I'm currently getting my PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. My research thesis is on, Mechanics and Materials of the African Elephant Trunk with Applications to Conservation Technology. I work to understand how the elephant trunk is able to move in so many complex ways without having any bones or joints...only muscles. I am looking to find inspiration in Biology to design robots that have both strength and flexibility like the African elephant has already evolved. I also work to understand how STEM scientists can help impact conservation through the use of technology and human centered design which has led to international work with the Giant Panda and other endangered species. I'm currently looking for post-doctoral positions in biomechanics & biomaterials starting Summer/Fall of 2022.
Science Communication is more important now than ever with miscommunication and a lack of scientific literacy throughout the world. I work through a variety of platforms including Social Media, Live Streaming, Conservation Education Programs, Volunteering, and more. To find out more about my different science communication see the events and tabs below.
I currently stream science and technology education on twitch discussing education, my research, and other science I love
I've worked on writing a few different sci comm articles to engage others in my work and story
I've organized local community events centered around my research and engaging with educators
I teach two undergraduate/graduate courses focused on teaching students how to apply the human centered design (HCD) process with real and tangible projects helping impact the world. The first of the two courses focuses on students learning about Conservation Technology and what technology can be created to help stop the 6th mass extinction caused by humans. The second course focuses on public health, food security, and agriculture. This is unique as Georgia Tech does not have an School of Agriculture so many students are learning about agriculture, sustainable, and the environment all through the lens of Human Centered Design. Read more about the classes and the material associated with them below.
INTRO TO CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY
There is a need for the development of new techniques to aide in the conservation of wildlife to prevent extinction and the decrease of biodiversity. Examples of such techniques include the use of drones to mitigate rhino poaching or low-cost equipment that can deter elephants or predators from entering rural communities. The goal of this course is to expose Georgia Tech students to the field of conservation, and to bring different disciplines together to aide various species.
To improve health outcomes, nutrition, and general living conditions in developing nations and resource-limited environments through a variety of key technologies. These solutions include sensors for sanitation in challenging environments, improving access to healthcare through the development of low-cost technologies focusing primarily on child and maternal health, data analytics, and human centered design