I am a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley in Prof. Eli Yablonovitch's group. I will graduate in May 2013 and am exploring the job market in applied research. My ideal employer would have extensive depth of resources for funding bold technical risk-taking; provide significant leeway for pursuing my own innovative ideas; and provide a collaborative environment of talented and motivated individuals. My position would also facilitate connections to the greater technical and scientific community. If you are reading this and think you can provide a stimulating environment for me, please contact me.
I am a P. Michael Farmwald Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow; this means I was fully supported throughout the five years of my PhD research. I took full advantage of this freedom to independently invent and develop a novel medical imaging concept called nanodiamond imaging. Nanodiamond imaging is a kind of functional biomedical imaging (like PET or SPECT) that uses biologically-tagged nanodiamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers as a contrast agent. It has the potential to achieve combined high sensitivity and high resolution, features which are incompatible in existing imaging modalities except at the shallowest imaging depths. As a proof of concept I built two imaging scanners that combine optics, magnetics, microwaves, signal/image processing and quantum physics, and I obtained the first images within scattering tissue using optically-detected magnetic resonance.
In addition, I have been successful working in industry; when I was 19, I worked for a summer at Luminescent Technologies, where I independently adapted their mask design technology to the problem of mask inspection. They have since sold the mask design portion of their business to Synopsis to focus exclusively on mask inspection, the outgrowth of my project. I have six US patents from my experience at Luminescent. A year later, I spent the summer at Xerox PARC working on an integrated flow cytometer. I was responsible for increasing the system sensitivity by five orders of magnitude in six weeks. I have three US and three European patents from this experience, and I am lead inventor on one.
Some of my other achievements include obtaining the highest distinction in my graduate preliminary exams (among about 80 students), winning third place in the IEEE EMBS 2012 Student Paper Competition, and directing the Stanford Mariachi to open for Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano (in the mariachi world, that's like being asked to open for the Rolling Stones). In my free time I enjoy creating music, cooking, CrossFit, and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.
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