Michael Mekonnen

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

high school: Paint Branch HS

college: MIT

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

GRAD. PROGRAM: MIT (MS, 2013)

I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In fact, today, January 28, 2012, marks my sixth year anniversary in the US. I moved with my parents and one of my siblings (I am the youngest of five) to Silver Spring, Maryland. Soon after, I entered Paint Branch High School. I completed high school in 2009 and entered MIT to pursue my undergraduate degree. I am now in the middle of my third year at MIT studying Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.

Throughout high school and college, I have found that I am interested in a lot of things. Because of this, I had a difficult time selecting a major. I chose Mathematics and Computer Science as my primary majors because I believe that these are tools that can be applied in any other field. My goal for the at least near future is to use these tools to do work in a variety of fields. I have made a few steps towards this goal: on the summer of my freshman year, I worked in a Computational Biology lab at NIH, where I applied some of my Computer Science skills in Biological research; I have also worked with a professor in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT for over a year now making an urban network analysis toolbox for the Geographic Information System. I greatly enjoy learning new things in fields that are not directly related to my majors. That is not to say I do not enjoy work fully committed in those fields: last summer, I worked at Google on the Chromium OS team.

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