I graduated from Northeastern University with a major in Physics and minor in
Mathematics. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts
University under the guidance of Professor Jason Rife. My academic interests are
very broad, ranging from superconductors to self-driving cars to muscular systems.
My main motivation for being a Mechanical Engineer is to improve quality of life
through increased efficiency. For example, perfecting a self-driven car frees up
countless man-hours to perform more important tasks. My personal interests are
equally as varied. I like reading books (I can't wait for the next installment
of the Game of Thrones series); I will play just about any sport or game, including
video games; and I like a broad range of music.
I am working on a project with Professor Eric Tytell (Biology) to study the
muscle responses of lampreys. We will be simulating length changes in lamprey
muscle via sinusoidal input. We will then electrically stimulate the muscle at
varying phases of the sinusoid. The average amount of work performed during a
single period of lengthening and shortening is a key factor in the experiments.
We hope to see a change in the work performed during a cycle when we stimulate
the muscle at different phases of contraction and extension. We will begin by
performing the tests on an isolated muscle preparation which will be dissected
out of the lamprey. Eventually, we hope to perform similar tests on different
sections of muscle in a live lamprey.
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