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About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Virginia.  While my current research is in the area of high flux heat transfer, my interests are varied with considerable enthusiasm for renewable and clean energy technologies.  I believe it is the responsibility of those in my generation to develop and bring these technologies to market in order to ensure the safety and security of future generations.

Beyond science, I have several years experience with the business and law of intellectual property.  I have worked for the Intellectual Property Division of Miles & Stockbridge (Baltimore, MD), assisting in due diligence reviews and authoring patent applications.  In 2009 I launched my first technology startup to commercialize an inflatable life preserver.  I pitched the company in front of potential angel investors and experienced entrepreneurs who offered both approbation and invaluable criticism.  These experiences, coupled with a degree in systems engineering and a concentration in economic systems, provides me with a unique perspective on the business of technology commercialization.

Work experience

Aug 2003May 2005

Research Assistant

University of Virginia

Designed and characterized, through micro-mechanical models, a cellular structure for reusable impact energy absorption.  Models were validated with experimental testing.

U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup

NSMMS 2008: Best Poster