Feb 24, 2017
Ph. D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 2014-present.
My research focuses on the prevention of particle adhesion in power plants through the application of thin coatings to susceptible surfaces. I test the effectiveness of thin coatings in preventing adhesion using in-situ AFM techniques, including a custom heated pressurized AFM and a custom vacuum/dry air AFM. SEM and XRD/XPS are used to characterize the coatings, which are RF sputtered oxides. The coatings are then tested under realistic power plant conditions using a heated, pressurized flow loop.
My earlier research was focused on the development of a 3D sintering nanoprinter, and an associated effort to create self-assembling microsphere colloidal lattices on a water-air interface.
S. B. in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering. 2011-2014; 3.95 GPA.
- U.S. NRC Scholarship
- ANS Scholarship
- RoboJackets team lead
- "Excellence In Nuclear Engineering" award
IB Diploma (HL Math, English, History, Computer Science, Physics). 2007-2011; 3.8 unweighed / 4.5 weighed GPA
Summer internships, 2012-2014.
I worked with the Cold Neutron Source team at the NIST Center for Neutron Research.
- Contributed to the conceptual design of a high-power LEU research reactor, including analysis of fuel burn-up and neutron current in various reactor geometries using the MCNP5 code
- Designed, tested, and implemented Programmable Logic Controller algorithm to predict vacuum pump failure before it occurs and act to avoid vacuum loss and reactor rundown
- Developed software to dynamically plot, inspect, and export data from cold neutron source sensors for easy troubleshooting, alarm identification, and cause/effect analysis by reactor operators and engineers
- Fixed asynchronous data access issue in PLC algorithm, eliminating unexplained noise in sensor readings
Summer Software Development Intern, 2009-2011.
I interned as software developer, full-time for three summers and part-time during the school year.
- Assisted with development of an R&D project to analyze a home's energy usage based on interpolation of outdoor and indoor weather conditions utilizing a genetic algorithm
- Developed distributed processing application that analyzes and renders current and historical lightning data from sensors around the world
- Added location tracking to mini-application to automatically display relevant weather data
Conceptual Design of a Pick-and-Place 3D Nanoprinter for Materials Synthesis
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 3(2), 123-130 (2015)
A Novel Compact Core Design for Beam Tube Research Reactors
2015 ANS Annual Meeting Proceedings
MRS Anti Fouling 2016
MRS 3D printer 2015
Conceptual Design of a High Power LEU Research Reactor
Presented at the SURF symposium at NIST (2013)
Data Visualization for Analysis of the NCNR Cold Neutron Source
Presented at the SURF symposium at NIST (2012)