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About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in the Solar and Stellar X-ray Group (SSXG). I like to learn about stars and thus, my research focuses on the closest star to Earth, the Sun. Specifically, using observations of the outer solar atmosphere (the corona) to deduce the temperature structure and elemental composition variations. Both are linked to fundamental physical processes that occur on the Sun and throughout the universe. Moreover, I compare the observational results to what the current 3D numerical simulations predict. Finally, I am involved with numerous instrumentation projects that will produce improved measurements of the Sun and other stars to enhance our plasma inferences from radiation.

I received my Doctor of Philosophy from the Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Half of my Ph.D research was in the Ultraviolet Instrumentation Rocket Group at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). This NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) project consisted 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 one of the Instrument Scientists for the Minature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat. CubeSats are small satellites that can serve as excellent 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 and Previous Research pages.

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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