Dr. David Estrada, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, joined Boise State University in August, 2013. David is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as an Electronics Warfare Technician from 1998 - 2004. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University in 2007 and moved to Illinois to pursue his postgraduate education. In May of 2013 he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he studied the properties of carbon nanomaterials under the direction of Professor Eric Pop. As a graduate student and Postdoctoral Research Associated, David has worked closely with Prof. Rashid Bashir’s Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medical Micro/Nanotechnology Applications at UIUC, investigating graphene as a membrane for synthetic nanopores. David is the recipient of the NSF, NDSEG, and Micron Graduate Fellowships. His research interests include the use of 2-dimensional materials for synthetic nanopores/ion channels and templated cell growth and differentiation.