I am a PhD student in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. I began my studies in the fall of 2017. My particular area of research interest is with astronomical instrumentation. I am currently working with Dr Eric Pearce on projects in space surveillance and high-speed photometry. I previously attended Colorado School of Mines where I completed a double major in Physics and Computer Science. I was a research assistant under Dr Lawrence Wiencke. I conducted research regarding the detection and physical simulation of ultra-high energy cosmic rays in support of the Extreme Universe Space Observatory collaboration.
I ran varsity Cross Country and Track at Colorado School of Mines. During my time there we won the 2015 NCAA DII Cross Country National Championship. On the track I ran the mile, 3K, and DMR during the indoor season and the 3K steeplchase during outdoors. I qualified for the NCAA DII Outdoor Track National Championships in both 2016 and 2017 for the steeplchase. In 2016 I finished 11th in the finals and was awarded a 2nd Team All-American title. In 2017, I placed 13th narrowly missing finals by less than a second. I hold the steeplechase track record at the Stermole Track and Field Complex in Golden, CO. As a post-collegiate athlete I plan to enter local races and find my next running challenge.
I am a an amateur photographer and filmmaker. See some of my work here.
In addition to being a professional astronomer, I consider myself an avid backyard astronomer. I find much enjoyment in the art of visual observation, particularly with manual, non-computerized telescopes.
Some weekends I am a racecar driver. I primarily compete in SCCA Solo, commonly known as autocross. I have also participated in endurance road racing in both the ChumpCar and 24 Hours of LeMons series.