Hi, I'm Wendy Trattner.

founder/ceo @ nibble | mechanical engineer | sustainability enthusiast

Life Stream

A timeline of life updates and events.
For me to remember things and occasionally share my thoughts + experiences.

Wrote a Medium post for Embark about my summer internship

September 3, 2020

I learned a ton during my internship and loved having autonomy (haha) to work on projects that interested me. I'm especially happy that I had the opportunity to work on some side projects related to the business and internal organization with the Chief of Staff and COO.

Nibble accepted into Envision Accelerator

July 3, 2020

After doing extensive market research, talking with tons of restaurant owners and managers, and building a minimum viable product in a very short amount of time, Nibble will be running a small pilot program in San Francisco in the coming weeks while participating in the Envision Accelerator's inaugural cohort of 15 startups (TechCrunch article).

Started working on Nibble

June 8, 2020

Nibble is a marketplace for restaurant food that normally goes to waste. Restaurants throw away TONS of good food. It's hard to predict demand, so they tend to prepare more food than they can sell. At the end of the night, the extra food gets tossed. Nibble helps them save money by selling that food at a discount instead of throwing it away.

Started Climate Writing for the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

June 8, 2020

Working on revamping the MIT Climate Portal to be a science-based, accessible collection of information on climate change for a general audience. It is geared toward people who are concerned or curious about climate change, but may not be well versed or technical, and want to learn more.

Started Interning at Embark Trucks

May 18, 2020

Super excited to be in SF and working at a smaller startup. There are only 3 other mechanical engineers!

I am hopeful that improving the speed and efficiency of freight transport, especially in the fresh produce sector, could improve carbon emissions and potentially even help reduce food waste.

Won 3 MIT writing awards!

May 9, 2020

1st Place, Boit Manuscript Prize, Fiction
1st Place, S. Klein Prize, Technical Writing
3rd Place, Robert A. Boit Prize, Poetry

Details and other winners here.

Kicked off campus due to COVID-19

March 10, 2020

MIT told us we have like 5 days to leave campus. Not cool.

Accepted to be a 2020 Interact Fellow!

April 15, 2020

I didn't realize at the time, but this was one of the most amazing things that has happened to me. The community of people is so incredible and inspiring.

Taught myself how to write html/css

Circa December 6, 2019

I decided to make a personal website from scratch and switch over from Wordpress, which was costing me $$ and not very personalized. I thought it would be a good investment to learn a new skill and would look nicer. I'm so glad I decided to do it. A few weeks later my friend Amy convinced me to take MIT Web Lab, a 3 week crash course where you build a full stack web app and participate in a competition. It was SO hard and I wanted to quit at the beginning, since I had almost no coding experience. But we stuck it out and made it to semi-finals with our computational poetry generator called Stanza.

Interned at Lyft Level 5

Summer 2019

I joined the mechanical analysis team and designed/tested/analyzed camera mounts and acoustics for the autonomous cars. Learned a ton about vibrational analysis and got a lot of CAD practice in Solidworks.

I was hopeful that a future with autonomous cars could improve our society's efficiency and emissions. After learning more about the space, I am less hopeful that this is the future we will actually arrive at. It would require complete adoption of autonomy, one system or company running everything, and a full conversion to electric vehicles. It may still be possible, but is far off in the future. Especially after attending the MIT Energy Initiative's 2020 panel discussing a three year study on the future of mobility I now believe that we should instead focus our passenger vehicle efforts on improving mass public transportation.

Traveled to Peru to test a homemade solar powered drone for rainforest conservation

August, 2018

With a small team of students, I helped developed a solar powered drone prototype in order to improve surveillance of the Amazon rainforest and track deforestation. We met with our partner, Conservation International, in Lima, and then traveled to two rainforest research stations - Villa Carman and Wayquecha - where we tested our drone. The rainforest is absolutely breathtaking. I was so sad to learn that much of the deforestation is driven by poverty. People in need of income cut down small swathes of rainforest in order to start farms, and it's nearly impossible to detect using satellite images.

Competed in the 2018 American Solar Challenge with the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team

July 2018

We drove 1700 miles along the Oregon Trail, in addition to a few hundred miles in a grand prix. I was a driver because I was small enough to fit in the tiny driver pod. Notable moments include: spinning out on the test track and getting an donut award for 'attempting circular motion', seeing a meteor shower at Craters of the Moon National Park, getting hilarious looks from unknowing passersby, being told I was 'so smart for a girl', and crossing the finish line in 5th place!
I also wrote an article for The Tech and was also featured in The Independent.

Went to Italy for a physics internship

January, 2018

Stayed in Benevento for the month while learning about gravitational wave detector physics, specifically focusing on thermal noise within the Virgo and LIGO interferometer mirrors. Did you know these detectors are the most sensitive measurement devices humans have ever built? The detectors pick up the gravitational pull when nearby trees sway in the wind, so the trees around the detectors are cleared just to make the signal less noisy!

Started at MIT!

September, 2017

Ended up majoring in mechanical engineering.

Did the high school thing

2014-2017

Spent most of my time doing Lincoln-Douglas Debate instead of assignments and studying. I became the captain and traveled around with my team competing in national tournaments. It was way more exciting than classes. I also spent some time on the swim team and then the Milwaukee Rowing Club team.

I was born!

January 6, 1999

A wondrous day.