Who We Are

Karen Ng
Karen is a blogger for IDEAS Global Challenge.  She graduated with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011, with research in biomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering.  She currently lives in Berkeley, CA where she aspires to be more involved in global issues through stimulating discussion. Please join her as she embarks on this journey of discovery!

Sarah Rosengard
Sarah is studying oceanography at MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she is fundamentally interested in global environmental change. As a new journalist for the IDEAS global challenge blog, she hopes to explore the impacts of environmental change on communities far and wide, and moreover share the creative solutions people have crafted in adaptation to these impacts.

Leanne Ta
Leanne is a blogger and reviewer for the IDEAS Global Challenge. She works full-time for a Boston-based nonprofit organization that promotes innovative models of healthcare delivery. She is interested in issues related to social justice, community advocacy and public policy. She received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kate Mytty
Kate runs IDEAS Global Challenge. She’s fascinated by how ideas become reality and knowledge becomes useful. Before MIT, she was part of a small creative team at 800ceoread working on entrepreneurial publishing outlets for business ideas and then part of a three-person communications consulting team. At Marquette University, she studied entrepreneurship and marketing.

Bina Choi
The project assistant for IDEAS Global Challenge, Bina graduated from MIT in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemistry. As an undergrad, she participated in global experiences through MISTI (Italy and France) and D-Lab (Tanzania), and she ran Komaza magazine.

Sally Susnowitz
Director of the MIT Public Service Center, the Global Challenge is her brain child. Sally is a lifelong volunteer and educator who, when she started teaching at MIT in 1999, had a hard time finding the PSC. It seemed to her at the time that MIT should have a public service center to match its culture and stature, so applied to become director to help move it in that direction.