Previous Work

Biomedical Science

Between 1995 and 1997 I worked as an intern at Synthetic Blood, International (now Oxygen Biotherapeutics) in Yellow Springs, OH under the supervision of Dr. Leland C. Clark, the "father of the biosensor". During this time, I assisted in research of an implantable glucose sensor, as well as studied the effects of insulin administration in anoxic environments.


In 1997 / 1998, I worked as a Pre-IRTA fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey R. Smith (now at Vanderbilt University). Our lab was set up for high-throughput genomics, and our research involved performing a genome-wide scan for identifying hereditary prostate cancer loci.

Computer Operator

In 1999 / 2000, I worked as a computer operator, and later as a web programmer at Cargill Investor Services in Chicago, IL. This involved maintaining network operations and developing in-house web applications for departmental operations and upkeep.

Laboratory Automation

In 2000, I moved to Nashville, TN to help Dr. Jeffrey R. Smith start a new lab in the Division of Human Genetics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This involved testing and integrating various bench-top robots to assist in reaction preparation and analysis, as well as programming drivers and interfaces for the automation process. As part of the automated data analysis process, I also coded web tools and statistical stand-alone tools.


In 2002, I started graduate school in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the Vibro-Acoustics laboratory of Dr. Kenneth D. Frampton. My research focused on sound source localization using a distributed sensor network. I earned my Masters degree in 2004.

Wireless Sensor Networks

In 2005, I moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and joined the ModES lab under the direction of Dr. Xenofon D. Koutsoukos. Initially, my research focused on programming frameworks for wireless sensor network application design. After earning my Masters degree in 2006, I began work on problems related to heterogeneous sensor networks.