Kristen Genter earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Nanoscience from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. During the summer of 2011, she worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, exploring and developing several secondary payload adapters for the potential Space Launch System Heavy Lift Vehicle. The rest of her years as an undergraduate were spent researching and developing different methods to analyze chemical images from secondary ion mass spectrometry. In 2014 Kristen earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in fluid and thermal sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her thesis was on designing a carbon nanotube based solar water heater with phase change material. Kristen is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the University of Colorado – Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her background in nanoscience and mechanical engineering sparked her interest in the MEMS field, and led her to join the Bright group in the fall of 2014. Through an opportunity to work in the Applied Physics Division’s Quantitative Nanostructure Characterization Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, she is currently designing and fabricating an on-chip atomic force microscope. Kristen enjoys traveling the world, having already been to 50 states and over 25 countries. In her free time she volunteers at the local humane society, homeless shelter, and Parks and Recreation Department. Additional interests include watching the St. Louis Cardinals, hiking 14ers with her two dogs at her side, reading history books on WWI and WWII planes, writing programs to analyze baseball statistics, and eating cheese.