I am a southern California native, but to be clear, I am not, nor have I ever been, a beach/surf bum (it’s true!). I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Computational Engineering Science. While earning my B.S., I had the opportunity to serve as both an undergraduate research assistant and as an undergraduate instructor (thanks to Berkeley’s excellent DeCal program). These experiences helped motivate me to continue my education and training in graduate school.
After graduating, I moved out to the Midwest to attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I received my M.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 2010 with a thesis focusing on a kinetic Monte Carlo atomic-scale simulation code I had developed. I am currently working to finish my Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, with a dissertation focusing on advanced development of my original kMC simulator, and application of this code to study the effects of radiation damage in nuclear reactor structural materials.