Hi! My name is Maegan Tucker. I am a first year graduate student at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) PhD program. In May 2017, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. At Georgia Tech, I conducted undergraduate research designing and evaluating a powered transfemoral prosthesis as a part of both Dr. Ames' AMBER Lab and Dr. Young's EPIC Lab. During my undergraduate studies, I also conducted research for Dr. Julie Linsey and Dr. Raghu Pucha. Please read about my research and industry experiences below or contact me using any of the following methods.
The first summer of my undergraduate career I had the amazing opportunity to explore Europe.
During the Summer of 2014, I conducted research for Dr. Pucha exploring the electrical resistance and capacitance of 3D-generated Carbon Nanotubule matrices.
My first co-op semester with NCR focused on product design in which I contributed to the beginning stage of a new Point of Sale (POS) terminal. I addressed the project deliverables and created several design concepts to help create viable designs.
Study abroad experience at GT's satellite campus in Lorraine, France
During my second semester co-oping at NCR I facilitated prototype builds and product testing. I worked closely with a team of three electrical engineers, 2 mechanical engineers, and 2 lab technicians to build, test, and optimize 3 different POS terminals being developed.
During the Fall 2015 semester, I was a Research Assistant for Dr. Linsey's IDREEM Lab exploring idea generation and the effect of makerspaces on student efficacy and success.
My third co-op semester at NCR was focused on releasing three new POS terminals. This included lots of testing and documentation.
As a member of the Georgia Tech S.U.R.E. Program, I worked in Dr. Ames' AMBER Lab investigating the implementation of bipedal robotic controllers on a prosthetic device to obtain safe, stable, efficient walking.
After the AMBER Lab moved to Caltech, I continued working with Dr. Young and officially joined his new lab, the EPIC lab. I obtained my own funding through the Georgia Tech President's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA). For my research project, I assisted in machining a new lower limb prosthesis. After graduating from Georgia Tech in May 2017, I continued conducting research with the lab over the summer and contributed to developing and implementing an impedance-based controller on the device.
I am currently a graduate student in the Caltech Mechanical Engineering PhD program as a part of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) department. I am a member of the AMBER Lab under the advisement of Dr. Aaron Ames.