Hometown: São Manuel, São Paulo, Brazil
Major: Economics, (minor in Information Technology)
Octavio was born and raised in Brazil, and he is passionate about Data Analysis, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. He has also studied abroad in Mexico during his last year of high school. In the summer of 2020, he participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at Princeton University. PPIA is a competitive national fellowship for minority students who are interested in policy research. While at Princeton, he worked on Policy research and took classes on Advanced Statistics and Global Systemic Risk. This further inspired him to participate in the MIT Summer Research Program during the summer of 2021. The goal of this internship is “to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.” While in Cambridge, Octavio conducted research under the supervision of Prof. F. Daniel Hidalgo from the Department of Political Science. That being said, his current goal is to pursue either a Masters or a Doctorate degree. He is particularly interested in the areas of income inequality, poverty alleviation, and education access. When not working or studying, he enjoys exercising, reading, and playing volleyball or chess.