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Hello! Welcome to my (abbreviated) portfolio. I am currently a PhD candidate at MIT in the department of mechanical engineering working on reactive metal power systems for ad hoc emergency electricity and desalination. My research generally focuses on how to make life better and more sustainable in the anthropocene. I am also a pianist, arranger, and composer based in Cambridge, MA and love to collaborate on all things science, art, and music! Feel free to reach out.


Research

See my CV for detailed info and list of publications.

I began my academic career as a roboticist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where I worked on many things, including new software architecture for reconfigurable robotic systems, the Mars Sample Return Program, Mars 2020, and aluminum-powered Europa landers. I also helped drive this thing around.

Now at MIT, my research focuses on solving the problems that are caused by and contribute to climate change. I've actually been thinking about these problems since I was in high school, when I worked on carbon sequestration at Rutgers University. My latest project extracts energy from aluminum debris to power emergency desalination and electricity generation. My work also digs into the thermodynamics and materials science of using aluminum-water reactions to convert recycled aluminum into hydrogen. Please find my recent paper on this here.

My work is currently supported by a J-WAFS Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellowship for Water Solutions (press release), a Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability, and the Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship.

Teaching

I co-teach 2.013/2.014 (Engineering Systems Design and Developement) at MIT with Prof. Doug Hart. 2.013/2.014 is a two-semester capstone design class for both undergrads and grad students in mechanical engineering. When I took the class in 2014-2015, we built a 3 kW hydrogen fuel cell power system that runs on recycled aluminum. Since I began teaching it, our students have built autonomous ship cleaning robots, tools for measuring soil nutrients and soil compaction, and an aluminum-powered BMW i3 to name a small few. Currently, students are developing a carbon-neutral cooling system to be integrated onto MIT's campus and an autonomous ocean platform capable of mapping the Earth's ionosphere to improve GPS accuracy.

Music

I recently wrote a big piece for MIT's festival jazz ensemble and gospel choir. In January 2019, I traveled with this same group to Puerto Rico with Miguel Zenon to share and learn about music and science on the island (video). Also check out my SoundCloud and YouTube channel for some of my past projects. For my other music happenings, follow me on the gram.

Art

I also design and build random things that look and sound cool:
- custom furniture
- giant metal sculptures
- sound installations
- midi-mechanical looper (converts midi to DXF files for gears)
- trash instruments
- electro-acoustic synthesizer