Science & Technology

Web Design - Kyle Langan with Jose Manuel Marco and Matthias Hutt

Kyle Langan - Kyle Langan works at Studio X in Santa Fe as a Webmaster. He does tech support, website maintenance and  programming.

Matthias Hutt - I was born in Santa Fe. I lived in Gesque Farms, and moved to California. I moved back and I now go to Mandela International Magnet School. I am twelve years old. I like computers and soccer.

Jose Manuel Marco - Jose Manuel was born in Orihuela, Spain. He is 13 years old and in 8th grade at Mandela International Magnet School. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico when he was eleven. His hobbies are basketball and technology. His mentorship is in computer programming.

Geometrical Packing Problems - Yoav Kallus with Bridget Bohlin

Yoav Kallus - Yoav Kallus is interested in optimization and constraint-satisfaction problems. From a computational perspective, he is interested in developing and describing efficient computational methods to solve such problems. From a mathematical perspective, he is interested in analytical methods to give meaningful bounds on the range of solutions that might exist. And from a physical perspective, he is interested in statistically characterizing the space of possible solutions and the behavior of a system navigating such a space. Packing problems give an attractive illustration of many of the interesting phenomena in this area of research and they are a special focus of Yoav's research. Yoav is interested both in ordered optimal structures, and in disordered suboptimal ones in which systems get stuck.

Bridget Bohlin - I was born and grew up in Santa Fe, NM. I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a scientist, and although for a long time I was sure I wanted to be an astrophysicist, I’ve realized that I will be happy with any job involving math or science because what I really care about is being challenged and using my brain. I’ve been at Santa Fe Preparatory School since seventh grade. I’ve always enjoyed math because it’s beautiful how logical and yet unintuitive it can be. Physics is also one of my favorite subjects because it demonstrates math’s ability to describe the real world and goes the furthest of the sciences in terms of explaining why the world is the way it is. Last summer I interned at Los Alamos National Labs, running and analyzing simulations of inertial confinement fusion. My partner and I had to write an abstract, make a poster, and present it at a symposium, where we got an award from our department for the poster. Last summer I also took an undergraduate astrophysics course for high school students at the University of Chicago. My main passions are physics, math, reading, and fencing.

Auto Mechanics - Marianne Martinez with Martin Gonzales - Sherwood

Marianne Martinez - Marianne Martinez is the owner of Auto Care 2000, located on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Martin Gonzales - Martin Gonzales was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a 7th grader a MIMS. Besides his interest in mechanics and engineering, Martin enjoys listening to music, dancing, playing football, basketball and doing parkour. His mentorship is in mechanics with Marianne at Auto Care 2000.

Biodigester - Christian Casillas with Morelia Cuevas

Christian E. Casillas - Christian is a freelance educator and scientist, He has been involved in various aspects of education, design, and implementation of renewable energy projects in schools and communities in the United States, Central and South America, India, and Africa. He has also worked as an atmospheric and ocean research scientist, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps teaching math and science in rural Namibia. He has degrees in environmental engineering, applied mathematics, and energy and resources.

Morelia Cuevas - Morelia Cuevas was born in Mission, Texas, and moved to Santa Fe when she was nine. She is a junior at Santa Fe High School. and in the ASE “Innovate Academy” where she discovered her passion of creating a better environment for future generations. Aside from her interest in renewable energy, primarily biogas, which she explored in this year's mentorship with Christian Casillas. Morelia loves talking to people and reading books.

Orthopedic Surgery - Leroy Rise, MD with Roman Azharellen

Leroy Rise - Dr. Lee Rise attended the University of New Mexico prior to medical school. Upon completion of his baccalaureate, Dr. Rise attended The University of Florida Medical School. After graduating medical school, Dr. Rise went to Ohio State University for his residency and fellowship training. Dr. Rise has now been practicing medicine for 7 years, and performs orthopedic and trauma surgery at Christus St. Vincent.

Roman Azharellen - I was born in Pinsk, Belarus. I just turned 18 years old. I am a senior at The Master's Program. After graduating high school, I plan to study biochemistry or chemical engineering at Texas Tech or Ole Miss.

Complexity - Christa Brelsford with            Grace Graham

Christa Brelsford - Christa recently completed a Ph.D. at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, focusing on evaluating the effectiveness of water conservation policy in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before that, she earned an M.A. degree in the Climate and Society program and a B.S. in Civil Engineering, both from Columbia University. She also has a B.A. in liberal studies from Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Grace Graham - Grace Graham is a sophomore at The Academy for Technology and the Classics. She is class president, and plays basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field.

Medical Assistant - Jasmin Loya with    Maricruz Lopez Flores

Jasmin Loya - Jasmin Loya works as a medical assistant at La Familia Medical Center. She is twenty years old and graduated from the Masters program where her protege, Maricruz, now studies.

Maricruz Lopez Flores - Maricruz Lopez Flores was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She is currently a senior at The Masters Program and a sophomore at Santa Fe Community College. She is 17 years old and loves playing the piano, painting, drawing and dancing, but her dream job is in the medical field. She has always had an interest in medical careers, and her mentorship with Inspire Santa Fe has allowed her to learn a little bit more about what here future job would be like.

Computer Repair - Nelson Lopez with        Zayra Acosta

Nelson Lopez - Nelson Lopez is the owner of Santa Fe Computer Works on Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The business is family owned and operated since 1990.

Zayra Acosta - My name is Zayra Acosta. I am thirteen years old and am originally from Mexico. I attend Mandela International School. I have always been interested in computer engineering. Inspire Santa Fe has allowed me to explore my interest more, and I hope to continue with this program next year.

Modeling Infectious Diseases - Sam Scarpino with Sergio Mata and Megan Hill

Sam Scarpino - Sam earned a B.Sc. in biology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Ph.D. in integrative biology from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. He attended the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School in 2010.

Sergio Mata - Sergio Mata is a seventeen-year-old senior at Pojoaque Valley High School in Pojoaque, New Mexico. He has pursued many opportunities to grow as a leader and as an academic at his high school. Sergio is an active member of his community, he participates in both extracurriculars at school and in his home town. These activities have been transformative and have inspired him to pursue a life of leadership. The programs he currently participates in include AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), National Honor Society, MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Natural Helpers, and ENLACE (ENgaging Latino Communities for Education).

Megan Hill - My name is Meghan Hill and I am a senior at Monte Del Sol Charter School in Santa fe.  I won first place in my category (Chemistry), at the Regional Science Fair, and got awards from the American Chemical Society and the Yale Science and Engineering Association while there. By winning first place in my category I qualified to go to State Science and Engineering Fair in Socorro, NM and when I went in April I won Honorable Mention in the same category and also won an award from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. While I was there, my regional fair director announced that she was going to sponsor me and one other team from our regional fair to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angles. My project this year is "Using a Concentrated Heat System to Shock p53 Protein into Directing Cancer Cells into Apoptosis". I had always wanted to work with a scientist that worked at the Santa Fe Institute, but I never had the opportunity until now. 

Medicine - Wendy Johnson, MD with                Abbey Dundas

Wendy Johnson, MD - Dr. Johnson comes to La Familia Medical Center from The University of Washington where she was a Clinical Asst. Professor of Global Health.  Previously, she directed a program on HIV prevention and treatment in Mozambique. Dr. Johnson left New Mexico in 1998, returning to her home state of Ohio to work in a community health center serving primarily Hispanic immigrants and inner city residents. She completed her undergraduate and medical education at Ohio State University and received her MPH at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked or volunteered on health projects in Mozambique, Vietnam, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia,Haiti, and several countries in South America.

Abbey Dundas - I was born in Dundee, Oregon, and moved here when I was two. I am an 8th grader at MIMS, and plan to go there for 9th grade. I am currently in a mentorship at La Familia Medical Center, working with Dr. Wendy Johnson. I really love the mentorship program, and I plan to continue it next year.

Complexity - Laurent Hebert with    Christopher LeSueur

Laurent Hebert - I earned my PhD in theoretical physics from Laval University in Québec where I got involved in network theory through a simple applied problem that resided on a complex canvas: disease propagation on social networks. This problem is in part simple; we have some intuition of how people interact and how diseases are transmitted. However, complexity stems not from the question itself, but from the fact that social networks, like most systems in nature, are greater than the sum of their parts. To understand disease propagation, we must not only understand how one individual infects another, but also the complex patterns that link these individuals to the rest of the population. Unfortunately, our current understanding is a patchwork: finding relevant network properties and including them, one at a time, in our existing mathematical models without a clear view of the larger design.

Christopher LeSueur - Christopher LeSueur, 16, is a junior at The Masters Program. He has enjoyed to learn his whole life and especially learning about how the world works through science and math. By mentoring at the Santa Fe Institute, he was able to learn in a hand's on manner, and hopes to continue to learn through mentorship.

Complexity - Andrew Berdahl and Eric Libby with Grecia Morales Vega and Isabelle Kuziel

Andrew Berdahl - Andrew received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, supervised by Iain Couzin and Simon Levin in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Prior to that he studied physics, first at the University of Waterloo where he earned a BSc and then with the Complexity Science Group for an M.Sc. at the University of Calgary, under the supervision of Jörn Davidsen and Maya Paczuski.

Eric Libby - Eric completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mathematical microbial evolution at the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study. Before that he earned a Ph.D. in quantitative physiology from McGill University and a B.A. in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University.

Grecia Morales Vega - My name is Grecia Guadalupe Morales Vega. I am a senior at Santa Fe High School. I have lived in Mexico, Arizona and New Mexico. I am interested in string theory, time travel, renewable energy, the Bermuda Triangle, and tennis. I wish I had had the opportunity to be a part of Inspire a lot sooner in life. Applying for Inspire was one of the best decisions I have made in my high school career. Working alongside brilliant scientist and a bright peer has been an incredibly fun and humbling experience. I look forward to making similar connections with colleagues and peers in college and beyond!

Isabelle Kuziel - My name is Isabelle Kuziel, and I was born in Santa Fe. I am 17 years old, a junior, and attend Santa Fe High School. I am interested in almost everything academic as well as theater and creative writing. My true passion is environmental science through the lenses of geopolitics and chemistry. My mentorship is with Santa Fe Institute scientists and our project is a computer model of the evolution of schooling behavior in fish.