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 joins others in the collective goal of more just and sustainable futures. 

Before Stanford, I worked in hardware product development as a R&D 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 engineering design, manufacturing, organization studies, and planetary health and helped organized co-design summits in the Brazil, Ghana, Zambia, and the United States. I am committed to furthering 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 (MIT), Bob Sutton (Reader)

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 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

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

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

Co-Founder,  Zimba Water2010-2012

Research Engineer (Intern), Battelle Memorial Institute2005-2009