Meet our MIT mentors

Abigail Choe


Abigail studied computer science as an undergrad and is continuing Masters at MIT. She is working on developing an educational tool to help primary school students learn programming. She loves traveling, so she worked as a software engineer in a startup in Singapore and Samsung in South Korea. She has also taught computer science and STEM in Italy and Israel during winter breaks.

Dalitso H. Banda

Dalitso is a Graduate student at MIT CSAIL. His research focuses on computer vision and machine learning where he is working on patented assistive technology. He is a co-founder of PAIS, an MIT sandbox funded startup. He was an engineer with IBM Watson where he helped build the IBM Bluemix platform. In 2014 he was a technical instructor for GSL in South Africa.

Laya Anasu

Laya studied Neuroscience and Economics at Harvard, and is currently finishing her Masters at the MIT Media Lab. Laya has worked on tech-related startups with her friends and has also done product design in a variety of fields. She enjoys thinking about the vision of entrepreneurial ventures. She loves learning about new cultures and also is an avid writer.



Devika loves using technology for large-scale impact. She has developed mobile applications for healthcare in developing countries. Her work is being used in India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Niger and USA. She studied computer science and economics at BITS Pilani and MBA at MIT Sloan. After Sloan, she will join Boston Consulting Group in Washington D.C.

Ryushi Shimizu

Ryushi Shimizu has Bachelor and Masters in Computer Science from Yokohama National University. He spent 8 years as a software engineer and radio engineering expert at NTT DOCOMO, the largest mobile operator in Japan. Ryushi is currently an MBA student at MIT Sloan, pursuing Tech entrepreneurship.