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. However, 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.

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   Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Princeton University

Spring 2020   Lecturer 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Course 3.044, Materials Processing

Fall 2019   Teaching Assistant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Course 2.005, Thermal Fluids Engineering I

2015 - 2019   Research Assistant 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Control of crystallization using engineered substrates

2018  Desalination Consultant

Ionic Materials

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 hormonal pollutants 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

2017 - 2018  MIT Water Club Vice President

2016 - 2018  ASGSR Student 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.