About US & FAQs


How do I get access to the Active Learning Labs computer lab, SEC room 1.107?

The SEC 1.107 computer lab has desktop computers with a variety of engineering software (for example, Solidworks and Comsol Multiphysics) installed and available for student use.

Access to this space can be arranged by contacting Nishant Sule (nsule@seas.harvard.edu).



Anas Chalah

Anas Chalah

Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Anas Chalah is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at the School of Engineering, as well as a lecturer in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University. He leads a team of engineers and collaborates with faculty to create an environment that encourages hands-on engineering education. As a member of the research and teaching senior executive team, he applies new pedagogical methods in developing experimental and design-based activities, as well as in supporting SEAS' growing presence in Biological and Environmental Engineering. Anas received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Rachel DeLucas

Rachel DeLucas

Manager for Undergraduate Student Experience

Rachel is the Manager for Undergraduate Student Experience at SEAS. Her academic training includes a BS in Archaeology and Materials from MIT, an MS in Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University, and an MLA in Ext Studies, Management from Harvard Extension School. Previously, she worked in industry as a Process Engineer in a tantalum metal refining and powder manufacturing factory, as a Research Engineer in electrolytic processing of rare earth metals, and has worked on other diverse materials science research projects, including: ceramics development for dental biomaterials applications, ancient Mesoamerican copper smelting, and polymeric photonic bandgap materials. She loves to make things by hand – sewing, knitting, welding/metalworking, carpentry, cooking – as well as spending time working in her garden, growing vegetables and flowers, and exploring nature with her two young children. 


Lila St. Joy

Operations Manager for Teaching and Learning

Lila is the Operations Manager for Teaching and Learning at SEAS. Lila graduated from Mount Ida College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science and continued her education at Boston University with a Masters in Criminal Justice. Lila began her career in higher education during her time at BU as a graduate assistant for the Prison Education Program. Outside of SEAS, you can find Lila cooking or at the nearest Chick-fil-A!

Ashley Anne Howard-Malt

Administrative Coordinator for Teaching and Learning

Ashley is the Administrative Coordinator for the Teaching and Learning Group at SEAS. Ashley comes from a background in higher education administration and creative writing. She most recently received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she taught fiction writing workshops and literature courses for three years as a GTA. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was the Managing Editor of The Emerson Review. She has formerly spent time rolling out and developing the Learning Management System, Canvas, at UNCW. Beyond work at SEAS, Ashley is an avid writer, video-gamer, animal lover, and rocks and minerals enthusiast. She is an advocate for exploring and furthering the meeting of diversity, the arts, and higher education pedagogy.

Salma Abu Ayyash

Salma Abu Ayyash

SEAS Learning Incubator (LInc) Fellow and ES100 Course Coordinator

Salma is a Preceptor at SEAS LInc. She is an Electrical Engineer who earned her BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. She taught math, electrical engineering, and computer networking courses as an adjunct faculty member for almost a decade. Prior to teaching, Salma worked for a startup building networking devices and analyzing traffic management policies for the Internet. Her research interests include distributed computing, sensor and ad hoc networks, and signal processing. Salma is passionate about education and is thrilled to be working at LInc towards the innovation of curriculum and pedagogy at SEAS. Salma is also the course coordinator for ENG-SCI 100 Engineering Design Projects, where she supports students and collaborates with the teaching staff on developing pedagogy for the course. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, cooking, her plants, tango and theatre acting. Salma is also passionate about collective liberation and is always inspired by and searching for ways to integrate the arts with activism.

Melissa Hancock

Director for Active Learning, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Melissa Hancock supports the development and implementation of “wet” lab curriculum in Bioengineering and Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate courses. Outside of courses, Melissa assists students in designing and conducting laboratory experiments for extracurricular projects and independent capstone projects. Melissa holds a PhD from Columbia University in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies. Prior to joining the Active Learning Labs, she studied axon guidance and insulin signaling as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Cell Biology. In addition to helping students dry soil samples, image insects on the SEM, and culture cells, Melissa enjoys crossfit, film photography, duct tape, and antique Danish furniture.


Avery Normandin

Senior Biological and Environmental Engineer

Avery Normandin is a Biological and Environmental Engineer with the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. In this role, he supports undergraduate and graduate coursework as well as independent design projects. Prior to joining ALL, Avery worked as a learning designer at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on the development of creative learning experiences in informal spaces. He studied molecular and synthetic biology at MIT and the University of New Hampshire. Outside of the Lab, Avery plays violin with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, volunteers with the Mystic River Watershed Association, throws on the pottery wheel, and enjoys going to the Brattle for a movie whenever possible. 

Nicholas A LoRusso

Senior Chemical and Environmental Engineer

Nicholas LoRusso is an Environmental Engineer with the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. In this role he supports undergraduate and graduate coursework and design projects while managing the wet chemistry lab space. Nicholas holds a BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry and a MS in Environmental Engineering Science from Syracuse University. He also served as the Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory QA/QC Coordinator at Syracuse University, and will graduate with his PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in Spring 2023. Outside of work, Nicholas enjoys exploring new cuisines, running, and visiting family.

Elaine Kristant

Elaine H Kristant

Director for Active Learning, Mechanical Engineering

Elaine supports the development and implementation of lab curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences, and General Education for undergraduate and graduate courses. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently working on an ALM in Extension Studies — field: Digital Media Design from the Harvard Extension School. Elaine has over eight years of industry experience working as a Mechanical Engineer for iRobot for the Home Robots division primarily working on wet floor care robots. After her manufacturing Masters, she then worked at Medtronic as an Advance Manufacturing Engineer for the Coronary and Renal division of the Cardiac and Vascular Group. While not working, Elaine likes to play ice hockey and solve puzzles, make chocolate, and many other hobbies.


Steven J Cortesa

Mechanical Engineer

Steve Cortesa is a Mechanical Engineer for the Active Learning Labs at SEAS. His primary responsibilities include advising undergraduate and SEAS graduate student projects, managing the lab's work space and stock, and improving student lab experience in courses. Steve received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014 and a Master of Liberal Arts in Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2020. Prior to joining the team in 2016, he spent time working in product development with EMC Corporation, Bevi, and SharkNinja. In addition to his engineering interests, Steve loves to cook and eat great food, play volleyball, and spend time in the mountains or at the beach.

Hanna Quigley

Hanna M. Quigley

Mechanical Engineer

Hanna Quigley is one of the Mechanical Engineers in the Active Learning Labs. Her role is to support classes and the work space. Hanna graduated from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology with her Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering Technology and joined the team right after graduating. Through college, she has worked in a variety of machine shops and makerspaces, and even interned at Harvard for a year. Outside of work, she enjoys video games, Star Trek, arts and crafts, and baking fancy desserts.


Leonardo Gomez

Director for Active Learning, Electrical Engineering

Leo provides curricular support in the Electrical Engineering Active Learning Labs for undergraduate and graduate courses. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, an MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MEd in Secondary Science Education from UMass Boston. Prior to joining the SEAS Active Learning community he completed his Masters in Education through the Boston Teacher Residency and served as a STEM educator in the Boston Public Schools for over a decade. His graduate research was in the area of electronic devices and semiconductor fabrication, specifically researching Si replacement technologies (i.e. strained-Si/Ge) for applications in CMOS. As a STEM education professional he enjoys combining his passion for engineering and education by devising tools, processes, and systems to create impactful and sustainable student-centered learning experiences. Outside of work Leo enjoys making his family laugh, exercising the extreme patience it takes to be an awesome dad, experimenting in the kitchen, tinkering, surfing, and community building.

Benjamin Y. Brown

Electronics Shop Engineer

Benjamin is an Electronics Shop Engineer at the SEAS/Physics Electronic Instrumentation Design Lab. He splits his time between supporting undergraduate electrical engineering coursework and designing instrumentation for research labs. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, specializing in power electronics. Outside of work, Ben enjoys video games, watching basketball, and making ice cream.


James Quigley

Electrical Engineer

James Quigley is one of the Electrical Engineers in the Active Learning Labs. James graduated with a Bachelors in Electrical Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating, he worked in the space tech industry where he focused on RF circuit design. James is a big fan of football, chess, and all-you-can-eat buffets.

Mohammad Souri

Director for Active Learning, Computing in Engineering Education (CEE)

Mohammad develops a computational curriculum for engineering courses at SEAS for both graduate and undergraduate students. On top of that, Mohammad also supports students with their modeling needs in capstone projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has more than fifteen years of experience using various Finite Element Analysis commercial software. His research areas lay in many areas, including shape-memory materials, microfluidics biosensors, battery heat management, additive manufacturing, and material characterization. Mohammad enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and following European soccer teams while outside of work.

Jason Martinez

Senior Computational Engineer

Jason is a Senior Computational Engineer in the Computing in Engineering Education (CEE) team.  He supports SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement computational and simulation components in courses, assist students with modeling and simulation needs, and train teaching fellows and students in various computational tools and software. Jason holds a PhD and MSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BE in Civil Engineering from The City College of New York. Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, playing/watching basketball, and learning something new every day.

Chelsea Nneka Onyeador

Chelsea is a Computational Engineer on the Computing in Engineering Education (CEE) team. Her work supports computational engineering coursework, particularly in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. She holds an SM in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her research centered on computational simulations of high-speed aerothermodynamics flows. She also earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Chelsea is passionate about justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist reforms in academia. She also enjoys playing and listening to music, watching TV, and trying new foods.