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About me

As an artist I seek to explore the boundaries of what defines Photography (light-drawing). I work to create unique artistic practices by manipulating forms of light and photographic materials. In making my images I take on the roles of sculptor, painter, scientist, and inventor coupled with that of a photographer. With my work I hope to explore the fundamental reactions of the psyche to imagery that, while abstract, is representative of the forces that comprise our world.


As a scientist and inventor I aim to create nanotechnologies capable of harnessing light to a degree never before possible. To accomplish this, I am researching and developing novel nanofabrication methodologies for the creation of truly three dimensional structures with nanometer resolutions. With these new fabrication techniques I hope to create optical metamaterials, photonic devices, and 3D electronics beyond the scope of traditional nanofabrication. 


PhD. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, 2021

M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, 2018

B.A. Hampshire College, 2011


Work Experience

Founder & CEO, Irradiant Technologies Inc., 2021 - present

Freelance Photographer & Videographer, Irradiant Art, Aug. 2011 - present

Research Assistant, Synthetic Neurobiology, MIT Media Lab, June 2016 - 2021

Research Affiliate, Synthetic Neurobiology, MIT Media Lab, Mar 2015 - May 2016

Archivist and Master Printmaker, Blueflower Press, Philadelphia PA, Jun. 2011-Jan. 2013 

Studio Assistant for Blaise Tobia, Jul. 2011- Aug. 2012 

Photo West Gallery Internship, Philadelphia PA, Summer 2007 and 2010 



Photonics West (Talk), SPIE, San Francisco CA, Feb. 2020

Digital Frontiers Conference (Keynote), MIT, Cambridge MA, Apr. 2019

Media Lab Members Week (Keynote), MIT, Cambridge MA, Nov. 2018

Art & Technology: Art as Insight (Two Exhibits and Talks), Hanoi & Saigon, Vietnam, Aug. 2018

Hacking the Arts Conference (Exhibit and Talk), MIT, Cambridge MA, Nov. 2017

"Out of the Blue Too Grand Opening" (Group Show), Out of the Blue Too, Cambridge MA, Dec. 2014 - Mar. 2015

Philadelphia Photo Review Auction, Philadelphia, Nov. 2013

“Carpe Diem” Art at City Hall (Group Show), Philadelphia, Oct.-Dec. 2012

“Elements” Chemigrams, Old City Jewish Art Center (Group Show), Feb. 2012

“Month of Miracles” Irradiations, Old City Jewish Art Center (Group Show), Dec. and Jan. 2011-2012

“Look at Lancaster” Window exhibit of Irradiance (Solo Show), Lancaster ave., Philadelphia, Sept-Nov 2011

“Irradiance/Corporeality,” Exhibition of Abstract Photography and Sculptures with Thomas Clinch, Hampshire College Main Gallery, Apr. 2011

“Robert Seydel Memorial Exhibit” (Group Show), Hampshire College, Feb. 2011

“Unseen Works” (Group Show), Hampshire College, Nov. 2010

“Click, Print, Collect” (Group Show), Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia. Aug. 2010

Bimetal Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit for Board of Trustees (Group Show), Hampshire College, 2009

Middlesex Library Conference Photo Exhibit (Solo Show), Middlesex Academy, 2007

Cambridge School of Weston, Capstone Photo Exhibit (Solo Show), 2007


Honors, Awards, & Grants

SBIR Phase I (4 separate grants: DOE, NSF, Navy, NIST), 2021

Activate Boston Fellowship, 2020

Friends of McGovern Fellowship, 2019

Open Oceans Initiative Grant, 2018

EPIC Design Competition, first place, 2014

DART (Design Art and Technology) Grant, 2011


Published/Collected Works:

"Irradiance Optics Documentation" Commissioned and collected by the MIT Museum,  2016

“BiDiPi-#31” Featured in Vsauce2 Youtube Video, over 2 million views, 2013

“Philadelphia Inquirer” Photographs of Carolyn Healy’s Installations. Two sets of photographs each published once,  2012

“The Reader” book of Art & Prose, Irradiance #4: First image in book, 2011



"LALS photo contest" Juror for Latin American Studies photo contest, Brandeis University, 2013 

"Carpe Diem" Art at City Hall (Assistant), Philadelphia, Oct. 2012

"Irradiance/Corporeality", Hampshire College, Main Gallery, Apr. 2011 

History of Photography Exhibit, Hampshire College, Jerome Liebling Center, Sept.-Dec. 2010

Middlesex Library Conference Photo Exhibit, Middlesex Academy, 2007

Cambridge School of Weston, Capstone Photo Exhibit, 2007

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