Eboney Hearn, Executive Director
Prior to her role as the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Engineering Programs, Eboney Hearn served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, Diversity Initiatives at the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) from 2014-2016 and as Program Director, Diversity Initiative at the Broad Institute from 2008-2014. In both roles she provided strategic direction, keen insight, and coordination to increase student diversity and academic success at all levels.
At ODGE she oversaw retention and recruitment efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students, staff training, budget management, and in collaboration with the foundation relations and development offices, secured contributions to support existing efforts and to create new ones such as the University Center for Exemplary Mentoring at MIT. Eboney has also served on a variety of MIT-wide committees and working groups, including the Committee on Race and Diversity; Mind, Hand, and Heart Academic Environment; and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day planning.
At Broad, she heightened the visibility of diversity training programs (that served audiences from high school students to faculty), collaborated with HR and academic affairs to lead efforts addressing the professional development needs of women, to implement and evaluate a mentoring program for scientists, and to create a seminar series to prepare Broad research technicians to pursue graduate degrees in STEM and medicine.
Prior to coming to MIT, Eboney was a mathematics teacher at public middle- and high schools in Boston for five years and was a manufacturing engineer at IBM, where she led several manufacturing processes in circuit board printing and co-patented a novel photolithography process. In addition to her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, she earned an Ed.M. from Harvard University in 2004. Outside of her work life, she enjoys being the mother of an active and curious toddler, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, skiing and salsa dancing.
Tobias Bennett, Evaluation and Grant Writing Consultant
As the OEOP’s Evaluation and Grant Writing Consultant, Tobias Bennett institutes structures to evaluate, document, and improve the education programs offered by the OEOP. A first-generation college student, he is dedicated to developing educational pathways for students in underrepresented and underserved communities. Before joining the OEOP, Tobias worked in analytical roles for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. He has degrees in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Linda Borden, Student and Alumni Support Consultant
Linda R. Borden, MSW joined the OEOP as the Student and Alumni Support Consultant in February 2015. In her role, Linda has developed a variety of support frameworks across the OEOP’s local and national programs, providing presentations, trainings, and webinars to staff, students and families on topics ranging from emotional well-being to high school and college transitions. She has worked with students to build the necessary skills for a path toward personal, academic and career success. Linda has also worked to provide guidance and resources to program alumni on their career paths and to families on issues of concern around roles of supporting their student through the STEM academic and career pipeline. Linda believes that the support contribution to the mission of the OEOP includes providing the opportunity for students to view themselves at their fullest capacity as learners, leaders and citizens while exploring, acknowledging and expanding their impact on the world around them. In the past, Linda has worked in many capacities in the areas of student access, success strategies, and support at several schools and non-profits, including Boston Arts Academy, City Connects, and the National Partnership for Educational Access. Linda is a graduate of Fordham University and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Linda is an active participant for several outreach programs that support educational access: an Advisory Board member of the National Partnership for Educational Access, an Ambassador of the Steppingstone Foundation, a committee member of the Education and Community Outreach Initiatives of the Boston Ballet and a member of National Association of Social Workers.
Reimi Hicks, Program Coordinator, MITES
Reimi Hicks serves as the program coordinator of the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program. Prior to joining OEOP, Reimi acted as the program manager for MdBio Foundation, where she developed, coordinated and evaluated the Foundation’s STEM outreach programs. In this role, she engaged high school and middle school students throughout Maryland in hands-on STEM activities and career readiness events. Reimi received her B.S. in human biology from Brown University, where she gained research experience through several programs including an internship at MIT’s Haystack Observatory. Reimi earned her M.S. in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and also completed the University’s Teaching and Learning Program. While contributing to STEM outreach efforts during her graduate studies, Reimi developed a passion for motivating students to seek academic and career advancement opportunities.
Izzy Lawrence, Office Assistant
As the OEOP’s office assistant, Izzy Lawrence supports the program and communications staff in their efforts to serve students. Izzy joined the office in December 2015, and is engaged by the OEOP’s mission to provide empowerment and community for middle and high schoolers. Izzy comes from a background in student life and development. She worked closely with the Office of Student Activities at Lesley University as an undergraduate orientation leader for two years, before transitioning to a role developing programming for incoming students as an orientation scholar. Izzy continues to connect with students as a candidate for her master's degree in School Adjustment Counseling at Lesley.
Meredith Lawrence, Communications and Alumni Coordinator
As the OEOP’s communications and alumni coordinator, Meredith Lawrence serves as the office’s in-house photographer and video producer and develops communication with alumni, students, parents, and funders. Meredith first joined the OEOP in July 2014 and is passionate about both education and sharing stories. She has previously held multiple positions in the film industry in both London and Los Angeles, directed a short documentary about elementary education in China, and worked in educational media. Meredith holds a B.S. in film and television from Boston University.
Prossy Najjuma, Administrative Assistant
As the OEOP’s Administrative Assistant, Prossy Najjuma supports the Executive Director and the entire OEOP team through instituting finance, administrative, and human resource processes. Before moving to the Boston area, she supported the Human Resource team at the University of Utah through finance and general Human Resource Administration where she advanced the process for financial reviews. Prior to that, she supported the General Manager and Executive team at Sheraton Kampala Hotel in Uganda. Prossy has a passion for community support and has been instrumental in facilitating education programs for refugee communities as a Civics and Citizenship Volunteer Tutor under the International Rescue Committee – Utah and through Rotary Community Service in the rural communities in Uganda. Prossy holds a B.A. Social Sciences from Makerere University Kampala and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Uganda Management Institute.
Folake Ogunmola, Program Assistant, SEED Academy
Folake Ogunmola is a Program Assistant for SEED Academy, where she helps plan and implement activities during and after SEED sessions. She graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and is a 2010 MITES alumnus. Prior to becoming a Program Assistant, Folake served as an E2@MIT co-coordinator in summer 2015 and a TA in 2014. Folake enjoys working with and learning from the talented students that she’s encountered during her time with the OEOP. Along with her work at the OEOP, she currently works at athenahealth and hopes to continue working in the healthcare field.
Adia Wallace, Program Assistant
Adia Wallace joins MIT from a background in instructional technology and STEAM education. Adia holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and while living in Boston she worked as a workshop facilitator with several youth STEM programs and with early startup ventures on a variety of tasks. Prior to joining OEOP, Adia developed online professional development courses for the startup CareAcademy. Adia graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2014 earning a B.A. in Philosophy. Adia has worked with several organizations, including the Educational Testing Service and the Google Community Leaders Program New Orleans, where she worked to help NOLA musicians develop web literacy and brand themselves online.
Cardinal Warde, Faculty Director
Professor Cardinal Warde is the Faculty Director of the OEOP. His main responsibility is the intellectual content of the programs offered by the OEOP. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is one of the world’s leading experts on materials, devices and systems for optical information processing and displays. Professor Warde's current research activities are centered on the development of: compact optoelectronic neural network co-processors for brain-like computing, light modulators and projection displays based on micro-electro-mechanical systems, and high-resolution, adaptive, wavefront-phase compensation systems for imaging and optical communications. He is the co-editor of one book, and the co-author of three book chapters on optical materials and devices. In addition to publishing over one-hundred-fifty technical papers in these fields, he is the holder of twelve patents on spatial light modulators, displays and optical information processing systems. Professor Warde is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Display Technology. Currently, he serves voluntarily as the Interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation which runs the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE). SPISE is a program for gifted Caribbean students interested in pursuing careers in science and engineering. He also serves as a pro-bono scientific advisor to the Government of Barbados, as well as on the boards of a number of high-technology companies in the US.
Jazzmyne Washington, MOSTEC Program Coordinator
Jazzmyne Washington serves as the program coordinator for the MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC). She is an alumna of the OEOP’s MITES program and attended MIT, earning an S.B. in management science. While at MIT, Jazzmyne worked for the OEOP as a student worker, a humanities teaching assistant for MITES, a content facilitator and residential counselor for MOSTEC, a STEM mentor, and a co-facilitator for the E2@MIT program. During this time, she developed her passion for advancing equal access to education, which has brought her back to campus. Jazzmyne also has prior experience in finance, having worked for the Vanguard Group in their quantitative equity, institutional advisory services, and investment data management departments.