Alumni
Aiko Nakano

Aiko Nakano is an artist, designer, programmer, and mechanical engineer currently based in Boston. She is currently a creative developer at Sosolimited. Prior to joining Soso, she was as a web developer at Jado Interactive, an architect at Höweler + Yoon, and an architectural experience and energy consultant at Transsolar KlimaEngineering. Her other professional experiences include hedge fund analyst at Fortress Investment Group. Though different in context and tools used, all of her seemingly disparate backgrounds share her interest in weaving together a story using data and technology. She combines her uncommon set of skills and experiences to create interactive installation in the physical and digital spaces that bring people together and connect people with technology and sustainability concepts.

Aiko received her Master of Science in Building Technology from the Department of Architecture at MIT in 2015 and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Minors in Economics as well as Management Science also from MIT in 2009. Her Master's thesis with Urban Weather Generator is a first simulation tool to incorporate the urban heat island effect into the urban design process and has won awards and been published by the U.S. Department of Energy and MIT Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling amongst others.

Her professional and personal clients include Twitter, MIT, Harvard University, the City of Boston, Singapore National Research Foundation, and US Department of Energy.

SMBT Thesis: Urban Weather Generator User Interface Development: Towards a Usable Tool for Integrating Urban Heat Island Effect within Urban Design Process