About

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno for my undergraduate degree. I chose to study environmental engineering because of an interest in protecting the environment, and specifically, our water resources. I switched from environmental to chemical/mechanical engineering in graduate school because I wanted to expand the types of problems/research I could work on, though my passion remains with water and environmental projects. I am also very interested in space, microgravity, science communications, and STEM education across all grade levels. 

 

In my off-time, I like to hike, read, and travel. My husband and I recently adopted a bernedoodle puppy who we named Bernoulli, and we now spend our breaks teaching him to live up to his name. 

Education

2015 - 2019    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013 - 2015    M.S. Chemical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2009 - 2013    B.S. Environmental Engineering 

University of Nevada, Reno

Experience

2020 - Present   Postdoctoral Fellow

Princeton University

Spring 2020   Lecturer 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Course 3.044, Materials Processing

2015 - 2019   Research Assistant 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Control of crystallization using engineered substrates

2018  Desalination Consultant

Ionic Materials, Woburn MA

2013 - 2015   Research Assistant

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Influence of flow and interfaces on amyloid fibrillization

Summer 2013   Research Assistant

Universität Leuphana Lüneburg (Germany)

Evaluation of exothermic salts for thermal batteries

2011 - 2013   Research Assistant

University of Nevada, Reno

Sorption of Trenbolone to humic acids

Grants & Awards

2020 - Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

2019 - ASGSR Orr Reynolds Service Award

2019 - APS Gallery of Fluid Motion Milton von Dyke Award

2019 - MIT Meredith Kamm Memorial Award 

2018 - Martin Sustainability Fellowship

2015 - NSF GRFP

2014 - ASGSR Travel Award

2013 - Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship

2013 - Tau Beta Pi Fellowship (Deuchler no. 33)

2013 - ASCE Water Research Competition 2nd place

2012 - ASCE College of Engineering Outstanding Service

2011 - NSF EPSCoR grant

Service

2017 - 2020  Judge for Stockholm Junior Water Prize

2016 - 2018  ASGSR Student President 

2017 - 2018  MIT Water Club Vice President

2014 - 2016  ASGSR Student Officer

2014 - 2016  RPI Engineers for a Sustainable World

2012 - 2013  UNR ASCE Secretary 

2011 - 2013  UNR Water Treatment Team Captain

Skills

🇩🇪 Advanced German

✈️ Experiments in microgravity on a parabolic flight

🖥️ MatLab and FORTRAN 

🔬 AFM, SEM, Optical Microscopy

☢️ Clean room fabrication 

⚗️ XPS, XRD, LCMS, GCMS, CD, TGA

This video was taken during the 2017 MIT Water Summit of a panel titled "The Path Forward," where I served as the panel moderator. The topic of the panel was future directions for solving critical challenges related to water and food production.