ESP Biography


Major: 9

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

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Z11765: Introduction to Dolphin Training in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
In 1965, a dolphin named Tuffy was used to deliver messages and supplies to an underwater research lab in the pacific ocean. Ever since then, specially trained dolphins have played a critical role in our military. We will discuss what they do, and how they do it, but more importantly, we'll talk about how their human coworkers train them. Learn how to earn the cooperation of a dolphin (or any other animal for that matter), starting from the basic theories of classical and operant conditioning, and then have a go at some of the training methods used by the Navy, zoos, and aquariums around the world. Note: People will be used instead of dolphins for these exercises, unless any students in the class are able to bring in a dolphin. In which case we may have some questions for you.

L10407: How To Train Your Elephant in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Have you ever wondered how zookeepers take care of animals like elephants? How about how they train them? We'll talk about elephant care, from keeping them healthy to keeping them happy, as well as how they (and other animals) are trained. By the time you leave the class, you'll have first hand experience in animal* training! *Due to logistical reasons, humans will be used in place of elephants