My current research interests are focused around characterizing and modeling the mechanical behavior of structural biological composites. I draw inspiration from the many structures in nature that outperform even the most cutting-edge synthetic materials. I believe that by studying the relationship between architecture and mechanical properties in these materials, we will be able to push new frontiers in mechanical/structural engineering.
Brown University, Ph. D. in Solid Mechanics
Brown University, Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Brown University, Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
A Millimeter Scale Flexural Testing System for Measuring the Mechanical Properties of Marine Sponge Spicules, Journal of Visualized Experiments
Enhanced bending failure strain in biological glass fibers due to internal lamellar architecture, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
A new structure-property connection in the skeletal elements of the marine sponge Tethya aurantia that guards against buckling instability, Scientific Reports
New functional insights into the internal architecture of the laminated anchor spicules of Euplectella aspergillum, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences