ABOUT ME

My expertise includes a diverse blend of spacecraft communication system design, radio frequency test, and cryogenics skills as well as data analysis and computer modeling. 

At Blue Canyon Technologies my work in radio frequency design and test relies heavily on my ability to multi-task. On a given day I could design a test suite, root-cause a failure on a printed circuit, create automated code for test campaigns, balance a link margin to ensure a communications link will close, build a radio from scrapped components, troubleshoot an FPGA build, or present information to customers who may have no experience with spaceflight. This all requires excellent documentation, communication, and flexibility.

For my thesis work I integrated detector arrays into a cryogenic testbed that I co-designed, built, and maintained. I designed and conducted tests to characterize detector properties and wrote a Python codebase to analyze the test data. 

I also modeled molecular gas dynamics in galaxy merger NGC 6240 using ALMA data and the Line Modeling Engine. The model characterized the  physical parameters of the system and allowed us to investigate potential outflows and tidal tails in this dynamic system.

I have many other science-related interests including mission design, scientific outreach, and science policy. My CV contains more details. 

EDUCATION

RESEARCH BACKGROUND

Astrophysical Instrumentation

Test and integration of far-infrared kinetic inductance detectors

2013-2019

University of Colorado Boulder

Ph.D. in Astrophysics

Molecular Cloud Dynamics

Computer modeling of carbon monoxide gas in galaxy merger NGC 6240

2009-2013

University of California Berkeley

B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics

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