Michelle Rosen

Michelle Rosen

Title
PhD Student
Organization
Harvard University
Location
Cambridge
Michelle Rosen
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Biography
For as long as I can remember, I loved anything to do with science and engineering. When I played with K'Nex (my favorite toy!) I only ever built things with moving parts. By high school, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer. I am currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Microrobotics Lab (micro.seas.harvard.edu). My research is focused on intermittent flight (alternating flapping and gliding) in a 3 gram, meso-scale vehicle. I am involved in fabrication, testing (both in a low-speed wind tunnel and in a motion capture arena), and simulation. I also serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Microrobotics Lab. I organize and participate in many events in the community, including the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, several local summer camp visits, and local science and tech festivals. I really enjoy getting to share the research being done in our lab and getting to see that other people find it as fascinating as I do! I'm particularly passionate about outreach to girls in the community. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2012. While there, I conducted research on facial and expression recognition using computer vision and on gliding microrobots. When I'm not in the lab, I play the flute and piccolo and love to cook!
Education
PhD, Engineering Sciences - Mechanical Engineering: Harvard University, expected May 2017 MS - Engineering Sciences: Harvard University, May 2015 BS - Mechanical Engineering: University of Maryland College Park, May 2012
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
  • I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Michelle Rosen

Internships are great. However, it can be extremely hard to find one as a freshman (I even offered to work for free, but no one wanted me!). However, that doesn't mean that there ISN'T one for you! If you really want an engineering internship this summer, just keep applying. There may be a position that's willing to teach you the skills you need. In my opinion, there's no reason that a freshman can't do work at an internship - it just might be a slightly steeper learning curve. So, my advice is probably to keep applying. Just, don't be too disappointed if it doesn't work out. A steady job (even one that's not an internship) looks great too (if you don't want to keep looking)! You mentioned teaching in summer school and that sounds great to me! It shows a few things that could be valuable down the road - commitment, people skills, and teaching skills. Overall, I guess my main advice here is to not stress over it too much. If it works out, great! If not, then it's certainly not the end of your career as an engineer! It's totally up to you!