In summer 2015, I did an internship with Fitbit on the product design team. I contributed to new product development, working closely with the mechanical engineering team on CAD models in Creo, drawings, tolerance analysis, experimental design, and failure analysis. We went overseas to work with contract manufacturers as well, where I learned invaluable lessons about what it takes to bring a product to market.
During the summer of 2014, I worked as an intern at Studio Murmur. For one major project, we researched a new, compostable, eco-friendly material made from mushroom mycelium. It is an alternative to plastics and foams and is made by colonizing sawdust and other “waste” materials with mushroom mycelium (essentially, the roots of a mushroom). We spent 4 weeks growing and observing the material and then performed a strength analysis of material swatches made with different sawdusts and reinforcement. We compiled our findings into a report which was made available to the public. I also designed an entry for the Ario Lighting Competition for LED light bulbs, gaining facility in CAD, rendering, and visual communication of ideas. Furthermore, I investigated burgeoning projects and ideas through research and by creating mood boards, sketches, and working drawings.
During the school year 2014, I planned a tour to Chicago in January 2015 for Redhot & Blue, Yale’s oldest co-ed a cappella group. I booked concerts, planned housing, created and put out publicity materials, and organized transportation. I am also a singer in the group. This year I will be planning another tour for my senior a cappella group, Whim ‘n Rhythm.
Since September 2013, I have been working as a design aide for Yale’s Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design. I advise other students about their projects, help them with unfamiliar tools, and supervise the workspace. Furthermore, I planned and led a workshop on ways to make 3D objects from flat materials. I led 8 students through many examples and exercises in thinking 2D to 3D, including: brainstorming existing examples of 2D to 3D production, thinking through their own ideas with foam core board and exacto knives, learning about CNC routers, putting together a chair from CNC machined pieces, and making their own laser-cut bobblehead dolls (using a vector image of the profile of their face!). I repeated this workshop in the fall and am looking forward to learning more about rapid prototyping as I explore the possibilities.
Furthermore, in 2013-2014, I served as business manager for Redhot & Blue. This entailed booking gigs, coordinating transportation (cars, planes, trains, etc.), long-term budget planning, finding and coordinating rehearsal and performance spaces, taking attendance, and acting as part of the group’s administration.
During the summer of 2012, I researched with Dr. Elizabeth Gerber in the Creative Action Lab (now the Delta Lab) at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute. There, I studied crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. My main project’s goal was to categorize and describe the range of crowd platforms currently available on the web by gathering and organizing the information I found. Additionally, I worked with other lab members to run a Kickstarter campaign for the distribution of our research and interview crowdfunders. I also used open data coding to highlight and catalog relevant information in interviews with crowdfunders about technology’s role in the design process.
During the summer of 2011, I studied at the Women’s Technology Program at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Projects included programming Tetris in Python and designing a motor which went at 5,000 rpm.