B.Sc. Physics, University of Minnesota, 2007
B.Sc. Astrophysics, University of Minnesota, 2007
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota
Infra-Red Instrumentation Laboratory
Automated Plate-Scanner (APS) Laboratory
Teaching Assistant/Grader, University of Minnesota
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Astrophysics
Teacher, Saint Paul Academy & Summit School (Substitute Pool)
Physics, Earth & Space Science, Mathematics (Upper School)
Former Instructor, Astrophysics
Science Museum of Minnesota, Adult Learner Program
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Astrophysics. My interest in astronomy began as an interest in aviation and spaceflight when I was 4 years old. My first childhood hero was astronaut Col. John H. Glenn. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. (USAAF), Albert Einstein, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and baseball "Hall of Famers" Willie Mays and Bob Gibson came later.
My academic background in physics includes coursework in classical kinematics and dynamics, special relativity, fundamentals of nuclear and quantum physics, electromagnetic theory, classical analytic mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, elementary particle physics, and a laboratory in advanced experimental methods.
My final undergraduate experimental project involved the design, construction and experimental employment of a fully functional cosmic-ray telescope, for measuring the angular distribution of incident cosmic-ray muons. Production of a webpage and a final PowerPoint presentation to fellow students (undergraduate and graduate) and interested faculty were also required elements of the project.
My coursework in astrophysics includes introductory courses in astrophysics, stellar astrophysics, the origins and analysis of cosmic rays, high-energy astrophysical processes, cosmology, and an astrophysical methods laboratory. I have also completed coursework in computer science, coursework specifically devoted to scientific writing, as well as the history of 20th Century Physics. My senior directed study/research project was concerned with exotic matter in the cores of neutron stars.
Outside of the physical sciences, I have studied the visual arts, photography, architectural design, and political science, with an emphasis on international security policy. I regard myself as a fairly discerning student of Major League Baseball and the National Football League, was once sufficiently misguided to play varsity ice hockey as a goaltender (might actually try it again in the not-so-distant future), and am involved in an ever-deepening relationship with my Fender Stratocaster.
I also attended the Hackley School, in Tarrytown, New York.
Professional & Military
Aerosim Technologies Inc., 2007-2010
Technical Publications Specialist
Boeing IDS, 2004-2006
RF Electronics Test Technician
TLC Precision Wafer Technology, 2001-2003
Avionics Specialist COMM/NAV/EW
US Army National Guard, 1995-2004
Computer Operations Specialist
US Army Reserve, 1986-1995
Avionics Specialist EO/IR Sensors
US Air Force, 1979-1984
35mm Film, Digital
Image Processing & Manipulation
Pen & Ink, Pencil, Acrylic Paint Media
Digital Video Production & Editing
Guitars, Voice, Electronic