About Us

Christopher Zegras

Associate Professor, DUSP-MIT

Inaugural Flockmember


Chris has been teaching at MIT since 2005. Prior to academia, he worked on transportation energy efficiency for an international NGO in Washington DC and Santiago de Chile. He has been a member of the Flock since the technology was born in an attempt to map Dhaka’s bus system with smartphones in 2011. Relatively clueless about software development, he strives to provide strategic vision, field deployment ideas, research design, and focus, when necessary. He may also be able to help fix your bicycle.

Daniel Heriberto Palencia Arreola

MCP Candidate, DUSP-MIT

Team management, Technologist, software engineer


More cyclist than human, Daniel Palencia is a Civil Engineer from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México currently based in Cambridge, pursuing a Master’s in City Planning. He has worked on several projects relating seismic and soil mechanics, but currently is spending his efforts on the relationship between urban environments, their denizens, and technology, mostly focusing on crowdsourced data collection and participatory planning in developing countries like Mexico, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. His current work on Flocktracker, where he leads the team and the technology design, is a data collection platform that aims to empower and inform citizens and organizations by the means of fast, easy to deploy and share self-driven data collection projects.

Srivardhini Chinnivakkam Suresh 

Singapore-MIT Alliance

Software Development Lead


SriVardhini Chinnivakkam Suresh is a Software Engineer at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore with a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Technology, Computer Engineering and has her Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University, India. She has been working on the software design and development of Flocktracker since 2015 in Singapore.

Ali Al-Sammarraie

MCP Candidate, DUSP-MIT

Lead Designer


Dealing with urban space by day, and stellar space by night led Ali to practice Urban Design while maintaining his passion for astronomy. His design experience spans from concept to handover, with holistic involvement in the design process and management on his projects. Before joining MIT, he was an Urban Designer + Architect at Perkins + Will building special interests in topics of resilience and sustainability. Ali has exhibited works in cities such as Dubai, Istanbul, Milan, and Munich on social and environmental issues. He brings his continuing experience in urban design to facilitate the progress of Flocktracker, and ensures its conceptualized vision is on course through its growth.

Scott Gilman

MCP Candidate, DUSP-MIT

Marketing Research Analyst, Customer Relations


Originally from Rochester, New York, Scott is pursuing his Master’s in City Planning at MIT where he focuses on participatory data collection, analysis, and visualization for environmental planning. Before starting at MIT, he worked in the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab where he became interested in the many different ways that municipalities and community organizations use data. At Flocktracker, he draws on his previous experiences to best understand the needs of Flocktracker’s customers.

Jenny Wang

Ph.D. Candidate, ME-MIT

Business Development Lead


Jenny is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.  Although she is primarily a Mechanical Engineer working on moving objects with ultrasound waves, she has experience in community building and a deep interest in how communities form and how to curate a welcoming community culture.