Carnegie Mellon University                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Sept 2013 - Dec 2014)
M.Eng., Advisor: Matthew Mason

Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                                                                                                                                                                  (Sept 2009 - May 2013)
B.S., Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Concentration: History

Northshore High School                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Sept 2004 - May 2009)


CMU, Robotics Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

PhD Candidate, On Leav                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Aug 2013 - Present)

Worked with Prof. Matthew Mason on an ABB industrial arm. Continued research on reorienting parts in a robotic hand by using external forces. Developing a controller to use gravity and inertial forces to rotate parts.

Vecna Technologies, Cambridge, MA

Robotics Intern                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (June 2013 - Aug. 2013)

Implemented a visual tracking system for the Kinova JACO arm as an improvementto the kinematic model used in calibration and visual servoing.


MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Cambridge,MA

Undergraduate Researcher                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Jan. 2011 - June 2013)

Worked with Prof. Tomas Lozano-Perez and Leslie Kaelbling on a Willow Garage PR2 robot. Developed an algorithm to robustly place objects by using the environment to guide the way an object is released. Developed a novel approach for opening cabinet doors using a hybrid force-position controller.

Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS

Software Intern                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (May 2007 - Aug 2010)

Worked with Dr. John Sample and Dr. Elias Ioup on tile-based geospatial information systems, creating an online tile-based mapping system.


NSF Fellow (2014)

Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship (2014)

EECS Research and Innovation Scholar for Super UROP Program (2012-2013)
Angle Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar (2013)
​Burchard Scholar in the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (2011-2012)

NASA College Scholarship Fund (2009-2013) ​

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Award (2009-2010)
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Scholar (2009)

Valedictorian: Northshore High (2009)
Student of the Year: Northshore High (2009)
1st place at Bayou Regional for FIRST Robotics (2007)
Rockwell Innovation in Control Award (2007)

Teaching Experience 

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (January 2013)

Chiemgau Gymnasium, Traunstein, Germany

Taught alongside German teachers in high school and middle school classes in Computer Science, Physics, Math, and English. ​

Teaching Assistant & FIRST Robotics Mentor, Team 1754                                                                                                                                                        (January 2012)

Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico

Developed a physics curriculum for high school pyshics classes. Mentored their FIRST robotics team on design principles, programming, and wiring.

FIRST Robotics Mentor, Team 1912                                                                                                                                                                                                 (2009-2010)

Northshore High School, Slidell, LA

​Taught basic programming and wiring to incoming high school students.


- Software development in Python, C++, Matlab, Java, Labview ​

- Tools and Operating Systems: Robot Operating System (ROS), GNU/Linux, SVN

- Webprogramming with HTML, CSS

- Languages: basic Spanish and French