About Me

I am a Ph.D. student at MIT working in the Mechanosynthesis Lab Group and the Non-Newtonain Fluids groups, working on microfluidics, 3D printing, and composite materials.

I am co-advised by Gareth McKinley and John Hart.

Before that, I studied Mechanical Engineering and Math at Duke University, was a research assistant in the Lopez Lab studying acoustic manipulation of microparticles, in the Chen Lab studying plant development in response to light, and a microbiology intern at DuPont Pioneer.

On this website, you can learn more about my technical and research projects and other activities outside the classroom and lab.


Modular interlocking LEGO-based microfluidic network

[MIT Mechanosynthesis Group]

Modular Microfluidics

Designing a modular, fully reconfigurable microfluidic network using micromachined, store-bought LEGO bricks as modules.

Owens CE, AJ Hart (2018) High-precision modular microfluidics by micromilling of interlocking injection-molded blocks. (paper) (video) (MIT news article) (More information) (Other news articles: Science Daily, NSF press release, Techcrunch, (also in Japanese, Russian) phys.org, Inverse, Outerplaces, Techexplorist, Fast Codesign, Azonano, Scicasts, Science Newsline, EurekaAlert, Technology Networks, Designer Edge)

Highly parallel assembly of microparticle crystallites in acoustic fields

[Duke University, Lopez Lab/MRSEC]

Crystallites formed in acoustic fields

Used tuned acoustic fields to assemble millions of microparticles into hundreds of crystallites in a resonating chamber.

Owens, CE, CW Shields, DF Cruz, P Charbonneau, GP Lopez (2016) Highly parallel acoustic assembly of microparticles into well-ordered colloidal crystallites, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 717. (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2016/SM/C5SM02348C)