ESP Biography

PETER KANG, MIT 2nd yr PhD student studying Environmental Eng.

Major: Civil and Enviromental Eng.

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

While growing up, I used to stay in the U.S. two months every year while my father was a visiting scientist at NASA. Every year, I had to adjust to a completely new environment where I could not communicate well in English with others and had very few American friends. The way I overcame these experiences however was through teaching math in my various schools’ math clubs. While teaching classmates in the math clubs, we could understand and overcame our cultural diversity and even became excited to share in our differences.
Back in Korea, I started a club at my high school to teach math to junior students. I emphasized the importance of finding reasons for studying and encouraged club members to think and present their thoughts. Moreover, I realized that teaching was one of the best ways for me to learn as well. I also spent two hours per week teaching children with Down syndrome how to use computers. It was touching experience to witness these children learn new skills and become competent using computers by themselves. I realized the importance of educational opportunity for underrepresented people and came to take teaching seriously as one goal in my career.

Past Classes

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S4305: Energy sources of the future - Flowing through the cracks in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Society can’t run without energy, but demand is quickly outstripping the supply. We'll explore two emerging energy sources – shale gas and methane hydrates – which are extracted by flow through cracks in rocks. Learn about fluid flow through fractures by injecting air and Kool Aid into JELLO! In the real world, fractures exist miles underground. How can we predict flow gas flow through fractures without knowing where they are? Particle tracking simulations can do exactly this! You will see such a simulation and have a chance to run it.

S3230: Climate Change and…the Underworld! in Spark! 2010 (Mar. 13, 2010)
When most people think climate change, they look up at the sky. But important processes controlling the Earth system happen underground. Come learn about how fluids flow through rocks and soil, and how that action is changing our lives. How can we understand what is happening underground without digging up the entire planet? After seeing a laboratory demonstration, you will play with a computer model to reproduce what you observe, if you can!