I am a Sr. Mechanical / Materials Engineer at Google ATAP. I completed my PhD in Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University, advised by Dr. Robert Wood in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory. I graduated from MIT in 2012 with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, earned an M.S. from Columbia University in 2013, and completed additional PhD research under Dr. Kevin Kit Parker in the Disease Biophysics Group at Harvard.
At Google, I work on next-generation hardware in the Advanced Technology & Projects org. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, I co-founded Project Trestle to bridge the global supply chain gap in manufacturing PPE for healthcare workers. I co-led an 89-member coalition across Google to design, prototype and deliver 50,000+ low cost scalable face shields to protect local healthcare workers from COIVD19.
My doctoral research focused on soft robotics, nanofibers, and biomimetic structures. Previous projects have included: establishing novel methods to fabricate custom nanofabrics, developing aerogel bone regeneration scaffolds, improving methods to amplify degraded DNA in Martian soil, 3D printing elephant skulls to investigate adaptations for low-frequency hearing, additive manufacturing strategies for ceramic materials, and building photoswitchable colloid monolayers that can be used to encode information using light.
I have collaborated with several research groups in the Boston area and overseas, namely the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany), the Biological Interface Lab at Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea), the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (Concord, MA), and the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology (Cambridge, MA).
In my free time, I volunteer as a member of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and am an avid skier, kendoka, crossword enthusiast, and scuba diver.
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