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A junior in Mechanical Engineering, Anna likes applying the creative, design-thinking approach to technical problems. She joined DEL in the Spring of 2014. Anna is currently working on projects to help redesign Professor Sheri Sheppard's ENGR-14: Introduction to Solid Mechanics Lab, and is on a team focusing on research related to how entrepreneurship and engineering overlap and what influences lead to entrepreneurial-like life choices. Her interest in design and education stems from a love of teaching and explaining, as well as a desire to see more diversity in engineering fields, including racial, gender, and socioeconomic. Some of her favorite classes at Stanford have been Mechanics of Materials (ME 80), Introduction to Visual Thinking (ME 101), Introduction to Electronics (E-40), and Fiction Writing (English 90).<br>  
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Sophia is a rising sophomore at Stanford University. She is excited to be a part of DEL because the lab combines two of Sophia’s deepest interests: education and engineering.<br>  
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Anna is also pursuing a creative writing minor, as she enjoys letting imagination and creativity overlap with everyday life. She also enjoys running, hiking, and skiing, and is in the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. An animal and nature lover, Anna grew up in the Pacific Northwest with many pets, and now has a rabbit named Robyn. Anna also served on the Undergraduate Senate at Stanford for a term. In the future, Anna hopes to travel and see more of the world, and eventually pursue a career path in which she’ll enjoy her work and follow her passions.<br>  
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Sophia has always been eager to learn about and improve the education system. She decided not attend 10th grade in high school, and instead to combine online learning and several social science and film projects into her own sabbatical year, an experience she later wrote about for the Washington Post.&nbsp;
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Sophia also loves human-centered design and engineering. She used design thinking strategies to co-found the Stanford Voter Project, an initiative that harnesses dorm culture to improve student voter registration and turnout among college students. Other projects include a program that uses Google search data to predict stomach virus outbreaks, and a seat cushion that yells at people to stand up and move around.
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One of Sophia’s favorite classes was Visual Thinking (ME 101), where she and her team built a pinball machine that generates random Kanye West tweets. Another favorite was Empathy (THINK 50), where she explored virtual reality’s role as an empathy generator and later conducted research with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab.  
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*B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2016 (expected)
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Contact Information

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206
  • sopink@stanford.edu


About

Sophia is a rising sophomore at Stanford University. She is excited to be a part of DEL because the lab combines two of Sophia’s deepest interests: education and engineering.

Sophia has always been eager to learn about and improve the education system. She decided not attend 10th grade in high school, and instead to combine online learning and several social science and film projects into her own sabbatical year, an experience she later wrote about for the Washington Post. 

Sophia also loves human-centered design and engineering. She used design thinking strategies to co-found the Stanford Voter Project, an initiative that harnesses dorm culture to improve student voter registration and turnout among college students. Other projects include a program that uses Google search data to predict stomach virus outbreaks, and a seat cushion that yells at people to stand up and move around.

One of Sophia’s favorite classes was Visual Thinking (ME 101), where she and her team built a pinball machine that generates random Kanye West tweets. Another favorite was Empathy (THINK 50), where she explored virtual reality’s role as an empathy generator and later conducted research with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab.


Education

  • B.S., Engineering, Stanford University, 2019 (expected)
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