My road in life took a while to figure out.
In high school, she felt pulled in several different directions: she loved sports, art, design, math, and science.
To try to cover as many of her interests as possible—especially in math and design—she decided to major in engineering.
After college, she thought she wanted to go into product design, and she was lucky enough to get a few internships in the field.
However, once she was working in product design, she realized she didn’t like it, and that terrified her; for a moment, she thought she’d taken the wrong path.
Instead of panicking, she decided to follow the threads of the things she liked back to the beginning and start down a new path; she decided to go back to graduate school.
She went back to Stanford University for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering; while there, she realized she loved teaching.
She continued on to get her Ph.D. so that she could become a professor; she now teaches engineering and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Known as the “Queen of Haptics,” she studies and teaches the science of touch; in 2010, Popular Science named her one of its 10 most innovative minds in science and engineering.
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