Experience

A brief overview of my work experiences

NextDroid 2021‑Present

I am a Software Engineer at NextDroid. My work involves building tools to facilitate the development of safe driving systems. Check out the company website for more information!

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory 2020‑2021

I completed my Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in the HCI Engineering Group in MIT CSAIL. My research involved building an integrated DLP 3D Printer that reduces the number of fabrication steps necessary to print single-material, multi-colored 3D objects.

Papers

  • Developing a Digital-to-Print Fabrication Pipeline for Multi-Color Photochromic 3D Printing; Sabina Chen; MIT 2021.
    [Thesis]

NextDroid Summer 2020

For Summer 2020, as a Software Engineering Intern at NextDroid, my primary responsibility involved writing analysis scripts to conduct accuracy evaluations of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fall 2019

As an Embedded Software Development Intern in the Advanced Capabilities and Systems Group at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, my project focused on integrating a safe testing infrastructure for developing algorithms for drones by combining real-world flight dynamics with a photorealistic simulation environment via the MIT FlightGoggles platform. Evaluation involved designing a proof-of-concept path planner and controller for the closed-loop autonomous feedback system.

MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute Summer 2019

As the Lead Instructor for the Racecar Middle School program, I developed and taught a month-long summer curriculum that introduces students to the basics of programming, computer vision, and robotics for autonomous vehicles. I taught the pilot Summer '19 and Fall '19 school-year programs, as well as tje Winter '20 educator's training session for local teachers looking to incorporate more hands-on learning into their classes. This curriculum was developed as part of the MIT BeaverWorks Summer Institute, which aims to develop project-based courses to improve engineering education worldwide.

Papers

  • A Hands-on Middle-School Robotics Software Program at MIT; Sabina Chen, Andrew Fishberg, Eyassu Shimelis, Joel Grimm, Scott van Broekhoven, Robert Shin, Sertac Karaman; ISEC 2020.
    [Paper] [Video] [Website] [Code]
  • "Boston-area girls discover a passion for coding" Dorothy Ryan | Lincoln Laboratory; December 2019; MIT News.
    [Article]
  • "Beaver Works Summer Institute concludes its fourth year" Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory; August 2019; MIT News.
    [Article]

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer 2018

As a System Testbed Engineering Intern for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover at JPL, I developed tools for the testbed by scripting automatic conversion tools for various testbed verfication and validation procedures. I also implemented a background observer script that notifies testbed engineers of unintended system shutdowns in order to facilitate their developmental process. As of Thursday, February 18, 2021, Perserverance has since landed successfully on Mars!

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Winter 2018

For Winter 2018, I was a Robotics Engineering Intern in the Satellite Servicing Projects Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where I wrote and performed system acceptability test procedures for the division's outreach robots. I also developed a relative pose conversion tool (via. both euler angles and quaternions) for robots that have multiple frames of reference (ie. robotic grippers with multiple degree of freedoms).

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Summer 2017

As a Spacecraft Engineering Research Intern at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Department of Spacecraft Engineering, my work consisted of collaborating with other researchers to improve the capabilities of an existing planetary exploration robot. To further this endeavor, I deployed an open-source real-time monocular visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (ORB-SLAM) on the lab's extraterrestrial rover.

MIT Figure Skating Club 2017‑2021

As the Membership Secretary and Webmaster for MITFSC, I oversaw USFSA and MITFSC membership logistics, and updated the club website to communicate rink availabilities and club activities with current and incoming members. Throughout my time in the club, I also performed regularly in the Fall and Spring Showcases as part of Anime on Ice, and represented MITFSC in intercollegiate competitions.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship - $8000
  • 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist - Passed the highest level tests in Free Skating and Moves in the Field
  • 2013 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships - Novice (1st)
  • 2011 Chinese Taipei National Figure Skating Championships - Novice Ladies (1st)

MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2017‑2020

Throughout my time at MIT, I have assisted in several courses as both a Teaching Assistant (TA) and as a Lab Assistant (LA). My responsibilities consisted of testing and creating lab assignments, leading lab sessions, as well as hosting office hours for students. Prior to MIT, I also enjoyed teaching as a STEM tutor for local middle school students for 6 years (2009 to 2015).

Courses TA / LA'd

  • 6.141 Robotics Science and Systems (LA - Spring 2019, TA - Spring 2020)
         [2019 Article] [2020 Article]
  • 6.004 Computation Structures (LA - Fall 2018)
  • 6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (LA - Spring 2018)
  • 6.01 Introduction to EECS via Robotics (LA - Fall 2017)

VIA Technologies Summer 2016

In Summer 2016, I was a Software Engineering Intern with VIA Technologies as part of the System Integration Team. I developed an interactive, web-based user interface that visualized social media data on a touch screen smart-home device.

MIT Media Lab Winter 2016

As an Undergraduate Researcher under the Andorra Living Lab project, I worked with MIT Media Lab's City Science Group to understand Andorra's dynamics on tourism and commerce by analyzing the country's big data. For my research, I visualized TripAdvisor reviews by creating an interactive map to filter natural language processing (NLP) summary results.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2015‑2021

I completed my Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT in June 2021. Prior to this, I graduated from MIT in June 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in EECS and with a minor in Japanese. My academic interests included - robotics, aerospace engineering, interactive technologies, and leadership management. Check out the classes that I have taken here!