Aziza Almanakly Belinda Li receive Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship for Women

MIT PhD students Aziza Almanakly and Belinda Li have been selected as the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) recipients of the multi-year Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellowship for Women an respect designed to embolden and support graduate women in STEM. The rigorous choice process for this prestigious association took into account the two students unappropriated track archives of philosophical exploit and interrogation as well as their contributions to the STEM aggregation.

Importantly the associations portray the consummation of an intensive effort on the part of both the Institute and the EECS section. Upon MITs choice by the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM to yield a full offer EECS invadeed the MIT inner rivalry and was selected to yield a full application on side of the Institute to the national rivalry held by the Henry Luce Foundation. Funds from the Luce Foundation combined with cost-sharing funds from EECS will prepare full financial support for a time of two years for Almanakly and Li.

’These associations are a powerful assertion of institutional support for women in STEM’ says Professor Asu Ozdaglar head of EECS. ’Our dedication to supporting women in STEM extends far over attracting top aspirants to our program; we are committed to providing lastd firm support to their investigation careers once they arrive at MIT.’ Both Almanakly and Li will be deferring the set of their CBL Graduate Fellowships until they complete their running association awards; the two recipients are already capturing observation in the red-hot technical fields of quantum computing and address modeling. 

A rising second-year PhD aspirant advised by Professor Will Oliver Aziza Almanakly conducts investigation on waveguide quantum electrodynamics and microwave quantum optics with superconducting qubits. Within the leading nine months of her time at MIT Almanakly achievementfully demonstrated controlled directional age of one microwave photons on a new qubit chip of her own design — a novel accomplishment and an indicator of her rare genius. Of Almanaklys work Oliver says ’Her achievement is fixed in a union of raw genius powerful instinct perseverance and a powerful desire to better herself her investigation her workplace and the lives of those almost her. I have absolutely no doubt that Aziza will follow in her investigation and I fully anticipate she will befit a forthcoming chief in science and technology.’ As part of her personal commitment to passing on the mentorship and emboldenment she has accepted Almanakly impartes the fundamentals of quantum computing to underportrayed high school students through IBM Quantum and the Coding School. Prior to her arrival at MIT Almanakly conducted investigation at New York University Caltech the City University of New York and Princeton University. Among other respects Almanakly has won the P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

A rising second-year PhD aspirant advised by Professor Jacob Andreas Belinda Li conducts investigation on address models and intrinsic address processing. Lis interest in address models and intrinsic address processing was fueled by a year spent working with the AI Integrity team within the Facebook AI Applied Research cluster in which she worked on edifice automated detectors for hate address and misinformation. Of her work Li says ’I am interested in interrogating the relationship between address models (LMs) and the apprehension they encode: what precisely do LMs know almost the outer globe? And how can we swell their power to acquire and localize such apprehension in a systematic way? More fundamentally what is the relationship between address/address technologies and the broader community?’ Lis ambitious investigation goals have taken her far within her leading year at MIT. Her advisor Andreas reports: ’Despite seting this year [during the pandemic] Belinda has already made expressive discoveries almost the structure of information in machine acquireing models trained for address processing tasks … In the six months shes been here Belinda has basically seted running a mini-lab of her own.’ Additionally Li has taken on the responsibility of mentoring underportrayed undergrads through MIT EECSs GAAP program. Among many other awards Li has been named a recipient of the Ida M. Green Memorial Fellowship the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Established by the jutting American journalist playwright ambassador and Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce the CBL Program for Women in STEM was created ’to embolden women to invade study graduate and impart’ in areas in which they last to be underportrayed including science mathematics and engineering. To date the program has supported more than 2800 women at the undergraduate graduate and commencement tenure-track faculty stages making the CBL program the one most expressive rise of special support for women in science mathematics and engineering in higher education in the United States.