I received my Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2013 from UCLA, and worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Structural Engineering and the Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) at UC San Diego until I joined Penn State in 2016. My Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholar appointment were both under the advisement of JS Chen. My undergraduate education was in Civil Engineering at CSU Fullerton. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State holding the endowed L. Robert and Mary L. Kimball Career Development Professorship.
My research has been implemented into several large scale commercial and government computational mechanics codes, such as LS-DYNA, SIERRA of Sandia National Labs, and NMAP used by the U.S. Army ERDC and Caterpillar Inc. It is currently being funded by NSF, the DOD, Penn State, the Kimball Endowment, and private industry.