Where Einstein Meets Edison

Our Team

MITER is back and recruiting for passionate, entrepreneurial-minded people to join our team!  Whether you are interested in writingediting and/or being part of the executive team, we welcome your contributions.

Benefits of joining the MITER team:

  • Join a cross campus team who is passionate about Entrepreneurship
  • Gain visibility and recognition for your work and research
  • Attend conferences in your discipline as a registered journalist
  • Interview thought leaders in your field and build a strong network

If this sounds interesting to you, let us know.  We’d love to add you to the team!

Executive Team

Arjun Mendhi

Joe Shonkwiler

Luyuan Fan

Abhinab Basnyat

Grace Young

Grace Young is an undergraduate at MIT majoring in ocean engineering, with interests in robotics, physics, computer science, and architecture. Last summer she worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution building autonomous aircraft for ocean surveying. The summer before she worked at CERN, the large hadron collider, developing software for particle physicists, and at the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Cybernetics Lab in Boston applying statistical methods for bioinformatics. Her other work experience includes quantum computing research at The Joint Quantum Institute and analysis of electrical properties of carbon nanotubes at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of MIT’s varsity sailing team, Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, and Arts Scholar Program. She is also the 2012-2013 recipient of MIT’s Robert Bruce Wallace Academic Prize in Ocean Engineering.

Amanda von Goetz

Amanda founded her first startup in 2008, a boutique web development agency serving small-to-medium sized enterprises. GvG STUDIOS focused primarily on the authoring of e-commerce platforms and proprietary extensions, and later grew its services to include digital strategy. Other initiatives have included NotesOnTheRoad.com (The Interview Magazine for Creative Professionals), MandysNotes.com (Calculus notes and tutorials), and most recently, in 2012, KatieChamberlain.com. Amanda’s first career was as a concert pianist, when she was managed at the professional level by ICM Artists. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, is certified at the Advanced II level in the Russian language by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Writers & Editors

 Agnes Chu

Agnes is a second-year MBA student at Sloan, who is particularly interested in start-ups and cleantech. Prior to Sloan, Agnes worked in commercial banking with the Wells Fargo Energy Group and private equity with Liberty Energy Holdings, focusing upon investments in upstream oil & natural gas. Agnes spent two years abroad, working extensively with nonprofits and startups in Samoa, Bolivia, India, and Mexico. Agnes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Finance and Accounting.

Chris Pirie

Scientist & Co-founder, Manus Biosynthesis, Dr. Pirie is a scientist and co-founder at Cambridge, MA based Manus Biosynthesis. Chris earned his PhD in Biological Engineering from MIT in 2011 where his thesis research was focused on therapeutic protein engineering and he was a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Also while at MIT he served on the Institute Committee on Intellectual Property and served as a writer and editor for the Entrepreneurship Review. He received his Bachelors degree, cum laude with college honors, in Bioengineering from the University of Washington where he studied intracellular drug delivery. In addition to his academic research he has served as a student representative to the Institute Committee on Intellectual Property where he helps guide MIT policy on important IP issues like open source publishing and patent reform. While at Washington he served on the Bioengineering Curriculum Committee pushing for improved course work in molecular transport and mathematical modeling. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, he grew up in Seattle and now lives in Cambridge. As a life sciences editor and writer for MITER he sources primarily research focused articles with tangential, intellectual excursions into ideas on venture capital and technology translation.

Chris enjoys sailing the Charles River, reading classic literature and astrophysics books, traveling to places other people only read about, and BASE jumping off the Green Building.

John Casey

John is a Biological Engineering PhD candidate in Prof. Angela Belcher’s laboratory, where he studies protein engineering and de novo enzymology. He has served as Associate Director of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and remains on the Board of Directors. John earned a BS in Biological Engineering at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, focusing on photochemical genetic engineering strategies. While there he also obtained a minor in Mandarin Chinese, with particular interest Chinese business and entrepreneurship, and spent several months in Harbin, China before moving to Cambridge to start his   PhD as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

MITER Hall of Fame

Betar Gallant

Betar Gallant is a fourth-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering and a National Science Foundation fellow. She received her S.B. and S.M. degrees from M.I.T. She is passionate about changing the clean energy scene through the development of new devices and materials that can store and convert energy electrochemically. Her research focuses on nanoscale energy storage materials for lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries, electrochemical capacitors and desalination applications. Betar’s experience includes work as a technology program specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she helped develop policy to encourage more students to pursue careers in science and technology. She is also a 2012 Managing Director of the M.I.T. Clean Energy Prize.


Jordi MataFink

Jordi is a PhD student in chemical engineering at MIT and a writer for the Entrepreneurship Review. His thesis research applies the tools of protein engineering to vaccine development. He is interested in biotech entrepreneurship, particularly as it applies to global health and neglected diseases.


Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy was born and raised in Southern California, graduating with honors from UC San Diego with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He is currently a 5th-year PhD candidate in the Figueroa Lab in MIT’s Physics department, where he develops simulation, data analysis tools, and next-generation hardware for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment. Kevin sees MITER as a fantastic opportunity to understand the interplay between scientific research and entrepreneurial ventures, and disseminate the amazingly broad knowledge base of the MITER staff to the interested public.


Ido Salama

Ido is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. As the co-founder of Sistine Solar, he is passionate about showing the world that solar energy should be both functional and visually stunning. Prior to Sloan, he worked on Wall Street covering technology companies at Citibank, spent time in Silicon Valley valuing start-ups for Yahoo! and worked at a start-up in Israel building a ground-breaking modular cell phone (the modu). Ido graduated with a BS in Finance from Rutgers University. His interests include dreaming up the future of mobile technologies, bringing about a cleantech revolution, product design and cycling.

Justine Pang

Justine is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  After obtaining her B.A. at Wellesley College in 2007, she worked for Brigham and Women’s in Boston, MA on clinical decision support applications for their electronic medical record.  She also worked for Kronos, Inc., a workforce management software company.  Her interests include healthcare and technology-enabled operations.

Stav Davis

Stav is an MBA candidate at the MIT-Sloan School of Management. He is the co-founder of the nanotech startup Parian Technologies and has a diverse background that ranges from medical devices to film production, with a dab of VC work. He is one of the few Israeli-Irish hybrids and his interests are in hardware, energy, sustainability, medical devices & biotech, design-thinking and creativity.

Shambhavi Kadam

Dante Cassanego

Yvonne Chung

VJ Patel

Erdin Beshimov

Rob Lemos