Bio


I am a first year PhD student in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME). I am interested in computational mechanics, uncertainty quantification, simulation verification and validation, and high performance computing. I earned my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. In my free time I enjoy juggling, hiking, and college football.

Honors & Awards


  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame (2016)
  • Engineering Honors Program, University of Notre Dame College of Engineering (2016)
  • Reverend Thomas A. Steiner Award, University of Notre Dame College of Engineering (2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Indiana Gamma Chapter (2015-2016)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Sigma Beta Chapter of Pi Tau Sigma (2015-2016)

Education & Certifications


  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, Mechanical Engineering (2016)

Projects


  • Undergraduate Senior Thesis, University of Notre Dame (1/1/2014 - 5/1/2016)

    This thesis is the result of four semesters of work. The focus of the thesis is studying the use of Bayesian statistics for uncertainty quantification in engineering applications. Additionally, I quantified the effects of uncertainty on heat transfer through heterogeneous materials using Monte Carlo methods and polynomial chaos. In the appendix is some of my work on the verification of a wavelet based shock wave fluid dynamics code. The results of the verification study were presented at the 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics

    Location

    Notre Dame, IN

    Collaborators

    • Joseph Powers, Professor, University of Notre Dame Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    • Samuel Paolucci, Professor, University of Notre Dame Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Work Experience


  • Technical Intern: Thermal/Fluids Group, Sandia National Laboratories (6/2016 - 8/2016)

    Collaborated with team members on a low mach fluid dynamics code
    Studied the use different time integration schemes for particle dynamics simulations to improve code performance
    Detected and patched critical bugs in simulation restart functionality
    Developed tests to ensure code features function correctly

    Location

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Moncrief Summer Intern, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (5/2015 - 8/2015)

    Developed a parallel finite difference code to model bioheat transfer in the human body
    Studied the effects of cell phone radiation on humans using the model

    Location

    Austin, Texas

  • Technical Intern: Computational Simulation Group, Sandia National Laboratories (5/2014 - 8/2014)

    Collaborated with team members to develop a suite of finite element analysis programs
    Created metrics and quantified inefficiencies in the software’s input/output system
    Initiated integration of experimental file types in existing analysis software in order to improve program performance for future high performance computing platforms

    Location

    Albuquerque, New Mexico