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Outreach

Outreach is one of the key ways we can give back to our community and society in general. Here below are examples of our recent outreach activities.
  • Sophia Keniston – MSRP Intern
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Sophia Keniston for completing her MSRP poster on "Parameter Sensitivity Study on Non-Hydrostatic 2-D Subduction Dynamics". At MSEAS, Sophia investigated the effect of wind and diffusivity parameters on subduction dynamics in the Alboran Sea. As a visiting student from Sweet Briar College (Virginia), Sophia successfully completed her 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Ashwin Sivakumar – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Ashwin Sivakumar for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on "Using Neural Closure Techniques to Simplify Lemming Population Models." At MSEAS, Ashwin utilized a delay differential equation-based neural network framework previously developed at MSEAS to augment a low-complexity, inaccurate ordinary differential equation model for lemming population cycles in the Arctic. The goal of this effort was to approximate the dynamics of a higher-complexity and much more accurate model without compromising simplicity. This is the first application of this technique to terrestrial ecology. As a visiting high school student from Flintridge Preparatory High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA), Ashwin successfully completed his 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Nevan Lim – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Nevan Lim for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on “Effects of Density-Based Subduction on Ocean Mixing and Internal Waves". At MSEAS, Nevan performed parameter sensitivity studies for numerous factors that affect subduction within the Alboran Sea by modifying the magnitude of these factors in a 2D model and analyzing the resulting simulation output. The model was constructed in MATLAB and the simulations were conducted using parallel computing as well as Shell Scripting. The results of his research will aid in the construction of more accurate and complex ocean models in the future that account for the realistic variations of these factors across space and time. As a visiting high school student from Nanyang Junior College (Singapore), Nevan successfully completed his 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Camilla Martinez – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Camilla Martinez for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Energy-Time Optimal Path Planning in Realistic Ocean Settings." At MSEAS, Camilla investigated the application of realistic vehicle parameters to the energy-time optimal path planning algorithm and used her findings to conduct simulations in a realistic dynamic ocean environment. As a visiting high school student from North Hollywood High School (North Hollywood, CA), Camilla successfully completed her 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Anya Zhang – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Anya Zhang for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Interactive Ocean Visualization Using VAPOR". At MSEAS, Anya investigated the 3D visualization software VAPOR developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in creating visualizations for the MSEAS sea exercises to better understand processes such as climate change and ocean acidification. Throughout the study, Anya also developed a unique data processing pipeline and conducted colormap comparisons. As a visiting high school student from Ed W. Clark High School (Las Vegas, NV), Anya successfully completed her 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Xiru “Cecilia” Hou – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Xiru "Cecilia" Hou for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Instantaneously Optimal Dynamic Video Compression". At MSEAS, Cecilia developed dynamic video compression in four ways to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the algorithm. The four methods include: error drift elimination, colored video compression, frame combination, and intra-frame coding. As a visiting high school student from High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (Beijing, China), Cecilia successfully completed her 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Aziz Hanafi – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2021
    Congratulations to Aziz Hanafi for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on "Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Tumor: From MRI Scans to Model Simulations." At MSEAS, Aziz worked on implementing Image Processing in order to apply the mathematical model for tumor evolution into real life complex situations of tumors, thus the image processing tools were effective to provide the needed inputs of the brain tumor to the model, throughout his research the implementation of the model into a computational manner using real MRI scans combined with the implementation of Image Processing produced successful results. As a visiting high school student from the United World College Red Cross Nordic, Aziz successfully completed his 2021 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Yoland Gao – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2020
    Congratulations to Youran “Yoland” Gao for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on “3DSeaVizKit: Interactive 3D Visualization Toolkit for Oceanographic Data". At MSEAS, Yoland developed a 3D (spatial) + 1 (temporal) visualization toolkit , the 3DSeaVizKit, that processes oceanographic simulations obtained by the MSEAS ocean model to create cohesive, portable and interactive 3D visualizations of the ocean. As a visiting high school student from Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Yoland successfully completed his 2020 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Erik Wang – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2020
    Congratulations to Erik Wang for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on “Numerical Modeling of Sea-Ice Dynamics and Thermodynamics.” Erik investigated numerous state-of-the-art numerical sea ice models to determine which would be best coupled to the MSEAS oceans model. He researched different rheologies by which the sea ice may evolve as well as how thermodynamics and ocean dynamics couple in order to predict how sea ice moves, melts, and changes with time. Using Monte Carlo simulations, Erik showed how perturbations on the incoming solar flux and the sea ice albedo affected long-term ice growth and melting. As a visiting high school student from Phillips Academy (Andover, MA), Erik successfully completed his 2020 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Amulya Pillutla – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2019
    Congratulations to Amulya Pillutla for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on investigating techniques "Toward Effective, Insightful Visualization Tools for Ocean Physics ". At MSEAS, Amulya researched tools to make SeaVizKit, an in-house ocean visualization tool, faster, a feature of critical importance for real-time ocean applications. As a visiting high school student from Pleasant Valley High School (Bettendorf, IA), Amulya successfully completed her 2019 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Serena Zhao – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2019
    Congratulations to Serena Zhao for completing her RSI summer report! Her presentation is titled "Targeting Marine Plastic Pollution with Numerical Data Modeling: Predicting Plastic Transport through Flow Map Composition." A rising high school senior from Manhasset, New York, Serena is extremely passionate about environmental conservation, future sustainability, and the Earth. She has researched areas spanning neurodegenerative disease to environmental engineering, but her primary interests lie in water use and conservation, especially of the oceans. Serena successfully completed her 2019 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Richard Beattie – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - August 2019
    Congratulations to Richard Beattie for completing his RSI summer investigating solving linear systems; his report and presentation is titled "Optimizing ILU and Block Preconditioning Methods for Sparse Finite Element Linear Operators". As a visiting high school student from Dublin, Ireland, Richard learned more numerical linear algebra than perhaps he ever wanted to, and successfully completed his 2019 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Alan Zhu – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - July 2018
    Congratulations to Alan Zhu for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Optimizing the Travel of Energy-Constrained Marine Vehicles: Novel Methods of Path-Planning Using Level-Set Expansion", which investigated the use of stochastic level set equations to compute furtherst distance that a vehicle can reach in strong and dynamic currents. As a visiting high school student from North Dakota, Alan successfully completed his 2018 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Anjali Chadha – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2018
    Congratulations to Anjali Chadha for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Implementation of a Radiation Therapy Treatment Model for Glioblastoma Multiforme ", which investigated the spread of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), under radiation therapy using mathematical models. As a visiting high school student from duPont Manual High School (Louisville, KY), Anjali successfully completed her 2018 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Siona Prasad – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2018
    Congratulations to Siona Prasad for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Ocean Transport Modeling to Predict and Mitigate Regional Flow-Based Hazards", which investigated the Lagrangian transport processes that impact dispersion of pollutants and contaminants in the ocean. As a visiting high school student from Thomas Jefferson High School (Alexandria VA), Siona successfully completed her 2018 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Winston Fu – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2017
    Congratulations to Winston Fu for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on "Brain Tumor Modeling under Uncertainties ", which investigated the spread of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most common type of tumors, within uncertain brain environments. As a visiting high school student from Singapore, Winston successfully completed his 2017 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Xyuqing Xie – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2017
    Congratulations to Xyuqinq Xie for completing his RSI summer report and presentation on "Hybridizable Discontinuous Galerkin Ocean Modeling," which investigated the physics captured by high order finite element schemes. As a visiting high school student from Wilmington, Delaware, Xyuqing successfully completed his 2017 summer research with the MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Chance Emerson – Engineering Honors Program
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2017
    Congratulations to Chance Emerson for completing a summer internship with the MSEAS group as part of the Engineering Honors Program at St. Paul's School. As a visiting student, Chance investigated code robustness for 3D Hybridizable Discontinuous Galerkin schemes and worked on 3D Ocean Visualization.
  • High-school student Hannah Zhang – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2017
    Congratulations to Hannah Zhang for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Flow Transports and Coherent Structures in the New England Shelf". As a visiting high-school student from Boulder, CO, Hannah successfully completed her 2017 summer research with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Morgan Kane – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS Group - July 2016
    Congratulations to Morgan Kane for completing her RSI summer report and presentation on "Go with the flow: The Effect of Geophysical Flows on Transports". As a visiting junior high-school student from Briston, RI, Morgan successfully completed her 2016 summer research with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Chuang Tang – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2015
    Congratulations to Chuang Tang for completing his RSI report and presentation on “Time-Optimal Path Planning in Dynamic Flow Fields with Ship Wakes.” As a visiting visiting junior high-school student from Little Rock, AR, Chuang successfully completed his 2015 summer research with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Ajay Jain – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2015
    Congratulations to Ajay Jain for completing his RSI report and presentation on “Time-Optimal Robotic Path Planning in Dynamic Ocean Flows: Efficiency and Sensitivity Studies.” As a visiting junior high-school student from Cupertino, CA, Ajay successfully completed his 2015 summer research with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • High-school student Jordan Benjamin – RSI Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - July 2014
    Congratulations to Jordan Benjamin for completing his RSI report and presentation on “Effects of Typhoon Morakot river discharges on the coastal Taiwan ocean system.” As a visiting minority high-school student from Atlanta, Jordan successfully completed his 2014 summer research with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • Visiting undergrad. student Abhinav Gupta – S. N. Bose Scholar
    MIT - MSEAS group - May 2014
    Congratulations to Abhinav Gupta from IIT Kanpur for completing his S. N. Bose Scholars Program with us this summer 2014. Abhinav completed original research on “Deterministic and Stochastic Modeling of Coupled Ocean Biological-Physical Dynamics” with our MSEAS group at MIT.
  • Lessons on the Ocean
    Cambridge - October 2013
    MIT undergraduates Grace Young and Teresa Hegarty developed lessons and educational drawings for middle and high school students about the role of technology in human's understanding and management of the ocean. These lessons and drawings were completed in spring 2014 and featured in the Mission 31 Skype-in-the-classroom curriculum.
    For example, in the first 20-minute interactive lesson on "Why care about the ocean?", they discuss seven reasons why the ocean is important; it 1) covers 70% of earth's surface; 2) generates half the oxygen people breathe; 3) provides seafood; 4) is a place for recreation; 5) generates renewable energy; 6) transports 90% of goods to the US; 7) is a new frontier for discovery.