Science-oriented engineer and engineering-oriented scientist. I work with satellites, sounding rockets, and data science.
STUFF I WORK ON
CubeSats, in particular
I've been heavily involved in every aspect of the highly successful NASA MinXSS CubeSat missions, among others.
Explosions on the sun
I study explosions on the sun and how we can use the void they leave behind in the corona to predict how much mass was kicked out and at what speed: useful for space weather and exoplanet habitability.
Launched and recovered in New Mexico
We send up a rocket every other year to measure how bright the sun is in ultraviolet and x-ray light.
Click the image above to watch the GoPro-like onboard videos.
I used to work at NASA, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado at Boulder
Research Scientist / Engineer II
2019 October – Present
I write open source code in python, IDL, and other languages to analyze large amounts of data collected by satellites observing the sun. Plus I'm involved in satellite development and operations; and sounding rockets.
Ham radio operators around the world can and have been using this application to listen to beacons from the MinXSS CubeSat and see real time telemetry from the satellite. It automatically forwards the data to the MinXSS team.