Who I am

I am a PhD student in the Human Experience Research Lab at the University of Florida under the advisement of Dr. Juan Gilbert. I earned my bachelor of science in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and my master of science in agricultural and biological engineering from UF. I am a McKnight doctoral fellow and a UF graduate school fellow.

My research interests include the intersection of engineering, agriculture, and policy. With the advent of big data, many new fields have introduced machine learning and artificial intelligence, creating a new landscape of privacy and data ownership land mines many fields are not equipped to manage or regulate. My goal is to create better informed consumers and citizen scientists who can contribute to the big data conversation and become empowered advocates.

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Things I do

I used hyperspectral imaging techniques to detect AMB in apples during my master's thesis. Projects I've worked on in the Human Experience Research Lab include an all-accessible voting machine called Prime III, accessibility in autonomous vehicles, and trust in AI. I am currently looking into usability studies in agricultural technologies and how to develop policies and guidelines for these studies.

Below are links to my master's thesis 2-minute video, an interview on my agriculture work for LabDaze, a collection of my writings during my Media Democracy Fund (MDF) PhDX fellowships, and my updated CV.

  • Master's Video

  • Labdaze interview

  • Writings on Medium

  • CV

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More things I do

During my time as a graduate student at UF, I have founded the Latino/Hispanic Organization of Graduate Students, volunteered at Farm to School Alachua, spoke with elementary classrooms through Skype a Scientist, served as the graduate ambassador for the UF chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and participated in outreach events with the Human Experience Research Lab.

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