John received his bachelors and masters degrees in metallurgy from Colorado School of Mines. His masters thesis was on developing cooling curve analysis methods for quantifying the progress of phase transformations and was advised by Patricio Mendez and Mike Kaufman. Since then, he has worked with Prof. Mendez to extend these cooling curve analysis techniques to quantifying transformations during a Jominy end-quench test and to be used simultaneously with dilatometry to obtain an estimate of the enthalpy of interfaces produced on transformation. After graduating from CSM, John worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he did casting modeling using the LANL developed, open source Truchas code. John is now a PhD candidate in the Voorhees group studying the coarsening dynamics of liquid-solid mixtures.