I’m currently a Physics Ph.D. candidate at the University of Idaho.
I’ve been doing research on the dynamics of Saturn’s moons and rings.
My first scientific paper dealt with energy conservation in co-rotation resonances, with a focus on Saturn’s Aegaeon ring arc.
I’m now studying co-orbital satellite systems and using my findings to try to understand phenomena in Saturn’s innermost ringlet. I recently won an award for this research.
I am also preparing a 16-week high school Astronomy course for Kepler Education that I will begin teaching in Fall 2020.
I did my undergraduate studies in Physics, with a technical option in Astrophysics, and a second major in Philosophy, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I’m also Catholic. Before transferring to UIUC, I spent eleven years, starting with high school, in a formation program to become a Catholic missionary priest. Even though I decided in the end that taking another career path made more sense for me, my adventures and experiences during those years, which I spent in the northeastern United States, Mexico, and Italy, have in large part made me who I am today. I wouldn’t trade my unique path in life for any other.