Aloha from Hawaii!
About Me

I am a sixth year graduate student in the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder . I conduct half of my Ph.D research in the Ultraviolet Instrumentation Rocket Group at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). This NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) project consists of developing, fabricating and testing of atomic layer deposition (ALD) thin film optical coatings to enhance the intrinsic reflectivity of metals for use as the next generation mirrors on future major space missions. The coatings are to be space verified on a future Sounding Rocket flight.

I am also the graduate student Instrument Scientist for the Minature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat. CubeSats are small satellites that can serve as excelent training opportunities for grad students to become future leaders on satellite missions. The MinXSS CubeSat project has had heavy support from professionals at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and has recently been awarded Mission of the Year, at SmallSat 2016. I help characterized our X-ray instruments and work on solar irradiance modeling to better understand solar variability and the solar corona.

To learn more about these research endeavors check out my Current Research page.

I also like to have fun.

In my free time I like to play basketball, flag football, bike ride, swim, play video games, occasionally hike and snowboard in the mountains.

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