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.
In 2018, I founded a healthcare company and am excited to share details soon. I recently joined the SF symphony as an advisor and creative collaborator.
I co-founded, invested, advise and am a Board Member of drive.ai an artificial intelligence self-driving vehicle startup. As President, I led company strategy and raised over $77M, building partnerships with Lyft, Grab, governments and automotive companies. My interests are in building products – my experience is in a variety of highly regulated applications such as space, underwater and medical. Previously, I worked at Intuitive Surgical, Lockheed Martin and GE.
I believe that anyone can learn to code and am an advocate for underrepresented communities in engineering. In 2013, I built an interactive children’s book about technology through Squishybots . I also successfully funded a crowdsourced growth mindset children’s book called Making A Splash on Kickstarter. I wrote, manufactured, and distributed the book. As a passionate maker/inventor, I founded Tinkerbelle Labs in 2011 focused on designing affordable healthcare, do it yourself robotics, and interactive projects.
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.
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 over 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.
For my work, I have been on the cover of MAKE magazine; been named one of Forbes top women in tech, Quartz’s most influential founders, Inc Magazine’s Most Innovative Female Founders; been profiled in Vogue, 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, dropped out).
-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.