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Jul 2015 - Oct 2016

Nanofabrication Research Scientist

Zyvex Labs, Richardson, Texas

Apr 2012 - Jun 2015

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate

US Naval Research Laboratory

Research Advisor: Dr. Jeremy T. Robinson, Dr. Cory D. Cress

  • Developed a research effort to interface fast ion conductors and two-dimensional materials
  • Invented graphene/CaF2 device for the controllable doping and functionalization of graphene
  • With Raman spectroscopy, performed the first experimental study of the influence of defects on the electronic and optical properties of twisted bilayer graphene
  • Demonstrated growth and transfer of graphene, chemically-modified graphene, and hafnia thin films

Aug 2004 - Apr 2012

Research Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Principle Investigator: Dr. Joseph W. Lyding

  • Invented field-directed sputter sharpening process for atomic-scale structuring of probes
  • Maintained, modified and operated home-built ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
  • Employed STM in the study of graphene and fluorinated graphene on silicon and copper substrates
  • Developed lithographic processes and demonstrated atomic-precision patterning of silicon
  • Designed and constructed high vacuum chemical vapor deposition and plasma etching systems

Aug 2009 - Dec 2011

Teaching Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ECE 444: Integrated Circuit Device Theory and Fabrication

  • Operated and maintained a functioning integrated circuit fabrication facility
  • Organized and led a laboratory session, instructing students in the fabrication process

Feb 2011 - Mar 2011

Substitute Lecturer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ECE 481: Nanotechnology

  • Independently developed course material relating to nanofabrication of atomically-sharp probes
  • Delivered graduate lectures on scanning tunneling microscopy and nanowires

Aug 2006 - Dec 2007

Teaching Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ECE 411: Computer Organization and Design

  • Guided students in the development of a complete pipelined microprocessor architecture

May 2003 - Aug 2003
May 2002 - Aug 2002

Undergraduate Student Research Program Intern

NASA Glenn Research Center

  • Developed software to assist in analysis and design of air-breathing engines
  • Developed genetic algorithm-based model for optimization of solid oxide fuel cells

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