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Regardless of how you found my portfolio, thanks for stopping by. The pages of this portfolio demonstrate some of my past experiences. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at the contact information below. No matter what I write here, nothing compares to a good old fashion conversation and I'd love to hear from you.

the basics
I am the husband of an amazing woman and wife, Kate, and the new father of two boys Thatcher and Callum. After graduating from Penn State, my wife's graduate education took us to Dallas, TX where I worked as an audio-video engineer/designer and high school teacher. Our next stop was in the New River Valley of Virginia as I pursued a Masters in System Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. We're now in Southern New Jersey (outside of Philadelphia) and I'm thrilled to be in my new role as a faculty member at Rowan University.

Personally, I love being outdoors, particularly hiking, golfing, running, and anything that reveals the beauty of what God has created. As you may have guessed, I am a Christian and I'm happy to discuss that more if you'd like. I love spending time with family and friends and could pretty much listen to podcasts (OK, I actually do this), watch movies (good and bad), and watch TV shows (good only) all day long.

I believe the disciplines in which I've chosen to work and study– technology, design, innovation, & entrepreneurship–provide a unique perspective as both an educator and researcher. Specifically, I view these disciplines from the organizational and systems perspectives acknowledging that proper design, continuous improvement, and innovation go hand in hand with success.

 My research interests include understanding

  • technology commercialization both within academia and more broadly (research to practice),
  • entrepreneurship and innovation drivers (motivation, incentives, etc.),
  • teaching engineering and entrepreneurship,
  • engineering faculty behaviors, and 
  • the institutional structures and policies that influence educational systems.

I explore these ideas from a dynamic, systems perspective making connections between the "micro" and "macro" elements of systems.

I was blessed to be a NSF Graduate Research Fellow because it gave me the time and space to fully pursue my research interests. It also supported my ability to practice what I study and teach through starting an innovation consulting/education company that has spurred the development of IOI Partners. IOI Partners was created to help organizations (large and small, old and new) optimize innovation efforts by helping business leaders align internal and external sources of value.

I invite you to explore the rest of my portfolio and reach out using any of the contact methods below.