STEM Tutors

Buse Aktas

Buse Aktas

Resident Tutor
J-entry
Tutor in: Arts, STEM, International Student Advising, Study Abroad

Merhaba, Kirkland - I’m excited for my third year as a tutor in KHouse! I’m from Edirne, Turkey and a fifth year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (SEAS) with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (AFVS). After undergrad at Princeton, I had a variety of day jobs (R&D for household appliances, urban design work with municipalities, studio assistance for artists) while I worked in my own art studio by night. I also did a masters with field research in traditional craftsmanship practices (broommaking, saddlemaking, locksmithing, etc.). At Harvard, I design, model and build soft and squishy robots, design new engineering education methods, and make art objects. Let's chat about craft, science, education, and interdisciplinary and international career paths. And if you'd like some personalized fiction, I can make you some Turkish coffee and tell your fortune.

 

Eric Bersin

Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my wife, Kori. Originally from Chicago, I graduated from Kirkland in 2014, joint concentrating in {Biomedical Engineering} and {Chemistry & Physics}. At Harvard I had the privilege of performing with the Glee Club, the Krokodiloes, and the Bach Society Orchestra. After graduating, I spent a year in Munich on a Fulbright fellowship working at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. I'm currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at MIT, where I'm supported by a NASA Graduate Fellowship and work with Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. Accordingly, I tutor in Engineering, Fellowships, and Music. My research entails shooting lasers at diamonds in order to build quantum computers - or at least, that's what I tell our funding agencies. Outside work, I love spending time outdoors, volunteering with the Museum of Science, and singing. Come say hello at STEM office hours, chat me up about ways to fund your dream service/study trip, or come de-stress at our dog Dusty's Pawfice Hours!

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Katia Chadaideh

Resident Tutor and Senior Tutor
H-31
Tutor In: CARE, STEM, Conversations with Kirkland, Tutor Hiring Coordinator

Hey there, Kirkland! I'm super excited to be back for my fourth year as a tutor in H-entryway along with my partner, Dan! Born and raised in Orlando, I braved the Boston winters to pursue a PhD in human evolutionary biology here at Harvard. I study the impacts of diet on the gut microbiome (my research makes me think a lot about food, so you'll be seeing me in the dining hall often!). As an undergrad at Rollins College, I majored in biochemistry and anthropology, and had the chance to conduct fieldwork in Spain, Mexico, and Japan. I'd be thrilled to chat about all things science at the STEM table, and to get your input on fun Conversations with Kirkland speakers! In my free time, I love hiking/camping, yoga, and hammocking along the Charles with a good book. Looking forward to an amazing year!

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Anika Gupta

Resident Tutor
D-11
Tutor in: STEM, Faculty Engagement, Arts Outings
Hey there, K-House! I'm delighted for year two with the Kirkland family as a tutor alongside Raj. We'll be running Fridays with Faculty and Senior Common Room events, and I'm excited to also advise in STEM. Originally from California, I'm currently a fourth year PhD student at Harvard and the Broad Institute using single cell genomics to better understand gene regulation. I studied at MIT for my undergrad ('18), where I fell in love with data science, biotech, and Boston. Outside of lab, I enjoy nature (hiking, climbing, biking), creating (singing, podcasting, poetry), and spending time with friends and family. I'm thrilled to get to know you all, please never hesitate to reach out!

Daniel Kapec

Daniel Kapec

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: STEM table, Outings, Conversations with Kirkland
Hi there Kirkland House! My name is Dan, and I'm stoked to be joining the tutor staff along with my partner Katia! I'm excited to be back at Harvard as a postdoc at the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA) after receiving my PhD in theoretical physics here in 2018. As an undergrad at Yale I majored in Physics and Mathematics, and I just finished a postdoc in Princeton at the Institute for Advanced Study. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, going to Red Sox games and exploring Boston. I'm also always down to play some video games after grabbing dinner in the dining hall. Looking forward to chatting with you at the STEM table and planning some fun outings. Be sure to also give us your recommendations for Conversations with Kirkland. I can't wait to get to know you all!
Wilson Qin

Wilson Qin

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Kirkland Drama Society, Fellowships, Outings, STEM Table, website, community kitchen

Hi K-House! I'm excited to serve as your resident tutor of I-entryway along with my friend Stefan. I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate in the Data Systems Lab (DASlab) @ Harvard SEAS (on leave). This year I am spending my time working on a new venture. I first came through Kirkland House with Class of 2015, concentrating in Computer Science. Before the PhD, I was incredibly lucky to have had a broad set of opportunities, including working as a data analytics staffer for a presidential campaign, growing quantitative hedge funds, and engaging with the venture & startup community. I'm happy to chat about STEM research & academia, quantitative finance, tech startups and venture capital, political campaigns, and your creative pursuits in general. I hope to meet all of you throughout this year!... Read more about Wilson Qin

Amber Rock

Amber Rock

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: STEM Table, CARE, Arts, Music
Howdy! My name is Amber and I'm delighted to be joining Kirkland as a resident tutor! I am a third year PhD student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. I grew up in Long Beach, CA and completed my undergraduate at Bowdoin College before coming to Harvard. Outside of the lab, I enjoy printmaking, camping, and am a proud member of Bachelor Nation™. At Kirkland, I am a STEM, CARE, and arts and music tutor. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!!!