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Maria Daniela Castillo

Master's in City Planning Candidate, 2021 - 2023,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research Assistant, Jan 2021 - Present,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 

Environmental Solutions Initiative & 

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research Associate, July 2019 - June 2021,

George Washington University,

Milken Institute School of Public Health,

Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health

​I am a second year student in the Master's in City Planning program at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). Previously, I was a Research Associate at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where I conducted research at the intersection of air quality, public health and environmental justice. Before that, I was at Boston University's School of Public Health working on a NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) project.



2021 - present

Masters in City Planning (MCP)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA


B.S. in Environmental Sciences

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI


Education Abroad

Semester at Sea

12 Countries

Other Interests

I am part of other organizations that combine my interests in youth development, citizen science, climate change mitigation/education initiatives, and bike advocacy groups. Read more about these side projects in the News page.

In addition to work and school, I often find myself playing table tennis, traveling, biking, exploring new coffee shops, reading books (here are my favorites) and listening to podcasts (mostly to 99% Invisible and The War on Cars; here are my favorite episodes). 

Maria Daniela Castillo

MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge,

MA 02142, United States

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