Faces of MIT: Mary Niskala

By Zach Winn | MIT News

Mary Niskala is a senior administrative assistant in MIT’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Since coming to MIT 11 years ago, she has also worked in the Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group and MIT’s Office of the Provost. She says the experiences in each role have been very different, but throughout them all, she has loved coming to work every day.

“The combination of the projects I’ve been able to work on, the research I’ve been able to see, and the people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and learning from,” are the most rewarding parts of the job, Niskala says.

Some memorable projects she’s worked on include interactive installations from the Tangible Media Group, inFORM and TRANSFORM, that allowed users to interact with the physical world through digital interfaces. The projects were displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and in Milan, Italy, in 2014.

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