Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
I am an engineering entrepreneur, roboticist, and executive. I am on the board of, advising, and/or investing in several companies ranging from AI, healthcare, and diversity. I co-founded and am a Board Member of drive.ai, an artificial intelligence self-driving vehicle startup, as well as cofounded Tinkerbelle Labs, to engage people to think about problems and build healthcare products on a global scale.
I fell in love with robotics and AI over 15 years ago. I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I was researching strategies for improving human and robotic interaction and was the youngest member on the IEEE Robotics and automation board. From 2004-2011, I did my graduate academic research and was an instructor of two intersession courses at Johns Hopkins University. I have eight technical patents, and am the author of more than a dozen papers published in various scientific conference proceedings, refereed journals and conferences. Please visit my research page to learn more about the robotics projects I’ve worked on.
My interests are in building products – my experience is in a variety of highly regulated applications such as space, underwater and medical. I worked on product for the da Vinci system at Intuitive Surgical, and as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and GE. Most recently in 2015, I cofounded and was President of a self-driving car startup drive.ai. I led company strategy and raised over $77M, building partnerships with Lyft, Grab, governments and automotive companies.
Alongside my engineering career, I have been an active leader in the robotics and maker community. I am also very involved in being a voice for diversity and those underrepresented in tech. I previously served on the boards of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, JHU Engineering Diversity Council, and Santa Clara University’s Computer Engineering Board to name a few. I am also a brand ambassador for Guerlain Cosmetics.
For my work, I have been on the cover of MAKE magazine; been named one of Forbes 25 top women in AI, Inc Magazine’s Most Innovative Female Founders; been profiled in Harpers Bazaar, Wired and other media outlets. I have been a keynote speaker at many conferences including two Tedx talks. For the full list of media coverage and my awards and service.
I enjoy reading, traveling to experience different cultures, running half marathons, and dance related activities. Robots, I love robots. For more about my background.
-Computer Science Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University specializing in robotics and computer vision (ABD).
-Computer Science M.S. thesis degree specializing in haptics for surgical robotics.
-Computer Engineering B.S. degree was at Santa Clara University researching underwater robotics.