Dr. Astrid Layton is a Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where she got her BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Studio Arts. She then moved to Atlanta for her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. After Atlanta, she spent 2 years as a visiting lecturer in Metz, France at Georgia Tech Lorraine. Now living in Texas, Dr. Layton researches how we can better design our human networks, things like power grids and water distribution and supply chains, to be more sustainable and resilient by looking at networks like food webs in nature! In addition to learning about nature, Dr. Layton also enjoys painting, whitewater kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking.