Ana Ramirez, A Junior from Colombia
I am a new student here at MSSM. I moved about a year ago all the way to the United States from Colombia, with a long-term goal of helping improve people’s wellness, health, and quality of life, and I think that one of the best ways to do it is by pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering at MIT. I hope to someday push the boundaries of the medical community. After my grandmother passed away of Cancer and my grandfather of Parkinson's disease, the word "medicine" took a whole new meaning for me. I want to innovate and create to improve the quality of life of the people.
Two years ago I started working as a volunteer at a non-profit cooperation in Colombia called Fabrilab where, through 3D printing, we have been able to develop technical solutions in the area of health among which we have the hand and arm prostheses and we are currently trying to improve our prototype of lower limb prosthesis. Although I was not in Colombia last year because I went to Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts, I came back this summer to keep working there. We develop customized prostheses that we donate to underprivileged children and we all work from our hearts to give these prostheses to the children and bring back their smiles and some of their manual abilities, of course, they did not have before. We have donated more than 70 prostheses and we are still working on this good cause.
Chris Evans, Senior from Portland.
I attended BWSI Racecar at MIT this summer. We learned how to code fully autonomous race cars to run a course. We did this over the course of 4 weeks. The race cars run ROS on Linux and we programmed them to run a path consisting of multiple different obstacles including a path with no walls and only colored flooring, a walled pathway, a hair pin turn, and other stuff too.
Here is a video from a camera mounted on the car (it might make you dizzy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exYrqYwyUD4
Sophia Smith, A Senior from North Yarmouth.
This summer I worked with multiple Portland-based organizations to train dogs. I worked with North Edge K9 to train police dogs for the Portland Police Department as well as K9's On The Front Line training free PTSD service dogs for combat veterans. I met lots of great people (and dogs!) and learned many skills I will need later on for my desired area of study: veterinary medicine.
I spent 6 weeks this summer participating in the National High School Game Academy at Carnegie Mellon University. As you might guess, it's a summer school focusing on video game development. During the last two weeks, I acted as the producer for my team of five and produced a game regarded one of the best in the program. It is a first person action game based on Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch, a very popular virtual reality platform. Here's a link to the demo video of the game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugU99ALZS3M. The main scene is what the player wearing the headset would hear, and the video on the bottom right is webcam capture of people playing the game.