I enjoy dissecting complex problems and coming up with solutions. My focus includes scientific method, finding insights through empathy, unpacking assumptions, critical thinking, interaction design, UI design, and visual design.
I am currently part of first cohort of the Master in Design Engineering (MDE) program at Harvard University. The MDE is a collaborative program between the Harvard School of Design and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I graduated from Yale University where I received a B.A. in Architecture with a focus on Design in May 2014. After getting my bachelors, I served as a Design Fellow at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. I am most happy when I flex my creativity muscle and create things. My creative pursuits so far include fine arts, graphic design, architectural design, and photography.
Rui Nia, Mark H. Michalski, Elliott Brown, Ngoc Doan, Joseph Zinter, Nicholas T. Ouellette, Gordon M. Shepherd. Optimal directional volatile transport in retronasal olfaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2015.
Charting Flavor's Favored Flow
Study shows that the sweetness of a peppermint candy can be experienced with the nose pinched shut, but flavor is detectable only when the pinch is released and volatiles in the candy are exhaled back into the nose where smell receptors exist.
Bringing a Literary Train to Life with a 3D Printer
Worked with a Yale assistant professor of French, Morgane Cadieu and her students to produce a 3D printed model of a 19th-century French train, based solely on Zola’s detailed descriptions of trains in his novel “La Bête Humaine .” I live-modeled the train using Rhinoceros while passages from the novels were translated into literary English.
The Sweetest Engineering? Chocolate
Chocolate making is as much of an involved process for engineers as it is for chefs.
How do you say your name?
Noc, like knock-knock.
Do you freelance?
Absolutely! Will take food as payment.
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