2014 Ring Committee
Ishaan Kumar is a Course 2 and 15 sophomore from Toronto, Canada. He has lived in four different countries including India and Bahrain, but like any true Canadian, he is an experienced ice hockey player and ends every sentence with "eh?". In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and volleyball and is an avid scuba diver. On campus, he is a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Furthermore, not only is Ishaan the leader of Ring Comm, but he is a diva on the dance floor. Liable to cut loose at any time, he is a true dancing queen. If he was an animal, it would be a preying mantis. Overall, Ishaan can be described by his life struggles, which undoubtedly have shaped into him into the man he is today.
Daniela Yuschenkoff is a course 7, biology, major here at MIT. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and enjoys watching movies. Daniela has had many interesting jobs including positions at the San Francisco Zoo and the Museum of Science. Daniela is a great organizer and has really helped to keep RingComm on track and going strong. We could have never have done all of this without her!
Taleen Afeyan, perhaps better known by her moniker "T-Baby", is the pride and joy of Alpha Phi. While Taleen is involved in many activities on campus, her favorites include being a seasoned member of MIT's varsity lounging team, as well as a dedicated representative on the UA Senate. Taleen remains true to her roots through her participation in both the Armenian and Scandinavian clubs, as well as frequent trips to Ikea. She has read Harry Potter in three languages and enjoys cozying up with Henry the Hippo every night. Her bunny earmuffs (not made of bunnies, but resembling them) are always a crowd pleaser, as is this special young lady. Taleen has absolutely loved being a member of Ring Comm and hopes the 2014s love their ring as much as she does.
Sebastian is a dashing frenchman from Wellesley, Massachusetts. He has recently switched from course 9 to course 15, and is very excited about it. He is a member of Chi Phi fraternity, where he is most likely referred to as 'DJ Bass'. He is an avid skiier, rock climber, and ice climber. He has worked in several UROPs within the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and within the Media Lab working on projects including a robotic opera and studying theory of mind development in children. Overall, a wonderful human.
Andrew Dorne comes from the sunny City of Irvine in the heart of California's laid-back Orange County. As a Course 6 major he has taken an interest in start-ups related to the field. Although he is a member of the MIT water polo team, he still finds free time to enjoy photography. He also enjoys traveling and photographing these new places. Andrew is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and is an avid Harry Potter fan. He brings a keen eye for design to the 2014 Ring Committee and has served as one of the Committee's web masters.
Ido Efrati is a second year undergraduate student at MIT majoring in course 6. He lives in BC on Burton 2, and like any BC resident he is an eager competitor in BC's annual apple bake. He is from Israel and before he came to MIT he served for three years as a commander of QA team in the encryption unit of the Israeli Defense Force. In his free time he enjoys cooking and designing. On RingComm he helped designed the fake Bezel and contributed many ideas for the ring.
Philine Huizing is a local, hailing from Andover MA. She is majoring in Course 2, Mechanical Engineering and is a member of Student Ambassadors and one of the sororities on campus. Philine currently lives in Maseeh. She is the 2014 Ring Committee Treasurer. Philine was a fantastic contributor to RingComm; her creativity, good judgment, and well-placed witty comments were always a welcome addition to our meetings.
Harshini Jayaram hails from the small town by the name of Pullman, Washington. She is a sophomore studying Course 6. She enjoys exploring Boston (especially to find and try out all the frozen yogurt stores in town) and playing the piano with her free time. Ordering frozen yogurt from Cafe 472 can almost always cheer her up. She enjoys working out and managed to finish P90X during her freshman year. All these things aside, the best part about her is that she is always so enthusiastic and cheerful. No matter how busy she may be and no matter how long her task list is she always faces it with a smile. Her enthusiasm is simply contagious and very admirable.
Shirley Mao is a second year undergraduate student at MIT studying as a Course 2A-20 major. She lives in Simmons Hall. Shirley is involved in a UROP with Langer and Jensen labs, and she also works as a volunteer for MIT's EMS Service. She designed the fake Bezel and serves as the artistic soul of RingComm by contributing many great ideas to the design and publicity of the Brass Rat.
Matty hails from the charming town of Little Silver, New Jersey. Although he is now studying Mechanical Engineering, he used to to be a track and field and cross country superstar. He is a brother of PKT and enjoys wearing preppy outfits, winning ladies' hearts by strumming his guitar, and of course designing the 2014 brass rat. He has an unexplainable attachment to his bicycle and white helmet. He also looks fierce in a tuxedo, so get excited for premiere.
Kirsten E. Olson is a second year undergraduate student at MIT studying as a Course 6.2 major. She lives on Fourth East of East Campus, and she is involved with many a ctivities that take place among the students there. Kirsten is both the president of the Musical Theatre Guild and a member of Save TFP at MIT. Her favorite band is Bowling for Soup, and she loves Stephen King and watching scary movies. Kirsten even ran the Chicago marathon on her 18th birthday. She has really enjoyed her time here at MIT, and she has provided our Ring Committee with countless great ideas and fun activities.