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About Me

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My areas of research include My research areas of interest include robotics, controls signal processing, and engineering education.

I have previously worked as a systems engineer in the Systems and Software group in the Fight Control Systems Department at Rockwell Collins. I completed a master of science degree in electrical engineering at Iowa State University during my eight years at Rockwell Collins and my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a mathematics minor from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Current work

Implemenation and assessment of affordable and portable laboratory equipment for control systems education.

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My research interests are controls, signal processing, and engineering education. Specfi c areas of controls and signal processing
research include the design and modeling of intelligent controls, Kalman filters, and automation. Engineering education research includes curriculum and laboratory development of these concepts.

My current research project is developing an affordable and portable laboratory kit for controls and signal processing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

My research interests include…


  • American Society for Engineering Education - UIUC Student Chapter

    6/2014 - Present President

  • ABET

    3/2012 - Present IEEE Program Evaluator for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology programs and Systems Engineering Technology programs

  • Society of Women Engineers

    10/2012 - Present Curriculum Committee Member

  • Society of Women Engineers - Region H

    7/2013 - Present Communications Committee

  • Society of Women Engineers - UIUC Section

    8/2013 - Present GradSWE at Illinois Committee Member

  • Society of Women Engineers - East Central Iowa Section

    6/2011 - 6/2013 Section Representative

  • Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta

    3/2010 - 3/2013 E-Media Chair


  • Introduction of Portable Laboratory Kits into the General Engineering Introduction to Control Systems Course

    2014 - 2015 $23,600 (USD), Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Honorable Mention

    2014 National Science Foundation

  • New Faces of Engineering 2013

    2013 Society of Women Engineers

  • Cum Laude Honors

    2005 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu