup in the future!

Anish Ravichandran

Class of 2024

Anish Ravichandran

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

I'm interested in electric and autonomous vehicles, IoT, aerospace, FinTech, and robotics. No set plans yet, but I'm looking to launch a startup while at MIT with other MIT co-founders.

Shruti Ravikumar

Class of 2023

Shruti Ravikumar

Computer and Cognition

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

Jessica Sonner

Class of 2022

Jessica Sonner

Engineering

I am a 4th year studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Product Development for Advanced Human Performance. With my love of sports and intrigue with body mechanics, I'm inspired to engineer products that enhance athletic performance and safety, and this inspiration drives my entreprenurial aspirations: I hope to create more sustainable sports devices and products.

Wilson Spearman

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.

Lexi Spinetta

Class of 2024

Lexi Spinetta

Mathmatics

I am largely focused on the intersection of venture capital and early-stage entrepreneurship, and the commercialization of cutting-edge research.

Max Tan

Class of 2025

Max Tan

Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Hey y'all! I'm super interested in the growing commercial space of applied physics through startups (Quantum Engineering, Nuclear Fusion, etc). I also enjoy exploring the music tech/buisness space to empower creative artists.

Allison Tong

Class of 2022

Allison Tong

Biological Enginneering

I'm interested in venture capital and biotech/bioengineering startups!

Anirudh Valiveru

Class of 2025

Anirudh Valiveru

Computer Science and Engineering

Hi! I am Anirudh, a first-year here at MIT studying computer science. I am interested in the application of technology to streamline daily activities and connect people. I love building products that visibly impact my peersÕ lives and hope to learn more about applications in cutting-edge tech (autonomous vehicles and AR) during my time at MIT.

Jessica Wu

Class of 2024

Jessica Wu

Mathmatics

I really love to build things, and I also really love learning! I've spent the past few years studying some really incredible mathematics and on the side I love to work on projects in fun areas (recently, a combo of fintech/crypto/art). In the long term, I hope to develop tech with legacy impact.

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