Officers and Coaches

Current Officer Team

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Co-President: Minna Wyttenbach is a first year grad student in mechanical engineering from California. She also did my undergrad at MIT and was on the gymnastics team for all four years, which was her first time trying gymnastics again after she stopped when she was 13. Outside of school and gymnastics she enjoys listening to music and cooking.

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Co-President: Yasin Hamed is from Houston, Texas and is majoring in course 2 (Mechanical Engineering) and minoring in course 6 (EECS). He recently joined the team this year and hasn’t looked back since! Outside of school and the gym, he is usually either longboarding along the Charles or playing music on his saxophone.

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Co-Treasurer: Lucas Marden is a Course 3 (Materials Science and Engineering) from Massachusetts. As far as gymnastics goes, he's a “lifer” - he's been competing for 14 years now. He is interested in sustainability, which right now has him excited about battery research and recycling. He will be working in Paris throughout the summer and fall, but he will be available over Slack and will be sending lots of his own gym videos - he hopes to see lots of progress videos in return!

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Co-Treasurer: Audrey Saltzman is a Nuclear engineering PhD student working on plasma physics and fusion reactors! She joined MIT gymnastics as a first year undergrad and hasn’t been able to stay away since. Besides gymnastics she loves all things outdoors and reading. Outdoor books get a 10 from her!

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MAG Meet Coordinator: Julia Sharpe graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and an MS in 2011. Currently, she works as a mechanical engineer at a design and engineering consulting firm in Boston. She was a member of the MIT gymnastics team in undergrad when it was still varsity, and she's been doing gymnastics for about 30 years. She switched to competing men's gymnastics in 2012 to have a change of pace and to help rebuild the MIT Men's program.

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WAG Meet Coordinator:Arolyn Conwill joined the team during the last year of her physics PhD with almost no gymnastics experience. She's since graduated and is now a postdoc at MIT researching evolution in the human microbiome. Outside of work and gymnastics, she enjoys spending time outdoors (especially hiking uphill), convincing her friends to go on outings to bakeries (especially Sofra), and attempting to sew her own clothes.

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Publicity Chair: Nory Klop-Packel had no gymnastics experience before MIT, but she took the beginner class in fall 2022, loved it, and joined the team! Before gymnastics, she liked running (though she hasn't competed since middle school). She grew up in Berkeley, CA, and dreamed of going to MIT. She graduated as a physics major in 2022 after dabbling in research in immunology and human spaceflight, and is taking a few years to work before med school.

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Social Chair: Matthew Sobiesk is a recent alum working at a biotech startup called nference in Kendall Square. He took the beginner’s gymnastics class in Fall 2018, and enjoyed it so much that he joined the team, making it his first athletic endeavor since he did cross country in eighth grade. His current research focuses on using natural language processing to analyze clinical trial outcomes.

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MIT Gymnastics Alumni Relations and Publicity Chair: Nate Sharpe (BS ’09) started gymnastics in 2012 when Julia convinced him to just try rings a couple days a week. Now, he competes all the MAG and WAG events! Nate works as a mechanical engineer and has designed portable optometric equipment, toothbrushes, iPods, medical devices, and pit latrine desludgers.

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Coaches:


Shixin Mao: I’m Shixin, and I’ve coached JO gymnastics for more than 30 years and sent many gymnasts to collegiate program, including my kids. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. 


Hannah Olsen: Hannah can’t remember a time when she wasn’t in the gym. Whether competing or coaching, her favorite events are beam and floor. She loves dance and enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and pour painting in her spare time.


Eric Petersen: Eric first started gymnastics in New Hampshire when he was 5, and continued through to competing, briefly, for the Air Force Academy’s NCAA team. The real world took him away from gymnastics for more than a decade, but he was able to find his way back to the sport through coaching and competing for his adult team.