Mehmet Kanik embodies all the enthusiasm you would expect from a first-time volunteer. Not only has he brought his work from Research at MIT into the classroom, he also draws energy and confidence from the students he teaches. Mehmet is conducting research and was recently published in Science Magazine, for the same fiber-based artificial muscle samples he brought into the classroom.
Rounding the corner on two years of piloting Catalyst programs, we’re shining a light on those generous professionals that give generously of themselves to inspire the next generation of engineers, programmers, scientists, and more. Catalyst volunteers come from a range of STEM professions and bring a wealth of real-world knowledge into the classroom. Here are two of our inspirational volunteers, who reflected on their time with the program: