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Students

Jamie Tucker–Foltz

On most counts, Jamie Tucker–Foltz is your average teenager. Hailing from Colorado, he’s into juggling (keeps five clubs in the air, and shooting for six), plays volleyball, likes to draw and paint, and enjoys building computer games using the MIT Media Lab-created Scratch programming tool. Academically, however, he’s facing a challenge that far fewer teenagers can claim to have achieved: “I’m a sophomore at Boulder High School, and basically, I’ve run out of classes.” Read more.

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The city of Nasik has long been known as the wine capital of India for its plentiful supply of grapes, but more recently it has become a high-tech and engineering hub—one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Born and raised there, fifteen-year-old Tuhin Bagi shares his native city's fascination with science and technology, and maintains an equally breathless pace. Read more.

Mat Peterson

In his junior year at Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, Mat Peterson — now an MIT freshman — was struggling with his physics course. A friend of his recommended that he look at MIT OpenCourseWare, where Peterson turned to Walter Lewin’s videos and found the help he needed. Read more.

Educators

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When Robert Talbert, associate professor of mathematics and computing science at Franklin College, was looking for inspiration and resources for his CMP 150 Computer Tools for Problem Solving course, he turned to MIT OpenCourseWare's 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming course, taught by Professors Eric Grimson and John Guttag. Read more.

Amy Santee

Homeschooling her daughters means that Amy Santee knows how to think outside the box. She takes them on field trips and finds a wide variety of outside activities for them like ballet and choir. Her freedom to step outside the classroom keeps the lessons fresh and exciting. "I realize that not all learning is fun," says Santee. "But I strive to make as much as possible enjoyable and educational at the same time." Read more.

Richard Hall

Richard Hall received a Ph.D. in computer science from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he found himself playing a different role in LaTrobe's laboratories and lecture halls: teaching courses in introductory information systems, beginning microprocessors, and advanced computer-aided software engineering. Read more.

Self Learners

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A native of Kota, in Rajasthan, India, Ankit Khandelwal has been using OCW for the past seven years. “Whether it has been mixing chemical engineering (my core field of education) with other areas, or exploring new things in management, the OCW website has always provided good first-hand information.” Read more.

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Daryle Cardone is a naval aviator and the Commanding Officer to a squadron of early warning aircraft that operate from the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Known as the Bluetails, Cardone's squadron consists of 150 pilots, ground crew and other personnel who support four E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. Read more.

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Ziya Deniz Eralp’s passion for learning has allowed him to comfortably straddle the worlds of both industry and academia, and eventually move from his native Turkey to the MIT campus. Read more.