Bio: I'm currently the writer and artist of Piled Higher and Deeper, a comic strip about life, or the lack thereof, in academia.

I was a Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005 and I obtained a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, specializing in Robotics. My research at Stanford focused on dynamic legged "biomimetic" robots that incorporate novel manufacturing technologies and design lessons from biology. The resulting prototypes are among the fastest recorded running robots ever created (for their size), and achieve robust locomotion with no sensory feedback.

My research at Caltech focused on Neural Prosthetics, specifically the design and manufacture of "Smart" Neural Implants, capable of driving micron-precision motors to actuate electrodes that autonomously find and optimize signals from live neurons.