I am a Computer Science graduate student in the Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California, working on infusing empathy into human-robot interactions. I also redesign websites for small businesses. I'm passionate about creating great user experiences and examining the relationship between users and technology. I rely on my background in engineering and current work in computer science just as much as I rely on my passion for art and project management. I am looking for internships and am also open to full-time positions in UX Design or Research as well as Product Design.
I am researching how we can incorporate empathy into human-robot interactions by learning about the developmental psychology of my end users, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and leading a team of undergraduate students to design a socially assistive robotic empathy tutoring system supported by robust computational models. I am supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP).
I created image processing algorithms to be run on FPGAs onboard drones while learning about the consulting process. I gave lightning talks and full presentations on my work to project stakeholders and executives at the company before traveling to Washington D.C. to present my work alongside four other interns to executives from company locations across the nation.
During my undergraduate years, I had various jobs on campus. I worked at Homework Hotline for 4 years as an over-the-phone tutor for children in grades 4-12. I served as a mentor tutor, which entailed conducting training exercises, supervising other tutors, taking difficult calls, addressing technical difficulties, and publicizing the hotline at local schools. This position gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership and communication skills while influencing program strategy. I also worked as a grader for the engineering department, grading homework and lab assignments weekly for Numerical Methods in Engineering and Digital Electronics and Computer Engineering. When I wasn't working at Homework Hotline or as a grader, I was showing prospective students and their families around campus as a tour guide for 2.5 years.
At Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, AL, I worked alongside executive stakeholders to design a dashboard solution to support some of their complex, reoccurring performance reporting needs. I learned about wireframing through this opportunity, using PowerPoint and Excel to walk stakeholders through the functionality of the dashboard during presentations. At Northrop Grumman Remotec in Clinton, TN, I conducted verification and testing as part of research and development of hazardous operations robots.
I worked in Dr. Christopher Clark’s Lab for Autonomous & Intelligent Robotics and was a Rose Hills Foundation fellow on the National Science Foundation-funded ICEX 2016 team. Using an OceanServer Iver 2 with VectorMap and Matlab, we collected video and sonar data of wrecks to be turned into 3D visualizations for archaeologists at the Univeristy of Malta. I developed image processing algorithms in MATLAB to autonomously detect wrecks in large sonar scans. This work led to two publications.
I am a 2nd year PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Computer Science department at the University of Southern California, studying human-robot interaction and socially assistive robotics under Dr. Maja Matarić in the Interaction Lab. I am currently exploring how we can build a socially assistive robotic empathy tutoring system to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as part of the NSF Expeditions in Computing grant.
I completed my B.S. in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College where I worked under Dr. Christopher Clark in the Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics, conducting research on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and co-authoring two publications. I also researched student leadership styles with Dr. Donald Remer and published the results of that research. As part of my clinic capstone experience, I built and tested a new modular AUV for Techmation and automated a complex machine function for compact track loaders for Doosan Bobcat, for which I am listed as an inventor on two separate patent applications.