Who is OME

- September 2014

Dwyane George '15 - Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Public Service

His nominator writes:  

Dwyane is a highly active member of the MIT community. During his time at MIT, he has been involved with MIT’s Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE-MIT), Undergraduate Associate Advising, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and MIT’s Varsity Fencing team.

As chairperson of NSBE-MIT, Dwyane implemented programs designed to provide academic support and professional branding to MIT’s diverse community. For example, one program that he managed was the Pre-Exposure Program (PREP), a tutoring initiative that connects first-year students with upperclassmen to teach course material in introductory subjects. In addition, he led NSBE-MIT to host many popular events such as the Diversity Networking Suite and Minority Undergraduates in Science and Engineering (MUSE). The Diversity Networking Suite is an opportunity for MIT students to grow their professional network by connecting with company recruiters and leaders in industry. MUSE is a research colloquium that showcases the research accomplishments of MIT’s diverse community. Dwyane’s work in NSBE-MIT has received the Student Group of the Semester Award from MIT’s Office of Minority Education and the Golden Beaver Award from the Student Activities Office.

As an undergraduate advisor, Dwyane supported a group of eight first-year students by offering advice on how to adjust to the college environment and manage the rigorous MIT curriculum and resolve student concerns. Advisors represent role model students and resources for freshmen. He maintained positive relationships with his advisees by regularly observing their academic and social progress and answering their concerns. In the upcoming school year, he will continue to serve as an advisor to a group of Interphase EDGE freshmen.

Dwyane worked as an undergraduate researcher in the InfoLab group, led by Dr. Boris Katz, in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). InfoLab’s research focuses on understanding intelligent question-answering using natural language. The group’s most impressive contribution is the development and implementation of SynTactic Analysis using Reversible Transformations (START), a question-answering system capable of answering millions of English queries about public information including places, people, science, and much more. Dwyane’s contribution to the group was increasing the reliability and accuracy of information resources of START’s Omnibase database. He augmented the database by updating resources related to weather and climatology with up-to-date information, thereby increasing the range of questions that START could address reliably. Dwyane documented, commented, and tested his code thoroughly to ensure it was maintainable and extensible for future use. His contributions to the team demonstrate his passion for learning, capacity to perform research, and aptitude to work well on a research team.

Dwyane’s involvement on campus highlights his commitment to the prosperity and advancement of the MIT community.