Meet the Center Scholars

Center Scholars are active partners in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation.  They actively participate in Center research, management, and events. Center Scholars are chosen based on a combination of academic achievement, involvement in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, past experience and future interest in areas at the intersection of law and science.  To view last year's Center Scholars, click here.

The 2015-2016 Scholars are:

Third-year J.D. students

Samuel Blake graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He has conducted research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, active flow control methods, and hybrid control systems. He also worked as a Control Systems Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace prior to entering law school. During his employment Blake received an Award for Outstanding Results for his work on a strategic project concerning the global expansion of Honeywell’s Aerospace division. Performing this work with Honeywell’s Mergers and Acquisition Group has steered Blake’s interest towards high technology business development in both domestic and international capacities. Blake is interested in IP and plans to pursue a career in patent prosecution and litigation.

Victoria Cook graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.  As an undergraduate, Vickie held positions as research intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin and an engineering intern at Baxter Healthcare.  After graduation, Vickie started working as a patent engineer at a large firm in Phoenix and has since become a registered patent agent.  She is excited to further her career in patent prosecution and plans to pursue a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate.  In her free time, Vickie enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their chocolate lab.

 Lisette Cole graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a double bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and Philosophy. As an undergraduate she received the Riesen Undergraduate Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Philosophy and Remarkable Overall Performance 2013 and was a member of the Honors College. While at ASU Law, she was the financial director of the Space Law and Policy Society. Lisette is an associate editor on Jurimetrics and wrote her graduation paper researching the admissibility of neuroscientific evidence in civil cases. She is highly interested in how emerging technologies interact with current legal and regulatory systems and is currently pursuing a Law, Science, and Technology Certification. 

Kevin Hawkes graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While studying at Utah State University, he was heavily involved in researching selective ionization processes associated with mass spectrometry. He also worked as a Chemist at Spectrum Industrial Products formulating high strength detergents prior to starting law school. He is fascinated by science and is excited to explore how it intersects with the law. When not occupied by law school, he loves to get outdoors and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Peter Krehbiel graduated from Arizona State University with a BsE in Aerospace Engineering.  In industry he built a successful career as a Systems Engineer working a plurality of missile system and launch vehicle programs for the USN, MDA, USAF, and NASA. He returned to ASU to receive an MBA and developed a consultancy providing expertise in System Safety, Risk Management, and Regulatory Compliance issues surrounding missile and space launch vehicle systems.  Interested in continuing his education in law, he intends to explore the intersection of technology, economics, and regulation within law.  In furtherance of this goal he is co-founder of the Space Law and Policy Society at ASU.

Robert Makar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. As an undergraduate, he worked as a teaching assistant for Behavioral Economics and assisted with an experimental psychology lab. His academic interests include the intersection of law, psychology, and economics. Robert is an associate editor on Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and a board member of the Law and Science Student Association. He is pursuing a Law, Science & Technology Certificate with a specialization in intellectual property.

Chase Millea graduated magna cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. While an undergraduate, Chase conducted cardiovascular clinical research before joining the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the College of Law as a research associate. As the past president of the Health Law Society and candidate for a certificate in law, science, and technology, Chase hopes to establish a career in healthcare with a focus in biotechnology and health systems management. In his free time, Chase enjoys music, good food, and being outdoors.  

Austin Miller graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. As an undergrad, Austin gained a passion for the sciences and the study of living systems. He is also very dedicated to science education and spent time as a biology lab teaching assistant at Creighton. He enjoys giving his time to others and has volunteered in many different settings including, a hospital, a health clinic, and a science museum. While in law school, Austin is interested in learning about the legal aspects of scientific research. He also plans to pursue a certificate in Law, Science, and Technology.

Tucker Terhufen graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. His main design projects were focused on hydraulic fracturing wastewater purification, as well as carbon dioxide free production of electricity, drinking water, liquid fuel, and gaseous fuel. He considers himself a “tech-nerd”, and is excited to couple his science background with the law. Tucker is interested in emerging technologies, sustainability, and clean energy. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and daughter, as well as an occasional round of golf. 

Emmett Walsh comes to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and philosophy from the University of Florida. Prior to law school, he took a product engineering internship with FRAM in Perrysburg, Ohio where he gained valuable engineering experience as well as insight into the corporate side of the engineering process. Emmett is a member of the Intellectual Property Student Association. He plans to study sustainable energy, intellectual property, and emerging technology law here at the Center for Law, Science and Innovation.

 Second-year J.D. students

 Lindsay Breslau  

Matthew Bury graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to law school, Matt worked as a mechanical engineer at Van Boerum and Frank Associates designing HVAC systems on large-scale commercial building projects. He also lived in eastern Russia for two years as a missionary for the LDS church. Matt is interested in intellectual property law and plans to pursue a career in patent prosecution and litigation. In his free time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife.


Josh Covey graduated from Ohio Valley University with a bachelor's degree in business management, and from Emmanuel School of Religion with a master's degree in religion. He has worked primarily in the financial sector as a district manager and financial advisor. He enjoys traveling, hiking, playing guitar, and he's an avid sports fan. His interest is the nexus of law, science, technology, and healthcare.


Tyler Fortner received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering) from the University of Akron in 2014.  While completing his degree, Tyler worked as a mechanical engineer intern at Parker Hannifin’s Fluid System Connector Division and Philip Healthcare’s Computer Tomography Division. He begins his legal education with an interest in intellectual property law and plans to receive a certificate for his work with the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. In his free time, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, golf and spending time with loved ones.


Jinwoo Kim graduated from Seoul National University in South Korea with a bachelor’s degree, and earned a master’s degree from University of Southern California both in Electrical Engineering. Prior to law school, Mr. Kim worked at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley including Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp. as design engineer and manager developing high-performance semiconductor chips for server computers and mobile devices. He passed USPTO registration exam and is a registered patent agent. He is interested in intellectual property law.


Nathaniel May graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During his time at the University of Arizona he completed several research internships at locations such as the USDA and Barrow Neurological Institute. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Nathan went on to receive an M.A. in Bioethics from Wake Forest University. His thesis at Wake Forest focused on the cross-section of transhumanism and film. Nathan’s interest in bioethical issues carries over into his legal interests. He is particularly interested in emerging technologies and how they impact society. In his free time, Nathan enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

 Tracy Olson  

Ken Ralston graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  After graduating, Ken tutored chemistry and math to middle and high school students.  He is interested in exploring legal issues related to health law and intellectual property.  Ken passed the USPTO registration exam and is awaiting final approval from the USPTO to be registered as a patent agent.  While he is not reading casebooks, Ken enjoys running, reading comics, and watching movies.


Johnathon Webb graduated from BYU with bachelor’s degrees in Biophysics and Russian Language and Literature. He conducted research both at BYU (studying proton channels on the influenza virus) and at Moscow State University (studying biofluorescent proteins). Johnathon lived in Ukraine for two years doing missionary work for the LDS church and four months in Israel engaged in Middle Eastern and Biblical studies. He worked at BYU’s Technology Transfer office where he advised professors and researchers pursuing patents for technologies produced at BYU. Johnathon is interested in the intersection of emerging technologies and the law. Special interests include biotech, pharmaceuticals, and genetics. He enjoys being outdoors and in nature as well as traveling and experiencing new cultures.


Sarah Wetter graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and Society with a concentration in Health in Society as well as a minor in Spanish.  She combined her studies at Cornell to focus on the health of ethnic minorities in the United States.  While working on her undergrad, Sarah also competed on the varsity gymnastics team for the Big Red.  She comes to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law with an interest in Health Law and is eager to learn more about the intersection of science and the law.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys swimming, riding her bike, and doing crossword puzzles.


 First-year J.D. students

 Christopher Bush  
 Alek Emery  
 Alexandra Evans  
 Nicolas Martino  

Joshua Montgomery graduated from Iowa State University with a Industrial Engineering. After graduating, Josh began working as a lobbyist for for a member of the Thorium Energy Alliance (T.E.A.) and owner of a rural Missourian, REE-laden iron mine. Josh maintains a vested interest in research pertaining to Thorium as an alternative energy source. During this past summer, Josh designed ophthalmic surgical instruments for Katalyst Surgical, LLC in Chesterfield, MO. He watched as his prototypes took their baby-steps in the O.R. His most radical proto was a trans-scleral cyclophotocoagulation laser probe for use in glaucoma therapy. His was the first congruent ball-lens fiber optic cable for this application and Katalyst will soon own the patent.

 Robin Nagele  
 Andrew Thiery  

JD/PhD students

Keelah Williams graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate she conducted research examining physiological correlates of prejudice. Keelah is a fifth year student in the J.D./Ph.D. joint program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Her Ph.D. is in social psychology, and her current research focuses on how evolutionary psychology can help inform our understanding of legal judgment and decision-making. Keelah is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona State Law Journal. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and bird-watching.