Born in a small farming town in Ohio (Mantua). Received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2013 under the direction of Stuart J. Rowan. Part of his Ph.D. studies were supported by the NASA GSRP fellowship under the direction of Michael A. Meador of the NASA Glenn Research Center. At CWRU he received several awards including the Bayer Graduate Student Award for excellence in polymeric research and the Koenig Spectroscopy Award for the development of advanced structural characterization techniques. He joined IBM-Almaden Research Center in 2013.
During his short tenure at IBM he is co-inventor on 47 patent applications, author on six peer reviewed scientific publications and has mentored four graduate students conducting independent exploratory research. At IBM his research is focused on the development of new materials for next generation extreme ultraviolet lithography and organic hard masks for tone inversion. Outside of this research focus he has been an invited lecturer presenting at various universities including the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain. And remains an active member of the scientific community presenting at national conferences including the American Chemical Society, the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers and the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He also serves as a reviewer for the scientific publication ACS Macro Letters and for NSF proposals geared toward undergraduate institutions.