I worked in academia and research for 9 years, first at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I obtained my B.S. in materials science and engineering, later at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and finally at Georgia Institute of Technology where I obtained my PhD in materials science and engineering. My research focus has been nanotechnology and energy storage. My interests in business began while completing a Management of Technology certificate from the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. During this time, I founded a start-up in the clean-energy sector, which helped me fulfill my entrepreneurial drive and increased my interest in commercialization and in emerging technologies. Since then, I have been working as a consultant in the emerging technology space, helping corporate clients select the most promising technologies for various applications in a variety of technologies. I am passionate about working in the strategic consulting space, and have broadened my expertise and skillset through my work as a consultant and through my involvement in Community Consulting Teams, helping non-profit organizations achieve their strategic goals.