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.
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 Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). My work there primarily involved policy analysis and advising the senator on transportation, energy, consumer safety, nuclear weapons, and science issues.
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, where my research focused on sustainable design and optimization, 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.
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
For two months during my Ph.D. studies, I worked 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.
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. 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.