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ESP Biography



ANDREA HAWKSLEY, MIT graduate working at RelateIQ.




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Communications Design Group, SAP Labs

Year of Graduation: N/A

Picture of Andrea Hawksley

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a Software Developer living in California. Prior to California, I spent five years in Cambridge, MA attending MIT. I have undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Brain and Cognitive Science and a Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Science. I did my Masters work in the Spoken Language Systems group under Stephanie Seneff. My Masters thesis was on "An Online System for Entering and Annotating non-Native Mandarin Chinese Speech for Language Teaching".

At MIT, I was president of the Origami Club and an active member of the synchronized swimming team. Since coming out to California, I have also started spending a lot of free time hiking and tying knots.

For more about me, visit my website: www.andreahawksley.com



Past Classes

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W4352: Fibonacci Lemonade in Splash Spring 2015
Liquids with different ratios of sugar to water have different densities and can be layered. The addition of food coloring gives drinks layered in this way have a visually compelling effect. In this activity we will discuss various properties of the Fibonacci sequence and make a layered lemonade beverage using the proportions of the Fibonacci Sequence. See more here: http://blog.andreahawksley.com/fibonacci-lemonade/


M3463: Binary Dancing in Splash! Spring 2014
Learn the basics of binary operations through movement in this interactive workshop on Binary Dancing.


M3303: Polyhedra Flip-books in Splash! Fall 2013
Learn to make your own math-y animations by drawing polyhedra flip-books demonstrating the relationships between the platonic solids.


V2572: Giant Modular Origami in Splash! Fall 2012
In this class, we will work together to create large geometric structures out of paper.


M2573: Build a 120-cell in Splash! Fall 2012
The 3-dimensional world is familiar to us, but it is difficult for us to imagine a 4-dimensional world. In this class we will build a 3D model of a 120-cell, one of the 6 regular 4-polytopes, out of Zometool, and develop our abilities to visualize and understand the 4th dimension.


M2325: Dancing Braids in Splash! Spring 2012
Traditional set dancing has inherently geometric and mathematical underpinnings. Each dance consists of a group of people moving predetermined patterns such that each person ends up at a designated place at a designated time. Typically, each dancer in a dance will have a designated “home” position that they return to several times throughout the dance. This class will seek to make the mathematical underpinnings of dance more immediately obvious. Students will gain a stronger understanding of group theory by collaboratively dancing and “un-dancing” various braids.


H1800: Advanced Knots in Splash! Fall 2011
Sure, you can tie a square knot and a bowline, but there’s much more out there. Come learn to craft the butterfly knot, the icicle hitch, the zeppelin bend and whatever else we can teach you in 45 minutes.


H1801: Understanding Diplomacy through Wargaming in Splash! Fall 2011
Much of historical European politics would have made more sense if you were there at the time. This class will give you a chance to recreate those politics. Take command of countries in a simple war game and learn about the balance of power by seeing it play out in action.


M1802: Origami Math in Splash! Fall 2011
This class goes into the math behind the popular past-time of origami folding. Students will learn several basic origami axioms and how to put them together in order to accurately trisect an arbitrary angle. This class will be more about math than about folding "cool" models.


M1803: Fold a Giant Hyperbolic Paraboloid in Splash! Fall 2011
The hyperbolic paraboloid is a special geometric surface that looks a bit like a Pringles chip. We'll spend the first portion of the class discussing the mathematics of this surface, and the remainder folding it. We'll start off practice folding a smaller version, before folding giant versions out of 3 foot squares of paper. You will get more out of this class if you are familiar with parabolas, hyperbolas, and curvature, but as most of the class will be spent folding, don't be afraid to take it without math background.


H1411: Advanced Knots in Splash! Spring 2011
Sure, you can tie a square knot and a bowline, but there’s much more out there. Come learn to craft the butterfly knot, the icicle hitch, the zeppelin bend and whatever else we can teach you in 45 minutes.


M1538: Origami Math in Splash! Spring 2011
A compass and straight-edge may be insufficient to trisect an angle, but it can be done easily just by making a few folds in the sheet of paper you were drawing on. Learn how to trisect an angle, fold a hyperbolic paraboloid, and more in this class on the mathematics of paper folding. We will conclude the class by folding some fun geometric origami models.


M1206: Origami Math in Splash! Fall 2010
A compass and straight-edge may be insufficient to trisect an angle, but it can be done easily just by making a few folds in the sheet of paper you were drawing on. Learn how to trisect an angle, fold a hyperbolic paraboloid, and more in this class on the mathematics of paper folding.


H905: An Introduction to Practical Knotwork in Splash! Spring 2010
Learn to tie the basic knots you'll need for most practical applications. We will cover some basic bends, hitches, single loop knots, and stopper knots.


H906: An Introduction to Decorative Knotwork in Splash! Spring 2010
Learn to tie basic decorative knots including the double coin knot (modified carrick bend), cloverleaf knots, basic turk's heads, and crown knots.


M916: An Introduction to Knot Theory in Splash! Spring 2010
Learn the math behind the knots that you may have learned about in one of my other classes! Knot theory is an area of topology studying the mathematics of knots. Come join us while we answer the questions of "What is a (mathematical) knot?" and "Can it be unknotted?" Depending on interest, we may also touch on braid theory and the 85 ways to tie a tie.


M917: Origami Math in Splash! Spring 2010
A compass and straight-edge may be insufficient to trisect an angle, but it can be done easily just by making a few folds in the sheet of paper you were drawing on. Learn how to trisect an angle, fold a hyperbolic paraboloid, and more in this class on the mathematics of paper folding.