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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • PhD Candidate - Mechanical Engineering
  • Anticipated Graduation Date (PhD): Spring 2017

University Innovation Training Cohort: Spring 2014



Graduate Research Assistant

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory (AMDL)

Master's Thesis

Experimental, Numerical and Analytical Characterization of Torsional Disk Coupling Systems [1]

PhD Research

Understanding Catastrophic Failure of electric vehicle Li-Ion Batteries through Multi-Physics Modeling


Isopoint Technologies

Founder of the microfluidic technology company commercializing the electrostatic particle trap (E-Trap) under patent US 8,465,967.

  • E-Trap uses electrostatic charge to isolate particles, much like restraining a particle within a fenced-in area.
  • E-Trap offers a solution to researchers enabling them to trap both micro-and nano-scale particles, providing cost- and time-savings, as well as better sample preservation over current technologies.
  • Collaborating with prominent university researchers and entities.
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AlphaCore Solutions

Co-Founder of a company dedicated to helping small companies and startups with their engineering needs.

Campus UIF Activity

University Innovation Fellow Spring 2014

  • Campus Efforts:
    • 3DS Springboard Organizer
    • TEDx UW-Milwaukee contributor
    • Design Thinking workshop coordinator reaching >1,000 students
    • President Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization
    • Makerspace development: Kulwicki Pitstop, Engineering Makerspace
    • New Building committee member: Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship

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