Community Involvement, Diversity & Inclusion Efforts, and Other Interests
I am passionate about undergraduate involvement in research; throughout my time in graduate school, I mentored four undergraduate students through the completion of research projects, ranging from summer exchange programs to multi-year design endeavors. Additionally, I advised a team of three Masters of Engineering students through their capstone design project. Specific programs I mentored for throughout my PhD include:
Mentorship team for the "Robots that Run" Workshop at the Berkeley Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Event
I am an alumni of FIRST Tech Challenge team 4107 Mohonbots, and from 2020 - 2023 was the head coach for team 16194 Roses & Rivets Robotics. Roses & Rivets is an all girls team of 9th-12th graders based out of Piedmont, California, with a mission of creating a more accepting and inclusive environment for girls to participate in robotics.
The Roses & Rivets team with their robot after a successful tournament in the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season.
National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
I am an avid cross country mountain biker, and believe in the power of cycling to build confidence and transform lives, particularly in youth. I am currently a Level 2 mountain biking coach with National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). I was a coach for the El Cerrito High School (ECHS) Mountain Bike Racing Team for two seasons, and currently am a coach for the Sope Creek Composite Mountain Bike Team in metro Atlanta.
Currently, women and girls are highly underrepresented in cycling, especially mountain biking. I've worked to make the sport a more inviting place for female athletes through my involvement in the NICA GRiT (Girls Riding Together) Program. As a NICA GRiT Coach, I've helped host local events, as well as assisted with larger regional programs.
Team practice with the El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike Team
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