I've spent most of my life in one of three states: California, Michigan, and Florida. I was born in San Diego, California, grew up in Okemos, Michigan, yet always seemed to find my way to Gainesville, Florida. I struggle to find the connection between these three states, but at least I've found (American) football to be well enjoyed in all.
At the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, I earned a Bachelor's with a double major in Physics and German, and a minor in Computer Science. Outside of the standard physics curriculum, I took courses in Particle Physics and Cosmology, and General Relativity. I also spent six months in Germany in a study abroad program at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. And finally, I learned C++ and focused on AI in my computer science courses.
My research interests have focused around cosmology and astrophysics, with a foray into high energy physics. During my undergrad, I worked with Jeff McMahon in his Cosmology Lab at the University of Michigan. I focused mainly on instrumentation design and observation of 21-cm hydrogen. I also worked with Anthony Gonzalez in the Astronomy Department at the University of Florida. There, I participated in a statistical study of Active Galactic Nuclei, and wrote python scripts to accelerate data analysis. I recently finished working with Ivan Furic in High Energy Physics at the University of Florida. I had been writing programs to aid in testing the equipment for ProtoDUNE (Prototype Deep UNderground Experiment), and implemented encoding algorithms to compress incoming data from the equipment. The compression efficiencies are the focus of a publication which is currently in preparation.
I am now working with Dr. Amber Miller in observational cosmology at USC. Developing data acquisition software for the Simons Observatory, a telescope array located in the Atacama dessert, is the core of my efforts.
Large Scale Structure
The structure, components, and evolution of our universe
2012 - 2017
University of Michigan
Double Major: Physics and German, Minor: Computer Science
Dark Matter and Dark Energy Models
Mysterious matter that helps keep galaxies together, and mysterious energy that continually stretches the universe
Tiny, strange particles that change their type and barely interact with matter
Active Galactic Nuclei
Galaxies with a black hole accreting matter into the galactic medium
April 2015 - July 2015
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen