Jonathan Sun

Infrastructure Engineering, 1T1+PEY

Jonathan Sun

In the fall, Jonathan Sun will be starting a PhD at MIT, in the Senseable City Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research will involve using urban information systems and big data to investigate experience, perception, emotion, and behavior in the built environment.

In May, Jonathan completed his Master of Architecture at Yale University, where he was the recipient of the 2015 William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal (for achievement in city planning). At the Yale School of Architecture, Jonathan was also an H.I. Feldman Prize nominee, a Rome Travel Fellow, a James Gamble Rogers Fellow, a graduate and undergraduate Teaching Fellow, and the editor-in-chief of the Yale School of Architecture journal, Retrospecta 36. Over the summer, he will be working with a Yale architecture professor and a Brazilian developer to design a city block in a master-planned project near Brasilia in Brazil. Additionally, he will be an editor of a 2016 Yale publication on student development projects in Brazil completed through the Bass Fellowship Studio.

While at Yale, Jonathan work-shopped a new one-act play that he wrote, entitled Fried Mussels, at the Yale School of Drama. Last year he was commissioned as a visual artist to create an installation entitled The Light Column for the New Haven ArtSpace gallery, for their exhibition Alternative Space. Continuing his comedy interests after directing Skule Nite 1T2 in his final year of EngSci, Jonathan has been writing jokes for the past two years through his twitter comedy account @jonnysun, which has over 90,000 followers to date, and has been featured in Buzzfeed, Playboy, Hollywood Reporter, and Mashable. This summer he is also working on releasing his debut hip-hop EP as josunos with Seattle-based producer labguest who he met at Yale. As well, he will be performing a lead role in MIT’s Musical Theater Guild production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in September. Jonathan declares, “I’ve been trying to keep busy both artistically and academically!”

Jonathan offers his take on Engineering Science and how it has shaped him in his life and career:

“When I think of EngSci, the strongest memories I have are of my classmates and peers who were so involved in things outside of academics. They were captains of sports teams, heads of groups, directors of Skule Nite, conductors of orchestras, and so on. To me, that is the biggest thing I learned from EngSci — the importance of being multi-dimensional and striving for excellence in many fields that may or may not directly relate to one’s direct focus. I believe that this makes a person stronger and more interesting, and ultimately leads to innovation. I think there’s a difference between being an engineer and being a person who is an engineer, and that developing as a person first is more important.”