A mechanical engineer by education — and an educator at heart — I have always been passionate about education and inspiring a love for math and science, with an soft spot for mechanical engineering! I am currently merging my two passions as a Ph.D. Student in the Graduate Group of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
While completing my B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno I worked at the Raggio Research Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education as a data analyst and curriculum writer for the Young Scientists’ Lab, a program designed to bring 3rd-5th graders to the university campus to participate in hands-on science experiments. I pursued my passion for STEM Education and interactive learning by volunteering my time and expertise as part of the curriculum writing team designing hands-on science experiments for a Bay Area non-profit, Science Is Elementary. As a middle-school science teacher, I expanded my experience in curriculum development by creating all new curriculum for my students.