Welcome to Engineer’s Reef!  My last website was years out of date and it was time for a change!  Please hang in there while I make the transition…

I’m going to be writing posts primarily about new and useful things I learn as I grow out my reef.  Expect posts about disease and pest treatments, quarantine procedures, and DIY projects.  I’m also going to catalog my coral collection (mostly for my own terrible memory!)  You might notice a recipe pop up in there every now and then too.  I love cooking for my ladies and I’m trying a new way to keep them all together, so don’t be surprised to see a recipe mixed in there too!

Meanwhile, please pardon my dust.


So it’s been 2 years since I changed my T5 lamps… big deal?

We all know that changing our T5 bulbs regularly is important, but seriously not many of us really stay that rigorously on top of the bulb changing schedule. BulkReefSupply, as part of their incredible BRSTV series, did an investigation into how true the generally accepted notion “change your lamps every 12 months” really is. It …

Spammer Gonna Spam

My apologies if you’ve been to my page recently and came across thousands of SPAM posts. Apparently one of the plugins I was using to run this site had a vulnerability. I’ve since remedied the problem and deleted over 4,000 posts that were junk. Happy Reefing!


I’m an engineer by training and an all around do-it-yourself’er.  If there’s an option to build/fix/break/construct it myself, that’s usually my first choice.  I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but I grew up in New Jersey just across the bridge from Philadelphia in a town called Voorhees.  I got my first fish tank when I was 7, a ten gallon freshwater tank with the usual suspects.  We got our first saltwater tank in the house when I was 10.  This was in the early 90’s so most of what we had is considered old fashion at this point: trickle filter, fluidized sand filter, a giant metal halide pendant, testing salinity with a floating glass hydrometer, etc..  That tank came down a couple years later and I only had freshwater for quite a while.  I got back into the hobby in 2007 when I bought my first house and got a 24g NanoCube.  My reefing history on this site begins from that point.

I’m an electrical and mechanical engineer by education (BS in EE ’06 and MS in ME ’14 from Drexel University), but I have worked across the whole spectrum of disciplines.  I worked for Lockheed Martin from 2006 to 2018.  My earliest work there primarily focused on robotics and autonomy.  At the end of my career there I spent most of my time thinking about the future of the business with a focus on 15-50+ year technology needs as the Deputy Corporate Chief Scientist.  Here’s a cool video of a program I ran:

These days I run a startup, Pression Inc., which focuses on increasing blood flow. Our initial target is athletic recovery and helping athletes get back to peak performance sooner and with less pain. From there we plan to move into medical applications.