STEM Tutors

Buse Aktas

Buse Aktas

Resident Tutor
K-21
Tutor in: Arts, STEM, International Student Advising

Merhaba, Kirkland - I’m excited for my second year as a tutor in K-Entry! I’m from Edirne, Turkey and a fourth year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (SEAS) with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (AFVS). After undergrad at Princeton, I lived in Istanbul for several years where I had my own art studio (sculpture, installation, performance) and worked at a variety of jobs from R&D for household appliances, to urban design work with municipalities, to being a personal assistant to other -less struggling- artists. I completed my Master's in Istanbul, focusing my research on how contemporary art can collaborate with traditional craft practices. Currently I'm working on making soft robots have smarter bodies, improving engineering education practices, and infiltrating the world of engineering with artistic gestures. I’d be more than happy to chat about art, craft, science, education, culture, as well as interdisciplinary and international career paths. I look forward to meeting you all, and let's make some art together!

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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 and 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 Woofice Hours!

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Katia Chadaideh

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor In: Study Abroad, CARE, STEM, Dessert Open Houses, Tutor hiring coordinator

Hey there, Kirkland! I’m super excited to be back for my third year as a tutor in H-entryway! Born and raised in Orlando, I braved the Boston winters to pursue a PhD in human evolutionary biology here at Harvard. I’m studying 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 help you find opportunities for lab experiences or travels abroad! In my free time, I love hiking/camping, yoga, and am trying to become a more consistent runner. 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, Kirkland! I’m delighted to join the Kirkland family as a tutor alongside Raj. We’ll be running Fridays with Faculty and Arts Outings, and I’m excited to also advise in STEM. Originally from California, I’m currently a third year PhD student at Harvard and the Broad Institute using single cell genomics to better characterize what defines a cell’s identity. I studied at MIT for my undergrad (’18), where I became enamored by data science, biotech, and Boston. Outside of lab, I enjoy nature (hiking, climbing, biking), arts (singing, sketching, poetry), and as of recently, podcasting. I’m thrilled to get to know you all—please never hesitate to reach out!

Thomas Plumb-Reyes

Thomas Plumb-Reyes

Resident Tutor
N-Entry
Tutor in: CARE, STEM Table, Brew Club, Beer Seminar

Hi Everybody! I’m so excited to be returning to the resident team to continue helping (of-age) Kirklanders learn to appreciate the wide world of fermented beverages. I’m a PhD candidate in Applied Physics where I study tangled things (think long hair, bird’s nests, headphones in your pocket, DNA, etc.) in the Applied Math Lab under Professor L. Mahadevan. Beyond the Beer and Whisk(e)y Seminars, you can find me during STEM office hours and as part of the CARE and Writing teams. I’m always happy to talk comic books, sci-fi and crime fiction, old movies, and vintage fashion. Finally, I look forward to working with you all to build a better, more inclusive STEM culture.

Wilson Qin

Wilson Qin

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Kirkland Drama Society, Outings, STEM Table, website
Hi K-House! I’m excited to serve as your resident tutor of I-entryway along with my friend Stefan. I’m a 4th year Computer Science PhD student in the Data Systems Lab (DASlab) @ Harvard SEAS. 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 sampling 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, technology startups and venture capital, political campaigns, and your creative pursuits in general. I hope to meet all of you throughout this year!