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2014 ConnecTech Fellows

Meet the 2014 MIT ConnecTech Fellows!

Elana Ben-Akiva ‘15 -

Elana is majoring in Biological Engineering. She is originally from Brookline, MA and has a long 15-minute trip to get back home for breaks. She serves as vice president of programming for Hillel's student board, and is on the board of Global Poverty Initiative. She works as an undergraduate researcher in a nanotechnology lab on cancer therapeutics. She enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and going to the movies.

Micha Ben-Naim '16 -

Micha is from Los Alamos, New Mexico and is studying Chemical Engineering. He is the son of an Israeli, although he has lived in the US his entire life. On campus, he is involved with Alpha Epsilon Pi, Hillel, and research in a Chemical Engineering lab doing nanotechnology research. He enjoys playing video games, hiking, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Noam Buckman '16 -

Noam is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.  Noam can call many places home having lived in Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta, and Jerusalem at various points in his life.  He studied at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Jerusalem before his first year at MIT. When he is not studying or pset-ing, Noam is working on improving MIT's Jewish life on campus through Hillel and his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he serves as president and treasurer respectively.  He is also excited to continue his passion for teaching and education, working as a teacher's assistant for 2.01: Elements of Structure and working with MIT's EdX to bring the class to the online learning community.  Outside of school, work, and volunteer leadership, he enjoys sailing on the Charles river.

Evan Crane ‘17 -

Evan is originally from Newton, MA and is studying Biological Engineering.  After graduating high school, he took a year off to study Jewish texts in a yeshiva in Israel, which gave him a deep connection to the holy land.  On campus he is involved with Alpha Epsilon Pi, MIT’s Jewish fraternity, as well as Hillel, where he serves as ritual coordinator (gabbai) of the Orthodox community.  In his free time he enjoys skiing, watching baseball, reading news about Israel and the Jewish world, and hanging out with friends.  After graduation, he plans to make aliyah to make Israel his permanent home.

Andrea Dubin (G) -

Andrea is a 4th year graduate student in the department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (Course 12).  She’s originally from Detroit, MI.  In her free time, she enjoys sports, singing a cappella, and student government.  She is also participating in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and plans to join the United States Army after graduation.

Jesse Kirkpatrick ‘15 -

Jesse is a native of Miami Beach, Florida and is studying biological engineering at MIT. He is the philanthropy chair of MIT’s Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. In his free time, Jesse enjoys running, playing chess, and lifting weights. His favorite memory of Israel is riding a bike along Nahal HaYarkon on a Friday afternoon. His most embarrassing moment occurred when he tried to do a backflip on a trampoline and ended up in the hospital with a broken ankle.

Dalia Leibowitz ‘16 -

Dalia is studying Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in researching prosthetic limbs and using her skill set and knowledge to help people. Dalia is involved in many facets of Hillel, but she also loves to relax and sing with friends. Before coming to MIT, Dalia took a gap year and spent it in Israel in a seminary called Midreshet Harova. She spent the summer after her 1st year at MIT doing research at the Technion, and is very excited to get back to Israel and make new friends! 

Evan Olin '16 -

Evan is originally from Ossining, NY and is studying Biological Engineering with a minor in Business Management. He first visited Israel on a Birthright trip the summer of 2013 and is excited about going back. Evan is participating in MISTI-Israel and will be working at a venture capitalist firm in Tel Aviv. At MIT, Evan is a member of the Varsity Swim Team, a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and an Orientation Leader. 

Joe Schuman ‘16 -

Joe is studying Mechanical Engineering. Joe traveled to Israel in the summer of 2013 on a Shorashim Birthright trip where he grew as a person and learned valuable life lessons like the fact that there exists a place on earth where McDonalds doesn’t sell cheeseburgers. Joe is a member of the MIT Men’s Varsity soccer team and in his free time enjoys sleeping, catching up on sleep, getting ahead on sleep and occasionally playing the shofar.

MIT Hillel

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MIT Hillel
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