I was born in Berkeley, California in 1987, two minutes after my twin brother, Brian. I spent my entire pre-college life in Oakland, California.

I have always loved art, and until the end of middle school, I had no doubt that I was going to go to art school and be an artist. Then the life of the Nobel prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman, and the hands-on teaching of an eccentric middle school science teacher converted me from science-hater to science-fanatic in the eighth grade. I was still searching for a way to combine my long-time love of art with my new-found love of science when I started taking the mechanical engineering and drafting classes offered at my high school. Mechanical engineering seemed to me like the perfect mix of logical, precise science and creative, hands-on art.

Several years later, I was accepted to and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, while doing a humanities concentration in Art History.

I returned to the Bay Area after graduating from MIT and spent a year and a half taking technical classes, art classes, and in-between-engineering-and-art classes from various schools in the area to broaden my hands-on skills, fabrication knowledge, and creative design abilities. 

I started work as a mechanical engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in February 2011. Although I contribute to a variety of design, analysis, and measurement projects at the Lab, my primary responsibilities are within the Advanced Photon Injector Experiment (APEX). I continue to create art in my free time.