Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I was fascinated each day watching huge Air Force C-5 Galaxy planes fly overhead and wondered how they stay in the air. We moved to the suburbs of Chicago and my curiosity shifted to bridges and how they hold up the weight of all the vehicles. You could say my career path was shaped by both of those interests as I earned bachelor's and masters' degrees from the University of Illinois in civil engineering, and subsequently joined the Air Force. My professional experience includes being a project and program manager for construction projects including buildings, infrastructure, and aircraft hangars at various locations around the U.S. and overseas. I first became interested in teaching as a teaching assistant in grad school and was later assigned as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Fortunately, the Air Force sponsored me to come to Stanford to earn a PhD with a follow-on assignment back to the Academy to teach civil engineering. I came to Stanford in 2013 to study high-performance fiber-reinforced cement composites with Professors Sarah Billington and Mike Lepech. Outside of research, my time is spent with my wife and two children. Hobbies include travel, hiking, fitness, golf, and bowling.