I received my B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, (Go Hokies!) and my M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley. I have always been interested in robotics, and before working on bio-inspired robots at Berkeley, I worked on more traditional robotics at VT.
I think robotics are a great way to get kids interested in science and engineering, and work with several groups to show kids the cool robotics research that is going on at Berkeley and elsewhere. As part of the EEGSA Outreach Program, Sam Burden and I developed a robotics module that we have successfully presented in multiple classrooms, ranging from grade school through high school. I have also presented my robots at outreach events for both the Exploratorium and Cal Academy of Sciences.
In my spare time, I try and spend as much time as possible outdoors: I enjoy running, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. I love cooking, and have been a member of the apprentice program at Berkeley's Kitchen On Fire cooking school for 2 years. I also enjoy traveling, and have a long list of places around the world that I want to visit.