• Stratford High School - 2006
  • University of Texas at Austin, BS in Chemical Engineering
  • MIT, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

For my favorite college memories, I enjoyed tutoring in the chemical engineering department but found my summer internship experiences with Shell and ExxonMobil most influential towards my professional development. I interned several times in upstream oil and gas, but I was always interested in renewable energy and chemicals. After UT, I went to grad school at MIT to develop novel bacterial strains that convert renewable sugars into higher value chemicals and into biofuels. Although I received the SPE scholarship for only one year after deciding to stick with my chemical engineering major, I credit the SPE scholarship for connecting me with Shell Oil Company for my first internship the summer before freshman year. I cannot overstate how valuable this experience was. My advice to students is that SPE scholarship recipients should make the most of the industry connections that they receive. Contact me at