I am a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the Mechanosynthesis and Non-Newtonian Fluids labs, supported by a MathWorks Engineering Fellowship and previously by an NDSEG Fellowship. I work at the intersection of manufacturing and fluid mechanics.
I am co-advised by Gareth McKinley and A. John Hart, both professors in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. During my PhD, I have been developing printing processes for carbon nanotube-based electronics and other composite materials using insights from fluid/solid interactions and complex fluid rheology. Towards these efforts, I have re-developed a family of measurement tools for rheometry of structured, extrudable fluids using optimized parametric design. During my MS degree, as an NSF-GRFP fellow, I developed a method of modifying store-bought LEGO bricks to create a new modular, reconfigurable microfluidics platform. I also interned at Volta Labs (a spin-out from the MIT Media Lab) as an R&D engineer in digital microfluidics.
I previously studied Mechanical Engineering and Math at Duke University, where I was a research assistant with Prof. Gabriel López's research lab developing tools and Brownian dynamics simulations for better acoustic manipulation of microparticles. I was also a research technician in the Chen Research Lab studying nuclear import of proteins contributing to plant gene expression changes in response to light reception, and a microbiology research intern at DuPont - Pioneer (now known as Corteva) studying various bacterial strains and silage inoculants for fungistatic properties.
On this website, you can learn more about some of my technical research projects and selected class projects. Outside of research I am involved in MIT's Communication Lab and more recently with creating virtual poster sessions and events in Gather.town.