Prior to joining the HFZ team, I studied Bioengineering and minored in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). During my time at UIC I took part in an Interdisciplinary Product Design course, in partnership with Intuitive Surgical, which allowed me to work on an interdisciplinary team of students to bridge the gap between clinical observation and medical device development. This experience also shed light on the intricate process of medical product design and taught me the importance of strong team dynamics. I also became heavily involved with the Biomedical Engineering Society as its chapter President, which is also where I first learned about the various opportunities for engineers in the legal space. My interests in Intellectual Property Law grew further after taking additional courses in Engineering Law that provided exposure to the multifaceted patenting process.
Currently in my practice as a Patent Engineer at HFZ I am actively learning about the imperative role of engineers, and their technical expertise, in patent prosecution in addition to working alongside attorneys to protect the work of inventors and clients. I am excited to be on the frontlines of innovation and work with technologies from a broad range of fields. Looking forward, I hope to pursue a JD degree at a part-time law program and further refine my skills as a Patent Engineer.
My path to HFZ began at Northwestern’s Innovation Lab. There, I worked in an interdisciplinary team of engineering and law students who developed an AI-based oral argument analysis tool for an Am Law 100 firm. This sharpened my interest in law, leading me to a career in patents. However, I’ve always enjoyed writing technical documents and giving oral presentations on my work. As an academic researcher, I focused on the design and analysis of parallel computing systems. I’ve also worked in the healthcare industry as a software engineer—experience I leveraged when developing a finger vein recognition system during my graduate studies.
I am currently studying law in the evening division at Chicago-Kent. I am excited to contribute to HFZ’s deep well of leadership, talent, and expertise in patent prosecution.
Prior to joining HFZ as a Patent Engineer, I studied Physics and minored in Mathematics at Wheaton College. Studying Physics has given me a broad range of exposure to various fields of engineering including mechanical, electrical and programming. In my Innovative Design Lab class, I worked with a team designing a door opening solution for individuals using wheelchairs. My math background has given me competence with data science, cryptography, and algorithms.
I have always had twin passions for both science and law, and the field of patent law allows me to pursue both. While interning at Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman during the summer of my junior year, I got to experience the field of patent prosecution in earnest, and immediately knew this was the career for me. Patent prosecution allows me to both work with brilliant inventors who are actively making the world a better place through fascinating technologies, and protect their inventions and rights, so they can focus on inventing. I am currently a law student in the evening program at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Before I joined the HFZ team, I studied Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University. During this time, I worked as a research assistant where I second authored an in-progress social science manuscript about Transnational Grids. I also held summer internships at C2AE and OHM advisors, contributing to various public works projects. Additionally, I was a summer intern at HFZ where I developed my interest in IP law.
At HFZ, I can combine my interests in innovative technology and the field of law, while learning from experienced patent attorneys.
Prior to joining the HFZ team, I studied Electrical Engineering and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Project and design work at UW enabled me to gain experience in several technical areas. These areas include computer systems in medicine, electromagnetic energy conversion, power systems and transmission, plasma processing, electroacoustics, environmental economics, and econometrics. Additionally, I interned with SAI Advanced Power Solutions assisting them in designing and testing mission critical power systems. I pitched and implemented a virtual 3-dimensional wiring platform expediting feedback between engineers and manufacturers of SAI products. These experiences gave me powerful insight into the design and implementation of innovative systems. Furthermore, these experiences taught me the value of client relationships, which led me to a passion for working with and protecting the rights of clients and inventors.
Working at HFZ has facilitated my passion for innovative technologies and systems. I enjoy working comprehensively with clients to acquire the intellectual property rights they deserve.
Having over 10 years of experience working with engineers and scientists in university-based research laboratories, I appreciate the effort and dedication that goes into the development and validation of novel technologies. As a doctoral student, I authored and co-authored research and review articles in Advanced Healthcare Materials, Dental Materials, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, obtaining substantial practice in the communication of novel concepts. I also worked as a Tech Transfer Fellow at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)—evaluating a wide range of invention disclosures, assessing prior art, drafting marketing abstracts, and identifying potential licensees—which significantly strengthened my interest in patent law. After completing a doctoral thesis, I worked with engineers and surgeons as a Biomedical Innovation Fellow in UM’s Pediatric Surgery Section to identify medical device needs through clinical immersion. This process inspired design and development of new product solutions to fulfill the needs and expectations of the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (MPED) program. This work expanded my knowledge of medical device technologies and commercialization strategies.
At HFZ, I work together with patent attorneys and patent engineers to help clients secure protection for their innovative ideas and maximize the economic value of their patents. At HFZ, I can utilize my previous experiences to help advocate for inventors and assist in securing the full extent of intellectual property protection to which they are entitled.
Prior to joining the HFZ team, I studied Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Project and design work at Purdue included developing embedded control systems for digital washing machines and performing a design/build for an Atomic Force Microscope. Additionally, I interned with Grote Industries assisting in the design and manufacture of the newly emerging thin film LED technology for truck and trailer interior and exterior lighting. I also tested optical, electrical and mechanical compliances and specifications for LED technology within the industry. I was introduced to Intellectual Property working as a summer intern for an IP law firm.
Working at HFZ has allowed me to grow my knowledge and passion for new and emerging technologies while working alongside intelligent, seasoned patent attorneys. I strive to help our clients attain their Intellectual Property rights which contributes to the overall health of our economic system.
Before I joined the HFZ team, I studied electrical engineering at Marquette University. While at Marquette I worked in the power electronics lab assisting in the design of power electronic converters. Additionally, I interned at S&C Electric designing control systems for power converter test fixtures. I also interned at Johnson Controls in the Power Solutions division. Here, I conducted design verification of a solid-state relay for use in lithium ion battery control. Throughout these roles, I worked alongside skilled engineers and production staff to further the goals of innovating new products and systems.
At Hanley, Flight, and Zimmerman, I am able to utilize my technical background and interest in new and innovative technologies in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for our diverse client network.
Before joining the HFZ team, I worked as a senior electrical engineer at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in the Well Services and Coil Acquisition Software and Hardware product group. I designed, developed and commissioned electrical control systems on next generation land and offshore mixing equipment for high pressure pumping fluid delivery applications. I have extensive experience in electric, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems and a knowledge base in a wide array of commercial and industrial sensor technologies.
At HFZ, I am encouraged to leverage my industry experience along with my passion for learning about emerging technologies to protect our clients’ intellectual property.
At HFZ, I am honored to protect the innovation and technologies of our clients. Prior to joining HFZ, I was a mathematics teacher at Noble Street College Prep, where I taught trigonometry. At Law Bulletin, I programmed automated test software for new developing applications. At Continental Automotive Group I ran a series of EMC tests and programed transmission control units for 4×4 SUVs.
HFZ allows me to use my diverse background and skill set to problem solve during the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.