Hi, I'm Nicole! I’m a hardware product designer, all about tackling low-resource problems with sustainable solutions that empower people and show a lot of care put into all the details.
I am currently a Design Impact Engineering Masters student at Stanford University passionate about increasing parity of access to safe, reliable technology. I aim to design affordable, sustainable products and renewable energy solutions to empower people within low-resource environments.
My inspiration for becoming an engineer and designer was simple - to solve problems and help people. I grew up in northern Virginia and come from a large, close-knit Cuban and Puerto Rican family. Prior to my time at Stanford, I explored my interests in hardware system design while studying Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and learned how to solve problems from subject matter experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I developed electronic systems for both the Mars 2020 rover and Psyche asteroid exploration missions.
I think through sketching and prototyping, and love the process of bringing an idea to life. In my spare time, I work on advocacy and volunteer projects and travel with my trusted Fujifilm fixed lens camera in hand. I can also often be found undertaking DIY projects, dancing Salsa, playing beach volleyball, rock climbing, or spending time with friends and family.