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Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (Design), Stanford University, '19

+ Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stanford Graduate School of Business, '17

+ Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, '17

M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Design), University of Southern California ‘15

B.S. Engineering Physics and B.A. Music, University of California, Berkeley ‘13

+ Summer Study Abroad, University of Cambridge, England ‘12


Research

I study human-robot interactions and design methodology by applying a user-centered design thinking approach to understand interactions between robots/autonomous vehicles and humans. Experience with literature reviews, study design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and presentations resulting in several publications in human-robot interaction and product design methodology. Learn more.


Core Proficiencies

 

RStudio/Statistics, Experiment/Survey Design, Design Communication, Adobe {Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator}, Microsoft {Excel, Word, Powerpoint}, Keynote, MATLAB, SolidWorks, Prototype Realization, Arduino/Mechatronics, Java, Qualtrics,


Coursework

Business-oriented coursework includes Strategic Communication (Stanford GSB), Decision Analysis I and II (MS&E), Negotiation by Design: Applied Design Thinking for Negotiators (d.School), Product-Based Engineering Design, Innovation, and Development (ME).

Additional coursework in product realization, psychology, engineering, and music. See a list of relevant courses taken and planned here.


Internships

Harman international Industries, inc., Future Experience Intern - mountain view, CA

Designed and built functional autonomous robotic speaker demonstration concept. Applied user-centered design process to identify user needs, benchmark technology trends, and generate robot features. Purchased components and programmed robot to communicate with Arduino-controlled wheel base and interact with environment. Worked with Director and VP of Future Experience to create design and implemented with support from colleagues.

Summer 2017

 

CONTROLLED DYNAMICS, INC. - HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Tested and debugged prototype GeoVision navigation system, a low cost, high accuracy inertial navigation system targeted for unmanned aerial vehicle use during denied GPS. Self-taught basic C programming and programmed (TERN C) a printed circuit board to log real-time GPS test data. Field surveyed optical targets to establish high-accuracy test positions. Analyzed GPS receiver data to produce test truth scenarios. Worked independently under guidance of chief engineers.  

Summer 2010

 

YORKE ENGINEERING, LLC - SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA

Collaborated with coworkers in small teams to manage air quality emissions database and run queries to provide averages for emissions reporting. Assisted in creating final reports for air monitoring agencies.  Worked with marketing department to construct and maintain company website and perform marketing research and advertising campaigns. Used search engine optimization tools to increase impact of website.

Summer 2007, 10/2008 – 8/2009, Summer 2012


Volunteering & Leadership

General Chair - HRI Pioneers Workshop 2019

Co-organized highly competitive workshop for top PhD students in human-robot interaction (HRI) as part of the 2019 HRI Conference in Daegu, South Korea. Led team of 10 international, distributed students to accept and peer review applications, submit NSF funding proposal, solicit private donations, and organize workshop events.

VP of interview preparation - Stanford ADC consulting club

Co-taught interview preparation workshop series for advanced degree candidates (PhD, MD, JD, etc.) to prepare for management consulting case and fit interviews. Covered interview and business fundamentals while streamlining curriculum. Co-facilitated case preparation bootcamp at UCSF, and led small group study sessions.

financial officer - stanford Gradq

Manage accounts, budgeting, reimbursements, and acquisition of funding for LGBTQ grad student community organization.

President, Vice-President, Tutor - The Music Connection

As President and Vice President oversaw 100 tutors offering free lessons to hundreds of students in 15 Berkeley public schools. Benefit to district in music tutoring and education was valued at $25,000 per year. Personally volunteered several hours per week teaching private and group instrumental lessons and sectionals to elementary through high school students. Managed after school programs. Volunteer Assistant Conductor of Berkeley High School Chorus for one academic year. Organization received prestigious UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service.

volunteer, performer - GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES

Performed in Alive Music Project outreach program to support LGBTQ youth in greater Los Angeles area high schools and assisted with administrative duties.

Graduate Mentor - QUEERS IN ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

Founding mentor for LGBT students and allies pursuing STEM majors. Organized workshops such as “Applying to Grad School” for undergraduates and networking events for graduates.

Treasurer, House Manager, Founding Father - Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Hilgard Chapter

Helped to create new social fraternity driven by the need for higher ethical standards on campus.As Treasurer and House Manager oversaw $180k annual budget (dues, taxes, rent collection, and living expenses). Drafted and enforced house regulations and maintained steady relationships with landlords and community. Organized service and philanthropy events benefiting local community and American Red Cross.


Acknowledgments & Affiliations

  • McKinsey Insight Healthcare + STEM Participant, 2018

  • Michelle and Kevin Douglas Graduate Fellow, Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2019

  • ACM Student Member, 2017-Present

  • USC Rose Hills PhD Fellow, 2013-2015

  • Academy Member, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, 2013-2015

  • USC Thornton Chamber Singers Ensemble Award, 2014

  • UC Berkeley Music Department Choral Scholarship Recipient, 2011-2013

  • UC Berkeley Chancellor's Award for Public Service, 2012

  • Order of Omega Honor Society, 2011