Work

I'm a scientist in the X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA GSFC. I'm the NASA Project Scientist for the X-ray Imaging and Spectrscopy Mission (XRISM), formerly known as the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM). This mission is a re-build of the Hitomi/Astro-H mission, and will provide high spectral resolution (5 eV) in the soft X-ray band from about 0.3-12 keV. I do research as well, see the Research button, below, for more.

Graduate School: North Carolina State, 2004-2010
Research Post-doc: North Carolina State, 2010-2012
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship, NASA GSFC, 2012-2015
Research Scientist, USRA/NASA GSFC, 2015-2017
Support Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2017-2018
NASA Civil Servant, Research Astrophysicist, GSFC, 2018 -

My full CV can be downloaded here PDF

My refereed publications can be found on my ADS Bibliography, here.

Bio

I was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Florida State University, graduating with a B.S. in Physics in 2004. My Saturdays are still planned around FSU football. I earned my Ph.D. in Physics in 2010 from North Carolina State University under the advisement of Drs. Stephen Reynolds and Kazimierz Borkowski. My thesis involved a lot of things, but can mostly be boiled down to observations and modeling of supernova remnants in the mid-IR with Spitzer. I moved to the Washington, DC area in 2012 and worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for five years before transferring to STScI in 2017. I moved back to Goddard in 2018. I currently live in DC with my girlfriend and our dog. He keeps us busy. In my spare time I'm usually either playing golf, ultimate frisbee, or hanging around the H St. neighborhood in northeast DC.

Background pic: Rock Creek Park in DC, February 2017





Research

My research involves supernova remnants and their connection to their progenitor star systems.


In the Press

Sometimes work that I do or am invovled in is cool enough to make it into the popular press. Click below for my press releases over the past several years.


Photos

A modest collection of photos, mostly consisting of either places I've been or my dog. Just click this for some dog pics.