Experience

 

Synchronous, LLC

APPLIED PLANETARY SCIENTIST
August 2018present

I provide technical expertise and business development on a diverse suite of projects in planetary exploration, aerospace, mining, and other sectors.


 
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Planetary Resources, Inc.

DIRECTOR OF DATA PRODUCTS
January 2017—February 2018

I led my team and worked closely with engineers to define the scientific data required by an asteroid prospecting spacecraft in order to mine it in the future. I also created a science advisory board of asteroid scientists and provided an industry perspective as a science team member on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission.

GEOSPATIAL ANALYST
April 2016—December 2016

I planned and executed ground-truth testing for a mid-infrared imager and analyzed the resulting data in order to develop potential data products for agricultural applications.


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Carnegie Institution for Science

MESSENGER POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE
November 2014—April 2016

As a science team member on the NASA mission MESSENGER to Mercury, I completed processing of geochemical data from the spacecraft's X-Ray Spectrometer and integrated the resulting map with other datasets to study the geological origin of Mercury's anomalous high-magnesium region.


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NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory

GRADUATE INTERN
Summer 2012

I modeled the geochemistry of dwarf planet Ceres' putative early ocean in advance of the Dawn spacecraft's arrival.


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University of Colorado at Boulder

NASA EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FELLOW
August 2009—August 2014

I fostered cross-discipline research between geochemists and astrophysicists to model predictions of the chemistry of planets outside our solar system and analyzed rocks that are over 3.5 billion years old in search of a chemical signal of an asteroid impact experienced by the early Earth.


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UNDERGRADUATE INTERN

Lunar & Planetary Institute
Summer 2008

SETI Institute
Summer 2007

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
May 2005—March 2006