About Me

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Postdoctoral Associate
MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab
Distributed Robotics Lab
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) Cornell University, 2015
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Cornell University, 2013
B.S. (Electrical Engineering) Cornell University, 1999
B.A. (Physics) Ithaca College, 1999

BIO: I am a Postdoctoral Associate with Daniela Rus at MIT and am developing new methods to automatically design and manufacture robots. As part of this work, I developed an additive manufacturing process, Printable Hydraulics, that incorporates liquids as active elements into 3D-printed parts as they are built, allowing hydraulically-actuated robots to be automatically fabricated. I did my PhD work with Hod Lipson at Cornell University where I developed materials and methods to automatically design and build electromechanical systems using additive manufacturing and digital materials. Funded by an NSF graduate research fellowship and a Liebmann Fund fellowship, this work demonstrated systems capable of automatically assembling functional electromechanical devices, with the goal of printing robots that literally walk out of the printer. I am also committed to developing research tools that automate the study and conservation of wildlife, work that I started while working as a research engineer at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. I have a B.A. in Physics from Ithaca College, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and an M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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