Joseph grew up in Mountain View, where he enjoyed splitting his time between hiking, playing water polo, and learning the wonders of chemistry. After graduating from Los Altos High School, he happily traded his local swimming pool for the Pacific Ocean while studying chemistry at UCSB as a Regents Scholar. During his undergraduate education, Joseph cultivated a love for research; he developed a method to grow plastic with light in Santa Barbara, worked on creating synthetic tissues during an internship in the Netherlands, and developed new 3D printing materials in an internship in the Bay Area. Joseph is currently supported through government fellowships to engineer new materials for long-term drug release at Stanford.
Raised by a school teacher, Joseph witnessed first-hand the importance and benefits of academic mentorship. Beginning as a freshman in high school, Joseph volunteered as a peer tutor, often teaching subjects to students grades above him. This mentorship continued into his undergraduate career at UCSB, where he tutored both undergraduate and high school students, developed curriculum, and taught in the chemistry department. While at Stanford, Joseph splits his mentorship between academic tutoring and introducing materials and polymer engineering to the greater community through outreach.
Joseph specializes in tutoring STEM fields and college test prep. He prides himself on his ability to provide clarity when dealing with abstract concepts, reducing complex problems to their essential components, and highlighting complex problem solving techniques over rote memorization. Beyond the subject at hand, Joseph has a wealth of information to share on what it is like to be a scientist or an engineer, and he hopes to illustrate different opportunities and provide guidance for mentees interested in that career path.