Mina is a first-year PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group. During her master's, she worked on constructionist learning of mathematics/sciences in the real world using mixed reality. This year she's focusing on contextually-aware technologies to empower human health and cognition. She works with user-centric wearable technology and AI.
Mina was born in a small town, called Hyderabad, in Pakistan, and she finished her pre-college education in Karachi, Pakistan. Mount Holyoke College was her first home in the US before she came to MIT (as a visiting student), then went to Google (as a software engineer), and then came back to MIT (for her master's and PhD)! Growing up in a single-mother family in a developing country, Mina has always been interested in social and political issues, and she loves to have honest discussions about life, politics, philosophy, science, etc.!
"I’m currently learning how to take short mid-day naps (anywhere!), and I’m also getting back to my college loves, i.e., math and physics. I want to make my own mental model of the workings of the world :D"
ML Learning Initiative Collaborators
We would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing support and collaboration.
Bezos Family Foundation — The Bezos Family Foundation supports rigorous, inspired learning environments for young people, from birth through high school, to put their education into action. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. https://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org
Joyce Foundation — The Joyce Foundation works with grantee partners to develop and advance policy reforms that promise to improve quality of life, promote community vitality, and strive for a fair society. Its grant-making is driven by a belief that communities are stronger when they share benefits broadly among their people. http://www.joycefdn.org
LEGO Foundation — The LEGO Foundation aims to build a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. The foundation’s work is about challenging the status quo by redefining play and reimagining learning. The foundation’s focus is on children aged 0–12, with a special emphasis on early childhood where children develop most rapidly, both physically and mentally. https://www.legofoundation.com/en/
New Profit — New Profit is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy fund. Its mission is to break down the barriers that stand between people and opportunity in the United States. New Profit works with visionary entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other partners to upend the status quo and transform the way the US educates its children, propels people towards social and financial stability, and creates healthy communities. https://www.newprofit.org
Siegel Family Endowment — Siegel Family Endowment (SFE) seeks to help, understand, and shape learning in order to prepare the world for rapid digital transformation. SFE collaborates with partners who use technology to create meaningful, research-based learning experiences. https://www.siegelendowment.org
More about the Media Lab Learning Initiative
The Media Lab Learning Initiative brings the collective creativity of the Media Lab to bear on the future of learning. We do this in two ways. We are building a robust community of learning research at the Media Lab — through the Learning Fellowship program and community, a seminar series, and Media Lab courses. And we are sharing this work with the world — through deployment partnerships, online courses and communities, and specialized workshops.
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Authors: Katherine McConachie and Philipp Schmidt, ML Learning Initiative
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