I joined NSF and the IGERT program as a Science Assistant in April 2011. I recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with the M.S.E. in Systems Engineering. While at Penn, I was a member of the Ackoff Collaboratory for Advancement of the Systems Approach and researched the modeling and simulation challenges for the synthesis of socio-cognitive agents and realistic social behaviors in immersive training environments. I also hold the B.S. (Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) in electrical engineering from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where I developed several award-winning unmanned ground vehicles and autonomous robots. My research interests include intelligent agents, serious games, mobile robots, human-robot systems, complex systems, and engineering and public policy awareness.