Growing up in University City, MO, Adam Mizes was sure of two things about his future. First, he was not going to follow his father and grandfather into a career working with chemicals. Second, he was not going to follow his mother and grandmother to get a degree at Washington University. After receiving a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri and working for Elantas PDG in St. Louis, MO for 3 years, he started his PhD at Washington University in Materials Science, and gave up on predicting the future. Outside of lab, he enjoys bicycling, home brewing, and travel. He lives in South St. Louis with his fiancee and their cat.