I was born in Palo Alto and grew up just outside of Seattle on beautiful Mercer Island. I became an avid reader of Popular Science at age 12 and later fell in love with 3D printing after reading an article entitled The Desktop Factory. In 2008, I became one of the first 350 people in the world to have a personal 3D printer when I built a RepRap Darwin from scratch: building the electronics by hand and sourcing the mechanical parts online.

I matriculated to Brown University where I concentrated in Applied Mathematics & Economics. In my senior year, a few friends and I launched Azavy. Azavy went on to win the student track of the Rhode Island Business Plan competition, was the top awardee at Brown Venture Labs and led to my participation in Stanford E-Bootcamp. More recently, I was one of three inaugural Maker Fellows at Betaspring. I am currently the program chair of Inside 3D Printing, the largest industry tradeshow in the world.

Outside of 3D printing, I love athletics – see my best times. In high school I was a Washington state record holder and All-America in swimming, and went on to score points at two Ivy League Championships. Halfway through college I switched to running. I helped set a school record (4x800m relay) and placed fourth at the Ivy League Heptagonal championship (800m).

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