Aaron grew up in Denver, Colorado where he played a lot of sports and worked in construction as a waterproofer and an electrician. He attended Northwestern University from 2002-2006, where he studied Computer Science. During this time, he received research grants from Northwestern University, Motorola, and the Ford Motor Company (mostly to research vehicular networks). He began his PhD study at the University of Colorado in 2006. He was a visiting research specialist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research during the summer of 2007. In 2008 he received an NSF GK-12 fellowship and started a company with his adviser, focused on Mobile Social Networks. In 2009, his startup company (Techoshark, inc.) received an NSF-SBIR grant and filed two provisional patents related to mobile social network architectures. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado in the spring of 2011 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on Energy Informatics.