A problem-solving scientist that develops
technology and tools to improve human health

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I lead and direct research on zero and low-carbon heat and power generation technologies ​as a principal investigator at Berkeley Lab. By fostering teamwork and creating productive environments, my team and I advance scientific knowledge, while bringing our technologies and projects to success.

 

My current projects include:

  • leveraging machine learning to identify bio-derived molecules that can improve air quality and public health;

  • developing novel technologies for CO2 free hydrogen production (Turquoise Hydrogen); and

  • advancing heat and power technologies for the industrial and developing world such as, wood heaters, cookstoves, and a zero-electricity warmer for preventing neonatal hypothermia.


In addition to advancing science and technology, I serve as Deputy for the Building and Industrial Applications Department and as a Laboratory Relationship Manager to the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office.

My previous experience includes designing/conducting experiments to support residential appliance and energy standards, investigating novel combustion techniques for improving efficiency and reducing emissions of internal combustion engines, and characterizing performance of biofuels. Prior to Berkeley Lab, I conducted thermal and stress analysis in industry using finite element methods on primary flight control actuators for the Boeing 787 and other commercial aircraft.

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Education

2011

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

2005

Univeristy of Utah

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

2003

Univeristy of Utah

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude

Outreach and Service

ETHOS Conference

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Promotes and supports advancement of clean biomass cookstoves through the Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service (ETHOS) Conference

Western States Section of the Combustion Institute

SECRETARY/BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Support and organize activities related to the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute (WSSCI)

Women Scientists & Engineers Council

DIVISION LIASON

Promote diversity and inclusion and serve as point of contact to the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at Berkeley Lab

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REVIEWER

Lend technical expertise and experience by providing guidance for selecting potential award recipients