What I Do I have three responsibilities to teach, research and serve the scientific community through service activities. I enjoy the mix of the three parts a lot. Teaching is a wonderful way to learn and even if I have taught a class before, Mechanical and Materials Engineering is a creative degree that allows for continued growth. I am very excited about working on engineering new solutions. On some days it is surgical meshes that can mimic tissue or bone in mechanical response, on others it is bioproducts that can lower the carbon footprint without sacrificing functionality of their synthetic alternative. I like integrating my research into the classroom and encouraging people to live to their potential. Thus I see my three responsibilities as integrative rather than separate.