ESP Biography

ELIZABETH QIAN, MIT student studying aerospace engineering

Major: 16

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

(revised July 16, 2013)

Elizabeth is a rising senior at MIT, majoring in aerospace engineering. She is enthusiastic about all things that fly, from airplanes to rockets to satellites to birds, and plans to pursue graduate studies in aerospace after graduating in 2014. Her research interests incline towards the use of computational/numerical methods to solve complex engineering problems.

Elizabeth's strongest teaching interests are in STEM fields, where she believes stronger education is vital to encouraging students to pursue these challenging and exciting fields of study. In particular, she likes to highlight engineering education, which is often dropped by high schools, but her classes range from engineering to molecular biology to the humanities and arts.

Outside of teaching, Elizabeth likes cooking, reading, writing, baking, working, planning, and playing. She has studied violin, piano, and voice and loves attending classical music performances. She hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is forever a Michigan Wolverine.

Past Classes

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S5203: Special Relativity in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
You've heard of special relativity. You sort of know Einstein came up with it, and it has something to do with $$E = mc^{2}$$. But what's it got to do with you? You use electric and magnetic fields in the most basic physics class. Find out why they're actually the same thing in this crash course in physics at the speed of light.

H4613: Nationalistic Music of the Romantic Period in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
In this class we will: -listen to awesome music from the Romantic Period -drink tea -discuss the context of select pieces in terms of their composer's lives and their homelands!

H4219: Nationalistic Music of the Romantic Period in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Ever wonder where some of the greatest themes in Romantic music came from? You probably haven't. But now you are! Come find out.

S4856: AP Chemistry in Delve 2011-2012 (Sep. 18, 2011)
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, as freshmen, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register for courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. AP Chemistry should meet the objectives of a good general chemistry course. Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students' abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory. (from