I believe that anyone can learn to code and am an advocate for women in engineering. 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. I founded Tinkerbelle Labs focused on designing affordable healthcare, do it yourself robotics, and interactive projects.
I was born in Flint, Michigan and at the age of five moved to the Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon area where I spent my childhood. I am Asian-American and grew up in a Mandarin speaking household. My family is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
I went to Mountain View High School, where I was on the dance/pep rally, science, math, and tennis teams and was an honor society officer for several years. My first job was as a tutor for a live local cable television show called Homework Helpline solving math problems for K-12 students and designing fun science experiments. I also spent four years volunteering at Southwest Medical Hospital where my interests in health care began. I graduated in 2000.
I then went to Santa Clara University in California where I was actively involved in many leadership and volunteer activities as well as the multicultural student associations. I graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
During 2004, I worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems working on the space based infrared project (SBIRS).
Now I’m living in Baltimore and working on a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. During the summer of 2007, I interned with the computer vision group at General Electric Research in Niskayuna, NY.
I spent six months in Palo Alto doing research at Stanford University in 2008.