About Me

I am a Founder and Managing Partner of Fast Rope Labs, a skunkworks-as-a-service, research, design, and development startup in Washington, DC. FRL has created products and services used by thousands of people for major commercial brands, non-profits, and government agencies, such as Upside Travel, Keurig, Verité, Network for Good, the US State Department, and the City of Boston. Our work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, CNN, TechCrunch, Bloomberg, and Fortune.

I am also an adjunct professor and researcher of medicine and engineering at The George Washington University. I have authored 18 peer-reviewed publications, cited over 1,000 times, and I am an inventor on numerous US patents. In 2016, I was a General Chair for the International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Smart and Connected Health. Under the advisement of Professor John Lach, I completed my Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering as an ARCS Scholar and recipient of the University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences and Engineering. I was a founding member of the NIH and NSF sponsored Center for Wireless Health, and I held research appointments in both the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I specialized in the design and application of wearable sensors for assessment and relief of movement disorders resulting from Parkinson’s and essential tremor, normal pressure hydrocephalus, multiple sclerosis, and mild traumatic brain injury. I created TEMPO, a medical technology utilized in neurosurgical, psychiatric, and orthopedic clinical trials at major health institutions, including the UVA Health System and the Carilion Clinic. My work was covered by Computer Magazine, Healthcare IT News, and Medgadget.

I was previously a Co-Founder at BeClose, a venture-backed health tech startup, which developed internet of things hardware and cloud-hosted artificial intelligence, to promote healthy, independent living. Recognized by Frost & Sullivan as one of the most significant innovations disrupting healthcare, BeClose worked with high profile payors, including CMS and United Healthcare. BeClose was featured in TechCrunch, Fast Company, Gigaom, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and USA Today. Covered by VentureBeat, USA Today, and announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, BeClose was spun-in to Alarm.com as Alarm.com Wellness in January of 2014. Alarm.com Wellness was prominently featured in testimony to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. I spearheaded strategic special projects and advised C-level executives during the Alarm.com IPO in 2015.

Finally, I am a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners and a member of the UVA SEAS Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the ECE External Advisory Board.

Experience

Fast Rope Labs

Founder, Managing Partner 2015 - Present

NextGen Venture Partners

Venture Partner 2015 - Present

George Washington University

Adjunct Assistant Professor 2015 - Present

Alarm.com (NASDAQ:ALRM)

Director of Product Management, Platforms and Health Innovations 2014 - 2015

BeClose (Now Alarm.com)

Co-Founder, Head of Technology and Product 2009 - 2014

University of Virginia Center for Wireless Health

Founding Member, Lead Researcher 2004 - 2009

Education

University of Virginia

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Concentration 2009
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering 2003

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I enjoy meeting people who share my passion for design, creation, and innovation. Contact me if you want to share ideas or opportunities.

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