Pre-Grad School Research


Summer 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Internship with Negar Ehsan

Complete a terahertz frequency source for testing components to be used in MicroSpec (see video)


Fall 2010, Spring 2012
Submillimeter Astrophysics Group at Cornell
Undergraduate Research with Prof. Gordon Stacey
(+ Stephen Parshley and Carl Ferkinhoff)

Help with the instrument ZEUS-2:

    1. Design a PID control loop in LabVIEW to control bolometer temperature
    2. Design and assemble electronics key to PID loop operation
    3. Design a serial switch stepper motor control program for ZEUS-2’s cooling system


Exoplanets and Circumstellar Disks

Summer 2011 — Stony Brook University
REU with Prof. Michal Simon

Search for debris disks around nearby young stars using WISE

Stony Brook University


Spring 2011 — Cornell University
Undergraduate Research with Dr. Kevin Covey and Prof. James Lloyd

Transit search for exoplanets in NGC 752 open cluster

Me (right) and a fellow undergraduate researcher at the 200″ Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory in California. We were graciously brought along by then-graduate student Phil Muirhead.