William Li

Biomedical Systems Engineering, 0T8+PEY

William Li

William Li is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, focused on data science on open government datasets. He works to develop methods of analyzing and visualizing large collections of text documents to answer research questions in computational social science and promote public understanding of law, politics, and public policy. Some of his recent work includes predicting the authors of unsigned U.S. Supreme Court opinions, quantifying repeated text in government bills, and measuring the complexity of our laws using language and software engineering metrics. Along with these research interests, William helps run the MIT Assistive Technology Club and co-taught 6.811 (Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology) in 2014, a full-semester course that focuses on accessibility and assistive technologies for people with disabilities.

William gives his opinion on the Engineering Science program and its benefits:

“I think EngSci trains versatile, adaptable, well-rounded, socially conscientious graduates. So many of my friends and classmates, in their early professional careers, are making an impact in their organizations and communities.”