Graduate Students


Ashley Beckwith

In 2015, Ashley received B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University. She worked briefly in industry as a quality engineer focused on the development of medical devices before joining the Velásquez-García Group in 2016. Ashley received her S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2018. Her Master’s work included the design, development, and implementation of additively manufactured microfluidic platforms which enable the evaluation of tumor response to immunotherapy treatments. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering program with an interest in engineered living materials and additive manufacturing. Ashley is also a Draper Fellow.

Yosef Kornbluth

Yosef earned a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Yeshiva University. While an undergraduate, he conducted research in catastrophic network failure, plasma modelling for a stellarator, and computational microfluidics. He joined the Velásquez-García’s Group in 2016 and is developing a MEMS-based 3D printer for metals using microplasmas.

Zhumei Sun

Zhumei received her B.E. degree in Test Control Technique and Instrument from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2013 (with honor), her M.E. in Optical Engineering from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016. She joined the Velásquez-García’s Group in 2016. Before MIT, Zhumei’s research was focused on the study of full-color dynamic computer-generated holographic three-dimensional display and modal analysis of deep-etched subwavelength gratings. She is now working on 3d printing of metal detail-rich meso/microstructures for vacuum  applications.