Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.320 (Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems). This class taught me that, as complex a biological system may be, I could distill it into a relatively simple set of principles and equations. Of course, we learned, “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” But modeling systems in computer code made me really feel like an engineer—seeing kinases phosphorylated in “real-time” on those graphs. I loved the class so much that I decided to TA it the following year.
What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I’ll miss the people the most. All of my friends and mentors have been such inspirations to me. Still, I can’t believe that I’ve had the opportunity to get to know such incredibly humbling people for the past four years.
Where will you be next year?
I will be in the U.K. studying and doing research under the Marshall Scholarship.
Who deserves a shout-out?
All of my mentors, of course! You know who you are. I also want to give a special thank you to my father, who is looking down on me. Cám ơn Ba nuôi con lớn lên để cho con được thành công ngày nay.