STANFORD MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PH.D. STUDENT
WHO I AM
I'm a graduate student at Stanford University studying mechanical engineering. I work in Stanford's Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine lab (CHARM Lab) with Professor Allison Okamura. My research focuses on haptic feedback (touch feedback) in hand-held devices for applications like medicine and virtual reality. In handheld devices such as ultrasound probes and laparoscopic tools, providing haptic feedback is challenging because the device can't be mechanically grounded to an external surface. Similarly, haptics can make virtual reality interactions more compelling, but to allow a user to move in a large workspace it is important that any haptics be ungrounded. My PhD thesis focuses on addressing these challenges.
I grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, where I attended a magnet high school focused on engineering and marine sciences. I graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in May 2014, where I first worked in a robotics research lab. At Stanford, I have taken classes in mechatronics, dynamics, control systems, robotics, and reinforcement learning. I completed an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016, and plan to finish my Ph.D. in 2019. On this site, I try to capture my past and present research, class projects, and side interests.