The Housemasters

Room: 6065

Jack Caroll

Jack grew up in suburban New Jersey (quiet), went to military high school in Manhattan (exciting city!), and to college in northern Vermont (beautiful, cold winters) and in Rome, Italy (fantastic!).He received a Masters from the University of Chicago in Social Sciences and a PhD from Cornell University in Experimental Psychology. His thesis research was on how comprehension of non-literal communications (e.g., sarcasm, irony) develops from young children through adults – the communications that Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) seems to find so unintuitive. After a stint on the psychology faculty at Northeastern University, he worked for several research companies providing market research and user-centered design services to a wide range of clients. He founded and led a research company that helped major banks and investment companies develop innovative, user-centered online, voice, and kiosk-based interfaces. His interest in helping to establish Maseeh Hall emerges from an unforgettable experience as an undergraduate in Rome, where he learned that an educational community committed to enabling active and varied engagement with a diverse world can create a transformative life experience. He’s happy to help with brainstorming, planning, and launching any new activity for Maseeh, exploring international education/intern opportunities, starting a discussion club on lots of topics, talking sports (soccer and football in particular) over dinner, cheering on Maseeh IM teams, etc.

Suzanne Flynn

Suzanne received her MS from the University of Puerto Rico and MA and PhD from Cornell University. Since 1981 Dr. Flynn has been a Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. This research is linked to current cognitive and linguistic theories. More recently, her work has focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain. She has also begun focusing on the nature of language in individuals with early onset of Alzheimer's disease. She has published extensively in journals and has authored or coedited several books. She is also the cofounding editor of Syntax: A Journal of Theoretical, Experimental and Interdisciplinary Research. She is or has been a member of several Boards of Directors; these include Belmont Day School, Modern Languages and Literature (CMU), Department of Anthropology (UMass) among others. She also has a clinical certification in Speech and Language Pathology.

The Associate Housemasters

Room: 3006

Cullen Buie

Cullen is the Mitsui Career Development Chair and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Cullen was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. As a student at Shaker Heights High School he was involved in sports (football and basketball) and several organizations to improve race relations within the community. He then attended The Ohio State University where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2003). After OSU, Cullen attended Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and obtained his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Mechanical Engineering. Cullen's Ph.D. research involved the study of microfluidic pumps to manage liquid water in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He and his wife, Donielle, met at Stanford in 2004 while she was completing her Master's degree. Prior to joining MIT Cullen spent a year at UC Berkeley working with Professor Liwei Lin and Professor John Coates as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. At MIT his laboratory explores fundamentals of electrokinetic phenomena for application in materials science and microbiology. His research is applicable to a diverse array of problems, from antibiofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections. Cullen is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and service including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012). In his spare time Cullen enjoys changing his son Jeremiah's diapers and watching college football (particularly, THE Ohio State University). He also enjoys stupid movies (e.g. Talladega Nights) and eating meat...lots and lots of meat.

Donielle Buie

Donielle earned a BS in Biomechanical Engineering and an MA in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies in Education, both from Stanford University. Her passion for innovation, social change, and leadership development led her to create opportunities to truly impact others. Donielle has spent time working in the nonprofit world. She taught entrepreneurship to high school students at Oakland Technical High School and Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, both in Oakland, CA with BUILD.Donielle was certified by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and was recognized as an Apprentice Teacher of the Year in 2006. Donielle has spent the past six years building her business experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare market research with AlphaDetail, Inc where she is currently a Director. Donielle is still passionate about entrepreneurship and is currently developing plans for her own small business. Donielle and Cullen have an adorable son, Jeremiah, who loves living in Maseeh.When she's not spending time with Jeremiah and Cullen, Donielle likes bowling, baking and reading.

Jerimiah and Simeon Buie

4 and 2 years old, love living in Maseeh and meeting students. Jeremiah loves all things that go (trains, fire trucks, Transformers, bikes, etc.) and Simeon is learning to love them, too (along with his favorite-elevators!).

Residential Life Area Director

Rebecca “Becky” Kjaerbye

A Residential Life Area Director (AD) is a full"time professional employee of the Residential Life Programs office. As a live"in member of the House Team, the AD provides individual assistance to students through personal advising, counseling and crisis intervention. Although the Area Director program is new to MIT this year, Maseeh Hall’s Area Director, Becky Kjaerbye, has been with Maseeh Hall since August 2011 as a Residential Life Associate. Becky is a great resource and readily approachable. She’s extremely knowledgeable about advising students on dorm projects, roommate situations etc. Her apartment is on the 4th floor – Room 4067. Don’t be shy to stop bye and say hi! Becky also works together with the Maseeh Hall Executive Committee as an advisor and helps coordinate joint efforts between MHEC and the House Team.

Becky is going on her third year at MIT, Becky hails from Long Island, NY and has her graduate degree in Post Secondary Education from Salisbury University. She enjoys watching the latest movies and traveling to the Caribbean. Becky enjoys spending most of her time at MIT with students; whether it is at meetings, late night chats, study breaks or froyo events in her apartment.

Graduate Resident Tutors

GRTs have been a long standing tradition at MIT. These fine people are a crucial part of an MIT education. Not only can they provide you with academic guidance and support, they are here for you for whatever problem you are facing. They also provide amazing study breaks, anything from Chinese food to smoothies is fair game!

Ground Floor

Joseph Elsherbin

Room: 0073

Email: josephe (at)

I was born in Alabama, grew up in Pennsylvania, went to High school in DC and attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta for my undergraduate degree. Now I'm in the Microbiology PhD program at MIT studying the ecology of the bacteria in the human gut (in other words, I'm getting a PhD in poop). I did Americorps for two years in the middle of my undergraduate degree, and before college I became an EMT and a Nursing Assistant. I love working in restaurants and still work at the Thirsty Ear Pub on MIT campus. I love games like chess, Starcraft, and modern board games where I have the opportunity to be competitive, but in real life I just want to get along and cook for people. I'd be happy to help with Life Sciences, Probability, Statistics, and introductory Python.

First Floor

Veronika Stelmakh

Room: 1081

Email: stelmakh (at)

I was born in Russia (St. Petersburg), grew up in France (Paris), went to college in Texas (University of Texas at Arlington), and worked in California (Applications Engineer at International Rectifier in Los Angeles) before coming to MIT for graduate studies in the Electrical Engineering department. I received my M.S. while in the Optical and Quantum Communications group, and I am now finishing my Ph.D. in the Photonics and Modern Electro-Magnetics Group. Outside of my field of study, I have a variety of interests ranging from arts and literature (in addition to a B.S. in E.E., I have a B.A. in French literature) to physical activities like hiking, biking, and yoga, to relaxing activities like playing guitar or theremin and singing along or photography and ceramics at the student center, to travelling (which unfortunately I don’t have as much time for as I would like) and many more … Most importantly I love meeting new people and sharing experiences with them. I speak three languages fluently (Russian, French and English) and I hope to learn more so that I can continue to expand my understanding of our global community and promote peaceful and happy coexistence.

Second Floor

Kim R Davis

Room: 2019

Email: kirdavis (at)

I grew up in Los Angeles, California and studied Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!). In 2012 I moved to Cambridge to pursue a PhD in Microbiology at MIT. I work in Jonathan Runstadler’s lab (BE) where we study the ecology and evolution of avian influenza virus. Outside of my thesis work, I love to go hiking, play sports, and any do other activity that involves being outside. My non-outdoor interests include cooking, baking, and reading. I am still adjusting to living in a place with seasons so you will often hear me complaining about the weather. I am excited to be a part of the Maseeh team and look forward to meeting everyone!

Eeshan Bhatt

Room: 2081


I grew up in Piscataway, NJ amongst a rather large extended family in the mid-Atlantic region. I went to college at Duke University in Durham, NC and studied mechanical engineering, dabbled in marine science and education, played club volleyball, and studied abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ. On multiple occasions, I found myself in full body paint. Here at MIT, I'm a Course 2 in the Laboratory for Autonomous Marine Sensing (LAMSS) in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. My focus is applying underwater autonomous vehicles for acoustic environmental sensing; I'm motivated by the lack of high-resolution data in making informed scientific decisions and my fascination with the greater outdoors. Many of my friends here at MIT would describe me as a kid at heart. I love cartoons, am easily entertained by ball sports, and often fall asleep in strange positions. I have a separate stomach for ice cream and set up background soundtracks for the normalcy in my life. I will gladly admit when I don't know something and am looking forward to learning from all of you.

Third Floor

Laura Stoppel

Room: 3081

Email: lstoppel (at)

Hello! Hailing from sunny South Florida I moved up to Boston in 2004 and graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in Biology and minor in Psychology. During college I focused on Neuroscience and Marine Biology, working in both a Marine Biology lab with field work in Bermuda and a Neuroscience lab at Harvard Medical School. After graduation I worked in a Neuroscience lab at Harvard and I am currently working towards my PhD in Course 9, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Systems Neuroscience) at MIT. I am a proud member of the Bear lab (a bear cub, as we are called) and broadly speaking, my research focuses on the synaptic pathophysiology of Autism.

I live by an “I’ll try everything once” motto, which has led to some exciting adventures such as sky diving and hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. I’m a huge sports fan (sorry, my ties to South Florida are strong- Go Heat!) and in my free time I enjoy baking, karaoke, scuba diving, playing water polo and attending Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts. I’m very excited to be a part of the Maseeh family and look forward to meeting everyone so stop by and say hello! I’m happy to help with: Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology.

Matt Smith

Room: 3081

Email: mjsmith (at)

I grew up outside Springfield, MA and where I rode my sweet BMX around and played a lot of basketball. When it came time to apply to colleges I wanted to major in Industrial Design so that I could design basketball shoes. Almost immediately I realized, though, that I can't draw and so I decided to study materials science. I spent 4 great years in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University and, afterwards, came to MIT to start my Ph.D. in Course 3. Here I had the pleasure of working with Silvija Gradecak, characterizing heavily doped semiconductors using electron microscopy (a far cry from designing basketball shoes!). Currently I am living the entrepreneurial dream, working with a team of materials scientists to develop wearable technology that actively heats and cools. You can learn more at!

Yasmin Zaerpoor

Room: 3019

Email: yasminz (at)

Yasmin Zaerpoor is a doctoral student in Environmental Policy and Planning within MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research interests are related to transboundary water management and water diplomacy in the Nile Basin. She is also a research and teaching assistant for the Malaysia Sustainable Development Program, a 5-year partnership between MIT and the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM) to study sustainable urban development efforts in Malaysia. She holds an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California – San Diego.

Fourth Floor

Colin Buss

Room: 4019

Email: cbuss (at)

Hi! I’m a medical engineering & medical physics (MEMP) PhD student in the Health Sciences & Technology program. My research focuses on applying nanotechnology in combination with synthetic biology to problems in human health, primarily cancer and infectious disease. Before coming to MIT, I lived in Brooklyn while doing cancer molecular biology research at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan... which was a super logical field to work in for someone with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cornell (as a side note: I can sometimes be quite sarcastic).

Outside of academics, I love to bake, I’m an amateur photographer, and I run whenever I have a couple hours free (and when it’s warm enough outside). And I love to talk, so please knock on my door if you’re ever looking for advice (life, career, baking, photography, or whatever) or just a friendly ear!

Fatima Hussain

Room: 4081


Originally from Frederick, MD, I first arrived at MIT in 2007 as an undergrad and studied environmental engineering and women’s and gender studies. My interests in water sustainability and public health led me to work on a development project in Ecuador, study public health policy in India, and research water reuse in Israel. After MIT, I moved out west to study water reuse for agricultural applications. I received my Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and then, through a series of serendipitous events, ended up back at MIT. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Microbiology, focusing on the roles of viruses in shaping microbial communities in the ocean. In addition to my scientific endeavors, I also enjoy cooking, discussing current events, hiking, and arts and crafts.

Fifth Floor

Sebastian Schmidt

Room: 5019

Email: stt (at)

Born and raised in Germany, I spent time living in New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Japan, before coming to MIT in 2010. I have a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Cultural Studies, which means something like “trying to understand the world.” It comes with limitless complexity and the realization that everything is connected to everything else at the same time. I get dizzy just thinking about it, which is probably why I appreciate the simple things in life, such as: eating, sleeping, reading, and traveling. From ballroom dance instructor to barkeeper - there aren’t many jobs I haven’t had (although an opportunity in a meat processing plant many years ago did not come to fruition, for better or worse). I’m pursuing a PhD in the History, Theory & Criticism (HTC) of Architecture and Art, with interest in material culture and post-war Japanese urbanism. I’ve also done research on cyborg representations in anime, and am generally interested in the expressive capacities of images. I’d love to be a resource for all of you who are into text-, image- or cake-making. Also talk to me if you find that everything in the world is limitlessly complex and puzzling... chances are that I’ll have just the right food to console you.

Amauche Emenari

Room: 5081

Email: ace1151 (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a second-year graduate student in Computational Neuroscience in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. I currently work as a member of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group specializing in using biological and machine learning techniques to build structural models of the central nervous system. I am interested in understanding how the interaction of complex neural circuits leads to thoughts, perceptions, learning, memory, and behavior and developing devices to interpret and influence brain function. Prior to arriving at MIT, I designed and developed neuroscience games at the National Institutes of Health. I have worked in industry as a software developer on Apple's iPhone software team and on Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure team. I was born and raised in Washington D.C. I earned my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University and my master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. I love to follow sports, especially college basketball and tennis. I also love to talk tech, history, culture, and food. If you just want a listening ear I'm here for that too. Feel free to come by, all are welcome!

Sixth Floor

Bianca Datta

Room: 6081

Email: bdatta (at)

I’m starting my second year in the Object-Based Media group at the Media Lab and I arrived at MIT from Maryland via Philadelphia. I study materials (both how we can leverage them for technology and how we perceive them), and I love caffeine.

I studied Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014. While at Penn, I served as a Resident Advisor and led a Visual Arts Residential Program to escape the drudgery of engineering problem sets and strike a balance between technical tasks and creative endeavors. I spent time as a Peer Advisor and Teaching Assistant and I worked in a Chemistry/ Materials Science lab and researched quantum dot materials for photovoltaic applications.

This past year, I worked as a Bartender at the Thirsty Ear Pub and co-chaired the Women’s Graduate and Undergraduate Mentorship program. I enjoy eating frozen yogurt and exploring cities. I like photography, tea, and talking to people. I run in my free time, and I’m trying to learn hip-hop dance this summer. This summer, I plan to start an herb garden and practice cooking some new dishes. I love reading, listening to spoken-word poetry, and trying new food. I'm frequently excited by dinosaurs and sushi, and I hope to one day apply my materials background to a career in human-centered product design. At any given time, I have about fourteen types of tea in my room, so feel free to drop by for a cup!

Manuel Gutierrez

Room: 6019


I was born in Mexico, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio from when I was 10 through high school. I went to Purdue University where I studied electrical engineering, and was a varsity swimmer all four years. Now at MIT I'm pursuing my Masters and PhD under Professor Steve Leeb. In his lab we look at how different power converters found in everyday electronics can affect the performance and stability of the utility grid. I'm also a TA for the 6.131 and 6.115 labs taught by Prof. Leeb. Outside of the lab I'm still very involved in swimming, and still race competitively from time to time, as well as being an assistant for the MIT swimming and diving teams. You'll find me on the pool deck cheering them on during a swim meet! I've also become of fan of sailing, and I also like running, climbing, and skiing. I also can play the drums, so I welcome any drum-off challenges!