Time Span                                                           Duties

June 2017 to September 2018                    Director of Product Development at Nanotek Materials, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Assembled a concrete mixing and testing laboratory and worked with St. Petersburg Architectural University and staff at the Universities of Toronto/Ryerson to develop cement additives and technologies.
  • Wrote three successful grant applications: Ontario Centre of Excellence Solutions 2030 Phase I, MonacoTech Incubator Competitive Entry, Global Start Voucher Program.
  • Prepared and gave multiple presentations to stakeholders and industry (St. Mary’s Cement, CRH Canada, Buzzi, Lafarge).
  • Wrote Turning Silica Fume on its Head [a low-cost approach to high performance concretes] for the 2017 issue of World Cement Magazine
  • Worked with engineers and scientists to develop testing methods and determine commercial value for new technologies.
  • Trained COOP students to confidently generate high-quality reports and analyses
  • Performed cold calling, outreach and sales prospecting as part of a heavy machinery exclusivity contract

September 2011 to Present                        MCAT and University Chemistry Instructor for Prep101, Calgary, Alberta

  • Taught Organic Chemistry and 1st Year Engineering and Science courses that prepared students to answer practical test questions while increasing their understanding.
  • Classes ranged in size up to 125 people and were designed to cover weeks of material in hours. Achieved a student rating of 5.59 out of 6 and often >75% very satisfied (approaching the top 2% of instructors)
  • A student once reported that they skipped classes, used only the textbook and went to my prep courses and received As in both Chemistry 201 and 203. Overall, excellent feedback.
  • Taught Chemistry for the Medical exam (MCAT) and scored in the 96th percentile in chemistry and physics on the 7-hour exam itself.

January 2009 to June 2011                            MSc. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Calgary, Alberta

  • Studied catalysts for water splitting and materials for photovoltaics.
    • MSc. thesis entitled Nanoscale TiO2 and Fe2O3 Architectures for Solar Energy Conversion Schemes was completed under Tier 2 Canada Research Chair Dr. Curtis Paul Berlinguette.
  • Used an innovative printing technique, PMOD, to form minerals at low temperature. PMOD is a UV-light assisted decomposition of metal-organic compounds.
    • We synthesized materials like rust, normally crystalline, at low temperature. Forming minerals at low temperature leads to MANY defects – leading to very high catalytic activity.
      • These high defect minerals were used to catalytically split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with the assistance of sunlight.
    • Science Paper initially submitted 2011, added to and finally accepted in 2013. Photochemical Route for Accessing Amorphous Metal Oxide Materials for Water Oxidation Catalysis.
      Science, 2013, 340(6128) pp. 60-63. DOI: 10.1126/science.1233638
  • Grew Nanowires from conducting glass. This was to create a straight path for electrons to travel in solar cells.
    • Characterized Nano-materials using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible and IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, atomic force microscopy, profilometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
    • Published Solution Growth of Anatase TiO2 Nanowires from Transparent Conducting Glass Substrates.
      Mat. Chem. 2010, 24 (20), 5063-5069, DOI: 10.1039/C0JM00266F
  • Synthesized chemical dyes for Molecular Solar Cells. Published On the Viability of Using Cyclometalated Ru(II) Complexes for Light Harvesting Applications. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48 (20), 9631–9643, DOI: 10.1021/ic900653q
  • Assembled actual solar cells and was part of the team that put together and used our solar simulation and measuring equipment.
  • Used electrochemistry, scanning voltammetry, impedance analysis and various data analysis techniques to engineer better solar cells and better results.
  • Teaching assistant for second year Organic Chemistry classes.
    • Ranked as an excellent instructor and award nominated for 4 of 5 total teaching semesters.
  • Scholarships: Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2010), Alberta Heritage Fund (2011), Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship (2011) and others
  • During the MSc., competed in the Powerlifting Union Nationals in April 2010, volunteered for the All Science Challenge (2011), VP Communications of the Chemistry Graduate Students Association (2010-2011), IT Manager of the Strength and Fitness Club (2010), Campus Fair Chemistry Exhibit Volunteer (2009-2010)

September 2004 to April 2020                    Ran my own business as a Contract Course Instructor and Private Tutor

  • Ran a full-time business finding clients, teaching students, performing invoicing and accounting and creating marketing and teaching material
  • Created booklets, summary sheets, advertisements and marketed and taught a Chemistry 30 Diploma Prep Course.
  • Taught Chemistry (High-school to 3rd Year University), Calculus and Physics.
  • Inspired students to take ownership of their own education and their own results.

2008                                                                  BSc. Chemistry from University of Calgary, Alberta, Notable highlights:

  • Competitive Weightlifter in the Canadian Powerlifting Union
  • Volunteered for the Chemistry Students Chapter (2004-2008) and became its President (2007-2008). Led the club to win the Canadian Institute of Chemistry Chapter Merit Award for best chapter in Canada. Routinely spoke to groups as large as 250 people. Worked with over 14 volunteers.
  • Published thesis entitled ‘Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of Cyclometalated Ruthenium Complexes,’
  • MBraun Award (2007)
  • Volunteered in the University of Calgary Career Centre, Calgary Youth Science Fair, Campus Fair and the Students’ Union.
  • Became a Certified Speed Reader (2008).