ESP Biography



CHRIS ESCHLER, MIT 2021 studying materials science




Major: Materials Science & Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I came into MIT with the intention of studying biochemistry, but soon found that materials science was more up my alley. I love renewable energy and batteries!
But I also have a passion for linguistics and conlanging, which I've enjoyed since elementary school. I really enjoy learning bits of new languages. I speak English natively, studied Spanish in school for 5 years, and learned German informally by speaking it with my family. (Don't even get me started about my Duolingo courses :D)



Past Classes

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H14058: Make Your Own Language: Linguistics and Conlanging in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
Have you ever wanted to design and build a language of your own? This class will cover the basic process of turning your idea for a constructed language (or conlang) into something with a real grammar and vocabulary. We'll also be looking into some of the linguistic concepts underlying languages. As part of the course, you'll make your own conlang!


L13399: Make Your Own Language: Linguistics and Conlanging in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Have you ever wanted to design and build a language of your own? This class will cover the basic process of turning your idea for a constructed language (or conlang) into something with a real grammar and vocabulary. We'll also be looking into some of the linguistic concepts underlying languages.


X12227: The Science of Baking in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
This course explores the scientific principles at play in everyday baked goods. A few examples: What makes some cookies crunchy and others chewy? Why are there so many types of flour? And what the heck is a "Maillard reaction" anyway? And what better way to learn all this than with some tasty examples.


L11709: Make Your Own Language: Linguistics and Conlanging in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Have you ever felt the urge to be able to speak or write in a language of your own creation? Whether it's for your own enjoyment, to communicate secretly with friends, or simply to gain a better understanding of what characterizes language, this class aims to teach you about the principles of human languages in the context of artificially designing them. We will cover the sounds of spoken language, writing systems, types of constructed languages (conlangs), and the basics of grammar and syntax. The class will consist of both lecture and discussion portions, including some time for you to work in groups designing or brainstorming ideas. Although you will not have time to create a full-fledged language, you will be introduced to resources and information to help you along your way.


E11758: How Airplanes (Actually) Work in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
We've all heard the simple explanation for lift based on Bernoulli's principle. But is that really what keeps these 50-ton pressurized metal tubes in the sky? What other properties govern flight? This class will explore the history and engineering of airplanes as well as the science behind the physical laws that govern them. The information will be presented in a lecture format.