Fiona Grant




Mechanical Engineering

PhD Candidate, First Year



Cranston, Rhode Island

Undergraduate institution


What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

I was initially drawn to mechanical engineering because it is an incredibly diverse field that combines scientific discovery with real-world applications. I was introduced to product and systems design through my undergraduate classes, and I fell in love with the processes of taking an idea and turning it into a physical object that can help other people in some aspect of their lives. As I start my graduate research, I hope to apply what I learn in the classroom to solve some of the most pressing challenges that we face today.

Personal research summary

I am a 1st year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the MIT Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab. I am currently working with a team to design a low-cost, solar-powered drip irrigation system for small farms in Jordan and Morocco. My research interests include global engineering, product design for emerging markets, and control systems design. I am also interested in global resource distribution and STEM education outreach.

Personal interests

My hobbies include baking, reading, running, and traveling. I am originally from New England, but I have lived on four continents!