For as long as I can remember, I loved anything to do with science and engineering. When I played with K'Nex (my favorite toy!) I only ever built things with moving parts. By high school, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer.
I am currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Microrobotics Lab (micro.seas.harvard.edu). My research is focused on intermittent flight (alternating flapping and gliding) in a 3 gram, meso-scale vehicle. I am involved in fabrication, testing (both in a low-speed wind tunnel and in a motion capture arena), and simulation.
I also serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Microrobotics Lab. I organize and participate in many events in the community, including the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, several local summer camp visits, and local science and tech festivals. I really enjoy getting to share the research being done in our lab and getting to see that other people find it as fascinating as I do! I'm particularly passionate about outreach to girls in the community.
I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2012. While there, I conducted research on facial and expression recognition using computer vision and on gliding microrobots.
When I'm not in the lab, I play the flute and piccolo and love to cook!
PhD, Engineering Sciences - Mechanical Engineering: Harvard University, expected May 2017
MS - Engineering Sciences: Harvard University, May 2015
BS - Mechanical Engineering: University of Maryland College Park, May 2012
- I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
- I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
- I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
- I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
- I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.
- I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.