Personal Bio

An abbreviated CV can be found here.

I received my BS in aerospace engineering from MIT in 2008, where I was awarded the MIT Women’s League Laya Weisner Award for public service to the university and the MIT Aero/Astro James Means Memorial Award for Space Systems Engineering. During college I completed several internships with the private space venture Blue Origin, working in systems and propulsion engineering.  After graduation, I served four years in the United States Air Force, working primarily as an operational flight test engineer on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. I’m now a PhD candidate in the BioRobotics Lab in the electrical engineering department at the University of Washington — focusing on the privacy, ethics, and policy of neural data.

I am a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and interned with the ACLU of Washington through the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. From June through December 2018 I was the inaugural Congressional Innovation Fellow through Tech Congress, where I worked in the office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on technology policy.

In addition to research, I balance several extracurricular activities. I’m passionate about getting younger students, especially girls and minorities, interested in science and technology. I’ve served as treasurer, vice-president, and president of the University of Washington’s Husky Veterans student organization (a chapter of Student Veterans of America), and am co-founder of the new 501(c)3 Minority Veterans of America. I also compete in triathlons as a member of the Husky Triathlon Club and iracelikeagirl teams.

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