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Scientific Collaborator (Postdoc) 2017-2018
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
Developed soft robotic actuators for wearable applications

Graduate Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation 2014- 2017
NSF GRFP, see news release,

Finalist for the Best Systems Paper in Memory of Seth Teller 
Robotics: Science & Systems 2017

Recipient of the 2015 Prize for Contributions to Soft Robotics Research
Soft Robotics Toolkit, Harvard

PhD, MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan 2013 – 2017
with Professor C. David Remy (RAMlab) 
Developed unique, inductance-based sensing system for soft robotics
Developed “body-in-the-loop” methods for the online optimization of wearable robotic devices

Part-time Instructor of Product Design Winter 2017
Eastern Michigan University,  Concurrent with PhD
Sole instructor of undergraduate course in creative concept development for product design

Founding Member and Head of Product Development at Owlet Baby Monitors  August 2012 – May 2013
Led team to develop wireless “smart-sock” to monitor pulse and blood oxygen levels in infants

BYU Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) 2013
1st Place and Crowd Favorite


Student Innovator of the Year Competition, November 8,2012 Jaren Wilkey/BYU© BYU PHOTO 2012 All Rights Reservedphoto@byu.edu (801)422-7322

Crocker Innovation Fellowship 2012
A year-long program to train entrepreneurship and cross-disciplinary innovation (learn more)

Winner international innovation challenge for Oxford Instruments Feb 2013
Proposed the use of Terahertz imaging for quality control of thin partially conductive materials used in electrochemical cells

Research Intern at National Renewable Energy Lab  Summer 2012
Investigated the effects of manufacturing flaws on life and performance of PEM fuel cells. See poster and ECS conference presentation.
Initiated research into contact-less defect detection method. See paper.

Intern at iRobot (now Endeavor Robotics) with the SUGV 320 team Summer 2011
Designed and Programmed fixture to automate a previously tedious testing process Investigated clutch behavior in actuators and successfully designed and tested unique design options

Developed Posterbot 2007
An award winning Robot with help from iRobot Corporation and Instructables.com

Won the 2007 National Technology Bowl, Technology Student Association (TSA)