Ritu's Mechanics of Motion
Ritu is a second-year PhD student in mechanical engineering, working in the labs of Professors Rashid Bashir and Taher Saif. Her research interests are focused on high-resolution 3D bio-printing and soft robotics. Read more about her work here.
She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering in 2012 and received her MS in mechanical engineering from Illinois in 2013.
She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2014-2017) and NSF CMMB IGERT Fellow (2012-2014), and has been a visiting research scholar (funded by NSF) at the National University of Singapore Mechanobiology Institute. Ritu also participated in a brief research exchange at MIT during the summer of 2014.
Fun facts about Ritu:
- She grew up on three continents and studied at ten schools before joining Illinois.
- She is passionate about K-12 STEM education and promoting women in STEM.
- She loves to write children’s books.
Ritu enjoys blogging for MechSE while she's "in motion" at conferences, retreats, and (inter)national research exchanges.
Read Ritu's blog posts:
Singapore Research Exchange
Settling in, week 1 (5/20/2014)
All about the research, week 2 (5/29/2014)
Getting down to business, week 3 (6/5/2014)
Thoughts on biotechnology, week 4 (6/17/2014)
Learning about my learning style, week 5 (6/25/2014)
Tips and tricks for success abroad, week 6 (7/10/2014)
MIT Research Exchange
Taking my own advice at MIT (8/4/2014)