Ritu's Mechanics of Motion

From 2013 to 2017, Ritu was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD candidate 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 in 2012 with a BS in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering, and received her MS in 2013 and her PhD in 2017, both in mechanical engineering, from Illinois.

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 go for morning runs and document her adventures on Instagram!

Ritu enjoys blogging for MechSE while she's "in motion" at conferences, retreats, outreach events, 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)
ThinkChicago | Lollapalooza (8/31/2016)
Urbana-Champaign to Kenya (9/7/2016)
Urbana-Champaign to Cambridge (2/15/2017)