My research exploits the fundamental mechanisms of self-assembly to create smart materials inspired by nature. These concepts are then applied to solve the critical challenges of NASA and DOD through materials-driven systems engineering. This interdisciplinary approach cuts across polymer/materials chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, and biophysics. As a Principal Investigator, I have over ten years of experience transitioning original designs from proof-of-concept to deployment through industrial partnerships.
AGU Index Category
AGU Index Sub-Category
Surfaces and interfaces
Creep and deformation
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY, LAUREL, MD
Leading research programs in solar thermal propulsion, self-healing paint, instant underwater adhesives, eco-friendly inorganic coatings, hierarchically structured biomimetic coatings, and the self-assembly of Co nanoparticles into magnetically actuated artificial cilia.
ENGINEERING FOR PROFESSIONALS, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, LAUREL, MD
Teach self-assembly class for graduate degree program in Materials Science and Engineering.
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Co-advising graduate research projects in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Developed novel processing routes for creating hierarchical biomimetic topographies via molecular and particulate self-assembly at photocrosslinkable oil/water interfaces.
CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
National Science Foundation MPS/DRF Distinguished International Postdoctoral Fellow
Investigated light-regulated, reversible adsorption of biomolecules from self-assembled biosensors based on supported lipid bilayers.
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY PMSE MEMBER AT LARGE
Elected by members of the ACS Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division to provide input to the Executive Committee and Board on membership needs and concerns.
STAR OF THE REDD PLANET AWARD
Recognition for advocacy of technical career progression across the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory and mentorship of principal investigators leading internally funded research and development projects within the Research and Exploratory Development Department.
R&D 100 FINALIST
Widely recognized in industry, government, and academia as a mark of excellence for the most innovative ideas of the year, the R&D 100 Awards are the only industry-wide competition rewarding the practical applications of science.
JHU/APL SENIOR ADVISORY GROUP
Chosen as a select group of senior scientists and engineers from JHU/APL to provide direct feedback to the JHU/APL Executive Committee on matters concerning technical staff and impacting the technical career ladder.
REDD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE AND DEDICATION
Award offered by the Research and Exploratory Development Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to recognize staff for outstanding achievements.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG SCIENTIST
The Maryland Academy of Sciences and Maryland Science Center honor Maryland scientists and engineers who have made substantial contributions to science and engineering communities early in their careers.
EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD OF LEHIGH UNIVERSITY MATERIALS SCI & ENGR DEPT
Advise on strategic goals and priorities, offer guidance with respect to the needs of the public and professional community, and increase the visibility of the MSE department.
JHU/APL PUBLICATION AWARD
Award for author’s first paper in a peer reviewed journal or proceedings for, “Dipolar Assembly of Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles into Magnetically Driven Artificial Cilia.”
JHU/APL INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
An invention disclosure for “Implantable Pressure-Actuated Drug-Delivery Systems” was chosen as the top entry across the Applied Physics Laboratory.
JHU/APL INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
An invention disclosure for “Closed-Loop Triggered Drug Delivery via Physiologically Responsive Polymers” was chosen as the top entry across the Applied Physics Laboratory.
NRC/NIST POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Chosen as top applicant in the summer of 2005 from among proposals submitted to a wide range of government research labs including NIST, ARL, AFRL, NRL, and NIH.
NSF MPS-DRF DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Awarded to fewer than 20 applicants for all of math and physical sciences
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA REGENTS FELLOW
Fellowship awarded to the top incoming graduate student for each academic department.
APS PADDEN AWARD FINALIST
One of five finalists chosen by the Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY) to present at a special session for top graduate students nearing graduation.
BRADLEY STOUGHTON STUDENT AWARD
Award given to top undergraduate from the Mat. Sci. & Eng. Dept. at Lehigh University.
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