Current Research Assistants & Interns

Stacey Allen is a CITE Research Assistant in conjunction with The Education Arcade at MIT. Her research is on the process of implementing educational ICTs in school districts domestically and abroad. With a focus in educational technologies, Stacey is currently pursuing her master's degree in the Technology and Policy Program. Stacey also works as the Graduate Community Fellow for MIT's Public Service Center, with a focus on engaging graduate students throughout the Institute in community service.


Mark Brennan is an MS student in the Technology and Policy Program in MIT's Engineering Systems Division, currently working as a research assistant for CITE. He is on a CITE team studying grain storage markets and adoption, by examining a UN Wold Food Programme grain storage pilot project in Uganda. His broader research interests lie in using methods in supply chain engineering and operations research to tackle thorny issues in public policy. Prior to joining MIT CITE, he studied electricity grids in Ireland as a Senator George Mitchell Scholar, researched fish supply chains in Senegal, and interned at the US Department of State. A proud New Jersey native, Mark holds B.A.’s in Applied Mathematics and International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. 


Cauam Cardoso is a PhD student in International Development at MIT, currently working as a research assistant for CITE. He is preparing a publication on the history of appropriate technology projects implemented in the global south. His broader research interests lie in the interface between technological change and economic development in emerging countries, with emphasis on national innovation systems and the role of appropriate technologies. A Brazilian national, Cauam holds a master’s degree in Political Economy from University of Sydney. Since the start of his career in 2002, he has lived on six different continents, mostly working as an international development practitioner and consultant. For CITE, he is developing a paper about the history of appropriate technology.


Corinne Carland is a first year masters student in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. Corinne's experiences in the developing world includes working with D-Lab on an education initiative in Tanzania and studying global access to health care. Corinne has just completed her bachelor's degree at MIT in chemical engineering with a focus in biology. Within CITE, Corinne does research with the Scalability group.


Emily Gooding is a masters student in the Technology & Policy Program and a research assistant in the Humanitarian Response Lab. She works on CITE's Scalability team, and is currently researching the supply chains of grain storage technologies and agricultural commodities in Uganda. Prior to MIT, Emily conducted research on the optimization of health workforce allocation in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a BS in Polymer & Fiber Engineering and International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Brittany Montgomery is a PhD student in the International Development Group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She is primarily interested in the political economy of critical infrastructure projects of cities in the developing world. For CITE, she is currently examining the technical and pedagogical challenges associated with teaching courses on the evaluation of development technologies. Brittany joins the research team from Brazil, where she spent the last four years working with Latin American governments as a transportation planner and project manager. She holds a MS in Transportation Engineering and Master's of City Planning from U.C. Berkeley, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from MIT.


Anirudh Rajashekar is currently a Master's in City Planning candidate at DUSP with a concentration in International Development. Anirudh was at the World Toilet Organization - the other WTO - in Singapore before MIT, where he was in charge of fundraising and project evaluation. Prior to this, Anirudh was a Fulbright scholar in Malaysia where he split his time between teaching middle school children and research in political science. At CITE Anirudh is working on building a collaborative partnership with other HESN universities to undertake a targeted policy intervention in a municipality in India. He is also exploring the possibility of working in cooperation with some international NGOs to create testbeds for frugal products. 


Prithvi Sundar is a Masters student in Mechanical Engineering, currently working as a research assistant for the CITE suitability team. With CITE, he is studying cold chain for vaccines as well as contributing to the development of  technology evaluation and innovation methodology for the developing world. He has a strong foundation in mechatronics and design and his research interests are in the application of these engineering disciplines for sustainable international development. A proud California native, Prithvi holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.