I was born in Warren, MI, and moved around the US quite a bit growing up. So far, I’ve lived in Michigan, Arizona, New Jersey, Texas, and now in Virginia. Upon graduating high school, I began studying Mechanical Engineering at NJIT, before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). I moved out to Texas with my family, which is why I transferred schools. I graduated from UTA in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

While I was an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to be a research assistant under Dr. Leila Ladani. I was working on the fabrication and characterization of carbon nanotubes as interconnects. This was a great experience as I got to work in clean room and learn about different micro/nano-fabrication methods. During my time as an undergraduate research assistant, I decided that I wanted to go to graduate school. I looked at different programs and decided on applying to Virginia Tech, which is where I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Craig Woolsey.

My research is focused on Dynamics and Control. I love learning about dynamic systems, particularly nonlinear systems, and methods to control them. While I enjoy the theoretical aspects of the work, I hope to be able to use my knowledge to tackle practical problems in the future. I would like to become a professor after completing my Ph.D. and hope to connect with students. As a female and minority in Mechanical Engineering, I would like to have a positive impact on my students and hope to instill in them the love for this field and learning that my professors passed on to me.