Hannah Lawrence

2020 Hertz Fellow
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Hannah Lawrence is interested in developing theoretical foundations for new algorithms at the interface of machine learning, data science, and signal processing, with potential impact in drug development and other applications.

Pursuing a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she is particularly interested in broadening our understanding of how structure and scientifically informed priors can be incorporated into learning problems and frameworks.

Hannah is currently a research analyst at the Center for Computational Mathematics of the Flatiron Institute in New York City, where she is developing symmetry-preserving neural nets for image processing in cryogenic electron microscopy, a widespread method for determining 3D structure of proteins.

A 2019 graduate of Yale University with a BS in applied mathematics and computer science, Hannah has researched various mathematical algorithms for data science, including optimal online optimization algorithms and spectral graph algorithms for ill-conditioned systems. She interned at Microsoft Research New England and at Reservoir Labs, where, in both cases, she developed sublinear sparse recovery methods for signal processing applications.

Hannah is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Russell Henry Chittenden Prize, awarded to a single graduating senior at Yale in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, cooking, playing the violin and flute, and visiting her hometown of Port Jefferson Station, Long Island.

"My work will touch diverse and high-impact areas of computational science. I hope to solve problems with both theoretical depth and genuine downstream applications in fields such as protein imaging and drug developments."
– Hannah Lawrence

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Computer Science

Undergraduate Studies

Yale University


2019, Russell Henry Chittenden Prize, Yale University

2019, Emerson Tuttle Cup, Yale University

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Dec 17, 2022
Hertz Fellows Hannah Lawrence and Katherine Van Kirk teamed up to present the “Building Bridges Between AI Research and Policy” session at the 2022 Summer Workshop, which was attended by 150 Hertz community members July 14–17 in Boston.
May 20, 2020
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced the 2020 recipients of the Hertz Fellowship. This year’s fellowships will fund 16 researchers whose goals range from developing more effective drugs to advancing artificial intelligence to creating a carbon-neutral future.