For my undergraduate studies, I received a scholarship to go to Iowa State University. I was born in Iowa and lived there my entire childhood. While attending Iowa State I worked at John Deere in the summer and I worked in a research group on a project for NASA. From these experiences I became interested in doing research on how to build new machines that people had not been able to engineer before. At the time I graduated from Iowa State, I was not interested in nanotechnology, as it was not as well known then as it is today.
After I graduated, I applied to, and was accepted at, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where I received a Master's of Science degree and then a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I am now an Associate Professor and faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
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