Isabella Pecorari, a senior at MIT who is an aspiring med student began her fascination with science with an insatiable interest in biology. She is now working with several organizations around campus helping people with brain injuries and working with a student-run organization called, Peer Ears in which under Pecorari's leadership hosts dorm-wide study breaks that addresses common mental health issues students in college face. After a horse riding accident in her sophomore year in college left Pecorari in the hospital with a broken back in five different places, she had a new respect for being a patient and wants to become a doctor after graduation this year from MIT.
I got to learn a little bit about Yazmin Guzman after spending time with her during a portrait session for MIT News recently. This MIT dual bachelors and masters program major in urban studies and education is determined to change the academic landscape to provide educational opportunities to all K-12 students. She holds her Mexican heritage close and hopes to bring her past experiences with language and socio economic inequalities she saw as a student in elementary school and continues to see today to effect positive change as a teacher. Here is the story
I had the distinct pleasure of photographing philosopher Cornel West for MIT News last week. His fiery rhetoric and insight into the dysfunction our current and past government leaders as seen through the lens of our academic institutions gave me a lot to think about within the sphere of social activism.
This portrait shoot of Anjali Misra was one of my last assignments for late 2017. Anjali who is a senior majoring in brain and cognitive sciences also works as an MIT campus EMT. She was just awarded the Mitchell Scholarship to pursue a masters in public health at University College Cork in Ireland before returning back to the states to pursue her degree in medicine.
I recently got to spend a little time in BU's new Build Lab with Gerald Fine, who leads, and helped create, ENG’s Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC), and has been named executive director of Innovate@BU, a $20 million University-wide initiative giving all students the opportunity to engage in solving real-world problems and hands-on innovation.
I was commissioned recently to photograph a tour for Sappi Fine North America paper company for their annual sustainability report as some of the company's executives walked through one of their site locations in North Falmouth, Maine. Working with this company over the last few years I have learned just how committed they are to educating the public about their involvement with the foresters they partner with that maintain these lands in an effort to maintain forest health while generating revenue.
These are some outtakes from my time last week with professor Armando Solar-Lezama for MIT News. Solar-Lezama recently earned his tenure after teaching at the school for seven years. His road to MIT was not an easy one but after developing a new computer language called Sketch he was offered to teach at MIT.
I recently photographed Billy Ndengeyingoma for MIT News on a profile piece about the civil engineer turned urban planner who is seeking to improve affordable housing in Africa and more specifically in his home city of Kigali, Rwanda. Billy is certainly an inspiring guy that is already using his education from MIT to give back to his community.