I am an engineer and educator committed to introducing biological materials into the toolbox of every inventor. By developing novel 3D bio-printers and using them to build biological tissue powered robots (BioBots), I aim to grow a global community of makers that “build with biology“. I am also an aspiring writer and entrepreneur and am passionate about promoting diversity in STEM.
I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering, from Cornell University magna cum laude in 2012. I received my M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2014-2016) and NSF IGERT Fellow (2012-2014).