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Two new volunteers in Sri Lanka!


I’m excited to welcome Sheena and Aaron, our two new volunteers, to Sri Lanka! Over the next month, they will be working to develop our Bead Program curriculum and to package our current program so that it can be scaled to new children’s homes easily.


Sheena Hembrador received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 2006. She has been actively involved with Emerge, serving as Co-Director of Public Relations during the 2007-2008 academic year. She spent the last year performing preclinical molecular imaging research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Molecular Imaging (CMIR). This year, she is traveling and volunteering all over the world. She will enter medical school next year. In her free time she enjoys singing and performing with her jazz band, operating MIT’s Nuclear Reactor, and salsa dancing.

Aaron Schmidt received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2002 and a master’s degree in 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in heat transfer this past spring. He, like Sheena, has played a critical role in Emerge’s development, serving as the other Co-Director of Public Relations during the 2007-2008 academic year. Outside of research, he enjoys playing jazz trumpet, cooking and photography.

Welcome to Sri Lanka, Aaron and Sheena! I’m thrilled to have you on the team! -Alia

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