In 2012 my mentor’s website inspired me to start engineeringjoy. At the time I was an undergraduate at San José State University, aspiring to one day receive a PhD from Stanford University. Within moments of seeing Adam’s website I knew that making one might help me in my pursuit of acceptance to the number one research university in the world.

I can’t say for certain whether or not it helped me in that endeavor, but I can say that it has played a very interesting role in my life. There are times when I feel terribly shy about this site. However, there are also times when other women describe their excitement over this public display of self. When those women, particularly those younger women just entering the STEM world share their enthusiasm for engineering because of my site…well, in those moments I am supremely happy that this website came into being, and that I had such a fantastic mentor.


Today I am a rising 2nd year PhD student, currently doing a research exchange at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, under the supervision of Georg Fantner. At home I conduct research as a member of the Stanford Microsystems Laboratory under the advisement of Professor Beth Pruitt, Department of Bioengineering and Professor Miriam Goodman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

Being able to study at Stanford is largely possible due to my National Science Foundation (NSF-GRFP) graduate funding, as well due to the training I received as an undergraduate through the National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers program (NIH-MARC).

In May of 2014, I graduated cum laude from San Jose State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Mechanical Design.

While at SJSU, I conducted research in the Wilkinson Neurophysiology Lab. I studied the influence of chronic, systemic inflammation on the mechanical properties of skeletal muscle tissue in male and female mice.

My immediate career objective is to receive my Phd and then go on to pursue a tenure-track faculty position in the field of mechanobiology at either a research or a teaching based university. When possible, I like to volunteer my time and effort to growing the number of women in STEM fields and enhancing nation-wide scientific literacy.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and

welcome to engineeringjoy.