Curiosity has been the driving force behind both my education and my career as a planetary geologist, NASA mission team member, and asteroid miner. Today I consider myself an applied planetary scientist as I leverage my unique background to solve problems in aerospace and other sectors, currently as a consultant at Synchronous LLC.
In pursuit of my passion for planetary exploration, I completed my Ph.D. in planetary geochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. Following that, I worked at the Carnegie Institution for Science as a science team member on NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury. I processed data for its X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS), one of the instruments that mapped Mercury's surface chemistry for the first time, and synthesized multiple MESSENGER data sets to evaluate the origin of a large geochemical anomaly on Mercury.
In April 2016, I joined the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI) as a Geospatial Analyst. My role transitioned to Senior Planetary Scientist and then to the Director of Data Products, where I led the definition of what our prospecting spacecraft would have to do at an asteroid to search for mineable water. This involved a mix of applied planetary science, systems engineering, and project management. I was also a science team member on NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission, on which I provided an industry perspective to what is typically a purely scientific endeavor. My work and close collaboration with a team of talented engineers resulted in the asteroid mission concept depicted here:
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