B.S. in Engineering Physics
Minor in Statistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2021
M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University, Class of 2022
Teagan was born and raised in Milton, Georgia. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 202 where she concentrated her Engineering Physics degree in Mechanical Engineering and minored in Statistics. Through the summers, Teagan interned at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company in the Exterior Lighting and Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering departments respectively. In her senior year she pursued research instead and worked in equine biomechanics with the Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory. After this introduction, Teagan decided she wanted to focus on research and the interaction between biology and engineering, which led her to pursue a PhD at Princeton University with the BAM Lab.
Outside of work, Teagan is a member of the Princeton University Ballet Company and enjoys playing piano in her free time.
Teagan's research focuses on click beetles (Elateridae) and their unique and powerful legless jumping mechanism. Currently she is focusing on combining CT scans of the click beetle's musculature with high speed x-ray video data to better understand the energetics of the power amplified process that enables the beetles to reach accelerations of up to 100,000 m/s^2. The goal of her PhD project is to develop a framework for studying energy propagation and power transmission mechanisms small-scale power amplified systems, using click beetles as a case study.