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About

I am a doctoral student studying Robot-Assisted Human Hand Dexterity and Robotic Orthosis Design at Columbia University.
I work on hand exoskeletons for stroke patients, and study how to make devices that are both helpful for functional grasping and are compelling to use.

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I am a fourth-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, advised by Matei Ciocarlie. I received my MS from Columbia University in 2021 and BS from MIT in 2017, both in Mechanical Engineering.

At MIT, I worked as a research assistant at the Biomechatronics Group and was advised by Hugh Herr. My undergraduate thesis compared active and passive cooling methods for prosthetic actuators.
Before joining Columbia, I worked as a research assistant at Harvard University in Paul Shamble's lab, and studied locomotion dynamics and animal behavior of jumping spiders.

Research interests

Wearable Devices | Upper-Limb Exoskeletons
Patient-Centered Robot Adaptation | Human-Robot Interfaces
Stroke Rehabilitation | Assistive Technology | Accessible Hardware Design