As of Fall 2021 I am a third year SES PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on computational social science. I’m broadly interested in using large scale data to support human rights and violence prevention efforts, as well as Internet accessibility and freedom of expression online.

Before starting at MIT I worked in Cloudflare’s DC Office as a Policy Analyst where I focused on corporate social responsibility, namely organizing Project Galileo and the Athenian Project. I graduated from Harvard in 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Government.

In college, I was a letter winner on the Harvard-Radcliffe Lightweight Rowing Team and in my spare time I’ve coached high school rowing for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and group fitness at [solidcore]. 

ewalk[@]mit[.]edu

Research

Social Media and Conflict in Syria

Current

I am working on an ongoing cross-disciplinary project at MIT with Professor Fotini Christia, Political Science, and Assistant Professor Kiran Garimella, Rutgers Library and Information Science. Our work focuses on analyzing data from social media sources to understand the conflict in Syria including narratives around conflict and refugee return. The work has been presented at HiCN 2020, PaCSS 2021, MPSA 2021, and APSA 2021.

Perovskite Solar Cells with Graphene Electrodes

Summer 2016

This project was supported by Professor Jing Kong in the Nanomaterials and Electronics Group at MIT. My work focused on fabricating perovskite-based solar cells through two-step deposition processes to achieve the best possible efficiency and reliability. The experience was made possible through the MIT Summer Research Program as well as the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) REU Program.

Team Product Design

Summer 2015

I was a member of an eight person Harvard-Hong Kong University of Science and Technology team which designed and implemented a drone delivery system featuring automated flight with rudimentary obstacle avoidance and robust tracking capabilities on a mobile application. Our team was mentored by Professor Evelyn Hu (Harvard), Professor Ling Shi (HKUST) and Professor Kei May Lau (HKUST) among others. This program was supported by Xiang Dong Wang and Nancy Wang, Harvard SEAS, HKUST and the Harvard President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences. Website.

Work and Teaching

Policy Analyst at Cloudflare, Inc

2017-2019

At Cloudflare, I was a member of a four person global policy team. Along with researching current policy initiatives and speaking with lawmakers I organized, automated and ran day to day operations for their corporate social responsibility projects. More on my experience here.

Course Assisting at Harvard University

2014-2016

While at Harvard I taught, graded for and tutored a variety of classes including Physics 15a (Introductory Mechanics), Math 1b (Calculus, Series and Differential Equations) and Math 21a (Multivariable Calculus).

Other

I’m a Resident Tutor in Mather House at Harvard, where I advise sophomores, assist with IMs and otherwise work with the Faculty Deans and other tutors to organize house initiatives. I’m very grateful to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community as I navigate my graduate experience.

I was the external affairs director for the MIT Policy Hackathon Fall 2020. Article on the event.

Senior reflection on my college rowing experience.