I am a founder of Fast Rope Labs, a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine and Engineering at George Washington University. I was previously the Co-Founder and the Head of Technology and Product at BeClose, a venture-backed health technology startup, founded in 2009, which combined artificial intelligence and internet of things sensing to promote peace of mind for caregivers and independence for those they care for. BeClose was featured in TechCrunch, Fast Company, Gigaom, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and USA Today. Recognized by Frost & Sullivan as one of the most significant innovations disrupting healthcare, BeClose impacted many institutions, including the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and United Healthcare. Covered by VentureBeat, USA Today, and announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, BeClose was spun-in to Alarm.com and renamed 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 initial public offering, which concluded in June of 2015. I left Alarm.com in December of 2015 to start Fast Rope Labs, a technology startup studio in Washington, DC.
I am also a highly cited researcher who has explored 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 was the architect of TEMPO, a system of wearable, Bluetooth, inertial sensors utilized in neurosurgical, psychiatric, and orthopedic clinical trials at major health institutions, including the University of Virginia Health System and the Carilion Clinic. My work was covered by Computer Magazine, Healthcare IT News, and Medgadget. Under the advisement of Professor John Lach, I completed my Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, where I held research appointments in both the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I was an ARCS Scholar, recipient of the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences and Engineering, and a founding member of the NIH and NSF sponsored Center for Wireless Health. I have authored 17 peer-reviewed publications, which have over 800 citations in total, and I am an inventor on numerous issued patents and patents pending. I am a member of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and a General Chair of the 2016 International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Smart and Connected Health.
Founder • 2015 - Present
Venture Partner • 2015 - Present
Adjunct Assistant Professor • 2015 - Present
Director of Product Management, Platforms and Health Innovations • 2014 - 2015
Co-Founder, Head of Technology and Product • 2009 - 2015
Founding Member, Lead Researcher • 2004 - 2009
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Concentration • 2009
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering • 2003
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