Education

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D): Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Anticipated May 2017)
Advisor: Howard Stone
Research Focus: Applied math and scientific computing in the areas of fluid dynamics
Graduate Certificate: Computational and Information Science
Teagle Teaching Seminar: Scholarly approaches to teaching and learning

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, advised by Professor Howard Stone. My thesis will cover topics related to classical fluid dynamics theory for flows in curving and branching geometries, nonlinear vortex dynamics, multi-phase experimental microfluidics, and multi-physics numerical simulations of complex transport processes.

I received an M.A. from Princeton in Sept. 2014, and I will soon complete a Graduate Certificate in Computational and Information Science. This certificate program is designed "to recognize the achievements of students who have undertaken comprehensive training in these topics, both through formal course work and through research in their subject area (Link)."

For more information, see my research.


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.M.E.): Mechanical Engineering, with distinction (May 2012)
Minors in Mathematics and Physics
University Honors Program (UHP)

I graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and minors in math and physics. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, I researched in Zucrow Laboratories under the advising of Professors Steven Son and Timothée Pourpoint. I performed safety characterizations, burn-rate experiments, and motor-tests to characterize novel formulations of frozen aluminum- and hydrogen peroxide-based propellants (2011).


Additional experience

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network: Working in Professor Jonathan Posner's research group, I studied the locomotion of bimetallic catalytic nanomotors in hydrogen peroxide, quantifying their effective diffusivities by coupling thermal, rotational, and translational diffusivities (2010).

Texas Tech University: In 2009 I participated in the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Texas Tech. I researched passivity-based capacitive feedback controls for MEMS micromirrors and modelled the devices with finite-element methods.


Awards

  • MAE Research Day Best Research Presentation Award: (2016)
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship: Awarded to senior graduate students displaying the highest scholarly excellence (2016)
  • Mary and Randall Hack '69 Graduate Award: Awarded by the Princeton Environmental Institute to support innovative research on water-related research with implications for the environment (2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Awarded by the Princeton Engineering Council and Graduate Engineering Council on behalf of the students in MAE 335 (2014)
  • Crocco Award for Teaching Excellence: Awarded by the faculty of the MAE Department in recognition of outstanding performance as an Assistant in Instruction for MAE 222 (2014)
  • Gordon Wu Fellowship: One of Princeton University's top honors for incoming graduate students (2012)
  • Larry L. & Mary Alice McDonald Scholarship: (2011)
  • Arcelor Mittal Industrial Roundtable Scholarship: (2010)
  • Purdue Trustees Scholarship: (2008-2012)
  • Stephen D., Yvonne D., and Robert D. Miles Memorial Mechanical Engineering Scholarship: (2009)
  • John McClean Memorial Fund Scholarship: (2008)