Intersects engineering with personal passions like skiing and gardening, to make a difference in the health and safety of people and the planet.
"No matter what you're interested in, whether it's sports or food or music or animals or video games or makeup or anything else, you can find a way to apply STEM to that topic. It is so much easier to stay focused in your studies or to land your dream job if you bleed passion for what you do. And when that passion changes, don't be afraid to change with it!"
Sarah is currently a robotics engineer. But she didn't used to be, and she might not be forever. That's because Sarah believes in following her heart – and her heart has changed its mind a few times.
As a teen, Sarah thought she wanted to study marine biology, and then astronomy. But in college, she ended up chasing her passion for skiing, juggling her classes with trips to compete in some of the most extreme big-mountain freeride skiing events all over the world. When she saw friends get injured, she realized she could easily be the next one to end up in the hospital. So, Sarah enrolled in a graduate program applying the principles of Mechanical Engineering to the human body, combining her STEM skills with her love of sport and concern for safety. For several years, she worked with athletes on the ski slopes and the playing field, using technologies like wearable motion sensors and 3D moving X-rays to help prevent injuries and improve healing.
Now, Sarah's taking her engineering skills in a new direction, while chasing her love of fresh food and commitment to doing good in the world – using robots to make the global food supply more environmentally sustainable and socially just.