Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, USA
Olivia Mae Waring is currently pursuing graduate studies in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. She holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry and Chinese from Princeton University and a master’s degree in linguistics from Oxford on a Sachs Scholarship. She previously worked as a software engineer at National Public Radio, Microsoft, and ThoughtWorks and as a Mumbai-based journalist for the People’s Archive of Rural India. She currently conducts research at the Ragon Institute, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the MIT D-Lab, and she is the founder and president of an NGO devoted to endangered language documentation (http://linguistswithoutborders.org/). Her other ongoing projects include implementing mobile health tools for deployment in refugee settings, piloting a community journalism platform in Pakistan, teaching computational thinking to young women in rural Mexico, volunteering at the Boston Samaritans and the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Clinic, and heading the MIT chapter of Doctors Without Borders. Olivia ultimately hopes to obtain her MD/MPH and devote her career to humanitarian relief and international development. She also moonlights as an actress, singer, violinist, and rearer of guinea pigs.