Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Graduate Student

Nina Sinatra
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nina Sinatra is a doctoral candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Working with Robert J. Wood, Kevin (Kit) Parker, and Joost J. Vlassak as part of a MRSEC team in IRG 3, her research focuses on the intersection between mechanical and chemical properties of polymer nanofibers, and the development of soft, yet durable, nanofiber-reinforced fluidic actuators. Nina has also designed novel methods to fabricate tough and extensible nanofabrics by utilizing nanoscale fiber architecture to tune macroscale properties. She has presented her work at IRG3 and national meetings. Prior to coming to Harvard, Nina completed a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, and internships at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. Nina received a B.S. and an M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT and Columbia University, respectively. She has been awarded research fellowships by Harvard and Columbia, and is a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.