I graduated from the Physics department at UC Santa Barbara in 2003. Afterwards, I joined the Applied Physics department at Stanford University where I got my Ph.D. working with Professor Mark Brongersma. There, my research interests comprised nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, and IR spectroscopy. After graduating in 2009, I took a position as a Fellow of the Energy Frontier Research Center, where I applied nanophotonics concepts and techniques towards the fundamental study of solar cell materials and optics. In 2012 I became a born-again Gaucho, joining the ECE department as an Assistant Professor.