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Co-designed a “scanning laser infrared molecular spectrometer” to detect gas
molecules in the open air. Determined the optimal geometry and materials for the device, which has the
potential to be used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on planetary missions or for emissions
detection in urban areas.


“Unadulterated curiosity.”


With classmate Shelley Chan, presented a proposal for a docking station to facilitate manned
missions to Mars at the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Forum. Received the J.
Rich Steers Award from the School of Engineering.


Worked five summers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on projects ranging from a Mars
rover to dual Venus landers. Acted as a research assistant in the Princeton University Electric Propulsion
and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory.


President of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Student Council; vice president of the
Engineering Council; board member of Theatre Intime; member of the Society for Women Engineers and the
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.