I am a mechanical engineer specializing in consumer product design, human factors, and the full product cycle. My curriculum vitae can be found here.

Originally from Bridgewater, NJ, I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Aside from the coursework, I played on the women's rugby team, acted in and choreographed theatrical productions, and helped build several temporary architectural installations in dorm lounges and courtyards.

I stayed in the Boston area for two years, designing 3D printers at Z Corporation. That gave me a great engineering foundation, including sheet metal design, plastics design, tolerance analysis, and vendor relations. I thoroughly enjoy the technical side of mechanical engineering, but I found something missing in the design of large, precision machines. Since my move to Brooklyn in 2009, I have done both freelance and full-time engineering in the consumer product industry. I've been the sole full-time engineer at two firms: a product design start-up (www.quirky.com) and an established soft-goods company looking to branch out into hard-goods products (MindsInSync). While working with the challenges specific to high-volume and foreign manufacturing, these experiences have honed my CAD and materials selection skills. I also got to combine my more technical passions and proclivity for consumer product design as the mechanical lead for MakerBot's Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. I've also had a number of freelance consumer product design jobs along the way. Product design appeals to me because I enjoy working on products that will make people happy when they use them.

There've been some detours from product design, too - I believe in taking interesting opportunities when they present themselves. I don't think any knowledge gained is wasted, and I always appreciate a new challenge. At Quixotic Systems, I learned about solar technology, studied plumbing schematics, managed a work crew, wrote client proposals, created brochures, and managed a website. When MindsInSync decided not to pursue an expanded hard-goods line, I joined the Quality and Compliance department and educated myself in textiles and color science. I had the opportunity to do more specification and process design and learned about managing quality in concert with overseas vendors.

In 2014, I co-founded Dame Products with Alexandra Fine. This portfolio has not been updated to reflect that yet.