I am student, an instructor, a researcher, and an engineer. My academic training in the sciences, my mechanical engineering experience from time in the U.S. Coast Guard, and my enthusiasm for research has given me a profound desire to train and inspire the great minds of the future, and perhaps one day to participate in the design and development of exploration technologies, human factors programs, and science based international cooperation efforts.
In 2007 I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Scripps College and in 2015 received my Master of Science in Aeronautics, with specializations in Aeronautics and Safety Systems, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I am currently in a second graduate program at Embry-Riddle, this time exploring the field of Systems Engineering.
A brief history of me...
I worked for four years as a small boat engineer in the Coast Guard where she specialized in maintenance of internal combustion engines. During that time I completed my Masters of Science in Aeronautics. I wrote my capstone on unmanned flight technology for Mars exploration, human factors in space travel, simulation systems, orbital debris mitigation technology, and the international Space Treaty. I am a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and regularly attend their international aerospace conferences – where space agencies from around the world come together to discuss the burgeoning paradigm shift in the space exploration industry. I was invited to present the preliminary findings of my on developing social spaces for science education at the 2017 AIAA Space Conference, which was unfortunately canceled due to Hurricane Irma. As a result, I extended Phase One of my 'Communities for Science' project and hope to present at the 2018 AIAA Space Conference.