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MS&E students are brought together by interdisciplinary curiosity and common research interests and goals. Read more about our students below.

Anneke Claypool
Graduating PhD candidate

Anneke Claypool

While teaching with the Peace Corps overseas, Anneke noticed healthcare problems, such as malaria, directly affecting her students’ attendance. After that experience, she decided to apply her mathematics background to the healthcare system.

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Lauren Green
Graduating BS candidate

Lauren Green

Lauren's interest in engineering was sparked by her parents' stories about her grandfathers, one being an electrical engineer at IBM, and the other an engineer who worked on top-secret government projects.

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Brian Seabrooks
Graduating BS candidate

Brian Seabrooks

Brian shares his journey from being a physics major to MS&E and his passion for creating tangible impact in the world. He also shares stories about his time at Stanford and offers advice to MS&E students.

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Andrea Banuet Gonzalez
Graduating MS candidate

Andrea Banuet Gonzalez

Andrea shares how at an early age she became fascinated with the way things worked—inspecting leaves under a telescope or taking apart and rebuilding a household fan.

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Saron Dea
Graduating BS candidate

Saron Dea

Saron originally came to Stanford determined to become a human rights lawyer, but soon realized that she could make just as big of an impact on societal issues with a degree in engineering.

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Emily Arbuthnott
Graduating MS candidate

Emily Arbuthnott

Emily shares how the COVID-19 pandemic led her to MS&E and how the program helped her find practical applications for her background in economics.

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Sean Howard
Graduating MS candidate

Sean Howard

Sean shares how his passion for engineering started with a childhood project car and describes how the interdisciplinary nature of MS&E is what attracted him to the program. He also describes his experience as a student member of MS&E's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and his plans for the future.

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Virgil Smith
Graduating MS candidate

Virgil Smith

Virgil shares that his interest in engineering became apparent as an undergraduate in the United States Military Academy (USMA), where he learned about dynamic systems and multi-criteria decision analysis.

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Eric Volmar
Graduating PhD candidate

Eric Volmar

Eric shares his research on mission-driven organizations and how entrepreneurs can be successful while doing good for society.

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Graduating PhD candidate

Wanyi Li

Wanyi shares how listening to an episode of the Freakonomics podcast series featuring Professor Al Roth led her to pursue a PhD degree in MS&E. Wanyi came to Stanford to study Operations Research focused on Economic Systems and Environmental Sustainability. 

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Graduating BS candidate

Aron Nunez

Aron shares stories about his childhood, and how growing up on an orchard and helping his father count trees led to his fascination with math and engineering. He wanted to solve problems around efficiency and optimization, and found math allowed him to do so.  

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2020 PhD Cohort

A warm welcome to our 2020 PhD Cohort! Get to know some of our newest students:
Mohak Goyal, Grace Guan, Ravi Sojitra, Shengbo Wang, Fernando Rodriguez Silva Santisteban, Junting Duan, Tristan Pollner, Wajeeha Ahmad, Zhihao Jiang, Yuchen Hu, Sirui Lin, and Mohammad Roghani.

Meet the 2020 Cohort
Portrait of Malik Antoine
Graduating BS candidate

Malik Antoine

"Where I grew up, there are certain routes you're supposed to take. The courage comes in taking a different one."

Malik describes his journey and why a Stanford degree is especially meaningful for him.

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Portrait of Robert Bremner
Graduating PhD candidate

Robert Bremner

Rob shares his research focus in Organization and Strategy, and goes in depth into his research where he studied how to improve the innovation process (particularly in the gaming industry).

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Portrait of Barbara Cardona
Graduating BS candidate

Barbara Cardona

Barbara shares with us her fondest memories about her time at Stanford and in the MS&E program. She also shares insights about growing up in Honduras and how that directly influenced her career trajectory.

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Portrait of Guillermo Camarillo
Graduating BS candidate

Guillermo Camarillo

Guillermo shares stories about his time at Stanford and in the MS&E program, and also provides advice for underrepresented minority students on campus, stating that they do belong and their presence in their department and classrooms are valid, in addition to their merit.

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Portrait of Lauren Feitzinger
Graduating BS candidate

Lauren Elizabeth Feitzinger

Lauren shares her fondest memories about what attracted her to the STEM field, including solving math problems with her mother at a very young age, describing it as something that was ingrained into her identity.

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Portrait of Pablo Hernandez
Graduating MS candidate

Pablo Hernandez Sanz

Pablo shares how his fascination with engineering began at an early age, taking apart toys to see how they work, and how his teachers in high school made science and math courses exciting and fun, as opposed to just fulfilling course requirements.

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Portrait of Catherine Gu
Graduating MS candidate

Catherine Gu

Catherine shares her fondest memories about her time at Stanford and in the MS&E program. She also describes how the courses she took both in and outside of the program propelled her into the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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Portrait of Ali Shameli
Graduating PhD candidate

Ali Shameli

Ali helps define his research area of Operations Research and how it has extended beyond MS&E with collaboration in the CS and Economics departments at Stanford. He shares his thought process for choosing the MS&E program and describes it as being the perfect blend between theory and application.

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Portrait of Elizabeth Reichert
Graduating BS candidate

Elizabeth Christy Reichert

Elizabeth shares with us her fondest memories of her time at Stanford and in the MS&E program. She goes into depth about what attracted her to engineering, including the creativity and mindful ways engineers solve problems.

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Portrait of Travis Trammell
Graduating PhD candidate

Travis Trammell III

Travis goes in depth into his research where he studied fake news by using quantitative methods to examine its spread on online platforms, as well as potential counters that both government and industry could use in an effort to stop the spread of disinformation.

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Portrait of Laura Sun
Graduating MS candidate

Laura Sun

Laura describes watching her father work on engineering projects as a young child, and how that ignited her curiosity for engineering. Laura also shares what she will miss most about the MS&E program and Stanford, in addition to her plans for the future.

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Portrait of Alton Russell
PhD candidate

Alton Russell

Within the area of modeling healthcare decision and healthcare policy, Alton's research area focuses on safety in the blood supply.

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Portrait of Hannah Li
PhD candidate

Hannah Li

"As an engineer, you’re taught to build things, to optimize things."

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Portrait of Maya Thompson and Aisha Sharif
BS candidates

Maya Thompson and Aisha Sharif

"I just want younger engineering students to know that you can do it."

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Portrait of Averie Collins
BS candidate

Averie Collins

"Soccer has taught me so many incredible life skills from teamwork to problem solving, which I think directly applies to my work in MS&E."

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Portrait of Tyreke White
Graduating MS candidate

Tyreke White

"Being able to choose between a wide array of courses from accounting to machine learning is one of the hallmarks of this program that I would have missed out on if I'd chosen another program."

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Portrait of Melanie Craxton
Graduating PhD candidate

Melanie Craxton

"I became interested in the intersection between behavioral economics and energy policy, inspiring many of the projects I have undertaken during my time at Stanford."

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Portrait of Gregory Heon
Graduating PhD candidate

Gregory Heon

"I love the mix of mathematical theory and computer science that is all focused on real-world applications, and Stanford MS&E allowed me to apply them to real problems."

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Photo of Bryce Marion
Graduating BS candidate

Bryce Marion

"Embrace the struggle. We come to Stanford because it’s an institution that can push us to a place in which we are uncomfortable-out of our depth. These experiences will come to bear the most fruit once you’ve moved on from this time in life. "

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Photo of Karly Jerman
Graduating MS candidate

Karly Jerman

"It felt good to do research that was going to be immediately used... and was doubly satisfying because it was already applying my training to solve a problem by using data."

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Portrait of Jacqueline Wibowo
Graduating MS candidate

Jacqueline Wibowo

"I knew that I wanted to have social impact mixed with technology in an organization that I would like to found in the future."

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Photo of Jongbin Jung while travelling abroad
PhD candidate

Jongbin Jung

"Helping people make challenging and important decisions is the most fulfilling goal for me. I’m also excited about making sense of complicated systems and finding insights from large amounts of data."

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Portrait of Federica Roth
Graduating BS candidate

Federica Roth

"I took classes on national security, economics, bioengineering, optimization, and so much more, all within MS&E. There are so many amazing classes here at Stanford, it is important to take advantage of them."

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Portrait of Allison Pitt
PhD candidate, MS '10

Allison Pitt

"I know that my experience here is equipping me with the skills and perspective I'll need to make an impact."

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Portrait of Tania Abedian
MS candidate

Tania Abedian

"I tell everyone to take MS&E 293: Technology and National Security."

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Srithi Thatchenkery describes her research to interested parties at a poster session.
PhD candidate

Sruthi Thatchenkery

"I am analyzing data to pinpoint the most effective ways for medical device startups to incorporate physicians into their work in collaboration with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and Stanford Graduate School of Business."

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Portrait of Aaron Mitchell
Stanford Summer Engineering Academy

Aaron Mitchell

"In high school, I thought I would go into business. It wasn’t until I attended SSEA that I realized the breadth of engineering programs Stanford has to offer."

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