Graduate Research Assistant / Visiting Assistant Researcher

Purdue University (2013-2019) / Yale University (2017-2019)

  • Manufacture liquid embedded elastomer and conductive elastomer composite sensors

  • Study material properties of elastomers to enhance understanding of and design of soft systems

  • Study shape memory alloys for use in actuated soft systems

  • Design soft actuators and soft systems for controllability

  • Develop and validate models for soft-bodied systems

  • Develop controls for soft-bodied systems

  • Integrate soft sensors and actuators into robotic systems

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Northern Illinois University (2012-2013)

  • Coordinated a Particle Shadow Velocimetry system with synchronized equipment

  • Analyzed costs, purchased parts, and built a fluid system

  • Assisted high school students with a solar car competition

SIST Intern

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (2012)

  • Improved the data processing procedure associated with vacuum furnaces used in Superconducting Radio Frequency cavity research

  • Upgraded a LabVIEW program to coordinate a Stanford Research Systems Residual Gas Analyzer and an Allen Bradley PLC

  • Created macros to improve data processing for Excel spreadsheets by 92%

Lab Assistant

Northern Illinois University (2011)

  • Sheet metal testing - Supervised by a graduate student

  • Prepared metals for heat treatment

  • Operated a limit dome height testing machine and a material testing machine

  • Analyzed specimens in a Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Conducted and assisted in analyzing tensile test results