Basith joins us this October from the California Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Computer Science. As a Teaching Assistant, consultant and student, Basith studied and practiced mechanical design and fabrication, as well as programming control and analysis of mechanical systems. For three years he was a member of the Caltech Robotics Team and helped develop an autonomous underwater vehicle. For recreation, Basith plays football and soccer, and he enjoys hiking and camping. He reads mystery novels, especially those by Agatha Christie. Basith grew up in Princeton, NJ.