Currently I am a PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at UNC & NC State. I study the energetic cost of walking and how that changes as we age. Using experimental design and computer simulations, I explore muscle metabolic cost requirements in young and older adults and how to make walking easier. In the future, I would love to design & develop software programs and integrations to empower people to meet their physical activity goals. 

Coding Skills









Technical Skills

Musculoskeletal Modeling


Machine Learning


Adobe Illustrator


Cloud Computing


Work Experience

Data Scientist

Vetta Solutions Inc.

Pre-seed Startup Company

07/2021 - 09/2023

I collected and analyzed wearable sensor datasets to inform device strategy to estimate limb forces during walking. I determined the optimal number and location of wearable sensors to estimate lower limb forces, finding that just 1 sensor at the waist yielded the most accurate force estimates! In addition, I created SQL databases and developed ETL algorithms to standardize raw movement data, assessed input data quality and output model performance by visualizing force estimates, built neural network regression models to estimate force vectors from accelerometers, and deployed machine learning models for real-time visual biofeedback to prompt gait changes. Finally, I wrote, prepared, and submitted a small business technology transfer research (STTR) grant for the National Institutes of Health.

Graduate Research Engineer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Applied Biomechanics Laboratory

08/2019 - 05/2023

I study the energy cost of walking and how it changes as people age. I use a combination of experimental design and musculoskeletal modelling to explore how structure and function affect the metabolic cost of walking. I conduct my research with the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory & Motion Science Institute.
My Projects Include: walking biofeedback, assessing metabolic cost of walking when modifying propulsive force, musculoskeletal modeling in OpenSim, and estimating the vertical ground reaction force of walking using wearable sensors

Clinical Research Coordinator

Children's Hospital Colorado

Center for Gait and Movement Analysis

07/2016 - 07/2019

As a research coordinator at the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis,  I managed various research and quality improvement projects to measure walking patterns using motion capture, kinetics, electromyography, pressure mats, and wearable sensors (inertial measurement units). 
I assisted with onboarding and operations  practices for the Musculoskeletal Research Center. I also drafted 2 successful grant applications and developed custom MATLAB code for biomechanical data processing, visualization, and reporting (see Impressions & WAAAG).

Graduate Service Assistant

Colorado State University

Adult Fitness Program

08/2014- 05/2016

As a graduate service assistant, I helped lead a community outreach and student learning exercise program, called Adult Fitness.  I assisted the Director in operations for coordinating daily sessions, overseeing student participation, and attending to member's needs. 
I also gained valuable teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant, leading courses in: Adult Fitness Practicum, Exercise Physiology Lab, Exercise Instrumentation Lab. 



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina State University

Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

09/2019 - 05/2023

Dissertation: An Energy Audit of Human Gait: Experimental & computational assessment of how structure & function shape walking economy

Courses of Interest:  Design Thinking, Nonprofit Management, Machine Learning, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence Ethics in Healthcare, among many others!

Completed Certificates: Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals, Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good

Master of Science

Colorado State University

Department of Health & Exercise Science

08/2014- 05/2016

Thesis: Lower Extremity Asymmetries and their Correlations to Disability in Multiple Sclerosis 

Courses of Interest: Exercise Physiology, Engineering Statics & Dynamics, Bioenergetics, Human Biomechanics

Bachelor of Science

Colorado State University

Department of Health & Exercise Science

08/2009- 12/2013

I completed my BS in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. I also received 2 minors in Biomedical Sciences and Spanish. I was fortunate to participate in a study abroad experience during the summer of 2012 in Cusco, Peru. 

During my undergraduate time, I was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including: Key Service Community, Cycling Club, Resonant Ramblings a capella group, and as a Residential Assistant.