CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District women's basketball team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. As a result, she will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on in February.
Starting at guard the past four seasons, Burton currently leads the team in assists (51), is second in steals (26), and third in rebounds (78). A three-time NEWMAC academic all-conference honoree, she is sixth in the league in assists and assists per game.
Majoring in mechanical engineering and pursuing a concentration in psychology, Burton spent this past summer as a propulsion components intern at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) where she developed valves through testing, design, and analysis. She previously worked at Deutsche Bahn Schenker Rail Logistics as a consulting intern with Project Netzwerkbahn Capacity Management where she collaborated with outside consultants and Deutsche Bahn employees to change the freight train booking and handling system in Germany.
A member of MIT's Formula SAE racecar team, Burton helped design the car's shifting system along with building and designing a gear indicator. She is also involved with the MIT Rapid Development Group that is developing an aluminum/gallium powersource that will ideally be used in an autonomous underwater vehicle. Burton has been selected to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the MIT Community Catalyst Leadership Program and is currently the treasurer for MIT's Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA Divisions with 193 honors. The women's basketball team has received seven awards in the program's history.