He is currently a doctoral candidate in public policy, expecting to complete Ph.D. degree requirements by May 2017. He is interested in the areas of regional economic development, commercialization of academic research, and the factors that contribute to the agglomeration of high-tech sectors and economic growth. His dissertation research examines the emergence of 3D printing, contributing to the understanding of how a new industry takes off in a region. Using patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he has built a unique dataset to investigate this emerging technology. Working from an evolutionary economic geography framework, his dissertation provides an empirical model of the factors that affect the spatial diffusion of 3D printing across U.S. cities, as well as the forces that promote the concentration of inventive activity in relation to 3D printing.