Student Spotlight

Micromechanics Group: Shirin Farrahi

Hometown, Country:
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Academic history prior to coming to MIT:
Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, BC, Canada.

What brought you to MIT?
When I visited MIT before joining, I was blown away not only by the quality of the work done here but also by the diversity and kindness of other students.

What problem are you trying to solve with your current research and what are some possible applications?
Our research aims to understand how hearing works. We measure the motions and mechanical properties of a tissue from the inner ear to help understand its role in mammalian hearing. This could also have applications in materials science and MEMS device design.

What interests you most about your research?
I enjoy the mix of wet lab experimental work, data analysis, and modeling. This variety of experiences keeps me engaged and interested.

What are your future plans?
I’m planning to work as an engineer in industry doing mostly development but with a partial role in industry research.

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