Originally from Connecticut, I am currently a chemistry graduate student working on piezoelectrics for Professor Geoffrey Hutchison at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, I attended Boston College where I majored in chemistry and minored in math; much of my time was spent in the chemistry lab researching metal–organic frameworks for Professor Frank Tsung. Besides chemistry, I have interests in running, nature/ecology, hiking, and photography.
During the summer of 2014, a few friends and I restarted the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter on campus. While a chemistry club has existed on campus since 1926 and been recognized by ACS since 1947, the club had not been active for nearly a decade. The club's goal is to build a better sense of community among chemistry majors and create a low-key environment where they can gather in a non-academic setting. During my senior year, I served as the chapter's Vice President and Webmaster. For more information, please visit the chapter's website: bc.chem.club.
I worked at Camp Workcoeman, a Boy Scout camp in New Hartford, Connecticut, every summer from 2008 until 2015. I worked in the Nature Lodge for my first four summers before serving as the director of the Tenderfoot's Compass program for three summers; I spent my final summer working as a Camp Comissioner. The Tenderfoot's Compass is a program for first year Scouts to work together as a patrol and learn many of the skills they need to achieve the ranks on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Camp has a special place in my heart and is where I have made many of my best friends. For more information, please visit the camp's website: campworkcoeman.org.
In high school, I ran cross country and long distance track. My senior year, I finished third in the Founders League Cross Country Championship. On the track, I mainly ran the 1500 meter and the 3000 meter; I placed ninth at New Englands in the latter. After high school, I took up marathoning. I have run ten marathons, including the Boston, Chicago, and New York Marathons. My best time is 2:36:57 which is an average pace of 5:59 per mile for the 26.22 miles. As a grad student, I now run with Pitt Club XC. You can find my times on Athlinks.
In the spring of my senior year of high school at Taft, I built a cedar strip canoe as my senior project. The canoe is made out of thin strips of cedar glued together and covered with a fiberglass and epoxy sheath.