I was raised in Utah with a love for learning, teaching, building, and medicine. I liked to push the limits of what my community told me was possible; this led me to MIT, where I will graduate in Mechanical Engineering. During a class activity at MIT, my leg was injured when a giant hamster wheel fell on top of me. This fueled my passion for studying medical challenges from a mechanical perspective. As an undergraduate, my research projects have included an assistive diaphragm for cystic fibrosis patients at MIT and an implantable sensor for the brain at the University of Auckland. For my PhD at Cambridge, I will develop mechanical models of the progression of traumatic brain injuries. This will provide clinicians with a range of patient-specific predicted outcomes to assist them in choosing the best treatment options. This will improve patients' lives by saving vital time and reducing the risk of further brain damage. As I pursue a PhD and academic career in biomechanics, I also want to continue mentoring and inspiring more girls to pursue their dreams in STEM fields. I am honored to join the Gates Scholars community and look forward to learning and sharing all I can with this incredible group as we all strive to improve lives.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2020 Mechanical Engineering