I recently joined the Caltech/IPAC science staff as a member of the Science Support Center for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. Before this, I worked at Draper Laboratory following a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Michigan’s Astronomy department.
I earned a B.S. in Physics and in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011. I received my PhD in 2016 at the Physics and Astronomy Department at Johns Hopkins University using interferometric methods to study planet formation, working with Dr. Anand Sivaramakrishnan (STScI). At the Space Telescope Science Institute I was part of the Extrasolar Planetary Systems Imaging Group and the Russell B. Makidon Optics Lab. As a member of the Gemini Planet Imager team, I worked primarily on the instrument’s interferometric mode, it’s 10-hole “non-redundant mask” that can explore small angular scales inaccessible to the coronagraph on GPI. I am an alum of the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems group at Michigan.
I am also a proud alum of the JHU P&A Graduate Student Outreach group. I helped start a few organized activities at the end of 2011 that has transformed into a collaborative and creative organization. I am continuously impressed with the leadership and dedication of my friends and colleagues that led to many amazing projects like our portable planetarium. To learn more about what we do you can see the blog here.