#SoCaltech: Hana Keller (BS '19)


Hana Keller grew up in Seattle surrounded by a family of geologists. She is studying mechanical engineering. Keller recently participated in the annual ME 72 design engineering competition.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always told people, “I want to be a doctor.” I really want to be able to work one-on-one with a person, and see them, and see what I am doing to help them. Last summer, I took an EMT class and hope to work as a volunteer EMT later in life. Just by being there for someone in trouble, you’re making a difference in their life, which I think is really awesome. When I was a kid, I also always used to be very passionate about robotics. So, for my SURF [Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship] this summer, I’m going to be able to combine both of these passions by working on AMPRO, a lower-limb prosthetic, in the lab of Aaron Ames [Caltech’s Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems].

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