Residential Life Area Director
Hi! My name is Emma Johnson, and I am the Area Director for McCormick. I previously worked in MIT’s Office of Student Conduct for a year, and am excited to move into this new role and become a part of the McCormick community. My office door is (almost) always open – stop by any time to chat, complain, or get candy!
My husband, Jun, lives in McCormick as well. We love movies and TV, board games, and eating good food. Come hang out with us on the roof when the weather is nice!
Aloha! We’re Scott and Ashley Tan, the GRT’s in the Annex. We are from the beautiful island of Oahu, HI. Scott is a graduate student in Course 2 (MechE). His research focuses on neuromorphic devices for unsupervised learning. Ashley is the School Age Program Coordinator at the Community Art Center, where she helps run an arts-based after school program for youth ages 5-12. She aspires to help find ways to use all kinds of art to empower young people. In our free time, we enjoy traveling, playing music, going to concerts, hanging out with friends, baking, and finding new places to eat good food! Feel free to stop by 275 in the Annex to say hi!
Ashley Brown Raynal and Jean-Raymond (JR) Raynal
Hi! We’re Ashley and Jean-Raymond (JR) Raynal, the GRT’s on 2&3 West. Ashley hails from Pennsylvania, and
came to MIT as an undergrad, while JR grew up on his father’s vineyard in southern France, and earned
his master’s degree in Computer Science at a graduate school in Bordeaux. We met while we were both interning
in South Africa, and now we’re happily married! Currently, Ashley is a graduate student in Course 2 working
on building a miniature NMR spectrometer, and JR is using his superior French education to pursue a career
We love board games, movies, DDR, hiking, and video games. Come visit us in 317 to meet us and our turtle,
Hi hi! I am the GRT for McCormick 4/5 West. I am currently a graduate student in the Earth, Atmospheric,
and Planetary Sciences department (course 12), studying Earth’s climate and climate change. My research
topics have ranged from the tropical atmosphere to the Southern Ocean.
When I am not in the Green building, I can be found running, baking, sleeping, watching cat videos (read
as: procrastinating). I look forward to getting to know all the lovely members of the McCormick community!
Brooke and Hok Hei Tam
Hi! We are Brooke and Hok Hei, the GRTs on 6/7 West. We are both PhD students in Course 10 and we got married
in 2013, right before Brooke moved to Cambridge and started at MIT.
Brooke: Originally from rural Michigan, moving to the city has been a big adjustment, but I’m learning to
love the Boston area. As a ChemE grad student, I am working on developing protein-based assays for detecting
DNA methylation, a modification related to cancer. When I have free time, I’m probably figure skating,
running, playing ultimate Frisbee, or practicing the organ.
Hok Hei: I hail from Hong Kong by way of Toronto and Columbus, Ohio. I’m here to find new ways to improve
vaccines and cure cancer (brain and prostate). In my free time I organize global health events around
MIT and develop medical record systems for refugees. I enjoy traipsing around the world, learning new
things, and building stuff.
We look forward to getting to know you all. Stop by 617 to say hi!
I’m Katherine (or Kat, either’s fine!), the GRT for 2+3 East! I’m a Course 3 (Materials Engineering) PhD student, and I was also an undergrad here at MIT in Course 3, so trust me, I get what you’re going through. My research is in metallic glasses – basically we’re investigating a new way to solidify metals really fast that might allow us to make them really strong. (Please, feel free to ask me more, but be prepared. I LOVE talking about materials science.)
Outside of research, I’m what I consider to be a ‘classic’ nerd – I like reading, comic book super heroes, and dungeons and dragons. Ask me about typical nerd icons (i.e. Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.) and there’s a pretty good chance I’m a fan and I would be happy to Discuss them with you.
I’m really excited to be a GRT here at McCormick, and I’m sure you all will love it here too.
Ryan and Marcy Gillis
Hi! We are Marcy and Ryan Gillis, the GRTs for 4/5 East. Come visit us in Apartment 525 anytime. Ryan is
a PhD student in Course 10 and Marcy is an IT analyst for a large insurance brokerage. We met as freshman
in college and after a few years of dating got married in August of 2013. We are excited to be a part
of McCormick! Here is a little bit more about us…
Marcy: I grew up in Elk Grove, California and after many years am still learning to live with the snow. I
work as an IT Analyst completing projects for the Northeast Region of my company. In my free time, I
like watching movies, playing board games, trying out new restaurants in the city, and hanging out with
Ryan and friends.
Ryan: I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas where I enjoyed sailing my catamaran from the beach and camping
in the bayous. I am a PhD student studying chemical kinetics with an emphasis on sulfur chemistry and
energy. I enjoy most sports, but am particularly fond of soccer. Cooking, baking, and eating are also
definite hobbies of mine. I look forward to getting to know all of you!
Hi! I am the GRT for McCormick 6/7 East. I am currently a PhD student in Computer Science. My research interests fall into Human Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, specifically, making big data accessible to everyone! I enjoy traveling and being outside. For fun, I like hiking, canyoneering, scuba diving and sailing. Mostly, I enjoy the company of my friends, sharing dinners and planning trips together. I’m looking forward to being part of the McCormick community and to getting to know you all!