I successfully defended my dissertation on Feb 22nd. I expect to graduate by May 2017. I am 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. My dissertation research examines the emergence of 3D printing, contributing to the understanding of how a region is successful in developing this general-purpose technology. Using patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), I have built a unique dataset to investigate this technology. Working from an evolutionary economic geography framework, my dissertation provides an empirical model of the factors that affect the geographic diffusion of 3D printing across the 366 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, as well as the determinants of promoting the concentration of inventive activity in 3D printing.
CV: Available upon request