Postdoctoral Associate at Oregon State University
June 2019 - Present
(Dr. Joe Davidson) Materials development for
Postdoctoral Assocate at Yale University
November 2018 - April 2019
(Faboratory, Dr. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio) Developed new manufacturing approaches for robot skins to create soft robots with adaptable morphologies, including multi-component 3D printing and rotational molding.
Graduate Researcher at Oregon State University
January 2015 - September 2018
(mLab, Dr. Yigit Menguc) I develop materials and methods for fast fabrication of elastomers for soft robotics, with a focus on material characterization and optimization for 3D printing. I have developed a biodegradable elastomer system for soft robot actuators, directed the design of a custom-built 3D printer for thermoset silicones, and developed materials characterization methods for optimization of thermoset polymer 3D printing with in-line mixing.
NCCR Ph.D. Exchange Fellow at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
February 2018 - July 2018
(RRL, Dr. Paik) I developed additive manufacturing methods for silicone and soft robot components for wearable medical technology.
Graduate Technical Intern at Intel (Venture/New Devices Group)
June 2016 - September 2016
I helped develop intellectual property for a Venture team resulting in two patent applications for soft actuator technologies in a wearable assistive device focusing on finger, hand, elbow, and shoulder.
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Oregon State University
June 2014 - Present
GTA for ME 317 Intermediate Dynamics, Fall 2015: Grading and office hours help
GTA for CHE 445/545 Polymer Science and Engineering, Fall 2014: Running labs
GTA for CHE 332 Heat Transfer, Winter 2015: Grading and proctoring
Laboratory Manager at Oregon State University
April 2014 - February 2015 (11 months)
Department: Polymers (School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering)
I trained students to run thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and contact angle goniometer tests. I also maintained the MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer and MakerBot Digitizer (3D Scanner). My additional duties included managing interns and helping them with wet chemistry and instrumentation work, as well as keeping overall lab standards (cleanliness, waste disposal, supply ordering, instrument equipment ordering).
Team Lead, Senior Project at Oregon State University
February 2014 - June 2014 (5 months)
Project Title: "Correlating Pulp Quality Metrics to Paper Machine Performance" Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Harding We worked with Georgia-Pacific (Toledo) to design pulp strength testing metrics to optimize the performance of paper making machines. We worked in the lab with the department of Wood Science and Engineering at OSU as well as with the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at OSU. I was responsible for being the main contact person between our team, OSU, and GP. My other responsibilities included running specific pulp and paper testing methods including: handsheet forming, pulp fiber deformation evaluation with a microscope, and burst testing. We suggested on-line strength testing methods to GP and analyzed pulp data from both “good” and “bad” paper results. The project culminated in a presentation for the OSU Engineering Expo.
President, Oregon State University Chapter at Materials Research Society
September 2013 - June 2014 (10 months)
I initiated the formation of the chapter at Oregon State and helped plan research talks, lab tours, and industry visits. I also handled administrative work with regards to making the club a Student Sponsored Organization (SSO), recruited members for the club, and made sure the OSU Chapter filed paperwork for National MRS requirements. The goal of the chapter is to introduce students to the discipline of materials science as well as foster connections between materials science students, faculty, and industry.
Researcher at Oregon State University
November 2012 - June 2014 (1 year 8 months)
Department: Polymers (School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering) I worked on many projects in the lab, with a focus on light scattering and rheology experiments. In the past I have: (1) performed small scale experiments to test rehydration, odor absorbance, and other polymer properties, (2) helped prepare a gel permeation chromatography setup for light scattering analysis, (3) formulated agricultural waste mulch sheets to minimize costly polymer use and control biodegradability, (4) helped design bath and drying equipment to accommodate large sample production in small lab space, and (5) collaborated with other university departments to clarify design restrictions and product performance.
Solutions Manual Problem Solver/Editor at Oregon State University
July 2013 - September 2013 (3 months) (College of Engineering)
I solved conceptual problems from Fundamentals of Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer by Welty, Wicks, Wilson and Rorrer (mass transfer section). I edited five chapters of student problem submissions for format, correctness, and ease of understanding. MathType and Word 2010 equation editor were used to edit the problems.
Research Assistant at Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry
June 2013 - August 2013 (3 months)
(Keszler Lab) We synthesized thin film metal oxides using water-based chemistry, characterized films and powders (IR and Raman), and did heated solubility testing on the films. We worked in the cleanroom using the PE-50 plasma asher and were trained in radiation safety. SEM was also used to test patternability of our films.
Winter Wonderings Instructor at Oregon State University
November 2012 - March 2013 (5 months)
(Precollege Programs) I prepared 6 Saturday's worth of project-based physics and chemistry experiments for 3 classes of 20 kids each. With two assistants, I prepared handouts, equipment and supplies, and set up classroom videos, as well as lectured about the meaning of the experiments.
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Graphic Designer at MyORB, NYC
June 2010 - September 2011 (1 year 4 months)
I color corrected photos for the web, did logo design and some product design, and researched new projects for concept and materials.
Graphic Designer, Artist as freelancer
January 2007 - August 2011 (4 years 8 months)
I designed logos, illustrations, apparel graphics and concept directions. I also presented design solutions to clients and worked with clients on revisions based on design function. While freelancing, I successfully managed client meetings and budget decisions. In-house, I worked on design teams for large scale and long term projects.
Freelance Designer/Shop Worker at Igloo
2007 - 2009 (2 years)
I worked as a store clerk, researched and designed logos, and helped manage store events.
Crew Member at Trader Joe's
September 2008 - May 2011 (2 years 9 months)
I started out as a sign artist and after a year moved to NYC to work as a general crew member. I wrote daily orders for store merchandise and was given responsibility to manage sections of the store.
Dual Ph.D. Materials Science & Robotics
Oregon State University
2014 - 2018
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Microelectronics Processes and Materials Science)
Oregon State University
B.A. Applied Science (Graphic Design)
Summa Cum laude
San Diego State University
Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship
Oregon Lottery / Oregon State University Graduate School
Department nomination-based academic scholarship for graduate students funded by the Oregon Lottery.
Erik B. Muehlenkamp Leadership Award
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
For outstanding leadership in chemical engineering.
Tau Beta Pi Scholarship
Tau Beta Pi
2013-2014 M.K. Rusnak Scholarship
Zonta Club of Corvallis
For currently enrolled women undergraduate students at LBCC or OSU in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Applicants must be interested in improving the lives of others or serving as a role model for other women.
Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) Award
Oregon State University
[Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Skip Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): “Developing a Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic Mulch Film”
Mark and Lori Holcom Scholarship
OSU CBEE / Mark and Lori Holcom
CBEE Departmental Scholarship