I became interested in mechanical systems and physics early on. While attending high school, I had pulled apart an automobile carburetor from my dad's car. In those days, the automobile used a carburetor to mix gasoline and air for the engine. Although I was not successful in putting the pieces of the carburetor back together, I was fascinated by the complexity of the parts in the carburetor and wondered how people could design and make things that were so intricate.
Now as an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I do research on building intricate, small-scale machines out of atoms and molecules. This work requires an understanding of mechanical engineering and the physics that govern behavior at the molecular scale.
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