University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 616-1394
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2002
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, 1999
Sarah McQuaide was born in 1976 in Ventura, California, where she learned as a toddler how to get tar off her feet with charcoal fluid after running in the sand. She graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1994, reaping the benefits of never having to worry about anything but throwing on a plaid skirt every day. Sarah studied mechanical engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to find out how cars work so she could help her dad get the '57 Chevy back together and out of the garage. Her fourth year of college was spent at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, where she ate lots of curry and completed her senior project on the wear rates of hip replacement joints. After graduating from Cal Poly, Sarah went to the University of Washington in Seattle to design umbrellas while studying for her master's degree. She spent 6 months at the Technishen Universitaet Berlin in Germany on a grant from Boeing and Lufthansa studying microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS) and learning how to take over the world with tiny objects. Sarah completed her master's thesis at the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab at UW on the use of deformable membrane mirrors for creating 3-D retinal scanning display systems. Sarah is currently a research engineer at the University of Washington Genomation Lab, trying to find out why DNA makes cells do what they do.
Sarah likes to paint, make clocks, run, and stand on her head.