Hello! This is Elena Chong, from Panama City, Panama. I am a first year graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, in the Responsive Environments Group. In 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minors in Robotics and Mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana, United States.
In the summer and fall of 2015, I was a research intern in the Embodied Interaction group at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, worked under the supervision of Dr. Jurgen Steimle. Previously, I was a research intern in the Lewis Research Group at Harvard University. For the first two weeks, I joined Electroninks, a spin-off from the lab, where I helped with sourcing components for the educational product in Shenzhen, China. For the rest of the summer, I worked at Voxel8, a 3D printing start-up working on the world's first 3D electronics printer (another start-up from Professor Jennifer Lewis).
Academically, I like to research and develop innovative interfaces to ease our interaction between our digital information and physical world. My research interests are human-computer interaction, ubiquitous comping, wearable technology, wireless signals, and augmented interfaces. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have done research and projects on asteroid photometry, MEMS devices, wireless energy harvesting, digital and personal fabrication, sensor and haptic technology, and microwave device coupler fabrication.
I believe that combining science, engineering, mathematics together with arts, we can create very innovative approaches to problems. Over the past few years, I have done some creative work (filmmaking) that mixes a wide variety of themes. Check them out on my YouTube channel.
Additionally, I have made several tutorials in Spanish related to Arduino Programming while working as the CEO and Founder at Tinkerall in Panama, feel free to check them out as well.