Hello! I'm Nathan, a Chemical Engineering student, programmer, and outdoor enthusiast from the Pacific Northwest. I currently live in Bend, OR for a chemical engineering co-op with Ballard Fuel Cell Systems. I also created and maintain The Bike Light Database, a resource to help cyclists find a light to make their rides safe and fun.
I've completed 4 of 5 years towards an Honors B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University. My academic interests include energy efficiency and process optimization, polymer processing, microelectronics and semiconductors, and precollege engineering education. In 2013 I was one of 50 honorable mentions for the Udall Scholarship, a competitive national award for students who demonstrate excellence in studies related to environmental issues.
I am an active member of OSU's student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, was a chapter officer for the past 4 years, and am involved with the local AIChE professional section. In 2011 I won 2nd place in the AIChE National Undergraduate Poster Competition's environmental division for research on in-situ oil spill tracking with fluorescence spectroscopy, and in 2012 I won 1st place in the education division for my research on sustainable energy education.
Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time bicycling, camping, backpacking, skiing, and generally getting outdoors. I enjoy photography, and you can see some of my photos through my Flickr profile. I also have a passion for computers. I'm an active member on several sites in the Stack Exchange Q&A network, and write for the Super User site's community blog.