I've worn several hats throughout my career. Currently I am the Managing Director of TILOS, The Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale, a national artificial intelligence institute funded by the National Science Foundation and Intel Corporation, based out of UC San Diego.
Before returning to San Diego I was a postdoctoral researcher with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Collaboration from 2020 to 2023, based at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
I received my Ph.D. in physics from UC San Diego in August 2020, where I worked with Prof. Alison Coil studying large-scale structure and galaxy evolution using both spectroscopic galaxy redshift survey data and empirical models of galaxy star-formation histories.
Before moving to San Diego in 2014 I earned an M.S. in astrophysics from San Francisco State University. While living in the San Francisco Bay area I was also a public presenter at the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in from 2009 to 2014.