PhD Candidate


Growing up in Montana sparked my professional interest in developing technology that benefits both human kind and the environment. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2000, and my M.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2002. My professional experience prior to starting at Stanford for my doctoral studies in 2010 includes studying CO2 emissions from burning biomass at the Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT and two Silicon Valley startup companies, Calstar Products and Calera, developing sustainable cementitious products. My current research focuses on biodegradable polymers that can be applied as polymer/natural fiber composites in sustainable building applications and to replace traditional plastics in other applications. I am studying how processing and material properties affect the anaerobic degradation of these polymers at their end-of-life. I work with Professor Sarah Billington and Professor Craig Criddle in CEE and collaborate with Professor Curt Frank’s group in Chemical Engineering.  Outside of my academic work I enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing, and dancing.