Meet Our Team

  Megumi Sano  | President   meg   IS a sophomore from tokyo/london pursuing a major in mathematical and computational science and a minor in symbolic systems. she is interested in various processes underlying human cognition and works in the stanford computation and cognition lab. in her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga and listening to the rain (which she misses in sunny california). 

Megumi Sano | President

meg IS a sophomore from tokyo/london pursuing a major in mathematical and computational science and a minor in symbolic systems. she is interested in various processes underlying human cognition and works in the stanford computation and cognition lab. in her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga and listening to the rain (which she misses in sunny california). 

  Hope Schroeder  | Alumni Network Coordinator   HOPE   IS A senior in symbolic systems with an individually designed concentration. she loves natural language processing and virtual reality. She works on alumni events, like the "pathways of symsys" series. in her free time, she loves skiing, yoga, and ice skating.                                                                                                        

Hope Schroeder | Alumni Network Coordinator

HOPE IS A senior in symbolic systems with an individually designed concentration. she loves natural language processing and virtual reality. She works on alumni events, like the "pathways of symsys" series. in her free time, she loves skiing, yoga, and ice skating.                                                                                                       

 Jonathan Lipman | Coffee Chat Coordinator   jonathan    is a Philosophy and Computer Science student at Stanford University and is excited by the potential of technology to radically change the world for the better, but is cognizant of the potential for unintended consequences inherent in rapid transformation. He is, however, an optimist and believes that thoughtful design decisions on the part of technologists can minimize these adverse effects.

Jonathan Lipman | Coffee Chat Coordinator

jonathan is a Philosophy and Computer Science student at Stanford University and is excited by the potential of technology to radically change the world for the better, but is cognizant of the potential for unintended consequences inherent in rapid transformation. He is, however, an optimist and believes that thoughtful design decisions on the part of technologists can minimize these adverse effects.

  Julia Mendelsohn  | Event Coordinator   JULIA   IS linguistics graduate. Her main interests include natural language virtual assistants and computational approaches to sociolinguistics. She enjoys watching gilmore girls, attempting to talk in Spanish and/or German, and drinking hot cocoa from cozy mugs.

Julia Mendelsohn | Event Coordinator

JULIA IS linguistics graduate. Her main interests include natural language virtual assistants and computational approaches to sociolinguistics. She enjoys watching gilmore girls, attempting to talk in Spanish and/or German, and drinking hot cocoa from cozy mugs.

  Lucy Li | Vice President    Lucy   IS A symbolic systems graduate and cs coterm with a concentration in natural language and coterm in computer science. she is interested in rose milk tea and holland lop bunnies. additionally, she studies language and behavior using code in a way that would be creepy but is labeled by the cs department as "research".                                        

Lucy Li | Vice President

Lucy IS A symbolic systems graduate and cs coterm with a concentration in natural language and coterm in computer science. she is interested in rose milk tea and holland lop bunnies. additionally, she studies language and behavior using code in a way that would be creepy but is labeled by the cs department as "research".                                      

  Pratyusha Javangula  | Social Events Coordinator   Pratyusha (tru)   IS A second year master's student in symbolic systems. she is currently a research assistant in the alps lab investigating questions of experimental semantics. in her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, swimming, and watching re-runs of bob's burgers.                                                                                                                   

Pratyusha Javangula | Social Events Coordinator

Pratyusha (tru) IS A second year master's student in symbolic systems. she is currently a research assistant in the alps lab investigating questions of experimental semantics. in her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga, swimming, and watching re-runs of bob's burgers.                                                                                                                   

 Emma Master | Social Media Coordinator   EMMA    is a senior with a concentration in cognitive science. she loves learning about cognition, especially self-concepts, reinforcing cycles of belief, narrative psychology, and moral decision-making. she is a research assistant in the social neuroscience lab, which studies empathy and prosocial behavior. in her free time you can find her doing anything music-related, playing soccer, reading, learning about wellness, meditation, or eating donuts.

Emma Master | Social Media Coordinator

EMMA is a senior with a concentration in cognitive science. she loves learning about cognition, especially self-concepts, reinforcing cycles of belief, narrative psychology, and moral decision-making. she is a research assistant in the social neuroscience lab, which studies empathy and prosocial behavior. in her free time you can find her doing anything music-related, playing soccer, reading, learning about wellness, meditation, or eating donuts.

  Xi Jia Zhou (Laura)  | Event Coordinator   LAURA   IS a senior at minerva school majoring in cognitive neuroscience and data science. she's researching at stanford's social learning lab at the psychology department, and got obsessed with children and the human mind. In her spare time, she likes to stare at squirrels and guess what they're thinking. she loves symsys's open-minded, intellectual, curious and adventurous vibe.

Xi Jia Zhou (Laura) | Event Coordinator

LAURA IS a senior at minerva school majoring in cognitive neuroscience and data science. she's researching at stanford's social learning lab at the psychology department, and got obsessed with children and the human mind. In her spare time, she likes to stare at squirrels and guess what they're thinking. she loves symsys's open-minded, intellectual, curious and adventurous vibe.

 Stephanie Zhang | Former President    Stephanie   IS A symbolic systems graduate and a learning, design and technology coterm. she was a research assistant in the memory lab and a teaching fellow for the psych one program. in her free time, she enjoys singing a cappella, swimming, and reading poems by t.s. Eliot.                                         

Stephanie Zhang | Former President 

Stephanie IS A symbolic systems graduate and a learning, design and technology coterm. she was a research assistant in the memory lab and a teaching fellow for the psych one program. in her free time, she enjoys singing a cappella, swimming, and reading poems by t.s. Eliot.                                        

  Jenny Zhi  | Financial Officer   Jenny   IS a sophomore in symbolic systems. as a mostly clueless freshman, she is interested in exploring everything symbolic systems has to offer, especially as applied to human and user experience design. in her free time, she enjoys watching chinese period dramas, dancing, eating everything, stealthily grabbing swag from career fairs, and the color blue. 

Jenny Zhi | Financial Officer

Jenny IS a sophomore in symbolic systems. as a mostly clueless freshman, she is interested in exploring everything symbolic systems has to offer, especially as applied to human and user experience design. in her free time, she enjoys watching chinese period dramas, dancing, eating everything, stealthily grabbing swag from career fairs, and the color blue. 

 Sydney Maples | Event Coordinator   sydney    is symsys '17, with an Individually-Designed Concentration (because apparently an interdisciplinary major just isn’t interdisciplinary enough for her). She is also an advising fellow for the Symbolic Systems major, and is notorious for sending lots of symsys-related emails. In her free time she likes collecting classic rock trivia and appreciating accidental alliterations.

Sydney Maples | Event Coordinator

sydney is symsys '17, with an Individually-Designed Concentration (because apparently an interdisciplinary major just isn’t interdisciplinary enough for her). She is also an advising fellow for the Symbolic Systems major, and is notorious for sending lots of symsys-related emails. In her free time she likes collecting classic rock trivia and appreciating accidental alliterations.

Past Members

  Anna Thomas    Anna   IS MATH '18 (CS MINOR). she works on research in machine learning and graphics. in her spare time, she enjoys drinking tea and exploring farmer's markets.

Anna Thomas

Anna IS MATH '18 (CS MINOR). she works on research in machine learning and graphics. in her spare time, she enjoys drinking tea and exploring farmer's markets.

  George (Pakapol) Supaniratisai      g eorge   is cs '17 (Artificial intelligence) and symsys masters student. He worked on machine learning for   automated vehicles in Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He spends his free time cooking and learning history of Thai and cantonese foods. george was an awesome event coordinator for symsys society.

George (Pakapol) Supaniratisai

george is cs '17 (Artificial intelligence) and symsys masters student. He worked on machine learning for automated vehicles in Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He spends his free time cooking and learning history of Thai and cantonese foods. george was an awesome event coordinator for symsys society.

  Allen Nie     allen   is symbolic systems M.S. '17. He focuses on machine learning and applying them to natural language. he was in the stanford artificial intelligence group, advised by andrew ng and dan jurafsky. he enjoys coffee, random chats on human cognition, and society. he did a great job hosting symposiums during his time on board.

Allen Nie

allen is symbolic systems M.S. '17. He focuses on machine learning and applying them to natural language. he was in the stanford artificial intelligence group, advised by andrew ng and dan jurafsky. he enjoys coffee, random chats on human cognition, and society. he did a great job hosting symposiums during his time on board.

  Jon Gauthier     Jon   is Symbolic Systems '17, with a concentration in natural language. He worked as a researcher in the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group, advised by Christopher Manning. In his free time he likes to learn languages and ride bikes at high speeds. he initiated and organized symsys coffee chats during his time on board.

Jon Gauthier

Jon is Symbolic Systems '17, with a concentration in natural language. He worked as a researcher in the Stanford Natural Language Processing Group, advised by Christopher Manning. In his free time he likes to learn languages and ride bikes at high speeds. he initiated and organized symsys coffee chats during his time on board.