I'm currently the BICEP telescope winter-over at Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. The BICEP telescope is probing the cosmic microwave background (the first light of our universe) for evidence of inflation, a key epoch theorized by cosmologists. As the winter-over, I ensure that the telescope is happily running through the winter season where we won't see the sun for 6 months and temperatures drop below -100 F.


I received my PhD in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2023. As an NSF Fellow, I studied the reduction of data latency in remote sensing satellite constellations. In 2019, I earned my Master's degree at MIT, developing a guidance algorithm allowing satellites to rendezvous and dock with an uncontrolled tumbling object. Looking forward, I hope my research informs the aerospace industry of constellation architectures that will provide first responders with the situational awareness needed to tackle unforeseen disasters.


I aim to break down the cost barriers around space travel and exploration. I believe the experiences and benefits of space should be accessible for all, not only governments and the ultra-wealthy. I've worked with various Aerospace companies in pursuit of our goal to develop the commercial space industry. With NanoRacks, I wrote proposals to both utilize the International Space Station and to build a private space station. With Orbit Fab, I analyzed an array of sensors and low-power communication methods for rendezvous and docking. Most recently, I built and wrote space hardware and software with a stealth mode start-up, constructing a telecommunications satellite constellation to connect the traditionally unconnected. (PC:Steve Boxall/ZERO-G)

Space For All

In 2018, I founded the MIT Space Seminar, a speaker series that brings experts to the MIT community, including c-suite executives such as Natalya Bailey and Andrew Rush; former astronauts such as Tony Antonelli; and industry veterans such as Pete Worden. During my tenure as the co-president of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at MIT, I organized outreach initiatives with the MIT Society of Women Engineers to build dry ice rockets for middle school girls and hosted MIT visits for the Eagle X Robotics Team from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico. I've also been a member of the Space Generation Fusion Forum Organizing Team in 2020, 2021, and 2022, establishing high-profile conferences for an international audience.


I lived for a year in the Atacama Desert in Chile, working as a telescope technician for the CLASS telescope on Cerro Toco (5000 meters above sea level). During the day, I ensured the telescope ran smoothly and fixed any emergent issues. At night, I conducted astronomy tours for tourists from all over the world. As part of my Master's degree in Physics, I also worked at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), living in Geneva, Switzerland, and working on an optical experiment studying the hypothetical chameleon particle.


Once in a while, I enjoy heading out into nature and capturing its beauty. See the full gallery HERE.