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I am a Postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvnia working with Professors George Pappas and Ali Jadbabaie . I'm affiliated with the GRASP Lab and the Precise Center.

I completed my doctoral degree in Electrical and Systems Engineering at Penn in December 2014. Prior to arriving Penn, I completed the BS in Mathematics (summa cum laude) at Gardner-Webb University (GWU). In the course of my academic pursuits, I've held visiting research positions at the University of Minnesota, California Institute of Technology, and the Corporate research division of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart Germany; working on projects ranging from understanding network topologies to reliability analysis in engineering systems.

My research studies information diffusion and the dynamics of contagions in networks. I also look at the interplay between the contagion dynamics and properties of the network as it relates to controlling the spreading process using optimization-based control strategies. Other current projects include developing a framework for virtualizing sensing and computing functions in Cyber-Physical networks. Some of my past work studied issues of controllability of large networks and developed notions of reputation in networked systems.

I have been accorded a number of research and academic awards including the MAA Patterson award and the GWU Scholastic Achievement award . I'm also a Fellow of the Ford Foundation and was named a Fontaine Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.