About Me

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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics and multidisciplinary design optimization, with a particular focus on problems involving complex, nonlinear structures and aeroelasticity. I am especially interested in developing novel algorithms that leverage high-fidelity computational models and numerical optimization methods for the design of complex engineering systems. Some of my major research projects include aerostructural optimization of aircraft wings, and design optimization of resilient structures while accounting for material damage and viscoelastic creep effects. In addition to my research, I have a keen interest in teaching, and have taught courses on the theory of elasticity, mechanics of aerospace structures, finite element analysis, and design optimization.

Beyond my technical interests, I am also passionate about increasing diversity in the STEM fields, through outreach to economically disadvantaged students, women, and underrepresented minorities.  Throughout my graduate and postdoctoral studies, I volunteered with, and served on the executive boards of several organizations devoted to increasing the presence of people from historically underrepresented groups in engineering.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching documentaries, playing volleyball, and traveling.

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