ESP Biography



OLIVIA WARING, HST graduate student studying medical physics




Major: Health Sciences and Technology

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G2

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Olivia is a graduate student in medical engineering and medical physics at MIT and Harvard Medical School. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career as a humanitarian physician, hopefully with Doctors Without Borders. Olivia holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in Chinese from Princeton University ('12) and a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Oxford ('13). While at Oxford, she also conducted research into quantum computing. She has worked as a software engineer for the Center for Advanced Study of Language, National Public Radio, Microsoft, and ThoughtWorks, and she worked as a rural journalist in India for a year, supported by a Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. Olivia is an avid musician and actress and a lifelong lover of languages: she has dabbled in Italian, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Japanese, Tibetan, Latin, and Greek, and she's currently working on Arabic.



Past Classes

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Anyone Can Quantum! in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
A broad overview of quantum computing: heavy on concepts and applications, light on scary math, and hopefully funny and fun! My goal is to demystify the discipline, hopefully sparking curiosity and dispelling the myth that quantum computing is scary and inaccessible (particularly for young women).


Weird Words and Other Etymological Oddities in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
An exploration of the wacky and beautiful English language... Also, a brief overview of basic linguistic principles and a chance to "speed learn" a foreign language of the students' choice.