Ph.D. JILA/NIST-Colorado (2017)
M.S. University of Colorado (2013)
B.S. University of Wisconsin (2011)
Engineering Physics (Nano-Engineering focus)
2017 – present: Richard Chace Tolman Prize Postdoc, Manuel Endres and Oskar Painter groups, California Institute of Technology
Experimental work on alkaline-earth atoms in tweezer arrays; Rydberg atoms and ions in tweezers. Theory work on Rydberg-mediated electron transfer between atoms in tweezers; Hybrid systems with alkaline-earth(-like) atoms in tweezers and silicon nanophotonic cavities or superconducting microwave cavities for quantum communication or transduction.
2011 – 2017: PhD, Jun Ye and Deborah Jin groups, JILA/NIST-CU
Ultracold polar fermionic KRb molecules; Low entropy quantum gas of dipolar molecules, spin-exchange interactions, many body effects in polar molecules, observation of a continuous quantum Zeno mechanism, a new apparatus for high resolution optical addressing and detection of polar molecules in an optical lattice; A degenerate Fermi gas of polar molecules.
PhD thesis: “Enhanced optical and electric manipulation of a quantum gas of KRb molecules”
2010 – 2011: BS, Trujillo group, Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Wisconsin
Mathematical and computational hydrodynamics; Analytical study of departure from passive particle advection in local Lagrangian flows; Numerical evaluation of the spectrum of the velocity gradient tensor in experimental flowfields from combustion data.
Engine Research Center thesis title: “Departure from passive particle advection”
2008 – 2011: BS, Saffman group, Dept. of Physics, Univ of Wisconsin
Quantum optics and quantum information with Rydberg atoms; The development of a magneto-optical trap of the lanthanide element holmium for use in collectively encoding quantum information within its 128 hyperfine ground states.
BS thesis title: “Towards collectively encoding quantum information in cold holmium atoms”
2008: BS, Ediger group, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Wisconsin
Physical chemistry of polymers; Optical diffraction as a means of characterizing bulk versus surface diffusion rates in polymers upon heating above their glass transition temperature.
Awards and Honors
- Springer Thesis Award, Publication recognizing outstanding PhD research, Springer Nature, 2018
- Richard Chace Tolman Prize Post-doctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, PMA Prize, 2016
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), administered by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), 2013
- Honors in Research, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 2011
- University Book Store Academic Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin, 2011
- Engine Research Center Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 2010
- Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 2010
- Crabtree Award, Dept. of Physics, University of Wisconsin, 2010
- Edward Panek Scholarship, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 2008