The one thing about science that nobody ever tells you is that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you actually know about the world.
Much of my life has been spent studying science/engineering and developing new knowledge (research). I grew up in upstate New York and was fortunate to start doing laboratory research at age 16 at the (now) College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering.
At Harvard, my research interests are broad: composites, molecular self-assembly, and robotics, to name a few. I am fortunate to work with a group of diverse and intellectually curious people from all over the world. Additionally, I have enjoyed working for George since, I believe, his framework for doing science is both pragmatic and unique. Needless to say, he is both respected (#1 living chemist in the world by H-index) and notorious ("you don't have to be particularly smart to do good science") within the field of chemistry and materials science.
Prior to Harvard, I was a JSPS Fellow at the University of Tokyo in the laboratory of Prof. Takuzo Aida where I studied batteries based on graphene. I completed my PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University where I was a NERC Fellow and ISEN Fellow under the advisement of Professor Samuel Stupp. My doctoral research was in molecular self-assembly; I developed functional hydrogen bonded networks for organic electronics, optics, and biomaterials.
For more information about my research, please click here.
I spent my formative years as an undergraduate in quaint Ithaca, NY at Cornell University where I received my bachelors in Materials Science & Engineering (2006). My advisor at Cornell was George Malliaras.
Beyond the laboratory, I have been intrigued by entrepreneurship. More than the financial reward starting companies represents one of the most demanding, all encompassing challenges one can pursue. Building an organization is tough: moving from constructive chaos to a repetitive rhythm of generating revenue isn't easy.
I am fortunate to partner with some talented entrepreneurs and be involved with building robust and sustainable businesses: PreScouter, Spasso, and Proper Channel. More on my startup initiatives here.