I started conducting research at the University of Central Florida during high school and after graduating decided to go there for my undergraduate degree. While at UCF I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. During my time at UCF I worked with Dr. Yongho Sohn and my research was focused on solid-state diffusion experiments regarding nuclear fuel systems in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory, where I was consequently able to participate in a summer internship. There I worked on the compilation of a database and image analysis of fuel cladding chemical interactions in uranium based metallic nuclear fuels.