In December 2008 I received Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In September 2007 I was awarded the inaugural Paul Bonderson joint MS/Ph.D. fellowship which has provided me with funding to complete my MS degree at Cal Poly and pursue the Ph.D. degree at in the Materials Department at UCSB.
At Cal Poly I developed a wet etching process to fabricate thin silicon membranes using standard microelectronic/microfabrication processing techniques. At UCSB my research focuses on block copolymer lithography, and specifically on developing new ways to control the self-assembly of block copolymer molecules in thin films using controlled solvent vapor annealing. I manage the Chemical Nanostructures Laboratory in the California NanoSystems Institute. I am co-advised by Prof. Craig Hawker and Prof. Ed Kramer, and I am a member of the Materials Research Society and American Physical Society.