Yosemite Valley, CA  |  September 2014  |  Photography by Fidel Hernandez

Research scientist and engineer

Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and I study mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Using a novel head impact measurement device, I am investigating the mechanism of mTBI and am designing protective headgear to reduce the risk of injury.


Previously, I earned MS and BS degrees at Stanford in Mechanical Engineering. I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Ford Predoctoral Fellow, Stanford Bio-X Graduate Fellow, Stanford School of Engineering Fellow, and Sloan Scholar. I enjoy sharing my work at scientific conferences and frequently connect with undergraduate and K-12 students through science outreach. Aside from university research, I have industry engineering experience from work with Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2009 and 2011, and Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development in 2010.


Born in Miami, FL and son of Cuban immigrants, I'm an avid Latin dancer. When I'm not in lab or on the dance floor, I spend my time pursuing my interests in graphic design, SCUBA diving, travel, movies, and music.


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Diagnosing and preventing brain injury

Brain injury is an important health problem, affecting many through vehicle collisions, violence, sports, recreation, and falls. Over 75% of reported injuries are classified as mild (e.g. concussion) and have been linked to long-term loss of brain function and depression. Mild brain injuries are often hard to detect and little is understood about what causes them. I study head impact biomechanics and am developing new ways of diagnosing and preventing mild brain injuries using novel instrumented mouthguards, high speed video, and computational simulations.


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SCIENCE

ACADEMICS

Stanford University, CA  |  Credit: Anirudh Rao / Flikr

Education, awards, and honors

EDUCATION

Stanford University  |  Palo Alto, CA

B.S. Mechanical Engineering with Distinction and Tau Beta Pi Honors, June 2011

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, June 2013

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, June 2016 (Expected)


FUNDING AWARDS

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow

Stanford Bio-X Honorary Fellow  |  LINK TO AWARD BIO

Stanford School of Engineering Graduate Fellow

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation PhD Scholar

Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Stanford Mechanical Engineering Department


HONORS

SHPE STAR Award, Graduate Student Role Model  |  LINK TO AWARD BIO  |  LINK TO AWARD PRESS RELEASE

Great Minds in STEM/HENAAC Graduate Student Leadership Award  |  LINK TO AWARD BIO  |  SILICON BAYOU NEWS

Boeing Scholar Award

Tau Beta Pi Honors Society


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Nantucket Island, MA  |  July 2014  |  Photography by: Fidel Hernandez

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