Engineering Graduate Student at the University of Washington.
What Does That Mean? Building on my physics degree, I take a lot of classes about mechanical engineering. I love figuring out how everything works and learning instrumentation. My physics background helped me work on a project on the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment and I also investigate the design of clean energy systems, including wind and tidal energy.
I’m starting an internship with the aerospace company Tethers Unlimited this summer. They develop things like robotic arms that work in space and cube satellites. My plan is to design and build spacecraft. That was a huge part of my dream, and the reason I went back to school.
How I Got Here: My grandfather did atmospheric physics and helped make Doppler radar. He told me stories about how things worked, and I was able to ask lots of questions. I took robotics in high school and loved applying my physics equations to robotics. My parents were not believers of the concept that girls are bad at math and sciences.
In my free time, I am a member of the local Rat City Roller Derby. I’m on the Throttle Rockets team. It’s pretty perfect that our logo is a rocket ship.
Why I March for Science: The resistance is part of it. It is impossible to avoid the resistance as a gender minority in a STEM field. I want to open up paths for women and gender minorities in science. I’m interested in space and in understanding the universe. We can’t be complacent about exploration. Basic sciences need government funding. The funding model still has a big role in continuing our work.