Viirj Kan, MS Candidate

Viirj Kan

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Viirj Kan is a research assistant in the Mediated Matter research group. She developes material interfaces between humans and natural systems. Working at the intersection of organic chemistry, food science, materials and robotics, she develops functionalized, ‘smart’ biomaterials that can translate chemical and biological signals to sensorial, human-readable information. This enables augmentation, expression and interaction between humans and everyday natural systems from environments to food, health and personal care. Her work has been featured on Fast Company, CNN, Vice, Museum of Fine Arts, and MIT News. Prior to joining MIT, Viirj conducted human-robot interaction research at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked as a freelance multidisciplinary designer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the MIT Media Lab in the Mediated Matter research group.


2015: CHI Golden Mouse Award 
2011: MFASC Metal Materials Design Bright Scholarship
2010: LA Addy Award
2010: P Arnell Family Scholarship
2010: F Carrara Scholarship
2010: D & J Brown Scholarship
2009: San Marino Art League Scholarship

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