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I am currently working on first principles calculations of energetic materials, specifically those with heterogeneous interfaces. Functionality of these materials may be enhanced by limiting or enabling diffusion of oxygen across these interfaces. I am using chemically accurate Density Functional Theory calculations, primarily within the Vienna ab-initio Software Package (VASP). I have investigated multiple systems for their appeal in different areas.

Work experience

Apr 2012Present

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

NC State University
Aug 2010Present

Research Assistant

NC State University

I work as a research assistant to Professor Douglas L. Irving in the Computational Materials Science group.

May 2007Aug 2010

Event Coordinator

Jerry's Artarama

I began by fulfilling responsibilities regarding database and product management. I later took on more responsibility by designing and creating an art program for beginning artists, helping to plan the Art in the Carolinas art tradeshow, and assisting with classes offered out of the retail store. While in this position, I co-founded the Maddry Arts Foundation, and organized several events for the Foundation, including the Art for Haiti: Auction and Gala, Art-a-Thon for Haiti, and Art-a-Thon for the Gulf Oil Spill.


Aug 2010May 2012

Masters of Materials Engineering

NC State University
Aug 2005May 2009


NC State University