Brenden Ortiz was born in Pueblo, Colorado (USA). He received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines. Under supervision of Eric Toberer, he received his Ph.D. in Material Science from the Colorado School of Mines in Dec. 2018. Brenden's thesis was entitled "Accelerating the discovery and optimization of thermoelectric materials." He joined Stephen Wilson's group at the University of California, Santa Barbara in February 2019.