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Albany, NY


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Professional Associations:  American Chemical Society  |  Materials Research Society (MRS)  |  Tau Beta Pi

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I am a new researcher in the Semiconductor Materials and Process Technology Research group at IBM Research in Albany, NY. My work concentrates on Middle-of-the-Line (MOL) material development for next generation silicide contacts and metal interconnects. In my spare time, I am playing with the forefront of cognitive computing for artificial intelligence.


I received my B.S. in chemical engineering in 2010 at the University of Delaware and my Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Purdue University in 2015. My doctoral thesis entitled, "Processing of Thin Film Photovoltaics from Chalcogenide Nanoparticles," was supervised by Dr. Rakesh Agrawal. As an NSF IGERT Fellow & Associate, I developed lab-scale methods to improve efficincies of CZTSSe solar cells processed on flexible glasses, developed novel ligand-exchange chemistries to reduce carbon contamination in solar absorber films, and used my PV expertise to improve the capacity of lithium ion batteries with nanoparticle selenium. From 2015-2016, I was a post-doctoral researcher in IBM Watson's neuromorphic computing group. During this time, I was on a 8 winning team of IBM's cognitive build for my contributions on the "What did I eat?" cognitive app, and I submitted 18 patent disclosures. These disclosures include my innovations of new non-volatile analog memristors. In January 2017, I co-founded Mithril Laboratory, LLC. where I continued my work on developing cognitive applications, until I rejoined IBM as of May 2017. I look forward to continuing my contributions to IBM's future technologies and hope someday I can achieve the rank of Master Inventor.