Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Elizabeth Childs, from Suffolk, Virginia, is pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Elizabeth plans to enhance education via augmented reality and haptics technologies. She has developed modular robots for explosive ordnance disposal for Cambodia, co-taught 3D printing to pre-professionals in Cambodia, and co-led science demonstrations in indigenous Ecuadorian schools. She has mentored first-generation students in undergraduate research, leading them in 3D printing research. She published this work as a first author in the peer-reviewed Journal for Microelectromechanical Systems. She was awarded the Academic Achievement Award.