Research Interests: Development and testing of sensor systems for harsh environments.Job Interests: Industry Research & Development.
Sensor Design and developement.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Kirti received her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Bayero University, Kano. She came to the United States in 2001 and received the M.S. in mechanical engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2004. During this time her research focused on real-time detection of geometric interference for the design of a 3D haptic stencil for manufacturing applications. This provided a novel approach to rapid autonomous manufacturing by using force feedback and collision avoidance for real-time machine control.
From 2004 to July 2010, she was a mechanical design engineer at Schlumberger Technology Corporation working on various projects developing tools for down-hole applications such as wire-line reservoir logging and interface subs for wired drill pipe projects. During this time she was exposed to testing and design for difficult environments – differential pressures of up to 30,000psi, temperatures of up to 430°F, high shock and bending specifications and extremely corrosive environments.
HEaTS: SiC Harsh Environment Pressure Sensors [BPN616]
The goal of this project is to develop MEMs pressure sensors to survive harsh environments. Harsh environments (high temperature, high pressure, high shock and/or corrosive conditions) are encountered in various applications such as automobile engines, turbines, space, downhole oil and gas drilling, and geothermal logging.