Senior Sheldon Trotman designs programs to streamline human behavior

Senior Sheldon Trotman designs programs to streamline human behavior
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When MIT senior Sheldon Trotman walks into any room, he almost instinctively looks for inefficiencies. The electrical engineering and computer science major is bent on streamlining our world, and has already founded several small companies that aim to do so.

Even while meeting at a small coffee shop, he is quick to point out a simple fix to a problem that the shop’s proprietors may not even know they have: Many restaurants and workplaces with shift-based scheduling rely on clunky spreadsheets, email lists, or phone calls to coordinate employees who pick up and drop shifts at the last minute. Trotman has designed an app that would let workers do all of this remotely.

“You could go on your phone and say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to work today,’ and it gets sent out to all your co-workers and your manager, instead of having to pick up the phone and call everyone individually, or clogging up their email inbox,” Trotman says. “I just see inefficiencies everywhere, and I want to fix them.”

Read more at MIT News: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/student-profile-sheldon-trotman-0227