Robert was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He completed his undergraduate training in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and is pursuing his PhD studies at McMaster University in the same department. Robert discovered his passion for materials science during his first co-op placement where he was helping to develop biodegradable plastic films. He built on this during his masters which was in the field of polymer engineering.
After his masters, he worked for two and a half years as a research engineer in product development and technical customer service. Outside of research, he loves spending time with his wife and energetic baby boy.