I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am working with Odest Chadwicke Jenkins in the Laboratory for Progress. My research involves artificial intelligence and robotics, specifically robotic manipulation through object affordances. I have my MS in Computer Science and Engineering. I am also a NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity (NSTGRO) graduate student researcher. Through this funding opportunity, I get to apply my research on robotic manipulation on the Valkyrie robot at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, a Spanish minor, and completion of the Honors Program. As an undergrad, I participated in a number of research projects as well as summer research experiences involving autonomous cars and autonomous UAVs.
My goal is to work in the industry developing robotics for assistive tasks or to become a computer science professor. In my career, I want to inspire students from minoritized groups to pursue research in STEM fields and promote inclusion and diversity in STEM education. I have previous industry experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center and TRACLabs and teaching experience as a tutor, graduate student instructor, and research mentor.
See my CV for more details.
|May to August 2022||VTE at NASA JSC as part of NSTGRO funding.|
|May 2022||Earned a NASA Johnson Space Center ER Division Individual Excellence Award.|
|May 2022||Contributed paper accepted and presented poster at International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).|
|April 2022||Invited talk at Monmouth College.|
|January to May 2022||Pathways tour at NASA JSC as part of Pathways Internship.|
|November 2021||Earned position as a NASA Pathways Intern at Johnson Space Center.|
|May to August 2021||Visiting Technologist Experience (VTE) at NASA's Johnson Space Center as part of NSTGRO funding.|
|July 2021||Extended abstract accepted and presented poster at RSS Workshop on Declarative and Neurosymbolic Representations in Robot Learning and Control.|
|July 2021||Extended abstract accepted and presented poster at RSS Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Manipulation for Robotics.|
|May 2021||Earned an MS in Computer Science and Engineering at University of Michigan.|
|August 2020||Earned NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity (NSTGRO) fellowship for my proposal FAME: Fast Affordance Manipulation Execution. Featured in University of Michigan article and Monmouth College article.|
|June to August 2019||Internship with TRACLabs in Webster, Texas working on multi-objective control.|
|August 2018||Began PhD program at University of Michigan.|