Leilani Gilpin

Graduate Student

Leilani Gilpin is a PhD student on a Toyota Research Initiative Project in CSAIL at MIT, working under the supervision of Professor Gerald Jay Sussman. Before returning to academia, she worked as a research engineer at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Leilani received her M.S. in Computational Mathematical and Engineering from Stanford University in 2013, and her B.S. in Mathematics (with honors), B.S. in Computer Science (with highest honors), and a music minor from UC San Diego in 2011. Her current research focuses on qualitative reasoning and artificial intelligence, where she is working to help autonomous vehicles (and other autonomous machines) to explain themselves. Leilani served as Visit Day and Orientation Vice President in the EECS Graduate Student Association for 2016. This upcoming year, she is the Academics and Diversity Vice-President for the EECS GSA. She is also a Graduate Resident Tutor for Burton-Conner dormitory, and a UCEM Sloan Scholar. Leilani is passionate about diversity and entrepreneurship. She previously taught Calculus at SMASH Stanford, a STEM-intensive, college prepatory program for underrepresented high school students of colors. Leilani also took the StartMIT IAP course in 2016, and was in the first cohort of the Sandbox Innovation Fund Program. She is now a Sandbox Fellow.