Gazing lovingly at a    pallasite   , my favorite meteorite type

Gazing lovingly at a pallasite, my favorite meteorite type

Curiosity about the solar system has been the driving force behind my career as a planetary geochemist, NASA mission science team member, asteroid miner, and applied planetary scientist.

After earning a Ph.D. in planetary geochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I worked on NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury. I leveraged that mission experience as Director of Data Products at Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company. There I led a team in the science definition for an asteroid prospecting mission.

From this experience, I found my passion for working in NewSpace at the intersection of planetary science and space mission engineering. Now as an Applied Planetary Scientist at Synchronous, I aim to provide a NewSpace perspective to the robotic exploration of our solar system in partnership with the earth and planetary science communities.

I also share my experiences as a planetary scientist at the intersections—the colliding worlds—of academia & industry and scientists & engineers in my blog, Colliding Worlds: