RITS Alumni

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Esther Simmons

Office and Program Administrator
I joined the Research Information Technology Solutions (RITS) Department in February 2015 as the Office and Program Administrator, providing administrative support to the department for 16 months.  During that time, I have learned how Data Management processes and Project Management processes worked, including creating administrative processes that worked for the RITS Department.   As the administrator, I was tasked with hiring students for the RITS internship programs.  I made connections and networked with many colleges and universities, including some Libraries.  These connections will help with outreach for hiring interns going forward.  The rotations for the programs were always changing and it was hard to get to know the people that were hired as some of them were only here for a short time. ... Read more about Esther Simmons
Amit Patel

Amit Patel

Program Coordinator

I joined RITS as the Program Coordinator when I had just started my Junior Year at Wentworth Institute of Technology. My responsibilities include coordination of defined initiatives, RITS service chargebacks, RITS HR functions, and support for meetings and events. Some of my other tasks include coordination of RITS Procurement functions, data organization, and communication support for: project-related notifications, information gathering, data collection, websites and wiki content. I highly recommend working at RITS because it’s an amazing department to work for especially when each of the mentors are always willing to help out.

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Rutika Ranjolkar

Junior Dev-Ops and Systems Administrator Intern

I joined RITS as a JDSA intern in July 2017 as a part of my Co-op program at Northeastern University, where I am pursuing Master’s degree in Information Systems. At RITS, I assist various research teams in the transfer and management of their data in the cloud infrastructure. I am responsible for assisting my mentor, James Weatherell, in maintaining Amazon Web Service components such as VPCs, IAM roles and permissions. As an intern, I am learning and developing new tools to automate, administer and monitor enterprise processes. I am also learning and using the cloud infrastructure to simplify deployments and control costs. I aim to use my academic skills to make a positive difference here at RITS.

Sawyer

Sawyer Newman

Research Database Management Intern

I became a part of the RITS team while attending the Masters in Library and Information Science program at Simmons College, where I had an academic concentration in Information Science and Technology. This internship is an amazing opportunity to learn about data management, and the biomedical research environment.

During my time as a Research Data Management Intern, I focused on database redesign, small scale workflow automation, and researcher workflow analysis. My outside interests include a wide variety of topics related to strategic process improvement and technology.

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Ajit Manuel

Project Management Intern
Ajit Manuel is the project management intern for RITS. He is an electronics and communication engineer, looking to hone his business acumen to complement his technical skills, through the Engineering management program at Northeastern University. He is a passionate and aspiring project manager who currently aids the RITS project management team on all phases of the project lifecycle from inception to execution.
Prem Sagar Yelgoi

Prem Sagar Yelgoi

Systems Administrator

Prem joined RITS as a part of the Genetics Migration Team and contributed greatly to the RITS team for the last 14 months. Prem was responsible for the operation of all of Genetics’ and BPF’s Interim services. Along with the data-to-day operation and administration of servers and tape backup, Prem participated in every migration project; even handling some, like Dymecki Lab Wiki largely on his own. He also assisted with the implementation of the Configuration Management Tool- Puppet.

Troy Petitt

Troy Petitt

Systems Biology Intern

I had an internship from January to June 2016 with the RITS team as a Northeastern University undergraduate. I worked in the Klein Lab in the Systems Biology Department, and had a great experience. Although my day-to-day work took place in that lab, I had full support from RITS, who made the process very smooth. RITS also gave me the freedom to pursue my interests in addition to helping the HMS researchers. My great experience at HMS in 2016 is thanks to RITS, and I highly recommend the Northeastern co-op/internship.

Morgan Hopeman

Morgan Hopeman

Project Management Intern

Morgan came to RITS in 2015 as the first intern of the program. Morgan worked as a project management intern to coordinate the development of a project management framework for RITS as well as aiding in the development of scoping and researching the first RITS projects. Morgan graduated in 2016 with a bachelors of Management Engineering from WPI.
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Tisha Mentnech

Tisha Mentnech

Research Data Management Intern

 

Tisha assists the Research Data Manager with providing support to HMS researchers in the management of their research data throughout its lifecycle.  She is a graduate student from the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.  Tisha also works at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as a Circulation Manager.  Her interests are in equitable access, data management, metadata, and information literacy.

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Edward Blewett

Edward Blewett

Interim Project Manager

Edward Blewett served as Interim Project Manager before moving to a position within the Infrastructure Operations department. His background skills include project management, online learning, and development.

Jessie Cass

Jessie Cass

Research Data Management Intern

 

I was the research data management intern for the RITS department in the summer of 2016. I enjoyed this experience immensely due to the wonderful people and the work they were doing. The atmosphere in the RITS office was always upbeat and everyone was interested in helping each other for both individual and team success. As an intern, the focus was on me learning about the field as much as it was on me contributing my expertise. The department's objective when working with the Harvard Medical School researchers always seemed to be to figure out how we could help them reach their goals, which was a mindset I admired. I definitely recommend working for and with this department. 

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Faisal Misle

Faisal Misle

Technical Outreach Coordinator

Working with the RITS team was a great experience. There were always exciting projects to be working on to optimize the workflow of the researchers. Mason and James are smart, supporting leaders who are always available to support you with anything you may need and are always open to feedback on how the team can do better and how can we more efficiently help researchers.

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Aman Agarwal

Aman Agarwal

Project Management Intern

The Project Management Co-op opportunity at Research IT Solutions was an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience. It gave me the opportunity to work hands on with many different projects that helped to broaden my experience as a Project Manager. It is a wonderful learning experience that puts you beside people who have valuable advice and industry information to offer. The RITS team allowed me to work on real projects in which my work was directly contributing and helping my project team. Along with that, I also got an opportunity to manage my own project which enhanced my learnings on how to manage a project, project team, clients, stakeholders and the conflicts that arise during a project. If you’re looking for real world experience I definitely recommend this Project Management Co-op!

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Timothy (Tim) Sutherby

Timothy (Tim) Sutherby

Technical Coordinator Intern

I joined the RITS team in January of 2016. Prior to joining RITS, I gained valuable IT experience from an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, and two previous internships.

Kenneth (Kenny) Westerman

Kenneth (Kenny) Westerman

Technical Outreach Coordinator Intern

I was thrilled with the mixture of science, technology, and “people skills” I was able to use and improve while at RITS. My position as Technical Outreach Coordinator allowed me to take my background in biology and use it to make connections with many of the outstanding scientists at HMS, all while having the freedom to pursue conversations with labs who scientific interests overlapped with mine. Despite not having a highly technical background with respect to hardware or software development, I felt that I was able to make a tangible impact.

Bonnie Yeh

Bonnie Yeh

Technical Outreach Coordinator

Bonnie serves as the RITS Technical Outreach Coordinator, where she performs outreach to laboratories at HMS in order to determine any gaps in technological offerings. Her background is in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics and she is currently pursuing a master’s in biomedical engineering.... Read more about Bonnie Yeh

Ronald Degmar Barrios

Ronald Degmar Barrios

Technical Implementation Coordination Intern

 

It was the Spring of 2016; I finally received with great happiness the news that I had been selected for an Internship at Harvard Medical School. I remember it clearly; I was sat on the sofa in my apartment with my brother when I got the email on my cell phone. I couldn’t control myself and stand up and sat down again in a weird shaking way. I just couldn’t believe it. The email confirmed that I had been accepted for a position as a Technical Implementation Coordination Intern in the Research Information Technology Solutions Department - RITS. That year I started looking for positions by February and already got one unpaid Internship for a PHP Developer Intern. It was in the last interview opportunity by the end of April before all Summer Internships exhausted that I got the amazing Harvard Medical School Paid Internship, and yes it was Harvard!!!

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Anna Newman

Anna Newman

Research Data Manager Intern

In the spring of 2016, I served as the RITS Data Management Intern, working with Research Data Manager Jessica Pierce to conduct outreach to research labs at HMS about research data management practices and needs. During my internship, among other tasks, I compiled a data interview instrument, created a database for collecting information from data interviews, and assisted in developing documentation and procedures for a long-term data storage service. My internship was a meaningful and educational experience, as I was able to work both collaboratively and independently, developed expertise in new technologies (including database and project management tools), and participated in data interviews with lab members. The office environment at RITS was welcoming and productive, and Jessica was a supportive and encouraging supervisor.

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Pooja Shrikrishna Gaikwad

Pooja Shrikrishna Gaikwad

Project Management Intern

I’m a graduate student in the Master of Engineering Management program, College of Engineering at Northeastern University... I’m currently working with RITS as a Project Manager Intern. I’m assisting RITS in laying out a project management framework in order to help it achieve project goals for different departments at HMS. I have also developed a google site for RITS in order to make it easy for the clients to access their project related documents.

Having completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, I have an engineer’s mindset and I strive to find a logical and coherent solution to any problem/hurdle that I face. 

I have a huge interest in the field of project management. My experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Project Management at Northeastern University and my knowledge in the subject drives my enthusiasm for my role at HMS.