engineering / design / robots data 

HI, I’M NIKHITA

I am an engineer, designer, and researcher who enjoys working on problems at the intersection of design and engineering — particularly in robotics and data. Over the years, I have worked on a series of projects in this space including: designing an environmentally friendly delivery system for pesticides to reduce runoff, working with a team to teach science & robotics to child refugees at the US-Mexico border, exploring the optimization of 3D printed casts, building a robot petting zoo at SXSW and designing a new campus emergency management system.

Currently, I am a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab in Cynthia Breazeal’s Personal Robots Group. Prior to this, I worked at Palantir Technologies in New York City, Paris, D.C., and Palo Alto. In 2014, I graduated from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research. While there, I worked with Ken Goldberg at the Berkeley Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering and was part of the Berkeley Innovation team. I also spent summers working at various startups including Rypple and Loose Button.

Outside of my work, I can be found volunteering with the Field Innovation Team on disaster relief projects. I love to travel, photograph my adventures, and illustrate my experiences with doodles and tiny handwriting. I also have a passion for all things artsy and have recently been playing around with laser cutters, 3D printers and wood burning.

SOME PROJECTS I AM PROUD OF 

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

RECENT PAGES FROM MY NOTEBOOK 

SKILLS & THINGS 

design
  • User Interface Design
  • User Research & Interviewing
  • User Experience Design
  • Wireframing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Paper Prototyping
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Illustration
  • Adobe Illustrator

technology

  • 3D printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • SolidWorks, AutoCAD
  • Python & Pandas
  • Java
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Matlab
  • Arduino
  • SQL
  • Lego NXT Mindstorms

art
  • Acrylic
  • Watercolor
  • Drawing
  • Wood Burning
  • Photography
  • Fabric Block Printing
  • Ink Prints/Linoleum Prints
  • Ceramics
relevant coursework

  • Probability & Statistics
  • Relational Algebra & Database Theory
  • Systems Design
  • Supply Chain
  • Industrial Robotics/Mobile Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Environmental Design
  • Sociology and Technology
  • Linear Programming
  • System Optimization
  • Discrete Event Simulation

FIND ME ON THE INTERWEBS

                                                                                         email: nikhita@mit.edu