Curriculum Vitae

[updated 08/2015]

Education

  • 2012: PhD, Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2008: MS, Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2004: BS, University of Houston, Computer Engineering Technology

Research

  • 2015-present: Research Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
    • Research and development of advanced solar cell technologies.
  • 2012-2015: Research Scientist, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA
    • Supervisor: Jerry Woodall
    • Investigated solar energy conversion materials and systems, including thin film InP, multijunction solar cells, and hybrid photovoltaic-photothermal systems. [see this, this, or this]
    • Refurbished a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system for investigation of nonisovalent alloys for optoelectronic devices.
    • Industrial Collaboration & Innovation Director of an Engineering Research Center under review for $40M, 10-year funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
      • Raised over $800k in corporate cash and in-kind support.
    • Managed a $300,000 renovation of a 900 sq. ft. lab space being converted from an optics teaching room to a compound semiconductor research laboratory, comprised of epitaxial deposition tools, material and device characterization equipment, and wet lab space for solvent cleaning and chemical etching.
  • 2007-2012: Research Assistant, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Advisor: Jerry Woodall
    • Developed novel approaches for wide bandgap solar cells, including gettering of GaP and Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor (MIS) structures. [see this, this, or maybe this]
    • Fabricated micro- and nanoscale semiconductor devices in a clean room.
    • Characterized electrical and optical properties of microelectronic devices and thin films grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE).
    • Designed and numerically simulated optoelectronic devices.
  • 2011-2012: Research Assistant, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Advisor: Mark Lundstrom
    • Developed experimental techniques for in-line metrology of solar cells using impedance spectroscopy and excitation photoluminescence. [see this or this]
  • 2010,2011: Summer Intern, Air Force Research Laboratory – Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM
    • Supervisor: David Wilt, Tech Lead, Advanced Space Power Generation Lab
    • Evaluated current-voltage and quantum efficiency characterization techniques for subcell characterization of high-efficiency, multijunction solar cells. [see this or this]
    • Guided additional projects conducted by 4-6 interns each summer.

Teaching & Supervising

  • 2014-2015: Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA
    • Taught undergraduate engineering students in an introductory electrical circuits course (Circuits I). [evaluations, course site]
    • Developed blended learning environment where traditional lectures are supplemented with classroom active learning methods, in addition to online videos and discussions. [teaching statement]
  • 2012-2015: Research Scientist, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA
    • Recruited, supervised, and mentored graduate and undergraduate electrical engineering student. (currently have 4 PhD students and 4 undergrads).
    • Supervised projects in photothermal and photovoltaic solar energy conversion, aluminum-based energy storage materials, high-speed heterojunction bipolar transistors, UV photodetectors, and Arduino-based instrumentation.
    • Provided equipment and safety training, assistance with experimental setups, project development advice, and guidance on data analysis.
  • 2008-2009: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    • Taught laboratory section of a graduate-level integrated circuit / MEMS fabrication course (lectures by Joerg Appenzeller).
    • Trained and mentored 10 graduate and senior undergraduate students each semester in the basics of semiconductor fabrication processes as we worked through two lab-based projects (PMOS and MEMS).

Service

Professional

  • 2004-2007: Engineering Development Technician; Schlumberger, Sugar Land, TX
    • Engineered test protocols for passive and active components operating in extreme conditions (high temperature, shock, and vibration).

Honors and Awards

  • 2014: IEEE Electron Devices Society Certificate of Appreciation for Valued Services and Contributions as an educational webinar organizer and presenter
  • 2009: US Department of Defense Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Recipient
  • 2009: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Recipient
  • 2009: Purdue Homeland Security – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Development Program Award Recipient
  • 2000: University of Houston Academic Merit Scholarship
  • 2000: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship
  • 2000: Hamman Foundation Scholarship
  • 2000-2004: Dean’s List

Publications

Technical Skills

  • Deposition: molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), liquid phase epitaxy (LPE)
  • Fabrication: photolithography, chemical etching, ultra-cleaning, metal deposition (e-beam and thermal evaporation, sputtering), thermal annealing, reactive ion etching, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) for oxides/nitrides
  • Characterization: X-ray diffractometry (XRD), capacitance-voltage (CV) profiling, current-voltage (IV) characterization, spectral response / quantum efficiency, photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (PLE), optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Hall effect, ellipsometry, profilometry
  • Laboratory Equipment: data acquisition control mainframe and modules, source measure unit, LCR meter, oscilloscope, multimeter, function generator, frequency counter, lock-in amplifier, optical chopper
  • Software: National Instruments LabWindows/CVI and LabView, MATLAB, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, LaTeX, Microsoft Office – including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access
  • Programming: C, C++, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), HTML, CSS
  • Simulation Tools: ADEPT, PC1D