Meet Our Alumni!

Tell us anything about yourself!

I got interested in transcriptional regulation during a MISTI Israel internship in summer 2009 and have been doing research in that area since I graduated MIT. Outside of class at MIT, I was involved in AEPhi and Hillel, and I did synchronized swimming and dance troupe for a year each. I also did a computational biology UROP at MIT for 3 years. When I am not doing research, I enjoy Torah reading, Torah study, and swimming. I also love keeping in touch with my friends from AEPhi.

What do you do now?

Since graduating MIT, I got a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford in 2017 and went to Carnegie Mellon for a post-doc in computational biology. I am currently researching the evolution of transcriptional regulation in the brain.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I had a memorized list of reasons that I would provide for why I joined AEPhi during recruitment every year, but my real reason was that some of my favorite people at Hillel were already in it. I stayed because I cared deeply about every person in the chapter and knew that every person in the chapter cared about me.

Favorite AEPhi memory?

I thoroughly enjoyed our funky date events, including mystery dinners and scavenger hunts. I also have many happy memories of late night p-setting sessions and random conversations with sisters. While running recruitment for 2 years was not a favorite memory, the sincere appreciation I received from most of my sisters for the hard work I put in meant the world to me, and I am still friends with some of the women I recruited. I also now have many happy memories of celebrating sisters' weddings with other AEPhi alumni.

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Irene Kaplow

Course 18

Class of 2010

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Emily Giurleo

Course 6-3

Class of 2017

Tell us anything about yourself!

While at MIT, I served as the president of AEPhi. I was also an active member of the Muses a cappella group, as well as a founding member of Queer West, an LGTBQ student group based out of west campus. I am now a software engineer and pet mom. In my spare time, I love to read fantasy novels and write code for good causes.

What are you doing now?

I am currently a software engineer working at MongoDB.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I joined AEPhi because I saw the way that sisters in the chapter took care of each other, and I desperately wanted a community of people who would support me through my time at MIT. I stayed because I made some amazing friends -- my sisters were funny, smart, weird, and always understood me.

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Risha Mars

Course 6

Class of 2011, MEng 2012

Tell us anything about yourself!

My hobbies while I was on campus: rowing and sailing on the Charles, square dancing, bell ringing, prowling for free food, exploring campus.

What are you doing now?

I am currently a software engineer working at MongoDB.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I joined AEPhi because several friends recommended it, and they looked like they were having fun! I stayed because I really liked my sisters!

Favorite AEPhi memory?

My favorite AEPhi memory was being thrown into Walden Pond by my sisters on our retreat :) They have good aim!

 

Tell us anything about yourself!

I love being immersed in vibrant, silly, and loving communities. There is nothing better than a good, long chat with someone who is passionate and happy to share that joy with you. I was involved in other student groups and communities (π, Muses) while on campus and now am actively involved in a variety of communities (non-profits I volunteer for, clubs, and other events I host) post-undergrad in Seattle. I loved wandering on foot throughout Cambridge, Boston, and beyond!

What do you do now?

I herd cats at Microsoft as a technical product owner.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I joined because I loved many of the sisters who were also in the Muses a cappella group that I was also in at the time. I stayed for the friendships, love, and phamily bonds I formed with each sister.

Favorite AEPhi memory?

My favorite ΑΕΦ memories revolve around the silly, loving energy of the chapter. I loved spending quiet moments of contentment and joy with my sisters 1:1, as well as chapter-wide events like Phi Love You and AEPholiday.

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Aisha Wang

Course 6-2

Class of 2016

Tell us anything about yourself!

I lived (mostly) in New House at MIT and really enjoyed spending time cooking with friends and knitting in the lounge. I spent a lot of time walking or studying along the Charles or going into back bay to try new coffee shops!

What are you doing now?

I’m a software engineer and I live in SoCal! Still knitting as much as ever. I miss Boston from time to time, but the weather here is unbeatable.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

It was easy to tell during recruitment that the sisters loved each other unconditionally and were a true family - I wanted my college experience to have those sort of friendships. I stayed because it luckily was true for me as well 💚

Favorite AEPhi memory?

Matzoh ball soup at pholiday and senior roasts every year are some of my favorite memories! Plus the time we had formal at skyzone and I won the jousting match 😎

 

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Laura Eckman

Course 6-3

Class of 2018

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Zoe Gong

Course 6-3

Class of 2019

Tell us anything about yourself!

My greatest legacy in the chapter may be some advice I gave about sleeping (even if you can't fall asleep just lie there in the dark with your eyes closed and you'll still feel slightly rested which is the next best thing) - which was a big surprise to me since I don't even remember when I gave this advice! I love early mornings, and when I was an undergrad I loved walking around campus in the morning when everything felt hushed and empty.

What do you do now?

I'm a software engineer at Google.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I joined because the sisters I met during recruitment were so fun and interesting that I wanted to get to know them better. I stayed because I found a family who always had my back and would push me to become a better person and leader throughout my four years at MIT

Favorite AEPhi memory?

For my 21st birthday some sisters and I went to New York City for the weekend and met up with a handful of AEPhi alums who had moved there after they graduated (along with one alum who flew in from LA!). I just remember sitting at this Malaysian restaurant at a big table of all my favourite people and seeing everyone chatting animatedly and being so rowdy and happy. I just took a moment to soak it all in.

Tell us anything about yourself!

One of the biggest things I loved doing at MIT was running up to someone and giving them a big hug! Alas, this is not something you can do (often) outside of the MIT campus. An interesting quirk I have is being able to snap Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I have also recently discovered that carrot juice is really, really good. Right up there with orange juice, would suggest trying.

 

What do you do now?

I recently moved to LA to work as a Corrosion Engineer at MISTRAS!

Y'all, please don't use bleach to clean stainless steel. This is a PSA. You have been warned.

Why did you join AEPhi? Why did you stay?

I joined AEPhi because of cookies. I ended up staying because of the friendship and, eventually, because the responsibility of going from mentee to mentor helped me grow and develop in ways that I never expected.

Favorite AEPhi memory?

There are so many answers with this question! - Learning how to braid and bake challah. The secret is: add Nutella. - Much meowing and screaming at random times. - Falling asleep with people in the Cheney Room - Running a great recruitment event - Trying shrinky dinks for the first time - Attending my first musical ever (Rent) - Going to NYC for a weekend - Going to the beach - Watching anime - Learning about volleyball while watching anime - Learning about volleyball just by being in the presence of sisters who play volleyball even though I don't - Going to Havana Club to learn how to salsa - Learning that to make bagels you have to boil them??? - Arguing that empanadas are a type of dumpling. And vice versa. - Trying Escape the Room

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Mindy Wu

Course 3

Class of 2019