Our Team

We are a group of volunteers with a passion for teaching science and building beautiful things.

For the last few years, our team has run educational events that have enabled thousands of attendees to experience the wonder of creating their own gadgets through science and engineering. Most of our work has been under the umbrella of Yale’s Graduate Society of Women Engineers, and in particular, their Engineering Day K-12 program. We are proud to have channeled our passion for creating, teaching, and civil service to empower the next generation of makers. Through SpinWearables, we hope to reach even more students. All of the proceeds will go to funding the outreach events we run, providing free materials to students and teachers.

If you want to get in touch or have any questions, email mail@spinwearables.com.

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Becky

Molecular Bioengineering

Becky decided to pursue biomedical engineering so she could use her skills in math and science to improve human health. As a graduate student at Yale, however, she has discovered a second passion: teaching engineering skills to the next generation of college students. Having come from a small high school with limited STEM offerings, she recognizes the value of early exposure to hands-on technical projects–not only for building skills but building confidence as well. She is excited to reach even more students through SpinWearables.

Bridget

Computational Microbiology

As a kid, Bridget was always asking “why?” Luckily, her parents put up with her incessant questioning and taught her to love the process of discovering new information. Bridget continues to pursue answers to her questions as a researcher at the University of Michigan, studying the microbes that survive in buildings. Outside of the lab, she shares her love of science and engineering by designing and leading activities that help participants, particularly girls, envision themselves as engineers. Through SpinWearables, she is excited to develop educational kits to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Chris

Neutrino Physics

While a graduate student at Yale, Chris was involved with many outreach activities in Yale’s Pathways to Science program, leading events for hundreds of students. Chris’s research at Yale focused on understanding the nature of the neutrino particle by searching for rare nuclear decays. After finishing his PhD, he now works as a Data Scientist for CarMax, but still remains active in STEM outreach. In his free time, Chris enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling around the world.

Elise

Computational Bioengineering

Elise is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, specifically studying biological system dynamics in cells with a focus on signalling pathways in HIV. In high school, she was encouraged in her scientific journey by mentors and teachers who provided key guideposts for STEM success. She is thankful for the strong STEM outreach community at Yale, who strive to inspire the next generation to pursue STEM.

Emily

Experimental Cosmology

Emily is a PhD student in the Yale Physics Department. She spends most of her time building instruments for radio telescopes, and flying drones to measure these radio telescopes. This is all with the goal of understanding “Dark Energy”, which is this mysterious form of energy in the universe that is causing it to expand in an accelerating way. She also enjoys hiking, playing the flute, taking photos, SWE outreach, and hanging with her dog Cary.

Jenna

Atmospheric Chemistry

Jenna is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering at Yale. She studies the complex mixture of organic compounds in the atmosphere, and how chemical changes at the molecular-level may impact the overall health and environmental effects of the air we breathe. She loves working with the SpinWearables team and the Yale Society of Women Engineers outreach team to share and explore the exciting world of STEM with middle and high school students.

Sam

Neutrino Physics

Sam is a Physics graduate student at Yale studying neutrino physics. Neutrinos are weird particles, and understanding their mysterious properties might answer major questions about matter and the universe. For example, this field could uncover knowledge about how the universe formed. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, running, and reading good books. With unlimited time and brainpower, she might also be studying history and art.

Stefan

Quantum Information

Since high school Stefan has enjoyed sharing the wonders of science with others, organizing extraculicular courses and summer break Physics events. While a graduate student at Yale’s Quantum Institute he felt most at home in Yale’s makerspace, preparing contraptions to be used in middle- and high-school outreach events. He now continues his reasearch work on photonic quantum computers jointly at MIT and Harvard, but spends much of his free time designing hands-on outreach materials, including the SpinWheel.

The SpinWearables team would like to thank the following individuals:

Jack

Materials Engineering

Jack has always been passionate about both art and science. As a high schooler, he started an online business LiveWire ArtWorks to sell his jewelry and wire sculptures–much of which was inspired by nature. While at Brown, understanding the complexity and imaging the beauty of materials captivated his imagination and led him to major in materials engineering. Through TAing and tutoring for engineering courses, Jack discovered the joy of sharing science with others. Jack acts as an artistic consultant for the SpinWearables team.

Mariya

Architecture

Passionate about art, Mariya acquired a major in architecture and started her studio – Monochra. She started drawing in high school and began to realize that helping people visualize their ideas is something that makes her feel most happy. She helped our team in creating storyboards and some visual assets for the project.

Tess

Sustainable Structural Engineering

Tess is currently a PhD student in Stanford’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and she’s passionate about making the buildings we live and work in more sustainable through her research. Female mentors, such as her older sister, have played a large role in her interest in engineering, and so she enjoys inspiring younger girls to pursue careers in STEM. She also loves opportunities to use her graphic design skills for good causes, such as through Stanford’s Graduate Society of Women Engineers and the SpinWheel!

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