Frankie Schembri (fschembr@mit.edu)

Frankie Schembri

Frankie Schembri was raised on snowy winters and long books in Ottawa, Canada. She began her undergraduate education at MIT in Mechanical Engineering, but realized that she was most excited about explaining what she was learning to her friends and family. Frankie switched to MIT’s undergraduate Science Writing program, where she was able to combine her background in STEM with her love of communication, and graduated with a B.S. in June 2017. Frankie has worked in an MIT Mechanical Engineering lab, as a communications assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School (reporting on the intersection of technology and democracy), and as an intern at a public relations firm writing content for software companies. Most recently, she was a communications fellow at MIT’s Office of Sustainability, where she reported on efforts to use the university as a living laboratory by testing researchers’ work on MIT campus operations. Frankie is fascinated by the power of information technology and computing to shape modern life and hopes to report on these subjects in way that is inclusive to all, arming the public with the information necessary to navigate an increasingly technology-driven world. She is electrified by the opportunity to continue strengthening her skills at MIT. Recreationally, Frankie enjoys meeting cats, eating doughnuts, searching for the freshest memes, and watching baseball.

  • 2017 Obermayer/Undergraduate. Francesca Schembri presented by Marcia Bartusiak.

    The Age of Female Computers

    Francesca Schembri on the all-female team that programmed the first electronic computer. It received the Obermayer Prize For Writing on the History of Innovation.

     
  • How Can She Help You?

    How Can She Help You?

    “I felt a bit of disgust at my friend who had thought to take our Q&A session with [Siri] in such a sexual, gendered direction, and second, that the developers anticipated these questions enough to include responses to them in her code.”