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Helpful People

NameRoomPhone # 

Jack Defandorf
Administrative Officer


Supervision of HQ staff, accounting for Kavli endowment, Lab Allocation issues, coordination of offices in Buildings 37 and NE83. 

Kara DeNutte
Financial Officer

Any questions pertaining to contracts and grants—travel, purchasing, prior approvals for travel and equipment. Also serves as the Parking Coordinator.

Amanda Holley
Human Resources Coordinator

37-287324-5398MIT appointments and MIT IDs; MKI orientation; office location and keys.

Paul Hsi
Senior Systems Administrator


Accounts for MKI High Performance Computing, Linux support

Charles Leiserson (Ricky)
IT Desktop Support Specialist


Mac OS X and Linux support; technical purchasing information; IT helpdesk

Kelley Mahoney
Grants Administrator
37-274253-0698Budgeting and proposal preparation, PI status requests, proposal routing, other preaward issues.
Debbie Meinbresse
Assistant to the Director 
37-241253-1456landing page photo and website information; MKI mailing lists; MKI news and events
Jean Papagianopoulos
Purchasing Agent
37-271253-6116Purchasing questions
Kenton Phillips
Network Administrator



Computer accounts for Unix/Linux workstation login, e-mail, and webspace; network access

Teresa Santiago
Financial Assistant
37-284253-7078Credit cards, requests for payment, and travel questions.

Brian Surette
Facilities/Safety Manager

37-275253-8062Building issues; elevator access

Regularly Scheduled Events


MKI Brown Bag Lunch Talks
MKI holds Brown Bag Lunch talks during the academic year on selected Mondays from 12:05-1:00pm in Marlar Lounge (37-252).  People gather as their schedules permit to eat their lunch and hear an informal presentation. For 2017-2018, MKI postdoc Rana Ezzeddine is the organizer.  You can check the Brown Bag Lunch page for speakers and abstracts — all talks are also posted on the MKI events page.


MKI Astrophysics Colloquia
MKI holds an Astrophysics Colloquium on Tuesday afternoons during the academic year in Marlar Lounge (37-252) (refreshments 3:45pm, talk 4:00pm). Flyers are posted weekly on each floor in Building 37 at the elevator.  Talk abstracts are posted on the MKI website events page.  Email announcements about the talks are sent out weekly.  The faculty organizer for 2017-2018 is Salvatore Vitale. Student coordinator for lunches with the speaker: Sherry Guo.

MKI Postdoc Lunch Meeting
A biweekly lunch meeting for MKI's postdoctoral fellows and associates is held on Tuesdays.  For 2017-2018, Allison Noble is the lunch meeting organizer.


MKI Grad Student Lunch Meeting
A weekly lunch meeting for MKI's graduate students is held on Wednesdays.  For 2017, Ryan McKinnon and Taweewat (Champ) Samboonpanyakul  are the lunch meeting organizers.


Physics Colloquia
MIT's Department of Physics holds a weekly colloquium on Thursday afternoons (refreshments 3:30pm, talk 4:00pm).  Refer to the Physics website for specific details.


MKI Journal Club
Journal Club takes place every Friday during the academic year from 12-1:00 in Marlar Lounge (37-252).  Lunch is provided and followed by two 15-minute talks on current papers of interest. Pizza is served most weeks; Thai food is served usually on the first Friday of every month. Organizers for 2017-20185, Michael McDonald, Keaton Burns, Hang Yu, and Matt Bayliss.

Your MKI Web Presence

Please see Debbie when you arrive at MKI.  After taking your photo, Debbie will work with you to create your landing page for the MKI website.  Please send Debbie a brief bio and statement about your research interests, providing as much or as little information as you would like.  Feel free to include education information along with selected publications and information about any awards or honors you have received.  In addition to a brief statement about your research interests, we ask people to broadly identify their research by selecting from the list of terms under science themes, techniques, and instrumentation on the Research page of the MKI website.  Any questions, talk to Debbie!


Some helpful general MIT information:

MIT Calendar and Institute Holidays

MIT Emergency Information

Sign up for MIT Emergency alerts via text or email

SAP Self Service (timesheets, manage HR Benefits, 401K, etc)

LinkedIn Learning (formerly MIT Kerberos and Password required



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