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Brief Biography

Since May 2009, I have been working as an research scientist and consultant in the areas of computational science & engineering, scientific/high-performance computing and mathematical modeling. See my blog for an informal record of my adventures in this line of work.

My research projects tend to be highly interdisciplinary in nature and arise from serendipitous interactions with people around the world. Currently, my most active collaborations are with Dr. Zi Chen at Princeton University, Dr. Siu Sin Jerry Quek, Dr. David Wu, Dr. Chin Yi Chee, and Dr. Keng-Hwee Chiam at the Institute of High Performance Computing (a research institute under A*STAR) in Singapore. I am also working with Dr. Masa Prodanovic in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at Univ. Texas at Austin and Professor James Lambers in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University.

Personal Mission Statement

Other Interests



Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, M.I.T.
Advisor: Professor Martin Z. Bazant
Thesis: Asymptotic Analysis of Extreme Electrochemical Transport
M.S. Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics
Stanford University
B.S. Chemistry (Minors: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science)
Stanford University
H.S. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 1994


CEO and Founder
Velexi Corporation, Mountain View, CA
Jan 2010 - present
Research Scientist and Consultant
Serendipity Research
May 2009 - present
Portfolio Manager and Founder
Longevity Investments
Dec 2006 - present
Research Scientist/Software Engineer
Vitamin D, Inc.
Nov 2007 - Apr 2009
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University
Advisor: David Srolovitz
Jul 2005 - Sep 2007
Summer Practicum
Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Supervisor: David Trebotich
Jun 2004 - Aug 2004
Software Engineer
Thinking Investments, Inc.
Oct 2000 - Jun 2001
Computer Scientist/Math Programmer
Center for Applied Scientific Computing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Developer on SAMRAI Project
Sep 1999 - Oct 2000

Awards and Honors

Visiting Scientist Appointment (1 month)
Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science
Department of Energy
Elected to Sigma Xi as a full member   2005
DoE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship   2002 - 2005
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society   1998

Professional Affiliations

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics   2002 - present
Sigma Xi   2004 - present
American Physical Society   2004 - 2006
Student member of the American Mathematical Society   2002 - 2005