I spent most of my childhood growing up in Groveland, Massachusetts before moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico during high school. After graduating, I interned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for a summer designing webpages. I then attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 2010. At Caltech I worked on two separate research projects. The first was designing bioadhesives for artificial corneal onlay attachment through protein engineering with Professor David Tirrell. The second was a computational biology project with Professor Niles Pierce. In the summer before my senior year, I interned at Tosoh Corporation, one of Japan’s largest chemical companies, where I saw distillation towers for the first time up close.
In the fall of 2010, I entered the chemical engineering Ph.D. program at MIT and joined the Green Group shortly after. I am now the lead developer for Reaction Mechanism Generator. I perform a lot of code review and packaging, and also develop and manage the django-based Interactive RMG Website, which contains many tools for visualizing models capabilities for searching kinetics and thermodynamics. My research interests include the pyrolysis and oxidation of cyclic and polycyclic compounds, including JP-10, cineole, and phenyldodecane. I am also interested in developing uncertainty analysis methods for automatic mechanism generation.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking and photography, as well as web design. My personal website can be found at conniegao.com, and I am also the webmaster for the Green Group website.