• 2018 Present

    Electronic Arts

    Product Manager - Game Experience Team, Redwood City, CA:

    Driving technology behind game creation for EA Studios and upcoming platforms.

  • Summer 2018


    Engineering Project Manager (EPM) Intern - Siri Team, 12 weeks Cupertino, CA:

    Worked closely with software and data analytics engineers to drive feature prioritization for the Siri Understanding team.

    Coordinated planning for WWDC18 Speech Labs, engaged with developers at Labs and aggregated feedback. Proposed new features, presenting to a Senior Director.

    Conducted competitive analyses, performed analytics (Python, Apache Pig, Tableau), and designed audio experiments. Regularly documented progress and shared results in meetings.

  • Summer 2017

    Microsoft Corporation

    Mechanical Engineering Intern - Surface Team, 12 weeks Redmond, WA:

    Performed geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T) simulations for a new Surface product, working with the Mechanical and Industrial Design teams to create Creo models and deliver statistical analyses with CETOL variation analysis (VA) software.

    Visited the manufacturing headquarters and suppliers for Surface, spending two-weeks in Shanghai and Hong Kong to assist development of the product build.

    PTC Creo Certified with Rand 3D

  • Summer 2016

    Microsoft Corporation

    Software Engineering and Project Management Intern - Internet of Things Team, 12 weeks Redmond, WA:

    Developed support for Touch Input over i2c from the PiTFT touchscreen (C++) into HID interface for Windows IoT Core running on the Raspberry Pi. Integrated with SPI Display Driver for the touchscreen developed by other interns on the team.

    Led integration of Touch, Display functionality into a 3D Printer control application. Published project for Windows Device Drivers to open source for IoT users and authored project documentation.

    Won first place at the Microsoft Explore Tech Fair for best overall project.

  • Summer 2016

    Johns Hopkins University

    Invited Summer Researcher - Gray Laboratory, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Molecular Biophysics Program, 6 weeks:

    Improved Rosetta biocomputing software (C++/Python) for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction.

    My research contributed to an improved prediction of antigen binding sites which is relevant for applications such as antibody docking, and design strategies based on homology models.

  • Year 2015-16

    Google Inc.

    Google Student Ambassador, University of Pittsburgh, 1 Yr. :

    Chosen as the liaison between Google and the University of Pittsburgh. Hosted fun Google events on-campus and promoted Google products through workshops. Partnered with Google Pittsburgh, Pitt IEEE, Pitt CS Club, Colleges Against Cancer, and the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering. Select events include: Spread Android Love Android App Building Workshop and Lunch, Arduino-Innovation event, Pitt Apps mini-hackathon, Google at Pitt's Colleges Against Cancer Volleyball-a-thon. Demonstrated leadership and collaboation to plan and orchestrate events. Strengthened Google's presence on-campus and student engagement in hacking culture.

  • Summer 2015

    University of Pennsylvania NANO/BIO Interface Center (NBIC)

    Summer Student Scholar, Philadelphia, PA, 10 Wks. :

    1 of 10 undergraduates selected nationally for NSF funded research at Penn. Conducted research in Drndic Physics lab fabricating of novel nanomaterial tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanopores for solid-state DNA sequencing

  • Summer 2015

    Square College Code

    Code Camper, San Francisco, CA :

    1 of 20 female students selected nationally by Square for a week-long coding immersion at Square HQ in San Francisco, Califorina, focusing on iOS development, machine learning, engineering architecture, and security.

  • Year 2014-16

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration

    Academic-Year Research Intern, Pittsburgh, PA :

    University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Assessed application of an Organosilane coating to improve corrosion resistance of magnesium based alloys for bone regeneration, focusing on resorption control

  • Year 2014-15

    Microsoft Corporation

    YouthSpark Ambassador:

    1 of 5 Global Winners of the 2014 Microsoft Challenge for Change. Received Microsoft funding for my initiative "Science for Success" to encourage girls to pursue STEM. Presented at Microsoft Ignite Conference to over 23,000 attendees.

  • Summer 2014

    Google Inc.

    Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), Mountain View, California :

    1 of 30 from a national pool for CSSI at Google's Mountain View, California HQ. Participated in an intensive programming institute learning web app development in Python, JavaScrict, jQuery, and Google App Engine

  • Year 2012- 14

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

    Invited student researcher, Philadelphia, PA :

    Independent Science Fair Research. Developed a novel, safe method for in vitro re-creation of tooth enamel: Patent 9,326,919 issued. Performed summer research as a member of a graduate dental research team. Fracture Toughness of Triclosan Supplemented Dentin Bonding Agents supplemented with PVM/MA

Education & Training

  • B.S.E 2014 - 2018

    University of Pittsburgh

    Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering with Computer Science Concentration.

    Graduated Cum Laude.
    Academic Scholar, Honors College

  • Bagpiping2014 - 2018

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Played bagpipes with the Pipes and Drum Band. Performed on campus and nationally.

  • Certificate2014

    UC Berkeley

    Online Calculus.
    Hours: 60.00. Grade: A

Honors, Awards and Grants

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  • 2018
    //Oneweek Global Hackathon Winner
    Won the Hack4Good Challenge at Microsoft's Global Hackathon for building $25 cost effective, 3D printed prosthesis designed and built to assist local child. Invited for team executive review with Microsoft's Brad Smith, Board of Directors President and Chief Legal Officer (CLO).
  • 2017
    Microsoft Diversity Scholar
    Selected as a scholar funded by Microsoft to attend the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
  • 2017
    International Research Awardee
    Awarded Best Overall Poster at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Pasadena, CA.
  • 2016
    1st Place Microsoft Explore Intern Fair
    Won first place for best overall project at Microsoft's Explore Intern Fair.
  • 2016
    IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference Scholarship
    Attended the 2016 Conference in San Jose, California. Scholarship sponsored by WIE Southern Jersey Affinity Group.
  • 2016
    Plenary Speaker at Harvard
    Selected from a competive pool to present my research as a plenary speaker at the 2016 Harvard National Collegiate Research Competition
  • 2015
    Box Diversity Scholarship
    Honored for leadership outreach to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM
  • 2015
    Anita Borg Grace Hopper Scholarship
    Attended 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration, Houston, TX
  • 2015
    PennApps Best Cloud Based Mobile App
    University of Pennsylvania. "Hack" Pos-chair is an IoT seat cover with force sensors that interats with Sparkcore and our iOS (Swift) and web applications in real time to graphically aid users in to fixing their posture.
  • 2015
    Square Internal Hackathon
    “VolunSquare,” Android app (Java/XML) to track employee Volunteerism and volunteer hours.
  • 2015
    Patent Issued: 9,326,919
    Patent 9,326,919 issued. - Enamel Bond, biocompatible/safe tooth enamel
  • 2015
    Microsoft Ignite Presenter
    Microsoft Ignite Presenter for Microsoft YouthSpark at Microsoft Ignite, Chicago International conference with over 23,000 in attendance.
  • 2015
    Research Presenter
    Undergraduate Honors Research Fair, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2015
    Research Presenter
    Bioengineering BioE Day 3rd Place Poster Presentation Winner for Undergrad/Grad
  • 2015
    Tartan Hacks, Carnegie Mellon University
    Led team development of “Calc with Cubie” interactive web-app calculus storybook
  • 2015
    MHacks, University of Michigan
    Lady LEaDers Cube– built and coded an LED Cube with an all-female team
  • 2015
    President's Volunteer Service Award
    Nationally Recognized with letter from President Obama
  • 2014
    AT&T Smart Apps Hackathon, Honorable Mention
    SWIPZ - RFID ID card system for Pitt Students. Collaboratively coded to bridge Arduino, mobile app communication.
  • 2014
    HackMIT, Massachussets Institute of Technology
    Science Up “SUP” data sharing web-app for mentors < students. Integrated Dropbox and Yo APIs
  • 2014
    National Junior Science Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
    1st Place Poster Overall
  • 2014
    Leonardo Da Vinci Society Award
    Awarded by the Philadelphia chapter for research excellence.
  • 2014
    Society of Women Engineers
    Philadelphia Section Hoffman Award
  • 2014
    Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Semifinalist
    1 of 300 individuals nationally honored for outstanding research.
  • 2014
    Top 40 Under 40
    Greater Atlantic County Jaycees
  • 2012 - 2014
    Robotics Team Captain
    Competed in the IEEE South Jersey Robot Challenge. Integrated: Solid Works, CAD, Electrical Wiring/Soldering skills. Won fastest track time
  • 2013, 2014
    Invited Research Presenter
    Philly Materials Days –University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012, 2013
    Invited Research Presenter
    NANODAY@PENN – University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013
    Siemens Competition Regional Finalist
    1 of 30 individuals nationally. Competed at MIT
  • 2013
    ASM Foundation
    1st Place Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science (DVSF)
  • 2013
    Research Science Institute (RSI)
    Alternate, Massachussets Institute of Technology
  • 2013
    Parenteral Drug Association
    Award Delaware Valley Chapter
  • 2012
    U.S. Air Force
    Award Delaware Valley Chapter
  • 2011
    Presenter w/Keynotes
    IEEE Region 1 and 2 Women in Engineering Conference
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    'The Drone Lab' Automatic Controls Project

    Applied knowledge of automatic controls to design test flight scenarios with a quadcopter. Introduced scenarios to students pairing the controlled quadcopter movement with real-world drone footage. Wrote versions of lab manuals to be used in future Advanced Mechanical Measurements class for Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates and Graduate Students.

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    Semester long, co-engineered project. Developed test flight scenarios (MATLAB/Simulink, Differential Equations) for a 3 DOF Quadcopter. Tested scenarios and wrote lab manual instructions and write up response prompts for students and TAs. In presentation to class, connected simulation movement to real-world drone footage. Applied learning is the most fun.

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    Develop the World's Most Inexpensive Arm and then Give it Away

    Won Microsoft's Corporate Hackathon HackForGood Challenge out of 489 projects. Invited for team executive review with Microsoft's Brad Smith, Corporate VP and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) regarding the project.

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    During Microsoft's 2017 //OneWeek Hackathon, offered product design support to project during period leading up to hackathon. 3D Printed Bionic Prosthesis was designed to cost $25 offering a cost-effective, simple option that can provide gripping and release functionality. The arm was prototyped for a young boy with one arm. Product was built and tested and can provide the assistance needed to help ride a bike and hold a pencil. Project was documented with simple instructions with hope to provide step-by-step guide to build for users beyond the Microsoft community

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    An Alexa skill that assists caregivers, helping them prioritize care for their loved ones. The HomeCare Alexa skill communicates with a Raspberry Pi that tracks data delivered from a sleep-mat to monitor sleep status.

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    HomeCare is an Alexa skill that allows the user to check the status of force sensors to determine if a bed or space is currently occupied.The HomeCare skill will provide caregivers a way to enlist a virtual assistant, Alexa, and a hands-off, non-invasive monitoring system to improve care. With the HomeCare Alexa skill, a busy parent can ask HomeCare "Is my child out of bed?" and even sound an alarm to wake their still-sleeping child, all while multitasking in another area of the house. A caregiver can use HomeCare to gain insight into sleep pattern behavior which can improve monitoring of and care for elders. HomeCare was the winner of the 2018 She Innovates Women's Hackathon, University of Pittsburgh.

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    IoT AI to Help Kids with Autism

    Implemented Microsoft Cognitive Services Emotion API to help children with Autism recognize facial emotions

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    During Microsoft's 2016 //Oneweek Hackathon, worked as a team member on project, "IoT AI to Help Kids with Autism" to implement the Microsoft Cognitive Services Emotion API to help children with Autism recognize facial emotions.

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    IoT seat cover that graphically helps users correct their posture in real-time, eradicating the problem of back pain

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    Pos-Chair is a seat cover with force sensors that interact with Sparkcore and our iOS and web applications in real time to graphically help people fix their posture to eliminate back pain, improving overall health.

    The Pos-Chair seat cover integrates force sensors to determine a person's weight distribution on the chair. Multiple Round Force Sensors strategically placed across the cover interface directly with the Particle Core IoT chip, which communicates with the iOS and Web app via Wi-Fi to provide force data for posture analysis. Depending on the weight distribution, the user will be able to monitor the quality of his/her posture through the real-time output on our Pos-Chair iOS app. The app was created with the Particle iOS Cloud SDK and communicates with a Particle Internet Button for rapid transfer of sensor information. We have also created a web application that provides a clean presentation of our product, and offers login service allowing users to view graphical real-time data from their Pos-Chair on the web as well as through our app.

    Pos-Chair's proof of concept was demonstrated at America's largest college hackathon, PennApps XII, where it was awarded Best Cloud-Based Mobile App. Pos-Chair was also chosen as 1 of 10 semifinalists from over 300 submissions in the University of Pennsylvania's 2015 AppItUp Challenge.

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    Drone Videography

    Capturing views from the sky, my hope is to be able to explore new perspectives with aerial videography. I'll occasionally post videos from my flights on YouTube. I have videos taken in Seattle and Pittsburgh. Keep your eyes out for new footage likely featuring California.

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    Exploring photography from the sky; filming, editing, and producing videos to share on my YouTube Channel

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    Android interface to track volunteer activities and hours with a competitive leaderboard for Square employees.

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    Developed during Square's Code Camp Hackathon. VolunSquare is an Android app (Java/XML) that reminds Square employees of upcoming volunteer events in the San Francisco area and displays employee volunteer hours on a leaderboard.

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    Calc with Cubie

    Interactive story-app to help teach kids Calculus

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    Calc with Cubie is an interactive, storytelling web-app that helps calculus students gain a better visual understanding of volume graphs that are rotated about a linear axis. Calc with Cubie’s focus is to improve understanding by making the learning process interactive and fun.

    Cubie the Calculus Cube is really good at math, but encounters difficulty when envisioning beyond the x-y coordinate plane. With the help of Cubie’s friend, Mr. Tartan, students are taught the basics of volume by rotation. Our app prompts students what shapes they think would be generated by rotating an area and follows the questions with 30 second self-made videos that explain the disk and shell methods. Following the videos, students are provided with links to supplemental practice.

    Because Calc the Cubie is a web-based application, it is accessible from any device that connects to the internet including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and wearable devices. Availability on the go allows student to access calculus fun anywhere!

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    Lady LEaDers 3D LED Cube

    Built and 8x8x8 LED cube that uses an arduino to control light patterns.

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    3D LED cube integrated hardware/software skills.

    Created pre-set light animations controlled by a Leap Motion.

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    RFID App developed at AT&T Smart Apps Hackathon

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    SWIPZ is an RFID integrated application that digitalizes student id card by allowing users to tap into dining halls, the gym, or the research lab with their phones. Our app keeps track of students' dining dollars, meal swipes, and library card balances. SWIPZ was developed at the 2014 AT&T Smart Apps Hackathon in Pittsburgh, Pa where it was awarded Honorable Mention.

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    Science UP "SUP"

    Collaborative datasharing platform for mentors and students

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    Science UP's focus is to improve undergraduate research by better connecting mentor and mentee. SUP is a web-application that promotes collaboration by integrating schedules, messaging, and document sharing into a unified workspace. Inspiration for SUP comes from personal research experiences. In the lab, some of our team members have noticed a lack in connection with their mentors due to the use of multiple platforms.

    App Features: Check In Integrates the Yo. API to notify mentors in real-time when the student reaches the lab. Documents Integrates the Dropbox Saver API to allow users to upload research files to their dropbox. Mentors and students can share lab data, notes, and relevant journal articles seamlessly. Messaging is provided with a forum which displays conversation between members of the same lab group. The Student Roster is an added administrative feature for mentors that displays a list of student profiles associated with their lab group.

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    Google Glass for Imaging Diagnosis

    Implementation of Google Glass Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Technology

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    Wrote and presented an engineering paper on Google Glass Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as part of the University of Pittsburgh First Year Engineering Conference.

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    Kinetic E-Cards

    Developed at Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) as a simple, and reliable e-card service

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    Kinetic, an e-card service for our generation.

    E-card app created with the goal: to be Reliable, Simple, Elegant; to connect the under-thirty generation; and to celebrate special occasions.

    Kinetic provides a solution that is free and customizable

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    IEEE Robot Challenge

    Team Founder/Captain. Competed in the South Jersey IEEE WIE Robot Challenge

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    Integrated: SolidWorks, Electrical Wiring,Mechanical Skills; Won fastest track time.

I am naturally curious.

Center for Craniofacial Regeneration

Research Intern

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University of Pennsylvania Dental School

Invited Student Researcher

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Johns Hopkins University

Visting Summer Researcher

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University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center

NSF REU Fellowship

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Siemens Competition

1 of 30 Individual Finalists Nationally

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Intel Science Talent Search


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National Junior Science Humanities Symposium

1st Place Overall Poster Winner

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My research is based on life experiences that fuel my desire to help others.

Through my research, I am able to investigate problems where current methods fall short to create better, more efficient solutions.

Research Projects

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    Numerically Resolved Radiation View Factors for Single and Multi-Junction Thermoelectric Devices

    Special Projects Research, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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    Performed computational research (Java/Matlab/C++) for numerical calculation of heat transfer view factors for complex 3D structures. Developed a hybridized CPU-GPU method implemented in Java that allows for the execution of massively parallel data sets between thermoelectric emitting and absorbing surfaces. Awarded Best Poster at the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Pasadena, CA.

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    Improvement of Rosetta biocomputing software for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction

    Johns Hopkins University, Gray Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Program in Molecular Biophysics

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    The goal of my biocomputing research in the Gray laboratory was to improve Rosetta biocomputing software for canonical antibody CDR loop prediction. My research contributes to an improved prediction of antigen binding sites which is highly relevant for applications such as antibody docking and design strategies based on homology models.

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    In-vitro cell culture study on Organosilane coated Mg discs

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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    First author in research published in European Cell Journal 2015 presented at Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications, Italy.

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    Self-assembling alkyl-silane anticorrosion coatings for resorbable Mg devices

    Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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    Second author in research published in European Cell Journal 2015 presented at Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications, Italy.

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    Fabrication of novel nanomaterial tungsten disulfide (WS2)nanopores for solid-state DNA sequencing

    University of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center

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    First author - research conducted during 10 week REU at University of Pennsylvania June - August 2015 - to be published in Fall 2015 PennScience Journal.

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    Development of a novel, safe method for in vitro re-creation of tooth enamel

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

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    Research conducted during high school. Competed and received recognition nationally in science fairs. Patent published.

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    Fracture Toughness of Triclosan Supplemented Dentin Bonding Agents supplemented with PVM/MA

    University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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    Performed summer research as a member of a graduate dental research team.

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Monolayer WS2 Nanopores for DNA Translocation with Light-Adjustable Sizes

Gopinath Danda, Paul Masih Das, Yung-Chien Chou, Jerome T. Mlack, William M. Parkin, Carl H. Naylor, Kazunori Fujisawa, Tianyi Zhang, Laura Beth Fulton, Mauricio Terrones, Alan T. Charlie Johnson, and Marija Drndić
Journal Paper ACS Nano, Volume 11, Issue 2, Janurary 2017, Pages 1937-1945


Two-dimensional materials are promising for a range of applications, as well as testbeds for probing the physics of low-dimensional systems. Tungsten disulfide (WS2) monolayers exhibit a direct band gap and strong photoluminescence (PL) in the visible range, opening possibilities for advanced optoelectronic applications. Here, we report the realization of two-dimensional nanometer-size pores in suspended monolayer WS2 membranes, allowing for electrical and optical response in ionic current measurements. A focused electron beam was used to fabricate nanopores in WS2 membranes suspended on silicon-based chips and characterized using PL spectroscopy and aberration-corrected high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. It was observed that the PL intensity of suspended WS2 monolayers is ∼10–15 times stronger when compared to that of substrate-supported monolayers, and low-dose scanning transmission electron microscope viewing and drilling preserves the PL signal of WS2 around the pore. We establish that such nanopores allow ionic conductance and DNA translocations. We also demonstrate that under low-power laser illumination in solution, WS2 nanopores grow slowly in size at an effective rate of ∼0.2–0.4 nm/s, thus allowing for atomically controlled nanopore size using short light pulses.

Anticorrosive Self-Assembled Hybrid Alkylsilane Coatings for Resorbable Magnesium Metal Devices

Avinash J. Patil, Olivia Jackson, Laura B. Fulton , Dandan Hong, Palak A. Desai, Stephen A. Kelleher, Da-Tren Chou, Susheng Tan, Prashant N. Kumta, and Elia Beniash
Journal Paper ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., Volume 3, Issue 4, February 2017, Pages 518-529


Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys are promising candidates for use as resorbable materials for biomedical devices that can degrade in situ following healing of the defect, eliminating the need for a second surgery to remove the device. Hydrogen gas is the main product of magnesium corrosion, and one of the limitations for use of Mg devices in clinic is the formation of gas pockets around them. One potential solution to this problem is reducing the rate of corrosion to the levels at which H2 can diffuse through the body fluids. The study’s aim was to evaluate the potential of hybrid alkylsilane self-assembled multilayer coatings to reduce Mg corrosion and to modify physicochemical properties of the coatings using surface functionalization. The coating was made by copolymerization of n-Decyltriethoxysilane and Tetramethoxysilane followed by dip coating of metal discs. This resulted in a formation of homogeneous, micron thick, and defect free coating. The coated surface was more hydrophobic than bare Mg, however functionalization of the coating with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane reduced the hydrophobicity of the coating. The coatings reduced several fold the rate of Mg corrosion based on the H2 evolution and other assessment methods, and effectively prevented the initial corrosion burst over the first 24 h. In vitro tissue culture studies demonstrated cytocompatibility of the coatings. These results reveal excellent anticorrosive properties and good cytocompatibility of the hybrid alkylsilane coatings and suggest great potential for use of these coatings on resorbable Mg devices.

Self-assembling alkyl-silane anticorrosion coatings for resorbable Mg devices

E. Beniash, A. Patil, O. Jackson, L. Fulton
Conference Papers European Cells and Materials, Volume 30, Suppl. 3, August 2015, Page 51


Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys represent promising candidates for transient orthopedic devices. Mg is highly biocompatible, since Mg2+ is one of the essential ions and is present naturally in the body. It is also low weight and has mechanical properties compatible to bone. One of the obstacles for use of Mg in clinical application is its initial massive corrosion reaction leading to the formation of gas pockets around the implantable devices. To regulate the rate of corrosion we propose to use self-assembled alkylsilane (AS) coatings. Such coatings decrease the rate of corrosion by isolating a metallic devise from the liquid environment. Importantly, the surface chemistry and biological activity of AS coatings can be modified via covalent attachment of molecules of interest to the coatin Self-assembling alkyl-silane anticorrosion coatings for resorbable Mg devices.

Fabrication of a Novel Nanomaterial Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) Nanopores for Solid-State DNA Sequencing

Laura Beth Fulton
Journal Paper Penn Science Journal, Volume 14, Issue 1, Fall 2015, Pages 24-29


Tungsten disulfide (WS2) is a novel nanomaterial that offers promise to create nanopores for easy and efficient detection of DNA translocation with high spatial resolution. In this work, nanopore membranes are fabricated, a method is designed for the transfer of WS2, and WS2 flakes are characterized for nanopore application and transferred to membranes. Semiconductive properties of WS2 indicate promise for WS2 nanopores, which are drilled in the WS2 flakes. Silicon wafers were prepared using a standard method to form ~50 um x 50 um membranes for nanopore drilling. The created membranes were observed for uniformity and their size noted using optical microscopy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to visualize the membranes and focused ion beam (FIB) ~50 nm holes were sculpted. Flakes of WS2 were acquired and images were captured using optical microscopy, height profile characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), and Raman spectroscopy used to observe monolayer or multilayer flakes. A stamp transfer method was designed to achieve optimal alignment of one flake to a membrane. Testing of the stamp transfer indicated a touch, release set-up that provided visual observation using optical microscopy. This provided the ability to visually align WS2 flakes over membranes. Using minute motion, the flake was lowered to the microscope stage and contact was made with the membrane. The results of my contribution - wafer fabrication, SEM imaging, FIB drilled holes, designed stamp transfer, capturing optical microscopy images, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman profiles for WS2 flakes, and transfer of WS2 to membrane indicate that the suspended WS2 is ready for nanopore drilling. Once a nanopore is drilled in the suspended WS2 flake, the Drndic group will conduct further experiments - Raman spectroscopy to check quality of 2D suspension, atomic force microscopy (AFM) to observe the suspended thickness and height profile, and methods to determine device noise and electronic frequency - to assist in determining the viability of WS2 nanopores as gateways for DNA sequencing.

Nanopores in suspended WS2 membranes for DNA sequencing

Paul Masih Das, Yung-Chien Chou, Jerome Mlack, Carl Naylor, Nestor Perea-Lopez, Zhong Lin, Laura Beth Fulton , Mauricio Terrones, A.T. Charlie Johnson, Marija Drndic
Conference Papers APS March Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2016


Although a substantial amount of research has examined the constructs of warmth and competence, far less has examined how these constructs develop and what benefits may accrue when warmth and competence are cultivated. Yet there are positive consequences, both emotional and behavioral, that are likely to occur when brands hold perceptions of both. In this paper, we shed light on when and how warmth and competence are jointly promoted in brands, and why these reputations matter.

In-vitro cell culture study on Organosilane coated Mg discs

A. Patil, O. Jackson, L. Fulton , C. Sfeir, E. Beniash
Conference Papers European Cells and Materials, Volume 30, Suppl. 3, 2015, Page 84


Degradable Magnesium (Mg) and its alloys have a great potential as a material for resorbable implantable devices. Mg and its alloys have several advantages such as biocompatibility and their mechanical properties closely match to natural bone. However, rapid corrosion of Mg is hindering its use in clinical setting. One potential solution is to develop the coatings for highly corroding Mg surfaces. We used Organosilane (OS) coating to control the corrosion rate of Mg. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that OS multilayer selfassembled coating was cytocompatible and the surface modification of the coating will lead to higher rate of cells proliferation and decreased cells death.

Enamel Bond for Application in Dental Practice. US 20150209241

Laura Beth Fulton
Patent Filed: January 24, 2016 | Received: May 3, 2016. Also published as: US 9326919 B2.


This patent application is for Enamel Bond, a chemical solution for creating tooth enamel that successfully bonds to the dentin layer and provides both structure and composition of true, natural enamel.

Best Poster Award: International Conference on Thermoelectrics. Poster "Numerically Resolved Radiation View Factors for Single and Multi-Junction Thermoelectric Devices"

Laura Beth Fulton, Justin Ying, Corey Clifford, Matthew Barry
Conference Presentation International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT), Aug. 2017

Plenary Presenter at Harvard on project "Fabrication of Novel Nanomaterial Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) Nanopores for Solid-State DNA Sequencing"

Laura Beth Fulton
Conference Presentation Harvard's National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), Jan. 2016

University of Pittsburgh Science 2016 Conference. Poster: "Improvement of Rosetta Biocomputing Software for Canonical Antibody CDR Loop Prediction"

Laura Beth Fulton Jeliazko Jeliazkov, Jeffery Gray
Conference Presentation University of Pittsburgh Science Confernece, Oct. 2016

University of Pittsburgh BioEngineering Research Fair. Project "Analysis of Organosilane Coated Biodegradable Magnesium; Improving Corrosion Resistance for Implant Application"

Laura Beth Fulton Avinash Patil, Elia Beniash
Conference Presentation University of Pittsburgh BioE Day, Feb. 2015

Honors Research Fair Presenter. Project "Surface Modification of Biodegradable Magnesium by Organosilane Coating"

Laura Beth Fulton Avinash Patil, Elia Beniash
Conference Presentation University of Pittsburgh Honors College, Jan. 2015

Currrent Initiatives

  • Present Summer 2018

    IEEE Silicon Valley Chapter

    Chapter Member and Women in Engineering Young Professional affinity group member. Volunteer at the 2018 Women in Engineerin (WIE) Leadership Conference in San Jose, CA. Planning to continue volunteering in community with IEEE and participating in efforts to encourage children to experiment with STEM.

  • Present Summer 2018

    Advocate for several SF Bay Area STEM, Diversity Groups

    Promoting diversity in technology with local groups: National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), Code2040, LeanIn, Girl Scouts


  • 2018 2015

    She Innovates

    Co-founded and co-chaired Pitt's first hackathon for women. Female students studying Computer Science, Engineering, and Business gather at the University of Pittsburgh to form teams, develop through code, and pitch their ideas.

    She Innovates encourages the participation of all female Pitt students and the event prides itself on providing a safe place for women to come together to learn, grow, hack, and empower each other. She Innovates features: team formation, collaborative programming, mentorship, keynote speakers, talks about business and tech, food, swag, and prizes.

  • 2018 2016

    Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority

    As a member, takes part in philanthropy and community service events during the semester, gave time to support our national and community organizations.

    Outreach events included:

      STEM Outreach to High School and Middle School girls

      Phi Rho Your Boat: involving students in engineering cardboard boat races to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

      Pitt Make a Difference Day and Martin Luther King Day of Service: cleaning up and volunteering in the greater Pittsburgh community

      Pitt Dance Marathon: participating in a dance marathon to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

      Light the Night Walk and Relay for Life

  • 2018 2017

    Past Year STEM Community Outreach

    Outreach events included:

      Microsoft Women in Hardware Middle School Outreach Event: helped host a day event at Microsoft for 30 middle school girls introducing them to the thinking mindset of mechanical and electrical design through hands-on activities and panel discussion. - July 2017 -

      Teen Tech Day 2017 "Hello Tech World" Workshop: presented to over 300 High School females as part of the AAUW Stockton University, NJ event. Shared information about my journey in tech beginning with science fair research and internships. Informed students of local and national opportunities and encouraged girls to explore STEM careers and discussed with the girls how STEM can be exciting and relevant. - May 2017 -

      Ocean City High School, NJ Science Students: visited a local high school to share what I've learned about finding success in tech; discussed opportunities and career paths. - May 2017 -

  • 2017 2016

    Microsoft Intern Ambassador

    In summer of 2016, I was *the* only Microsoft intern from the University of Pittsburgh. As an Intern Ambassador, my goal is to expose students majoring in computer science and engineering to technical opportunities including: internships and jobs, competitions, and learning resources. This fall, I partnered with Pitt IEEE to host a Skyping Q&A event with a Microsoft Senior Sofware Engineering Manager and I presented my internship experience and advice to engineering students as part of a Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle (engineering greek-life) organized 'Day in the Life' event.

  • 2016 2015

    Google Student Ambassador

    Hosted fun Google event on-campus and promoted Google products through workshops. Partnered with Google Pittsburgh, Pitt IEEE, Pitt CS Club, Colleges Against Cancer, and the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering. Select events include: Spread Android Love Android App Building Workshop and Lunch, Arduino-Innovation event, Pitt Apps mini-hackathon, sGoogle at Pitt's Colleges Against Cancer Volleyball-a-thon. Demonstrated leadership and collaboation to plan and orchestrate events. Strengthened Google's presence on-campus and student engagement in hacking culture.

  • 2015 2014

    Microsoft YouthSpark Ambassador

    As 1 of 5 Global Winners of Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change, I received funding to implement "Science for Success" in Pittsburgh. I visited groups of younger girls and conducted science experiments with them. Presented Science for Success at the Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center’s Engineer the Future Day. The Science for Success booth featured a “STEM Connection,” providing children with information about STEM opportunities in the Pittsburgh area and nationally. My engineering team and I answered questions regarding: what it is like to study engineering, occupations of engineers in our field, and how we became interested in science.

  • 2014 2011

    Girl Scout Gold Award

    With my Gold Award project, "Science for Success," I created a film interviewing twenty notable female scientists to introduce interesting ways for young girls to enjoy and explore science careers. Visiting groups of younger girls, I do experiments with them to increase their confidence, helping them to overcome gender stereotypes and cultural biases which might affect their performance in science.

  • Summer 2014

    Building a school kitchen in Mondaña, Ecuador

    As a winner of the Microsoft Global YouthSpark Challenge for Change, worked as a team member to build a kitchen for the school in Mondaña, Ecuador. The school kitchen will help children receive a full, nutritious lunch. Our team worked for two weeks to fence, dig, clear, and prepare the building site for the kitchen

  • Summer 2013

    Girl Scouts of the USA Outward Bound Costa Rica

    With Girl Scouts of the USA, traveled to Costa Rica working in an indigenous Talamancan village repairing a health clinic, painting murals, and teaching English. Explored the deep rainforests with fellow Scouts, learning the importance of protecting Costa Rica’s ecosystems as we prepared a turtle hatchery along the coast.

  • Summer 2012

    Red Bird Missions

    Traveled with my church to Red Bird Missions in Kentucky. Installed new roofing on a home for elderly people in need. Was hands-on with spackling, painting, power tools, and created and hung door from a window in the Mission showerhouse.

  • 2014 2002

    Selected Community Volunteerism

    Girl Scouting: volunteered in community for clean-ups and service events; served as G.S. Silver/Gold Award committee member; assisted younger Scouts.

    Vacation Bible School Science Teacher: incorporated science lessons into the Vacation Bible School curriculum at my church. Taught over 130 children; shared science experiments and connected science phenomena to Bible lessons.

    Atlantic City Rescue Mission: donations of clothing and time visiting serving food with church.

    Party Princess Founder: dressed as characters and conducted parties by face painting, balloon sculpting, and leading songs and games. Donated proceeds to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children.