Me with two of my favorite people and fellow MIT graduate moms, Marzyeh and Kristy (Aug. 2016):


My summer high school students recruit my daughter Evelyn as their team mascot for their project to build a crane out of foam (July 2016):

973-Crane Night 9

At my adviser’s graduation BBQ along with other lab mates and lab babies (June 2016):


With my husband Jonathan after the doctoral hooding ceremony (June 2016):

Grad Pic

Me with an artistic rendering of my thesis research (May 2016):

Me with Research

Me with my three kids (left to right: Nick, Evelyn and Ben) at the MIT pillars (May 2016):

Me with Kids

At my thesis defense reception with film stars “Fuel Cell” (Ben) and “Gasifier” (Nick) on May 12, 2016.  “Toddler thesis defense” film available to view here.

856-Defense Reception

Presenting my research at the MIT Frontiers poster session (April 2016).  Footage of my coal plant “prototype” (aka popcorn popper) available here.


Presenting my research (with the help of prenatal Evelyn) using children’s toys at the MIT MechE Research Expo (Sept 2015).

MERE Photo