Studied engineering at Caltech and then moved to study ocean engineering at UCSB. Did a brief postdoctoral stint at WHOI in nearshore processes, including the Nearshore Canyon Experiment at Torrey Pines Beach in 2003. Started shortly after that at OSU as a research associate.
Have been studying physical models of waves and the coast ever since at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory. Academic interests revolve around this work with researchers from all over the world.