Last year, our community’s strength, resilience, and compassion was brought to the fore during the tragedy that began 04:09:13 into the Boston Marathon and continued for the five days that followed. On April 15th, I was enjoying picture-perfect weather with friends along the Charles River Esplanade when I heard strange thunder emanating from Boston’s Back Bay. On April 18th, I was taking measurements in the lab when our phone rang, informing us that an officer had been shot on campus and that we were to “shelter in place.” On April 19th, the search for the suspected perpetrators concluded, but the effects felt by our community remain.
In the months that followed, I’ve continued my research as a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate, which is focused on developing technologies for wireless gas sensing. We study the performance of our sensors in the presence of gases that are emitted by explosive material, with a vision of someday applying this technology to the detection of hidden improvised explosive devices. My work has taken on new meaning since experiencing how the Boston Marathon bombings impacted our community, as I’ve had a profound realization of the magnitude of the impact felt by so many other affected communities around the world. I want to continue to explore the cross-over between my professional interests and my community by running the Boston Marathon with team MIT Strong.
I did not know Officer Sean Collier personally, but in the two and a half years I’ve spent at MIT, I’ve come to know the MIT, Cambridge, and Boston communities well. The remarkable overlap – between the renowned qualities of Officer Collier and the “feel” of the Greater Boston community – speaks volumes about the impact that Officer Collier had on his surroundings.
With two months to go, I’ve set three intentions to manifest with your support:
1. Raise money for the Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund.
Through the Fund, Officer Collier will live on as a lasting part of the MIT community. Among other causes, the fund will be used to establish the Collier Medal, to be awarded annually to an unsung hero that:
- Demonstrates a belief in the concept of “community,” and whose work transcends the boundaries of their profession.
- Is a “community bridge builder,” volunteering their time to serve their colleagues and community.
- Seeks to establish and seamlessly integrate new standards of excellence for community outreach in their daily lives.
- Consistently and selflessly performs acts of kindness that strengthen the Institute and our community.
*Support my first goal by donating with the links on this page, and spread the message by e-mailing this link to friends, family, and co-workers!
*Use donation source code: MSAZZ
2. Use social media to “build bridges” in our community.
By digitally connecting with friends, family, and members of our *global* community, and blogging about positive actions we can take, I aim to utilize social media as a force for good.
*Support my second goal by connecting me with you and your friends!
Facebook: Strong Will Hunting
3. Start a conversation about emerging technologies that can strengthen our community against future threats.
I will blog about new scientific and technological advances that are on the horizon that could reduce our exposure to safety threats in public places, and some of them are happening right here at MIT! In a changing landscape of safety risk management, how should we move forward as a society?
*Support my third goal by commenting on my blog, sending and posting interesting articles, and re-blogging posts that interest you!
- More than 100%
Current Fundraising Amount:
|$5,000.00||Cheryl & Haim Saban|
|$50.00||Mr Bret Azzarelli|
|$50.00||Ms Eliza Jane Magdalenski|
|$50.00||Ms Anabella Villalobos|
|$30.00||Ms Stacey Halloran|
|$100.00||Jan Markus Schnorr|
|$50.00||Ms Barbara Azzarelli|
|$50.00||Mr Joseph R. Azzarelli|
|$20.00||Sarah Palmer Luppino|
|$100.00||Ms Eleanor J. Bartholomew|
|$20.00||Ms Katharine H. Dunn|
|$200.00||Ms Patricia Lynch|
|$50.00||Ms Lynn Smith|
|$100.00||Prof Stephen L. Buchwald|
|$50.00||Ms Melinda Cerny|
|$500.00||Mr Joseph Azzarelli|
|$100.00||Mr Rende Langlois|
|$20.00||Mr Matthew Aronson|
|$50.00||Dr Derik Frantz|
|$100.00||Ms Patricia Lynch|
|$100.00||Ms Judith Nowka|
|$100.00||Dr Hien Nguyen|
|$300.00||Professor Timothy M Swager|
|$20.00||Dr Yuly Fuentes-Medel|
|$150.00||Mr Gregory Marcus|
|$150.00||Mrs Jaime Marcus|
|$100.00||Mr Gregory Mullin|
|$50.00||Dr Sebastian Rochat|
|$500.00||Dr Todd Charles Zion|
|$200.00||Mrs June V. Herron|
|$50.00||Dr Marc Fisher|
|$200.00||Ms Jan Herron|
|$50.00||Dr Ellen Sletten|
|$20.00||Aleksandr Vadymovich Zhukhovitskiy|
|$50.00||Ms Rebecca L. Czernik|
|$50.00||Ms Rita McConnell Mattaini|
|$50.00||Mr John Messina Jr|
|$50.00||Ms Barbara A. Messina|
|$15.00||Mr Bill Schmidt|
|$15.00||Mrs Patty Schmidt|
|$150.00||Lea Dieter Poquerusse|
|$10.00||Ms Flora Reekstin|
|$100.00||Ms Marcia Blum|
|$50.00||Ms Elena Azzarelli|
|$100.00||Mrs Nancy Delgado|
|$50.00||Mrs Joan Azzarelli Nalls|
|$100.00||Mr Ryan Dupuis|
|$500.00||Ms Joanne Herron|
|$40.00||Ms Michelle Rubich|