Kaitlyn Becker is a PhD candidate in the Microrobotics Lab at Harvard University, where she works on the design and fabrication of soft robots. She completed her BS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2009 and has worked in medical device manufacturing and nano-fabrication research before returning to school to create unusual robots. Some of her previous work includes the electronic assembly of subcutaneous defibrillators, roll-to-roll molding of photonic sensors, electrospinning of optical coatings, and hardware design of high flow UV water treatment technologies. She was awarded a NSF graduate research fellowship and a Microsoft scholarship to pursue her current work on soft robotic hands and novel grippers for gentle grasping and manipulation. Outside of research, she is also currently a senior glassblowing instructor in the MIT Glass Lab.