About Me

I am a PhD graduate student at Penn State, studying for my dual-title PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Astrobiology. My research interests focus mainly on the dynamics of exoplanets, but also include their formation, dynamical history, and population synthesis. I've recently started exploring the initiation of plate tectonics and correlated noise in lightcurves.

The newest version of my CV can be found here.

Education

Dual-title PhD, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Astrobiology, Pennsylvania State University, August 2016-present

MS, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, August 2016-August 2018

MS, Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, January 2016-May 2016, transferred

BS, Physics, Florida Institute of Technology, August 2012- December 2015 

BS, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Florida Institute of Technology, August 2012- December 2015 

Work Experience

AstroComm Instructor

      Pennsylvania State University (Fall 2019)

Astro 5 Instructor

      Pennsylvania State University (Fall 2019)

Science-U "Life in Space..." Camp creator and director

       Pennsylvania State University (Summer 2019)

Astro 1 Instructor

       Pennsylvania State University (Summer 2018)

Research Assistant

       Pennsylvania State University (June 2016-present)

Systems Engineering Intern

     Northrup Grumman, Aerospace Systems (Summer 2016)

Systems Engineering Intern                                                                                            

       Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control (Summer 2015)                                          

Research Assistant             

       Florida Institute of Technology (September 2012—May 2016)

Tutor

       Mathematical Advancement Center, Florida Institute of Technology (August 2014—December 2015)

 

Awards

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Graduate Fellowship (2019)
Sampson Memorial Award, Pennsylvania State University (2018)
Brumbach Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University (2018)
Zaccheus Daniel Award, Pennsylvania State University (2018)
NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Graduate Fellowship (2018)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2017)
Braddock/Roberts Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University (2016)
Distinguished Student Scholar in Physics, Florida Institute of Technology (2016)
Distinguished Student Scholar in Physics, Florida Institute of Technology (2015)
John T. & Martha Hartley Scholarship, Florida Institute of Technology (2015)
Distinguished Student Scholar in Physics, Florida Institute of Technology (2014)
Outstanding Sophomore in Physics Award, Florida Institute of Technology (2013)
Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity Scholarship, Florida Institute of Technology (2013)

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union, Junior Member

American Astronomical Society, Junior Member

American Physical Society, Junior Member

Society of Physics Students, Member

Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Member

Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Society, Member

Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Member