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Hilary Johnson


Vice Chair

Hilary is a Doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT working with Professor Alex Slocum in the Precision Engineering Research Group (PERG). She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College in 2015. Prior to MIT, Hilary worked at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering as the Design Fellow.

Working at the confluence of mechanically-minded design and impact-driven problem solving, Hilary is passionate about integrating deterministic and human centered design philosophies. Nothing is more satisfying than working on grit worthy challenges like creating healthcare systems that push the limits in offering accessible, effective, and preemptive care. For her masters as an MIT Tata Fellow she focused on developing a precise, affordable language independent braille label maker for the blind. Her current research is developing adaptive pump technologies to create more efficient water pumps. 

Driven by a love of making, you can often find Hilary tinkering on projects in the machine shop. Otherwise she’s outdoors with people she loves, worshiping God and climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and reading.

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