©2018 by René García Franceschini.

Con el corazón en Puerto Rico y los ojos al mundo.

Sobre mí

I was born and raised in Ponce, along the southern coast of Puerto Rico, to a first generation college graduate father and an owning class, privately educated mother, on an island that has spent more than half a century struggling to define who we are. This confusing and at times contradictory upbringing served as the inspiration for what I have now dedicated the last few years to: seeking data science and policy tools to empower those that have not held a voice in our society. Check out some of my efforts to make sense of my reality.

 

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

September 2014 - June 2019

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Minor: Statistics and Data Science
Concentration: Public Policy
GPA: 4.8/5.0

Colegio Ponceño

August 2000 - May 2014

Premio Alberto "Coco" Bartolomei; Aprovechamiento, Carácter y Promesa Intelectual en Ciencia

Salutatorian

High School GPA: 4.0/4.0

 
 

Research

May 2018 - present

Led the design and implementation of a series of pilot projects for a new credit qualification metric exclusively for community shared solar called EnergyScore. The goal of this project is to open up the renewable energy market to millions of Americans with low or no FICO credit scores.

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August 2017 - May 2018

Posed a new variant of the Team Orienteering Problem, where the full connectivity of a graph is not known a priori. Combined known algorithms for the Team Orienteering Problem with Gaussian process regression to improve solutions. The motivation behind this project was drone routing in disaster areas, such as Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.

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January 2018

Traveled all across the south of Puerto Rico to recover the stories of those affected by Hurricane María. The purpose was to determine what were the key reasons behind the collapse of the island-wide supply chain and how small and medium sized businesses could better recover.

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June 2017 - August 2017

Projected how rising sea levels would exacerbate flooding in the historic city of Venice, and how the newly built MOSE gate system would have to operate to meet financial, environmental and social considerations.

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August 2016 - September 2017

Collaborated on the Underworlds project, which aimed to radically transform public health by mapping disease and drugs using sewage samples.

Organizations

President, September 2017 - present
Funding Coordinator, September 2016 - May 2017

CASE is a student-led group that focuses on raising awareness of and tackling socioeconomic issues at MIT. Under my leadership, new programs to address food insecurity, financial literacy and housing for families during Commencement have been implemented.

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Year Two Student, September 2018 - May 2019

Year One Student, September 2017 - May 2018

The GEL program is a selective engineering leadership development program. As part of this program, I led the Student Conceived Engineering Leadership Lab from conception to execution. I have also served in the Assessment Team, providing feedback to other Year Two student on effective assessment.

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Recruitment Chair, September 2017 - September 2018

House Manager, September 2016 - September 2017; February 2015 - November 2015

As a member of Theta Delta Chi, I consistently held leadership positions until my senior year. As House Manager for two terms, I led the rest of the fraternity in a week-long renovations and repair period. As Recruitment Chair, I leveraged a $22k budget to host a week of events for incoming freshmen.

 

Other Stuff

 
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