ESP Biography

FRANCIS PLAZA, MIT junior who study and loves Computer Science

Major: EECS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2013

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My name is Francis Plaza. I am currently a junior at the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I am interested in web development and mobile applications. This summer I worked a research associate for the Decentralized Information, the group headed by Tim Berners-Lee (the guy who created the web).

Outside of academics, I love going out to community service and I am really passionate about international development.

For more information about me and my interests, you can go to my website at

Past Classes

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C5258: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
This class introduces basic ideas of Object Oriented Programming, as implemented in Python. Students will learn about objects, classes, and inheritance. This class will have hands-on exercises.

C4596: Thinking Like a Computer Scientist in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
Computer science is not just about programming. This class will delve on the thinking aspect of Computer Science that is very essential in being a computer scientist/engineer. We will be doing activities such as identifying erroneous statements, unlocking codes, and solving puzzles of information. Unlike most Computer Science classes, this class will not involve any programming at all - in fact, you are not expected to have some programming background.

C3975: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
This class is designed to introduce the fundamentals of computer science to students with little or no programming experience. We will start talking about computational techniques to solve problems and understand the way computer scientists think. We will spend the rest of the class creating simple programs. This class will use Python programming language. More information about Python is available at