Dr. Dusek joined Olin in 2017 from Harvard where he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences under faculty supervisor Professor Radhika Nagpal developing miniature underwater vehicles for marine swarm applications. Prior to joining Harvard, he held several teaching and research roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology’s Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM). Dr. Dusek received his Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from MIT and a B.S. from Florida Atlantic University in Ocean Engineering as well.
Dr. Daniela Faas is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and the director of design and fabriation operations at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Prior to joining Olin College, Dr. Faas was the senior preceptor in design instruction at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University. Dr. Faas was a Shapiro postdoctoral fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT after receiving her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. Dr. Faas graduated from Bucknell University with her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and joint B.S./B.A. in Mechanical Engineering and International Relations. Dr. Faas is currently a research affiliate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research focuses on developing low cost immersive Virtual Reality applications for products and systems, early stage design process and methodology and engineering education.
Research interests: virtual reality (VR) applications in mechanical design, design methodology and engineering education.
Ms. Robyn Goodner is the Instructor of Design and Fabrication at Olin College of Engineering. Her specialties include fabrication techniques, mechanical design, and improving accessibility of shop spaces. She holds a Masters in Music, Vocal Performance, from Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University.
Alisha Sarang-Sieminski is an Assistant Professor of bioengineering at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Her interests include how using low-tech, human centered design to cocreate adaptive design solutions and and how people respond to and influence the schemas and power dynamics in their surroundings.
Dr. Wood is a distinguished researcher in the fields of both water and sanitation, as well as sustainability solutions, through interdisciplinary approaches. Since joining the Olin College faculty she has also dived into the field of engineering education with an emphasis on integration of arts, humanities, and STEM. Her love of learning was first fostered by an unusual elementary school education that was deeply interdisciplinary with a substantial arts curriculum. After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature, she worked professionally in theater and wrote and recorded two musical albums. She then returned to school to study engineering, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University in 2011. While completing her degree at Rutgers, she wrote and arranged the music and lyrics for a stage musical in collaboration with a Los Angeles based playwright. Dr. Wood went on to earn a Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Her love of teaching has grown through fifteen years of private tutoring, three years of teaching summer drama classes to teenagers, and her years as a teaching assistant at UT Austin. She has published research papers in incentivizing decentralized sanitation and wastewater treatment, sustainability analysis of coastal community water and sanitation service options, and automated data acquisition for integrating multiple datasets using GIS applications proceedings.
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