Career
While the majority of my career has been in academic institutions, I have a number of experiences working at companies and in other arenas. Some highlights of my career are detailed below.

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Stevens Institute of Technology
September 2015 - present
I'm currently an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
September 2014 - August 2015
I spent a year working in the Office of Senator Edward J. Markey in Washington, DC, as a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Chalmers University of Technology
May 2012 - August 2014
I spent just over two years in Sweden as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Product and Production Development at Chalmers. While my main duties were in research within the Robust Design and Geometry Assurance group led by Rikard Söderberg, I was also involved in teaching four courses, mentoring students, and working on industrial projects.

University of Michigan
September 2007 - April 2012
For nearly five years, I was a Masters student, a Ph.D. student, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Michigan. My research was in the Optimal Design Laboratory led by Panos Papalambros, and I looked at vehicle design for optimal safety. I also had some lecturing and supervising roles in several graduate-level courses, and I was heavily involved middle- and high-school teaching and mentoring programs through the Office of Engineering Outreach and Engagement. I defended my Ph.D. on the 5th of December 2011, and then I stayed on for four more months as a post-doc.

Sandia Summer Institute
August 2011
During my final summer as a graduate student, I participated in a one-week program at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Through this program, I worked with four other graduate students from across the country on a project titled "Managing Uncertainty in Policy Decisions: Focus on Electric Vehicle Adoption Drivers" led by Todd West and Leonard Malczynski. As a team, we constructed a system dynamics model for understanding the factors affecting plug-in and hybrid electric vehicle adoption. This experience introduced me to system dynamics and using model-based systems engineering for policy research.

U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
Summer 2009
For two months during my Ph.D. studies, I worked as an intern on the Energetic Effects and Crew Safety team led by Sudhakar Arepally at TARDEC in Warren, Michigan. This marked the beginning of a collaborative project on military vehicle blast safety simulation and optimization, which continued through the end of my doctoral studies.

Flowserve
Summer 2007
In the summer before I began graduate school, I worked as an intern in the Applied Technology group of the Flowserve Pump Division in Vernon, California. My work involved selecting valves and other components and designing how to insert them into existing pumps for improved reliability, as well as designing laboratory test assemblies to evaluate the performance of pumps and decoking systems.

University of Maryland
September 2003 - May 2007
My undergraduate studies were in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Spanish and certificates from the Gemstone Program, the Quest Program, the University Honors Program, the Engineering Honors Program, and Mechanical Engineering Honors. It was there that I began my research career with an individual research project on the dynamic effects of explosives and a team research project on developing a product for MEMS education. I also began my teaching career with roles as a Teaching Fellow in Statics and Mechanics courses, a Section Leader in several Gemstone courses, and a Clark School Ambassador. During this time I was also involved in the Zeta Psi Fraternity (Treasurer and Fundraising Chair), Mortar Board Honor Society (President), Omicron Delta Kappa (webmaster), and Maryland Images (tour guide). In the winter of 2007, I studied abroad for three weeks at the University of Kassel (Germany) as part of a program on renewable energy.

ExxonMobil
Summer 2006
The summer before my senior year of college I interned at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in the Plant Engineering group in Fairfax, Virginia. My work involved designing and evaluating new compressor simulation programs and developing an implementation procedure for the new software, as well as collecting data on pump failures to improve reliability through efficient equipment monitoring.

Anheuser-Busch
Summer 2005
The summer before my junior year of college I interned as a Group Manager at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Newark, New Jersey. In my role, I managed a bottling facility with a six-person team, where we were responsible for daily production of bottled beer. As a side project, I collected data and developed a benchmarking tool for improving the efficiency of line changeovers (switching from one product to another), which could improve efficiency by approximately 50%.

Camp Sea Gull
Summers 2002 & 2004
During high school and in my first summer during college, I worked as a camp counselor at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, North Carolina. This involved supervising cabins of 7- and 10-year-olds and making sure everyone was having a good time, as well as teaching campers how to sail (Sunfish, JY-15s, Lasers, and Lightnings) and maintaining a fleet of 50 beginner sailboats (Sunfish).