Brian was raised in the Midwest, spending time in Ohio and Michigan before moving to Aurora, IL. He graduated in May 2012 with a BS in Civil and Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During undergrad he was able to study abroad in Xi’an, China where he realized his passion for traveling and discovering new culture. He also participated with the EWB-UIC organization which sparked interest in international development. After graduation he alternated between working full time as a research chemist and exploring the countries of Southeast Asia. Through all of his experiences the themes of engineering, travel, sustainability, immersion, and education have persisted. The Masters International in Environmental Engineering ties those ends together. He is excited to continue to build knowledge and experience at their awesome program at the University of South Florida.