Who is OME

- February '16


Paola Perez - Biological Engineering

MIT Public Service

Her nominator writes:

Paola is highly committed to motivating minority and disadvantaged children and adolescents to explore the world of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM). She has been tutoring for years at a home for children that have been removed from their families. Over the summer of 2015, she developed and carried out an aerospace education program for these children, introducing them to the basics of aerospace. In addition, Paola organized hands-on activities that allowed the children to apply their newly-learned knowledge in a fun and exciting way. As a result of Paola’s work, the children's home became the first Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education center in Puerto Rico.

Additionally, Paola served as a mentor for a math camp in Puerto Rico meant to motivate girls to compete in the male-dominated world of Olympiad Mathematics. More recently, she has been working closely with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at MIT to develop an Engineering Minorities Outreach Club at Somerville High School in Somerville, Massachusetts. Here she has introduced underrepresented high school students to the vast number of career paths within the STEM fields through workshops and tutoring services.

At MIT, Paola serves as a representative of her floor within her living community of Maseeh Hall. Here she promotes overall health and well-being as part of MedLinks, a group of students that serve as liaisons between undergraduate students and MIT Medical. In addition, Paola recently joined the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Community Service Committee, and participated in a MISTI Global Teaching Lab, in which she taught high school students a variety of science topics.