Curriculum Vitae
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 Ph.D. 2014 

Cornell University

Astronomy and Space Sciences, “Development of the 2nd Generation Redshift(z) and Early Universe Spectrometer and the Studies of Far-IR Fine-structure Emission in High-z Galaxies”

 M.Sc. 2010

Cornell University

Astronomy and Space Sciences

 Teacher Certification 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education

State of Maryland Certification in Teaching of Secondary Physics and Chemistry and course work towards Masters of Teaching in Secondary Science

Teaching Portfolio 

 B.A. 2005

Gustavus Adolphus College

Majored in Physics

 2014 - 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute für Astronomie

 2010 - 2013

NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellow, Cornell University and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

 2009 - 2013

Graduate Research Assistant,
Department of Astronomy, Cornell University

 2007 - 2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Astronomy, Cornell University

 2005 - 2007

High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher
The Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship, Baltimore City Public Schools

 January 2016 - present

Assistant Professor of Physics, Winona State University, Winona, MN.

 July 2014

Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany with Dr. Fabian Walter.


Completed workshop “Open-Source Electronics for Laboratory Physics” American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Completed workshop “Zooniverse in the Classroom” American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Fall 2013Took “ALS 6015 – The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education” a special course designed to prepare graduate students for faculty positions in higher education where teaching is a priority. Cornell University
  June 2012
Guest Lecturer in “ASTR 1195 – Observational Astronomy” Cornell University

Completed the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Tier 2 Technology Special Topic Workshop on how to use technology to increase the amount of interaction between students and the instructor.
 July 2011Attended the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Legacy Program’s inaugural Workshop and Retreat. A workshop for early career scientists on implementing student centered instruction. Was one of 30 attendees from ~300 applicants.

 Summer 2008, 2009Organizer and Leader, TA training workshop for incoming Astronomy Graduate Students, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University
 2005 - 2007 Corps Member, Teach For America, Baltimore, MD

   2005 - 2007

High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher
The Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship, Baltimore City Public Schools

  • Submillimeter astronomy and instrumentation
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Starburst and high-redshift galaxies
  • Interferometric observations
  • The active-galactic nucleus and star formation connection
  • Far-IR fine-structure lines as tracers of star formation
  • Effective methods in physics and astronomy teaching and learning

- Co-Chair, FIR Fine Structure Lines Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany (June 8 -11, 2015),

- Physical Sciences Voting Member, 
  Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Cornell University, (2011 - 2012)

- Vice Chair for Finance, 
  Graduate and Professional Student Programming Board, Cornell University, (2011 - 2012)

- American Physical Society (APS) Representative, Science, Engineering and Technology Congressional Visit Day   (SET-CVD), Organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),  Washington DC   (April 6 and 7, 2011)

- Program Coordinator, “Astronomy: Exploring the Solar System and the Universe”, 
  Focus For Teens Workshop, 4-H Career Exploration, Cornell University (Summer 2010 and 2011)

- Emcee and Co-Founder, Ask An Astronomer, LIVE!, an informal science cafe hosted at a local bar where the public ask questions to a panel of graduate student astronomers., Cornell University (2009 – present)

- President,
Astronomy Grads Network, Cornell University (2008 – 2010)

- Team Member, Curious? Ask An Astronomer Website, , Public can ask questions via our webpage that are answered by graduate student team members. Cornell University (2007 - 2013)

- Cornell Department of Astronomy Award for excellence in Graduate Student Research (June 2013)

- Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards, American Astronomical Society, 220th Meeting, 
  Anchorage, AK (June 2012)

- NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program Fellowship (2010 - 2013)

- Benson Leister Fellowship, Award for academic excellence and leadership in the Graduate Field of Astronomy &     Space Science, Cornell University (2009)

- Certificate of Appreciation For Teaching, Baltimore Parent Teachers Association (2006)

- Inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, Gustavus Adolphus College (2005)

- Julian A. Crawford memorial Prize in Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College (2004)

- American Association of Physics Teachers, since 2006

- American Astronomical Society, since 2009

- International Society For Optics and Photonics (SPIE), since 2010

Principle Investigator, “Probing the Molecular Gas Reservoir of Extreme C+ emitters at z~1.8”, Plateau de Bure Interferometer program, 40 hours awarded to date, (2014 – ongoing)

Co-Investigator, “A fine structure line survey to determine the metallicities of the earliest galaxies”, 
ALMCA Cycle 2, (2014-ongoing)

Principle Investigator, “Mapping the [NII] 122 micron line in high-z galaxies,” Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Early Science Proposal, selected from 900 submissions as one of the 100 high priority proposals to be observed during the ALMA Early Science phase (2011-2012)

Principle Investigator, “A Fine-Structure Line Survey of SMMJ02399”, Herschel Space Observatory’s Open Time 2 Proposal, awarded 10.7 hours of observing time. (2012-2013)

Co-Investigator, “ALMA Imaging of the Star Formation Process at the Historic Peak”, ALMA Cycle 1 and 2 Program, awarded 3 Hours of ALMA Band 9 time. (2012-ongoing)

Co-Investigator, “A First Measurement of the [NII] 205um/[CII] 158um Ratio at z=1”, ALMA Cycle 1 and 2 Program, awarded 6.5 Hours of ALMA Band 9 time . (2012-ongoing)

Co-Investigator, “Far-IR Fine-Structure Lines in Distant Galaxies,” Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, An ongoing project to study the far-IR fine structure lines from high-redshift galaxies. To date this project has been awarded ~82 nights of observatory time.