Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt University

My higher education began at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA).  I graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in English Literature.  As a student, I performed robotics research under Prof. Robert J. Webster III in the MED lab, culminating in my undergraduate thesis: “Flexure parallel robots: Constant curvature model.”  While at Vanderbilt, I also received the departmental Dynamics and Controls Award, the Morgan Award for First-Year Writers, and a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship.  Some relevant coursework includes:

  • Introduction to Robotics (Robert J. Webster III)
  • Robotic Manipulators (Nabil Simaan)
  • Linear Control (Eric Barth) and Adaptive Control (Eric Barth)
  • Mechatronics (Michael Goldfarb)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Design (Julie A. Adams)

Graduate Education: Rice University

After receiving a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014, my higher education continued at Rice University (Houston, TX, USA).  I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering as a member of the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab, which is under the direction of my advisor Marcia K. O’Malley.  I successfully defended my M.S. thesis, “Adaptive and Self-Adjusting Controllers for Safe and Meaningful Human-Robot Interaction during Rehabilitation,” in the spring of 2016.  At Rice, some classes which I’ve found particularly relevant to my research include:

  • Algorithmic Robotics (Lydia E. Kavraki)
  • Nonlinear Control (Fathi H. Ghorbel)
  • Riemannian Geometry (Kyle Kinneberg)
  • Artificial Intelligence (Devika Subramanian)
  • Optimization Theory (Richard A. Tapia)