Jam

About

MyPictureSince the Fall of 2009, I have been working towards my M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (exp 2014) degrees at Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Fellow. I research how to build next-generation wireless infrastructure networks. As we move towards a more connected world, the demand for wireless bandwidth and application diversity is demanding greater performance and flexibility from the underlying network. We're going to need more base stations, different protocols, and much more complicated management systems to continue to serve these growing demands. This will be extremely challenging for wireless infrastructure, given the high costs associated with building and deploying today's networks. Towards this end, I am working in the Stanford Networked Systems Group (SNSG) on two related efforts. One, OpenRadio, aims to build a programmable baseband processing platform for wireless protocol processing, providing flexibility to serve different applications while preserving the high-performance compute throughput required for current wireless protocols. The second, Picasso, aims to design a multi-band, full-duplex transceiver which can serve multiple RF bands (and more than one protocol) simultaneously. I am also consulting with Ettus Research, the market leader in academic software-defined radio products, helping to design next-generation software radio products.

Prior to graduate school, I worked in the Boston area as an electrical engineer and entrepreneur. In March of 2008, I deferred admission to Stanford in order to co-found OutSmart Power Systems. The company is built around an original system prototype, "SmartCircuit,"  developed as my senior design project at UMass Amherst.  The OutSmart system is a next-generation power distribution network. Through embedded electronics in electrical nodes (outlets, switches, etc.), OS provides the building manager with an information backbone to deliver all kinds of building performance statistics, control, and management. With Outsmart - as with all small companies - I worked on an exciting variety of projects including hardware design/production, market research, object oriented software development, and patent writing. This was my first true entrepreneurial opportunity, and I loved it. I am and will continue to be very interested in early stage start-ups.

Before starting Outsmart, I was a design engineer for Sensata Technologies. I held an internship there before senior year and joined full-time after graduation, working in the automotive pressure sensor group designing safety-critical occupancy and brake-line fluid sensors. I supported existing and new product designs, and was exposed to a great deal of product design, development, and production for high volume, low-cost devices.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in May 2007, receiving my bachelor's of science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. As I mentioned before, my senior year was largely spent developing the OutSmart (then called SmartCircuit) prototype. At the end of the year, we won first place in the senior design project competition. Additionally, I completed an honors thesis on an "Examination of Power-line Communication Technologies and Application of the Ultra-Wideband Communication System." Some of this research was included in a paper published at MilCom 2007, "A Class of Ultra Wideband (UWB) Systems with Simple Receivers," with Professor D.L. Goeckel.

Outside of coursework, I participated in a number of extracurricular guilds and societies, including the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) EE Honors Society and the UMass Theatre Guild. With HKN, I was the 2006-07 President.  I held lead roles in 2 productions with the UMass Theatre Guild, as well as 1 with the Smith College Theatre Department. My favorite role was Phil in "Hurlyburly," a contemporary black comedy by David Rabe.  I grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts with my parents and my sister, Gabrielle.

Personal interests right now include swimming and kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is a new one, and is extremely challenging and addicting. It's really fun!