My name is Marielle Debeurre and I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in a bi-cultural French-American family. I studied Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a Master’s degree in 2020. Although I spent the majority of my childhood education studying liberal arts and humanities, I have always had a strong interest in science and mathematics in particular. Given my background, engineering was difficult for me to learn, but as I continued to study it, I grew more engrossed in understanding how the world works and in providing solutions to the world’s problems. During my years at ASU, I held three engineering internship positions in data science, programming, aerospace engineering and systems engineering. I specialized in control systems and robotics during my Master’s studies and oversaw the undergraduate controls laboratory.
Although I originally planned for a career in aerospace engineering, I began graduate research as a Master’s student. My research focused on wearable robotic systems for human gait rehabilitation, with a specialization in developing control algorithms and experimental design optimization. I cultivated a passion for research and, coupled with my love of teaching, decided to pursue a PhD to broaden my background further. I always knew I wanted to complete my PhD studies in Europe and my industry and research experiences seemed a perfect fit for THREAD, which was recommended to me by the head of graduate studies in my engineering school at ASU. I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers from around the world and with European industry partners, and I look forward to the many accomplishments that are surely in store for the partners and ESRs of project THREAD.