Education

Caltech

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering 

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Gene Pool, Caltech

Easily the most intellectually and mentally challenging times of my life. Enjoyed testing myself in the “big leagues” tremendously. My thesis was on designing and building a MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) device that amplifies DNA using real time PCR.

UC San Diego

Master of Engineering degree in bioengineering

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Geisel Library, UC San Diego

At the time, I could have never guessed that one day I would consider San Diego home. During my first time here, I signed up for the terminal (i.e. not meant to lead towards a PhD) Masters of Engineering degree because I had already made my mind that I was either getting my PhD from Caltech or going straight into industry. Enjoyed my time taking difficult classes while being in an environment where bioengineering had a history and was taken very seriously.

UC Berkeley

Bachelor of Science in bioengineering, minor in chemical engineering

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Doe Library, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley (Cal) is where I matured from a learner who absorbs information to an inquirer who questioned everything. I started needing mathematical derivations instead of memorizing equations. I also learned the most valuable tool of all: how to express a real life problem as a set of equations.

Along the way, I grew as a person through exposure to people from incredibly diverse backgrounds.

Udacity (online)

Nanodegree in Self Driving Cars 

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As an old school PhD, I had my reservations on the value of an online program, but with my conviction that learning is a life long process, I went ahead and signed up for this 9 month “nanodegree” program where I learned a lot of thew newest tools used in industry. As an early adopter, I was a member of the first ever graduating class for this nanodegree.