Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am interested in resolving outstanding fundamental scientific problems that impede the computational materials design process. My immediate goal is to develop a more quantitative understanding of materials synthesis-structure relationships; specifically, to elucidate and predict crystallization pathways through metastable phases during materials formation. My work involves developing new thermodynamic frameworks and density functional theory (DFT)-based tools to investigate solid-aqueous phase equilibria at the nanoscale, competitive nucleation, and constrained equilibria. I also use data-mining techniques to design new technological materials, and to map relationships across the structural and thermodynamic landscape of known materials.

Education and Employment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Materials Theory Staff Scientist, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Sciences Division, 2016-2018

Massachusetts institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, 2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research (NSF GRFP) Fellowship

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Departmental Honors, 2010

B.S., Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, 2010

Honors, Awards and Service

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory SLAM Competition, First Place , 2019

Thomas Young Centre Junior Research Fellowship, 2019

Best Poster Prize, Best Talk in Symposium Prize, MRS Fall 2018 Meeting, 2018

Co-Chair, American Crystallographic Association Session: Computational Crystallography, 2018

Co-Chair, Gordon Research Seminar: Crystal Growth and Assembly, Biddeford, ME, 2017

MS&T: Materials Genome Initiative Data-Mining Grand Challenge Winner, 2016

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) ISSCG Young Researcher Award, 2016

UC Berkeley; Lecturer for Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations in Solids, 2016-18

Keynote Speaker – 6th International Conference on Combinatorial Materials Research, 2015

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, CoolComposites Inc., 2015

MIT Clean Energy Prize – Winner Infrastructure and Resources Track, ($35,000), 2015

MIT Soldier Design Competition – Raytheon Innovation Prize ($5,000), 2015

Faraday Discussion Leeds, UK – Nucleation; Graduate Student Poster Honorable Mention 2015

MIT (MSRP) Minority and Women Undergraduate Research Program; Program Assistant, 2015

MIT MADMEC VI “Materials Solutions for Alternative Energy”, 2nd Place ($6,000) 2014

MRS Materials Hackathon, “Direct Evaluation of Quasicrystal Lattice Energies”, 2nd Place 2014

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2010

Northwestern University Frey Prize, 2nd Place ($8,000) 2010

ASM National Undergraduate Materials Design Competition, 2nd Place ($2,500) 2009


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