I'm Kat! I'm an undergraduate at MIT from Lowell, MA, as well as an aspiring software engineer and researcher-writer. I care about making academic work on technology — sociology, history, analyses of power — urgent and reasonable to those funding, designing, and implementing technology.
The first thing I coded was Tumblr themes, circa sixth grade, then scripts for scientific data analysis and hackathon web apps soon after. I wrote a cold email that flew me to San Francisco to do some things at a startup building an online IDE. I would then intern at startups making a web framework and language model APIs and undertake a self-directed programming retreat.
On campus, I do interfaith dialogue, peer education on relationship health, and Asian dance and take courses in media studies, STS, computer science, Chinese, and more. I've also worked in the CSAIL Visualization Group and Senseable City Lab.
In high school, I founded Science and Us, the first science communication organization for and by high schoolers. During my three years there, we organized local events introducing teens to enthusiastic people in science communication, policy, and art. I view this work as part of an anti-disciplinary movement to broaden how people think about their identities and careers.
I also co-founded and continue to be involved with the We Are America Project, working with classrooms across 34 states to share students' stories and teach parts of American civil rights history that’ve been glossed over.