Experiences

  • Summer 2017

    Microsoft Corporation

    Mechanical Engineering Intern, Surface, 12 weeks Redmond, WA:

    Will perform mechanical design, research, and analysis as an intern joining the Surface team.

  • Summer 2016

    Microsoft Corporation

    Explore Software Engineering and Project Management Intern, 12 weeks Redmond, WA:

    Developed support for Touch Input over i2c from the PiTFT touchscreen (C++) into HID interface for Windows IoT Core running on the Raspberry Pi. Integrated with SPI Display Driver for the touchscreen developed by other interns on the team.

    Lead integration of Touch, Display functionality into a 3D Printer control application. Published project for Windows Device Drivers to open source for IoT users and authored project documentation.

    Won first place at the Microsoft Explore Tech Fair for best overall project.

  • Summer 2016

    Johns Hopkins University

    Invited Summer Researcher, Gray Laboratory, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Molecular Biophysics Program, 6 weeks:

    Improved Rosetta biocomputing software (C++/Python) for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction.

    My research contributed to an improved prediction of antigen binding sites which is relevant for applications such as antibody docking, and design strategies based on homology models.

  • 2016 2014

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration

    Academic-Year Research Intern : University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
    Assessed application of an Organosilane coating to improve corrosion resistance of magnesium based alloys for bone regeneration, focusing on resorption control

  • 2016 2015

    Google Inc.

    Google Student Ambassador : Chosen as the liaison between Google and the University of Pittsburgh.

  • 2015 2015

    University of Pennsylvania NANO/BIO Interface Center (NBIC)

    Summer Student Scholar :
    1 of 10 undergraduates selected nationally for NSF funded 10 week research at Penn.Conducted research in Drndic Physics lab fabricating of novel nanomaterial tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanopores for solid-state DNA sequencing

  • 2015 2015

    Square College Code

    Code Camper : 1 of 20 female students selected nationally by Square for a week-long coding immersion at Square HQ in San Francisco, Califorina, focusing on iOS development, machine learning, engineering architecture, and security.

  • 2015 2014

    Microsoft Corporation

    YouthSpark Ambassador, 1 of 5 Global Winners of the 2014 Microsoft Challenge for Change :
    Received Microsoft funding for my initiative "Science for Success" to encourage girls to pursue STEM. Presented at Microsoft Ignite Conference to over 23,000 attendees.

  • 2014 2014

    Google Inc.

    Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) : 1 of 30 from a national pool for CSSI at Google's Mountain View, California HQ. Participated in an intensive programming institute leaning web app development in Python, JavaScrict, jQuery, and Google App Engine

  • 2014 2012

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

    Invited student researcher : Independent Science Fair Research. Developed a novel, safe method for in vitro re-creation of tooth enamel: Patent 9,326,919 issued. Performed summer research as a member of a graduate dental research team. Fracture Toughness of Triclosan Supplemented Dentin Bonding Agents supplemented with PVM/MA



Education & Training

  • B.S.E In Progress (2018)

    Mechanical Engineering
    C.S. Concentration

    Swanson School of Engineering, Academic Scholar, Honors College

  • Bagpiping2014 - Present

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Playing bagpipes for CMU Pipes and Drum Band. Performing on campus and nationally.

  • Certification2014

    University of California, Berkeley

    Online Calculus.
    Hours: 60.00. Grade: A

Honors, Awards and Grants


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  • Aug. 2016
    1st Place Microsoft Explore Intern Fair
    Won first place for best overall project at Microsoft's Explore Intern Fair.
  • Mar. 2016
    IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference Scholarship
    Attended the 2016 Conference in San Jose, California. Scholarship sponsored by WIE Southern Jersey Affinity Group.
  • Jan. 2016
    Plenary Speaker at Harvard
    Selected from a competive pool to present my research as a plenary speaker at the 2016 Harvard National Collegiate Research Competition
  • Nov. 2015
    Box Diversity Scholarship
    Honored for leadership outreach to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM
  • Oct. 2015
    Anita Borg Grace Hopper Scholarship
    Attended 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration, Houston, TX
  • Sep. 2015
    PennApps Best Cloud Based Mobile App
    University of Pennsylvania. "Hack" Pos-chair is an IoT seat cover with force sensors that interats with Sparkcore and our iOS (Swift) and web applications in real time to graphically aid users in to fixing their posture.
  • Aug. 2015
    Square Internal Hackathon
    “VolunSquare,” Android app (Java/XML) to track employee Volunteerism and volunteer hours.
  • July 2015
    Patent Issued: 9,326,919
    Patent 9,326,919 issued. - Enamel Bond, biocompatible/safe tooth enamel
  • May 2015
    Microsoft Ignite Presenter
    Microsoft Ignite Presenter for Microsoft YouthSpark at Microsoft Ignite, Chicago International conference with over 23,000 in attendance.
  • April 2015
    Research Presenter
    Undergraduate Honors Research Fair, University of Pittsburgh
  • Feb. 2015
    Research Presenter
    Bioengineering BioE Day 3rd Place Poster Presentation Winner for Undergrad/Grad
  • Feb. 2015
    Tartan Hacks, Carnegie Mellon University
    Led team development of “Calc with Cubie” interactive web-app calculus storybook
  • Jan. 2015
    MHacks, University of Michigan
    Lady LEaDers Cube– built and coded an LED Cube with an all-female team
  • 2015
    President's Volunteer Service Award
    Nationally Recognized w/letter from Obama
  • Nov. 2014
    AT&T Smart Apps Hackathon, Honorable Mention
    SWIPZ - RFID ID card system for Pitt Students. Collaboratively coded to bridge Arduino, mobile app communication.
  • Oct. 2014
    HackMIT, Massachussets Institute of Technology
    Science Up “SUP” data sharing web-app for mentors < students. Integrated Dropbox and Yo APIs
  • April 2014
    National Junior Science Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
    1st Place Poster Overall
  • April 2014
    Leonardo Da Vinci Society Award
  • April 2014
    Society of Women Engineers
    Philadelphia Section Hoffman Award
  • Jan. 2014
    Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Semifinalist
    1 of 300 individuals nationally honored for outstanding research.
  • Jan. 2014
    Top 40 Under 40
    Greater Atlantic County Jaycees
  • 2012 - 2014
    Robotics Team Captain
    Competed in the IEEE South Jersey Robot Challenge. Integrated: Solid Works, CAD, Electrical Wiring/Soldering skills. Won fastest track time
  • 2013, 2014
    Invited Research Presenter
    Philly Materials Days –University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012, 2013
    Invited Research Presenter
    NANODAY@PENN – University of Pennsylvania
  • Oct. 2013
    Siemens Competition Regional Finalist
    1 of 30 individuals nationally. Competed at MIT
  • April 2013
    ASM Foundation
    1st Place Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science (DVSF)
  • 2013
    Research Science Institute (RSI)
    Alternate, Massachussets Institute of Technology
  • April 2013
    Parenteral Drug Association
    Award Delaware Valley Chapter
  • April 2012
    U.S. Air Force
    Award Delaware Valley Chapter
  • Dec. 2011
    Presenter w/Keynotes
    IEEE Region 1 and 2 Women in Engineering Conference

I am naturally curious.


Center for Craniofacial Regeneration

Research Intern

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University of Pennsylvania Dental School

Invited Student Researcher

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Johns Hopkins University

Visting Summer Researcher

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University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center

NSF REU Fellowship

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Siemens Competition

1 of 30 Individual Finalists Nationally

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Intel Science Talent Search

Semifinalist

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National Junior Science Humanities Symposium

1st Place Overall Poster Winner

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My research is based on life experiences that fuel my desire to help others.

Through my research, I am able to investigate problems where current methods fall short to create better, more efficient solutions.

Research Projects


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    Improvement of Rosetta biocomputing software for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction

    Johns Hopkins University, Gray Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Program in Molecular Biophysics

    The goal of my biocomputing research in the Gray laboratory was to improve Rosetta biocomputing software for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction. My research contributes to an improved prediction of antigen binding sites which is highly relevant for applications such as antibody docking and design strategies based on homology models.

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    In-vitro cell culture study on Organosilane coated Mg discs

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

    First author in research published in European Cell Journal 2015 presented at Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications, Italy.

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    Self-assembling alkyl-silane anticorrosion coatings for resorbable Mg devices

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

    Second author in research published in European Cell Journal 2015 presented at Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications, Italy.

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    Fabrication of novel nanomaterial tungsten disulfide (WS2)nanopores for solid-state DNA sequencing

    University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center

    First author - research conducted during 10 week REU at University of Pennsylvania June - August 2015 - to be published in Fall 2015 PennScience Journal.

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    Development of a novel, safe method for in vitro re-creation of tooth enamel

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

    Research conducted during high school. Competed and received recognition nationally in science fairs. Patent published.

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    Fracture Toughness of Triclosan Supplemented Dentin Bonding Agents supplemented with PVM/MA

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

    Performed summer research as a member of a graduate dental research team.

Current initiatives to encourage girls to pursue STEM and expose collegiate students to opportunities in tech

  • Project Ongoing 2015

    She Innovates

    I co-founded and co-chair Pitt's first hackathon for women. Female students studying Computer Science, Engineering, and Business gather at the University of Pittsburgh to form teams, develop through code, and pitch their ideas.

  • 2017 2016

    Microsoft Intern Ambassador

    In summer of 2016, I was *the* only Microsoft intern from the University of Pittsburgh. As an Intern Ambassador, my goal is to expose students majoring in computer science and engineering to technical opportunities including: internships and jobs, competitions, and learning resources. This fall, I partnered with Pitt IEEE to host a Skyping Q&A event with a Microsoft Senior Sofware Engineering Manager and I presented my internship experience and advice to engineering students as part of a Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle (engineering greek-life) organized 'Day in the Life' event.

    2016 2015

    Google Student Ambassador

    Hosted fun Google event on-campus and promoted Google products through workshops. Partnered with Google Pittsburgh, Pitt IEEE, Pitt CS Club, Colleges Against Cancer, and the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering. Select events include: Spread Android Love Android App Building Workshop and Lunch, Arduino-Innovation event, Pitt Apps mini-hackathon, sGoogle at Pitt's Colleges Against Cancer Volleyball-a-thon. Demonstrated leadership and collaboation to plan and orchestrate events. Strengthened Google's presence on-campus and student engagement in hacking culture.

    2015 2014

    Microsoft YouthSpark Ambassador

    As 1 of 5 Global Winners of Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change, I received funding to implement "Science for Success" in Pittsburgh. I visit groups of younger girls and do experiments with them. My project is ongoing, as I continue to encourage young girls to explore STEM sciences

  • Project Ongoing 2011 Awarded

    Girl Scout Gold Award

    With my Gold Award project, "Science for Success," I created a film interviewing twenty notable female scientists to introduce interesting ways for young girls to enjoy and explore science careers. Visiting groups of younger girls, I do experiments with them to increase their confidence, helping them to overcome gender stereotypes and cultural biases which might affect their performance in science.