The Department of Mechanical Engineering would like to introduce you to one of our newest faculty members: Assistant Professor Kosa Goucher-Lambert. Professor Goucher-Lambert joined us here in Etcheverry Hall in the Spring of 2019. Below, Professor Goucher-Lambert shares how he became interested in the field of mechanical engineering, his hobbies outside the office, and what he looks forward to most here at Berkeley.
“I think what attracted me first to Mechanical Engineering is what still drives my passion today: its breadth. There is everything from nano-scale heat transfer to building robotic systems or developing new cutting edge design methods. Having the opportunity to work at the nexus of so many inspiring and interesting problems is what makes Mechanical Engineering so unique and so fun. I also love making the connection between Mechanical Engineering and other fields where that connection may not exist naturally – for example, Neuroscience or Psychology. I think Design is a natural vehicle for collaboration both within and between disciplines. I love doing research to develop new design theories, methods, and tools for engineers and designers. I also enjoy leveraging these methods through teaching and helping students creatively explore their engineering knowledge to develop solutions to important societal challenges.
Outside of work, I like to carve out time for new experiences and for staying active. I grew up playing soccer, so you might find me searching for a good pick-up game on the weekend or waking up early to watch the English Premier League. I also love running, cycling, and hiking. If I’m not doing something active, then I am trying a new food spot— I’ll drive wherever or wait in line however long is necessary if it comes recommended from someone I trust.
I’m really looking forward to being a part of such a wonderful and inspiring academic community— especially those with interests related to design such as the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. I can’t wait to build my research group and collaboration network in order to continue exploring ways to empower designers to more easily create solutions using computational and behavioral methods and tools. The weather is a nice bonus too!”