Born in New York City and raised in Metro Atlanta, I grew up with an awareness of the complex network required to build and maintain civil utilities, like sewers and wastewater treatment plants, in urban environments. After successfully completing courses at Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Institute of Technology as a high school student, I earned a full academic scholarship to attended the historic Morehouse College. There, I became the fastest student in decades to graduate with a BS in Physics, completing the degree requirements in just three years. During that time, I worked as a research assistant in laboratory groups at the top institutions around the world, including Stanford University and Kyoto University.
Following my undergraduate education, I pursued my newly developed passion for asking questions related wastewater by joining the Lin Laboratory at Vanderbilt University as a PhD student. I made contributions to the field of membrane distillation, primarily by expanding our understanding of why how certain feed water compositions lead to process failure, but also by developing a framework to assess the energy efficiency of coupled waste heat-distillation systems in industrial settings. This work led to several publications in the top academic journals for environmental engineering and also the establishment of a start-up company, C-Salt, an industrial wastewater treatment system service.