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:

  1. She grew up on three continents and studied at ten schools before joining Illinois.
  2. She is passionate about K-12 STEM education and promoting women in STEM.
  3. 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)

Still in Motion...
Three cities, three conferences: San Antonio, Boston, Oahu (1/23/2015)
My take on non-technical conferences (1/27/2016)



Contact Info

Graduate Programs Office
166 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-3416
mechse-gradatillinois [dot] edu

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