Christian attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where he received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics with magna cum laude honors. During his undergraduate years, he worked with Weigang Wang on nanosphere lithography for use in studying magnetic materials. He also spent some time working on graphene as well as soft-condensed matter simulations. He began his PhD program at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014 and joined the KM group the summer before his first year. In his free time, Christian enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and playing with his dog.