I am a global development engineer and entrepreneur. As Managing Director of Global Engineering Programs (GEP) at Purdue University, I convene and catalyze the faculty, students, and staff within and beyond the Top-10 College of Engineering for global impact. In particular, I co-lead the Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab in putting engineering innovations to work for sustainable global development.
Prior to joining Purdue, I was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As part of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) program within the US Global Development Lab, I catalyzed MIT's International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) - including acting as a Design Facilitator in Botswana - and supported MSU's Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). I further co-led the HESN student engagement working group, served on the core team for Global Innovation Exchange, and represented USAID on the White House (OSTP) inter-agency working group for Making.
My path to being a development professional included advancing sustainable technology and entrepreneurship on four continents having been inspired by service following Hurricane Katrina. An interdisciplinary engineer, I earned a joint B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) / M.S. (Materials Science & Engineering), then Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering; committee of four departments) as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. With over $200K in funding, my programs benefited Tanzania (low-cost lathe), India and the USA (affordable “green” cement), and Thailand (upland agriculture and water) - the latter supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I also co-created the Technology Seeding development framework, a course on sustainable engineering, and have been featured in national TV, radio, and print. I derive professional value from personal pursuits in the performing arts, videography, and photography.