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About Me

I am a engineer (and aspiring scientist) working in high contrast imaging of exoplanets. By training I am a dynamics and controls engineer, and my research focuses on developing astronomical instrumentation capable of detecting Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. As such, I have also learned a great deal about optics and the astronomical sciences. I received my bachelors degree from Tufts University in 2007, majoring in mechanical engineering and astrophysics. Subsequently I have earned a masters in 2009 and my PhD in 2012 from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. My interest in astronomical instrumentation and telescope design began while I was working at DFM Engineering as an undergraduate intern. As a result I am constantly drawn to optomechanics and machine design.

During graduate school I worked under N. Jeremy Kasdin in the Princeton High Contrast Imaging Laboratory. I also spent a great deal of time working for Olivier Guyon at the Subaru telescope on the SCExAO system. I am currently continuing at Princeton as a postdoc building CHARIS, a cryogenic imaging spectrograph that will become the science camera for SCExAO so that we can spectrally characterize Jovian type planets.

I have a great deal of personal interests, which are reflected on this website. My hobbies include photography, camping, hiking, and fishing. I also have several design hobbies, including designing and making knives. I have also developed an extreme interest in the education of students in science and engineering. You will find the highlights of these interests in the links above.