Hello world! 👋

I’m an orthopaedic biomechanist interested in using biomechanics, robotics, and data science in orthopaedics to inform surgical treatment methods and improve clinical outcomes.

I’m a PhD candidate and graduate research assistant in the Lenz Research Group in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Utah School of Medicine pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering focused on foot and ankle orthopaedic biomechanics. My dissertation work aims to apply robotics, machine learning, and model predictive control to characterize the individual joint mechanics of the ankle and hindfoot in a cadaveric model for improving our understanding of how they compensate and interact in response to injury, surgical interventions, abnormality, or implant design.

I’m also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Deep Learning in AI & Robotics in the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah to enhance my skills in robotics and machine learning through coursework in machine learning, deep learning, data visualization, and medical robotics.


Career Objective 🚀

My overall career goal is to leverage robotics and machine learning to solve real-world problems and make positive impacts in society, especially in disadvantaged communities.

I’m interested in working as a research/data/machine learning scientist in medical robotics, health technology, sustainable development, or climate technology.

Programming Skills 👨🏻‍💻️

Proficient: Python | MATLAB | R | Git | LabView | Latex
Familiar: Julia | C/C++ | HTML/CSS | JavaScript

Tools & Software 🛠️

Programming: VS Code | Jupyter | GitHub | Anaconda | RStudio
Musculoskeletal Modeling: OpenSim
Robotics: ROS | Gazebo | RViz | MoveIt | RoboDK
FEA: FeBio
CAD: SolidWorks | Fusion 360
3D Printing: Stratasys GrabCAD | Markforged Eiger | Formlabs PreForm
Word Processing: Overleaf | MS Word


Background

I grew up in Spartanburg, SC and completed my BS in Chemistry with a minor in Applied Mathematics at Wofford College in 2015. After graduation, I interned as a research chemist at the E. & J. Gallo Winery Research Laboratory in Modesto, CA. Eventually, my coupled interests in medicine and engineering evolved and moved to Corvallis, OR to complete my MS in Bioengineering with a minor in Robotics at Oregon State University, where I worked on the development of a novel implantable passive differential mechanism for upper extremity tendon transfer surgery with Ravi Balasubramanian and Jim Sweeney. In 2020, I was awarded an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Fellowship to conduct research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. As a research fellow, I worked with surgeons to design biomechanical cadaveric studies across multiple orthopaedic specialties, including sports medicine, spine, and trauma. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing with my dog and friends.


Education 🎓

PhD in Biomedical Engineering | University of Utah | 2025 (expected)

Graduate Certificate in Deep Learning in AI & Robotics | University of Utah | 2025 (expected)

MS in Bioengineering, Minor in Robotics | Oregon State University | 2020

BS in Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics | Wofford College | 2015


Experiences 👨🏻‍🔬

Utah Orthopaedic Research Laboratory | Graduate Research Assistant | Jan 2022–Present

Utah Orthopaedic Research Laboratory | Research Analyst | Oct–Dec 2021

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | ORISE Resarch Fellow | Mar 2020–Sept 2021

Robotic & Human Control Systems Laboratory | Graduate Research Assistant | Sept 2016–Feb 2020

E. & J. Gallo Winery Research Laboratory | Chemistry Research Intern | Jun–Nov 2015


Honors & Awards 🏅

David Winter Young Investigator Award (Finalist) | International Society of Biomechanics | May 2023

Best Doctoral Poster Presentation Award | Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics | Apr 2023

Arthroscopy Journal Award for Basic Science Research Excellence (Runner-Up) | Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery | Jan 2022

Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (Declined) | University of California, Davis | Apr 2021

Musculoskeletal Tissue Biomechanist Research Fellowship | Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education | Jan 2020

Science Communication Fellowship (Declined) | Oregon Museum of Science and Industry | Nov 2018

Blue Ribbon Poster Award | Orthopaedic Research Society | Aug 2017


Service & Leadership 🤓

American Society of Biomechanics - Utah Student Chapter | Vice President/Treasurer | Aug 2022–Present

Utah BME Graduate Student Advisory Committee | EDI Co-Chair, Co-Treasurer | Aug 2021–Present

Utah Graduate Women in Biomedical Engineering | Member | Jan 2022–Present

OSU CBEE Graduate Student Association | Bioengineering Chairman | 2017–2018

OSU Robotics Graduate Student Association | Co-Founder & Co-President | 2016–2018


Volunteering Experinces 🌱

TEDxSaltLakeCity | Organizing Committee | 2023–Present

Wasatch Adaptive Sports | Snowbird, UT | 2021–Present

WeDo Lego Robotics | OSU STEM Academy | 2016–2019

Makers Club | Corvallis-Benton County Public Library | 2016


News & Press 📰

OSU College of Engineering | Sept 2019

Momentum Magazine | Jun 2019