Michelle Rosen
Michelle Rosen
PhD Student, Harvard University
Cambridge

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Biography
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!
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Education
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
Volunteer Opportunities
  • 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.
Latest Questions
  • Jen, New York

    Added Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Hi! I'm a freshman mechanical engineer (Cooper Union) and in the dilemma of how to get income over the summer. For my future's sake, I should reach for a summer engineering internship, right? But my GPA isn't above a 3.0 yet and I'm only a freshman with very little experience in anything. No internship seems right for me nor do I have the requirements for them, should I continue to strive for it or wait till next year when I'll have more education and just get a regular job in the summer? ...
    Answers 1
    Michelle Rosen, Harvard University
    Answered Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM
    Internships are great. However, it can be extremely hard to find one as a freshman (I even offered to work for free, but no one wanted me!). However, that doesn't mean that there ISN'T one for you! If you really want an engineering internship this ...Read More
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