I am a physicist and engineer who builds instruments to study the universe, and I believe that humanity's future in space lies in strong, open international collaboration.
I am interested in the development of astronomical instrumentation at many wavelengths to expand what is scientifically and observationally possible. Many great discoveries in science came after an advance in the avaiable technology for experimentation or observation, and I enjoy working on the edge where I can push science forward. I am currently working as a Detector Engineer at the European Southern Observatory developing Infrared Detector Systems for the Very and Extremely Large Telescopes.
I've been working in astronomial instrumenation for my entire adult life. Here you'll find the most recent labs and workplaces.
February 2017 - Present
I am developing optical/infared detector systems and comprehensive models of astronomical detectors for instruments on ESO's Very and Extremely Large telescopes.
April 2014 - January 2017
Working in the Infrared group, I completed an upgrade of optics in the SPIFFI spectrometer and served as the instrument scientist working on the development of the new imager/spectrometer ERIS for the Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile.
July 2018 - present
I worked in the Experimental Cosmology Lab on the South Pole Telescope. I worked on the design, testing, and deployment of the SPT-sz and SPTpol receivers, as well as analysis of the resulting cosmological data. I developed cryogenic Transition Edge Sensors (TESes) with frequency domain multiplexing (fMUX) for SPT.
Completed as an integrated part of my PhD program.
Physics major with focused work in astronomy, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. Bachelor thesis completed in Experimental physics in the Quanta Lab with Prof. Isaac Chuang.
Are you interested in collaborating on projects in space or astronomical instrumentation? Would you like to interview me or book me for a public lecture? Questions about my work? Contact me here.
ESO Headquarters Garching
Phone: (+49) 89 3200 60