Allison Lynne Yost
PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
nECST Lab, Room 41-317
77 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Phone: +1.215.801.4775
Email: ayost [at] mit [dot] edu

research interests

Fluid Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Microfluidics, MEMS,  Medical Devices, Biological Systems, Transport phenomenon, Biomechanics


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
       PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, (Expected Graduation: June 2016), GPA 4.6/5.0
  • Advisors: Dr. Brian Wardle, Dr. Gareth McKinley, and Dr. Mehmet Toner
  • Research Topic: Focused on nanoporous elements in microfluidics for medical diagnostics and manipulation of bioparticles 
  • Relevant Coursework
    • Nanostructure Fabrication (Currently enrolled)
    • Intro to MEMS 
    • Advanced Micro/Nano Technology Laboratory
    • Molecular Medicine 
    • Evaluating a Biomedical Business Concept 
    • Global Health Delivery Lab
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
        S. M., Mechanical Engineering, June 2012, GPA 4.6/5.0
    • Advisor: Dr. Larry Young
    • Research Topic: Development of a fluid filled military helmet liner for blast mitigation
    • Relevant Coursework
      • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
      • Quantitative Physiology: Cellular Biophysics
      • Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
      • Cellular Matrix Mechanics
      • Computational Science and Engineering I
      • Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems 
    University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
        B.S., Mechanical Engineering, May 2010, GPA 3.93/4.0
    • Graduated summa cum laude
    • Research: Senior Team Lead, Senior Project: Effects of a Counter-Rotating Cellular Flow on Submerged Oil/Water Interface
      • Designed/Fabricated Hele-Shaw cell flow facility in an effort to enable an experimental, temperature driven flow
      • Developed a 1-way coupled computational flow model in MATLAB
      • Performed preliminary testing to find threshold where instabilities in flow appear, and feasibility to generate cellular flow with experimental setup


        Center for Engineering in Medicine, BioMEMS Resource Center, and the MGH Cancer Center                     Summer 2009
            Harvard Medical School, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital

                Internship involving research and development of microfluidic devices
                Advisors: Dr. John Oakey, Dr. Jon F. Edd, Dr. Ramin Haghooie, Dr. Mehmet Toner
    • Investigated potential channel geometries and arrays that would yield successful cell capture using high speed microscopy and analytical models
    • Trained in class 1000 clean room procedures and operations
    • Combined inertial focusing and droplet formation with end goal of determining operating thresholds for encapsulation that may lead to potential detection and classification of circulating tumor cells
        Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA                                                                                                         Summer 2008
            Nasa Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)

                Research and development in a study entitled "Electric Thruster Diagnostic Instrumentation"
                Advisors: Dr. Lee Johnson, Dr. David Conroy
    • Analyzed, developed, and tested thruster diagnostic instruments used in vacuum chamber testing
    • Assessed the effects of using Argon as a propellant on spacecraft propulsion
    • Communicated finding in both a paper and presentation for peer review, portions of which were used in publication entitled "A Comparison of the Effects of Xenon-Fed Versus Argon-Fed Hollow Cathodes on Hall Thruster Plume Physics" by Regina Sullivan (IEEE Aerospace Convention, March 7-15, 2008)


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Camrbidge, MA
    • Managing Director, MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition (2013-2014, Leadership Team 2012-ongoing)
    • Co-Director, Hacking Medicine (2013-ongoing; Member since 2012)
    • Member, MIT VentureShips (2012-2013)
      • Worked with recent Startup company Delightfully          
    University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
    • Member, UNH Women's Soccer Varisty Team (NCAA Division I: America East Conference)  (2006-2010)                                                                   
      • Captain (2009-2010)                                                                                                                                                                                 
    • Member, NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) UNH Chapter (2007-2010)                                                                                        
      • President (2009-2010)                                                                                                                                                                             
    • Member, Tau Beta Pi: UNH Chapter (2008-2010)                                                                                                                                                
    • Member, Katrina Relief Urban Plunge: Alternative Spring Break (2008)                                                                                                           
    • Tutor, UNH Student Tutor Services: Athletic Department (2006-2010)                                                                                                                     
    Title IX Girls Running Club                                                                                                                                                                                     
    • Coach: Coach and Mentor for young girls ages 9-16 in Running Club (2013-onward)
    Boston Marathon                                                                                                                                                                                     
    • Runner: raised $3,250 for the Melanoma Foundation of New England (2010) 

honors and awards

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    • MIT Patrick J. McGovern Jr. ’59 Entrepreneurship Award (2013)
    • MIT Donald O'Brien Fellowship (2010)                                                                                                    
    University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
    • UNH Presidential Academic and Athletic Scholarship (2006-2009)
    • UNH Women's Soccer Student Athlete Award (2006-2009)
    • UNH Champlin Scholarship Award (2009)
    • America East All-Championship Team (2009)
    • America East All-Academic Team (2009) 
    • UNH Frederick Smyth Book Award (2008)
    • UNH John and Rose Mendelsohn Kurtz Scholarship (2008) 
    • UNH Cash Bryson Scholarship (2008)