ESP Biography

PAOLA M AMADEO, MIT junior studying Materials Science

Major: 3

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

One day in eighth grade, while "researching" for a school project, I found an online art gallery of every chemical element reimagined as a human character! Of course, I had to make my own manga version with my friends. And as I researched the history and properties of each element, I fell in love with them... the toxic ones in particular. A lot happened after that -- I took AP Chemistry and even got to shadow at NASA, which influenced my shift to materials science -- but it's really crazy how much a little procrastination influenced my life! My goal is to give you a little of that odd inspiration today.
Some other things about me -- I love writing, reading, drawing, teaching, Russian language, and music. I was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in Virginia. I'm a Christian, and I thank God for the wonderful opportunities he's given me. I hope to be a professor one day... maybe we'll cross paths again!

Past Classes

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S15541: Poison! in Spark 2023 (Mar. 18 - 19, 2023)
Poisons are all around us. Sometimes natural, like death angel mushrooms, and sometimes put there by humans, like lead pipes and paint. Come learn about why and how everything is out to kill us, humanity's strange history with poison, and a little bit (but not too much) chemistry!