Brenden received his B.S. in Engineering Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. His graduate work was focused on the high-throughput discovery and optimization of thermoelectric materials with Prof. Eric Toberer. He is currently an Elings postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara with Prof. Stephen Wilson. At UCSB his focus expanded into the realm of quantum materials, including superconductivity, low-dimensional systems (triangular, kagome lattices), and single crystal growth.