Education
Ph.D. in Photo-Physical Inorganic Chemistry (Prof. Gerald J. Meyer), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; August 2010
M.A. in Photo-Physical Inorganic Chemistry (Prof. Gerald J. Meyer), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; February 2008 (GPA: 3.96)
M.S. in Nutrition & Food Science (Prof. Liangli Yu), University of Maryland, College Park, MD; August 2005 (GPA: 4.00)
B.S. in Mathematics (Pure, Applied, & Computing), Towson University, Towson, MD; May 1999 (GPA: 3.87)


Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA (2013 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA (2014 - present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Applied ChemistryTokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar (Prof. Nathan S. Lewis), Chemistry Department, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2010 - 2013)
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Prof. Gerald J. Meyer), Chemistry Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2005 - 2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2005 - 2007)
  • Research Assistant (Prof. Dorothy Beckett), Biochemistry Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2005)
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Prof. Liangli Yu), Nutrition & Food Science Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2003 - 2005)
  • Teaching Assistant, Biochemistry and Nutrition & Food Science Departments, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2003 - 2005)
  • Instructor, Math and Computer Science Departments, Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, MD (2001 - 2003)
  • Software Engineer, Physiome Sciences, Inc., Princeton, NJ (2001)
  • Instructor, Math & Computer Science Department, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD (2000 - 2001)
  • IT Consultant & Associate Consultant, Xpedior / Metamor, Inc., Landover, MD (1999 - 2000)
  • Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Department, Towson University, Towson, MD (1997)
  • Software & QA Engineer, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., Columbia, MD (1993 - 1996)

Fellowships, Awards, Honors, & Affiliations
Collegiate and Beyond
  • DOE Early Career Research Program Award, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences
  • Scialog Fellow – Advanced Energy Storage, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Kavli Fellow, The Kavli Foundation
  • Runner-up, Tech Idol Award, The American Water Summit
  • Moore Inventor Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Beall Innovation Award, Beall Family Foundation
  • Physical (PHYS) Division Postdoctoral Research Award, American Chemical Society, PHYS Division
  • DOE–EERE Postdoctoral Research Award, Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Yale Climate & Energy Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined), Yale University
  • Harry and Cleio Greer Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University - awarded to an outstanding advanced-year graduate student
  • Ernest M. Marks Award, Johns Hopkins University - for excellence in teaching and research
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Award, University of Maryland - travel grant
  • Tuition Remission Scholarship, University of Maryland
  • Mary Hudson Scarborough Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Towson University - awarded to a senior-level undergraduate student
  • Joyce C. Neubert Award in Mathematics, Towson University - awarded to a junior-level undergraduate student
  • Provost's Tuition Remission Scholarship, Towson University

  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, University of Maryland
  • Golden Key National Honors Society, Towson University
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Honors Society, Towson University

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) member (2004 - present)
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Photoelectrochemical Working Group (2011 - present)
  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS) member (2012 - present)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) member (2012 - present)
  • UC Irvine Chemistry and Materials Physics (ChaMP) Graduate Program member (2013 - present)
  • UC Irvine Center for Solar Energy member (2014 - present)
  • University of California Innovative Materials for Energy Working Group member (2016 - present)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) member (2016 - present)