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PhD candidate (Space Sciences) - University of Michigan (2012-present)
Bachelor of Science (Aerospace Engineering) - University of Minnesota (2008-2012)
My current research focuses on the planetary bow shock created by the interaction of the solar wind plasma with a planetary magnetic field. Specifically, I explore this interaction by utilizing data from the plasma spectrometer onboard NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, currently orbiting the planet Mercury. Of particular interest is the foreshock plasma environment at Mercury.
Additionally, I am interested in heavy ion kinetics observed in the solar wind. I primarily use the ACE/SWICS instrument situated at the L1 gravitational balance point of the Earth-Sun system.
Honors, Awards and Accomplishments
Selected for NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2013
Recipient of the College of Engineering Fellowship (University of Michigan)