Ian, a native Texan, was born in Dallas and moved to Houston at the age of 7 where he grew up and graduated from The Woodlands High School. He then attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia where he participated in collegiate distance running, majored in Environmental Sciences, and graduated with a BS. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at The University of Alabama. His research focus in the Rupar group is on developing novel, electron deficient conjugated polymers. For leisure, he also enjoys playing guitar, backpacking, cycling, and (of course) Alabama football.