Bio


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. My research interests include aircraft conceptual design, multi-disciplinary design optimization, multi-fidelity optimization and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop of new strategies for vehicular optimization. These modes of transportation include commercial transport aircraft, supersonic aircraft, and urban on-demand electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.

In addition to these endeavors, I dedicate time towards addressing socio-economic issues, particularly within academia. Presently, I work on developing STEM curriculum for underrepresented minorities as well as drafting new, synergistic approaches to introducing technology into society. I serve as the president of the Black Engineering Graduate Student Association, a student run organization whose mission is to build a sense of community among and facilitate the professional development and academic success of the black engineering community.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In undergrad, my involvement in extracurricular activities nurtured an ability to share information and contribute to decision-making. Outside coursework, I participated in global collaborative competitions geared towards proposing innovative solutions for future transportation. I also led humanitarian missions to Kenya, El Salvador and Haiti with Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit organization that partners with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life. These partnerships involved the implementation of sustainable engineering projects such as power, communal infrastructure and access to drinking water.

I am a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Following graduate school, I plan to pursue a career in industry focused on research and development of revolutionary air and spacecraft technology. My future aspirations also include teaching and inspiring minority students in STEM.

Honors & Awards


  • Stanford University Graduate Engineering Fellowship, Stanford University (April, 2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Fellowship, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (April, 2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Scholarship, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (June 2015)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation Scholarship, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (May 2015)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2012 - Present)
  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Chapter President, Engineers Without Borders (2012 - 2016)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Humanitarian Volunteer in Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders (2013)

    Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a non-profit organization established to partner with developing municipalities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. I have worked with communities across the continents of Africa, South America and Central America to implement sustainable engineering projects while fostering a sense of global awareness and service among engineering students.

    Location

    Kenya

  • Humanitarian Volunteer in El Salvador with Engineers Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders (2015)

    Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a non-profit organization established to partner with developing municipalities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. I have worked with communities across the continents of Africa, South America and Central America to implement sustainable engineering projects while fostering a sense of global awareness and service among engineering students.

    Location

    El Salvador

  • Humanitarian Volunteer in Haiti, Howard University (2016)

    Location

    Haiti