Tanner Bonner

Tanner is a rising sophomore studying computer science with applications in urban planning and cognitive science. He is passionate about community service and hopes to utilize computation to solve problems surrounding those most socially vulnerable in society. In his first year at MIT, Tanner demonstrated this passion through extracurricular involvement in the First Generation Program, with a key role in forming a new Pre-Orientation Program for low income and first generation students. He is also involved with CASE to provide housing for student’s families visiting for Commencement, and serves as publicity for Active Minds in hopes to decrease stigma of mental health within the MIT community. Recently, he has worked with the RLE Speech Communication Group in helping better speech recognition algorithms in development. This past summer, Tanner worked on interactive educational technologies for children with autism in Italy at the Politecnico di Milano.

Why Did You Decide to Become a Director?

In seeing the great scale of the Fall Career Fair my first year, I was a bit intimidated, coming to MIT with practically no professional work experience. When I learned of the MIT Future Liaison director position, I saw a great opportunity to utilize what I’ve learned regarding service to better engage with the student community to help lower the intimidation that I felt as a first year. The week of the Fall Career Fair is a great time to be introduced to career exploration. There are so many resources that MIT offers which are wonderful in facilitating the transition as a new student to the professional world, and I want students to utilize them! MIT is an amazing place to learn more both about yourself and about the opportunities that are available to you, and I hope that students feel even more excited to continue their journey here following the Fair.
— Tanner Bonner