About

image credit: 2019, Stanford PRL

In a world of silos and division, my research supports collaborative design across cultural, organizational, and knowledge boundaries; expands conceptions of design expertise; and critically examines disparities in who is benefited or burdened by engineered products, systems, and spaces. Ultimately, this work aims to realize more just and sustainable futures.

Before Stanford, I worked in hardware product development as a research engineer, complex systems researcher, co-developer of a clean water organization, and design educator at MIT D-Lab. While at MIT, I spent several months each year living and working in Zambia with incredible Zambian innovators.

I am a designer, maker, and teacher at heart and have developed and taught courses in design, manufacturing, sustainability, and organizing at multiple institutions and in multiple cultural contexts. I am committed to continually developing my own critical consciousness and co-constructing learning environments that celebrate identity and difference.

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Design), Stanford University, 2022

Doctoral Committee: Pamela Hinds, Sheri Sheppard, Maria Yang

Certificate: Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis

Methods: Ethnography and Grounded Theory Building

M.A., Education (Learning Sciences), Stanford University, 2022

Advisor: Victor Lee

Concentration: Socio-cultural and Critical Lenses of Learning

Methods: Interviews, Network Analysis, Field Experiments, Mixed Methods

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2018

Advisors: Sheri Sheppard, David Beach

Concentration: Design and Manufacturing

Teaching Assistant, Product Realization Lab

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2009

Minors: Chemistry, International Studies, Philosophy (Ethics)

Professional

Experience

Complex Systems Engineer, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), 2022-present

Program Manager & Instructor, D-Lab Scale-Ups, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011-2016

Co-Founder, Zimba Water, 2010-2012

Research Engineer (Intern), Battelle Memorial Institute, 2006-2010