EMPLOYMENT / Education / Research Experience

Jan. 2017 - Present Senior R. & D. Staff Member
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Materials Science and Technology Division
Jan. 2012 - Jan 2017 R. & D. Staff Member
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Materials Science and Technology Division
Sept. 2008 - Jan. 2012 R. & D. Associate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Materials Science and Technology Division
Sept. 2005 - Sept. 2008 Post-Doctoral Researcher
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Physics Department
Post-doctoral Advisors: Prof. D. C. Langreth and Prof. K. M. Rabe
Sept. 2000 - Aug. 2005 Graduate Student
University of Pennsylvania
Ph. D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry
Dissertation Title: "Theoretical investigations of complex-oxides: Understanding bulk ferroelectrics and oxide-metal interfaces"
Doctoral Advisor: Prof. A. M. Rappe
Sept. 1996 - May 2000 Undergraduate Student
Vassar College
B.A. in Chemistry with a correlate in Computer Science
Cum laude en materias
Undergraduate Senior Research Thesis
Ab initio study: "Proton conduction in perovskite oxides"
Undergraduate Thesis Advisor: Prof. M. A. Gomez (currently at Mount Holyoke)
Summer 1997 Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) Student
Vassar College
Project Title: "Red grass, green blood: Experimental study of the sulfur-aided conversion of heme porphyrins into chlorins"
Fall 1995 - Spring 1996 College of the Bahamas, Bahamas
Fall 1990 - Spring 1995 Freeport Anglican High School, Bahamas

Awards and Honors

DOE Early Career Award
2011 European Physics Letters Best of 2011: Euro. Phys. Lett. 94, 37006 (2011)
2002 IBM/ACS Graduate Student Award in Computational Chemistry
"The effects of oxygen vacancies on the hydration of alumina"
2001 Graduate Teaching Award, Chemistry Department,
University of Pennsylvania
2000 Undergraduate Honors in Chemistry, Vassar College
1996 Lyford Key Scholar, College of the Bahamas

Synergistic Activities

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2018
CNMS User Executive Committee, Member at Large
Mar. 2017
APS Focus Session: "van der Waals Bonding in Advanced Materials" co-organizer with Leeor Kronig
Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2017
ORNL Chemistry and Materials Seminar co-organizer with Craig Bridges
Mar. 2015 APS Invited Session: "Frontiers of Electronic Structure Theory for Materials" co-organizer with Volker Blum, Ismaila Dabo and Timo Thonhauser
Jan. 2015 "Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials Workshop" co-organizer with P. Ganesh and Haixuan Xu
Mar. 2013 APS Session: "Recent Developments in Density Functional Theory" co-organizer with Timo Thonhauser
Feb. 2013 Computational and Data-Driven Materials Review Panel, National Science Foundation
Jan. 2013 "Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials 2013 Workshop" co-organizer with S. P. Beckman and P. M. Gehring:
2010 ORNL 2010 Distinguished Seminar Series in Materials Theory co-organizer with D. Xiao and S. Okamoto
June 2009 Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation Review Panel, National Science Foundation


American Physical Society Member
American Chemical Society Member
American Ceramics Society Member
Materials Research Society Member