Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1981. M Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 1982.
Professional engineer Union Carbide, Parma, Ohio, 1982—1988, Columbia, Tennessee, 1982—1988. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science Department of State, 1989—1991. International adviser United States House Science Space and Technology Committee, 1991—1994.
Democratic professional staff member, environmental, technical and standards subcommittee United States House Science Committee, 1995—2006. Staff director, technical, innovation subcommittee United States House Science and Technology Committee, since 2007.