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Hi there! Welcome to my blog and thanks for reading. I’m a robotics engineer by day and I write for free at night, so every reader means a lot to me. I like writing about African music, politics, and culture, about being a woman in STEM, about the mixed experience, and occasionally random things in my daily life which inspire me.

Here’s a list of what I consider the best of the best so far, if you want to skip all the fluff:

Posts That Did Well

Posts that run up the numbers.

A post about robots that was recommended by Medium curators.

A…


Documenting what modern solidarity looks like

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(Note: on the last day of my bad luck lunar year, medium decided to not let instagram embeds work anymore 🙃🙃🙃 so I just did screenshots and put the links to instagram posts as the caption. But like I said, this post ain’t about convenience anyway.)

This has been a difficult week for me (like every week since February 2020, yes I know) fraught with extremely complicated political issues that do not have straightforward solutions. And yet, in all of the tragedy and despair, I still see a faint glimmer that something good may be borne of this. Change is difficult — it is more painful, more gut-wrenching than people anticipate. But it is also necessary, if we ever want to be anywhere other than here.

Recently, there have been an elevated number of attacks on Asian people and businesses. Multiple Asian elders have suffered serious…


keeping it together.

Ever since I can really remember needing to get through anything — probably since 7th grade — a big motto for me was to “keep on keeping on”. Immigrant values of determination and grit were deeply distilled in me by my parents and other authority figures in my life, and as a child I was determined to please. This motto took me many places, including excelling in AP science classes and later to MIT. It was only after I graduated college, fully independent and with total control over my own life, that I was finally able to relax for a…


A lot of hardware does not exist without this crazy, trillionaire investor: You.

In today’s article, I hope to answer a question that is incredibly central to hardware and technology development in the United States and the world, which is, what is the military-industrial complex? How prevalent is it in society and technological development? How does it operate? Most importantly, who funds it? (The hint is in the subtitle.)

My qualifications in answering this question are that I’ve spent about two-thirds of my career inside of this complex, a fact I do not shy away from. I think often about the ethics of my work and where the companies I work for receive…


On being grounded in technical work at turbulent times

(In case you’re wondering if this publication is really about how many hardware puns can I make before running out of titles, the answer is yes.)

It has been quite a week, or month, or year. It feels like everyday we must stare difficult things in the face, things that we probably knew before but didn’t have to confront head-on quite so often. Combined with the lack of distraction from socializing or other pre-pandemic pursuits, life can feel heavy, dark, relentless.

2019, in contrast, was a year that I felt a bit listless, laid off from a job and wandering…


tired, tired venting.

On the day that Joe Biden won the U.S. election, I took my car for an oil change. I felt exhausted — the election coincided with an intense time at work and troubling news left and right from my various communities.

I heard the news around 11am. I sat outside a cafe to wait as cars periodically drove by and honked their horns, in response to cheering from pedestrians and people on the street. It was warm and sunny, in November, surprising. The feeling of joy was, admittedly, infectious. …


A publication focused on the physical

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Toward the end of my freshman year of college, I was faced with the difficult choice all students face — I had to choose my major.

My guiding light was that I knew that I wanted to work in robotics, but, robotics, by nature, is interdisciplinary. It was entirely conceivable that I could choose any among electrical engineering & computer science (EECS), mechanical engineering, material science, or even industrial design, and still be well prepared for a career in robotics as long as I chose the right path. In fact, before college, I took part in the MOSTEC summer program…


What does it mean to get paid to work on robots?

When I was in grade school, I distinctly remember not really knowing what different engineering professions looked like. By high school it became somewhat clearer, but honestly, not all that much. By sophomore year of college, I had to declare my major. I knew I liked robotics and what that meant academically, but even at that time, I didn’t really know what it meant to have a job in robotics.

I find that this is even more so the case for people whose parents had professions that are far removed from STEM. My mother has a small business doing tax…


This past weekend, I went on a camping trip in Cape Cod. I’ve never actually been in the summer, oddly enough, but from what I’ve seen the Cape is still beautiful in the cold.

We finished a hike through a wildlife reservation and found a beach across from it, Marconi Beach. After grumbling about the $25 entry fee, I pulled my car into the parking lot. The lot was on a hill, so we couldn't see the ocean yet. We descended some stairs down a sand dune, and the view was breathtaking.

It's hard to put into words and the…


mourning before

yesterday i went to the reflecting pool, a pool outside of a church in Boston that’s a quiet respite from the busy downtown area around it. even now, it’s still busy, but less so.

the pool had been a place i went frequently when i was a sophomore in college; that summer i was staying in an MIT fraternity nearby for cheap, and the location made it so worth it; i would walk around just taking in the city at night.

i grew up in a suburb, and life there felt as bland as white bread; i went to a…

Selam G.

MIT grad, robotics engineer, mixed. A place I write.

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