Past Member

Bianca Datta

Former Research Assistant
  • Fluid Interfaces
  • MAS Affiliated Research Assistants

 I am a PhD candidate in the Object-Based Media group at the Media Lab, where I explore means to create and transform interactive displays and interfaces through a materials science lens. I presently work on biomimetic optical structures for generating structural color, and have previously worked on the development of holographic video devices, synthesis of quantum dots, and responsive material systems for mediated cell growth.  I am also interested in scientific communication and representation for education, engagement, and wellbeing.  I spent the summer of 2017 working as a science writer for NOVA through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program.

I studied Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014. While at Penn, I served as a Resident Advisor and led a Visual Arts Residential Program to escape the linearity of engineering problem sets and strike a balance between technical tasks and creative endeavors. I spent time as a Peer Advisor and Teaching Assistant and I worked in a Chemistry/ Materials Science lab and researched quantum dot materials for photovoltaic applications. 

I graduated with a BS & MS in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and an MS in Media Arts and Sciences in 2016.  I enjoy eating frozen yogurt, drinking tea, and exploring cities. I'm frequently excited by dinosaurs and sushi, and I hope to one day apply my materials science background to a career in human-centered materials design and research.