Cynthia Sung, Ph.D., ASME’s second New Faces-Professional finalist, is an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and applied mechanics department at the University of Pennsylvania. Through her work, which incorporates artificial intelligence, engineering design and rapid fabrication, Dr. Sung aims to provide non-engineers with intuitive computational design and fabrication tools that will enable them to better understand and utilize robots. The tools she has developed enable people to personalize robots for their particular needs, and also allow robotic systems to be rapidly customizable for hazardous tasks including search-and-rescue operations in space. Sung received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University in 2011. She received both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and 2016, respectively.