Brian graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with High Honors from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2015 concentrating in electronic materials. In the summer of 2013, he worked at Argonne National Lab in the Energy Systems division examining the tribological performance of lubricants with nanoparticle additives. During his senior year he worked at the Construction Engineering Research Lab in Champaign, IL in the Materials Branch focusing on the deployment and testing of a graywater treatment system to reduce DoD building water consumption. Brian is currently a PhD student in the Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara researching epitaxial growth of III-V quantum dots on Si using MOCVD for on-chip laser sources. He is a Regents Fellow co-advised by Jonathan Klamkin and John Bowers.