Ritu's Mechanics of Motion

Ritu is 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 mechanical engineering in 2013 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)




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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