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Dr. Dawn '04, MS '06, PhD '11

  • Fmr Assistant Director of Admissions
MIT staff blogger Dr. Dawn '04, MS '06, PhD '11


Hi! I’m Dr. Dawn.

I’ve been around MIT since the start of the millennium, first as an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering (Course 2) and Biology (Course 7), then as a Masters and PhD student in Course 2. During my time as a student I was involved in many student groups (especially many robotics clubs including FIRST and Battlebots) and during my PhD I studied ways to improve the energy efficiency of robotic digging at the bottom of the ocean. I escaped MIT briefly to live and work in France after I finished my doctorate but I was drawn back to the Institute to work in Admissions.

Now I spend my time talking to students about MIT, discussing engineering topics with high schoolers, and mentoring current MIT undergraduate and graduate students. In my spare time, my joy in creating things spills over from engineering into crafting, cooking, and doing home improvement projects around my apartment.