MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Meet the Admissions Officers

 

The MIT Admissions Team

MIT's admissions officers are involved with all aspects of the recruitment process, from conducting information sessions for high school students and their families to reading applications and making admissions decisions. The admissions officers have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests and they look forward to reading and learning more about you during the admissions process.

MIT's Office of Admissions is not regionalized. If you have a question, contact us at [email protected].

Lauren Avalos Lauren Avalos
Associate Director of Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: The steps of Walker Memorial, overlooking the Charles River
Favorite Invention: Soft contact lenses
Favorite Quote: "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." —Dolly Parton
Trinidad Carney

Trinidad Carney
Admissions Counselor

Favorite Vacation Spot: South-East Asia island hopping
Favorite Spot on Campus: Killian Court—specifically, watching the hawks who live on Killian Court
Favorite Invention: Google (or Cat Snake)

Jessica Ch'ng

Jessica Ch'ng
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Spot on Campus: Lobby 10, especially when there are bake sales!
Favorite Hack: Fourth of July VU meter on the Green Building
Favorite Book: All the Harry Potter books

Crissy Gaffney

Crissy Gaffney
Admissions Counselor

Favorite Quote: “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Favorite Hack: The Enemy's Gate is Down
Favorite TV Show: Friday Night Lights

Sarah Godwin

Sarah Godwin
Associate Director of Admissions

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Vacation Spot: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Favorite Invention: Uber  

Kris Guay

Kris Guay
Director of Communications, Admissions and Student Financial Services

Favorite Book: Written on the Body by Jeannete Winterson
Favorite Vacation Spot: Scotland
Favorite Quote: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" —Mary Oliver

Tim Hickey-LeClair

Tim Hickey-LeClair
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Band: Chvrches
Favorite Invention: The airplane
Favorite Quote: “You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.” —Wislawa Szymborska  

Ariel Leitao

Ariel Leitao
Senior Admissions Counselor

Favorite Quote: “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” —Albus Dumbledore
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere in Maine
Favorite Musical Artist: Celine Dion

Leah McDermott

Leah McDermott
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Drink: Polar Ruby Red Grapefruit Seltzer
Favorite TV Show: Mad Men
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Drink: Fruit Smoothies
Favorite Spot on Campus: Other people's offices (when they're not there)
Favorite Musical Genre: Babymetal

Suzanne Driscoll Plump

Suzanne Driscoll Plump
Director of the Educational Council

Favorite Drink: Iced chai tea
Favorite Quote: "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." —George Bernard Shaw
Favorite Hack: The great snow hack

DJ Rock

DJ Rock
Admissions Counselor

Favorite TV Show: RuPaul's Drag Race
Favorite Book: No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore
Favorite Quote: "...only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking." —Audre Lorde

Stu Schmill

Stu Schmill
Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services

Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Favorite Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Boathouse balcony in the summer

Emily Sheldon

Emily Sheldon
Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Selection

Favorite Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Favorite Hack: Tetris on the Green Building
Favorite Quote: "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." —Oscar Wilde

Philana Tenhoff
Director of Multicultural Recruitment

Favorite Spot on Campus: Steps of 77 Mass Ave, people watching
Favorite Vacation Spot: South Florida
Favorite Drink: Passion fruit juice

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Favorite Quote: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." —E. E. Cummings

Tiffany Velez

Tiffany Velez
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Musical Artist: The Police
Favorite Spot on Campus: Killian Court
Favorite Vacation Spot: Panama 

Jeremy Weprich

Jeremy Weprich
Assistant Director of Admissions

Favorite Invention: Modern musical notation
Favorite Spot on Campus: MIT's subterranean tunnel network (useful during brutal New England winters)
Favorite Quote: “The best way to start anew is to fail miserably.” —Björk

Michael Yang

Michael Yang
Interim Director of Admissions

Favorite Food: Tater Tots
Favorite Book: Ender's Game
Favorite Hack: R2-D2 on the Great Dome


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