About Me


I am a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. My research interests include robotics, dynamics, and controls with a specific focus on soft robots. Currently, I am exploring physics-based and data-driven modeling and control methods for soft robots in an effort to make such systems more capable and reliable.

I am originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan and received a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 2013. After graduating, I worked as a math teacher at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, then earned a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan in 2020.



  • Defended PhD Dissertation (July 15, 2020)
    I successfully defended my PhD dissertation entitled "Towards a Universal Modeling and Control Framework for Soft Robots." [pdf]
  • DIY ventilator design featured by the Michigan Engineering News Center (Apr. 17, 2020)
    To help address the ventilator shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed a makeshift ventilator prototype that can be assembled primarily from readily available hospital equipment and requires no custom fabrication of parts. [article] [tweet]
  • Paper accepted to ICRA 2020 (Jan. 21, 2020)
    Our paper, "Emulating Duration and Curvature of Coral Snake Anti-Predator Thrashing Behaviors Using a Soft-Robotic Platform," by Shannon M. Danforth, Margaret Kohler, Daniel Bruder, Alison R. Davis Rabosky, Sridhar Kota, Ram Vasudevan, and Talia Y. Moore was accepted to ICRA 2020. [preprint]
  • Awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research (Nov. 8, 2019)
    This award from University of Michigan's College of Engineering seeks to recognized innovative research demonstrating a keen sense of creativity and inventiveness as well as impact on society. I received the Towner Prize for my research on the modeling and control of soft robots. [tweet]