Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Theoretical modeling of global-scale tectonic, geodynamic, and geophysical processes; analysis of altimetry, gravity, geomorphology, and tectonics to determine the structure and internal evolution of solid planets; geobiology and microbiology work focused on understanding the evolution of early life on Earth.

EDUCATION (back to top)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences 
Cambridge, MA
September 2013
PhD in Planetary Geophysics; Advisor: Vice President and Prof. Maria T. Zuber
     Thesis: “Geophysical Evolution of Planetary Interiors and Surfaces: Moon & Mars”
SM in Geobiology; Advisor: Prof. Tanja Bosak
     Thesis: “Characteristics of Cone-forming Cyanobacteria and Implications for the Origin of Conical Stromatolites”

Relevant Coursework:

– Asteroids and Small Bodies
– Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
– Computational Science and Engineering Methods
– Essentials of Geology
– Essentials of Geophysics
– Essentials of Planetary Science
– Field Geology
– Geobiology
– Geodynamics
– Gravity
– Microbial Physiology
– Planetary, Continental, and Oceanic Crust
– Terrestrial Planets

University of Michigan – College of Engineering 
Ann Arbor, MI
April 2006
B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering
Major GPA: 3.7/4.0; Overall GPA: 3.6/4.0

Relevant Coursework:
– Aerodynamics
– Aerospace Systems Design
– CAD Design and Analysis
– Circuit Analysis / Electronics
– General Propulsion
– Gas-Turbine Propulsion
– Rocket Propulsion
– Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
– Geophysical Electromagnetics
– Flight Dynamics and Controls
– Gas Dynamics
– Dynamics and Vibrations
– Orbit Dynamics
– Thermodynamics
– Solid Mechanics and Design
– Engineering Numerical Methods
– Materials and Manufacturing

Relevant Projects
– Persistent Earth Imager – Satellite Constellation Design (2006)
– Autonomous Surface Rover (2005)
– Human Powered Helicopter, Drive Train and Cockpit (Powerplant) (2003)
– Comparative Risk/Life-Cycle Analysis (2003)
– Bicycle Design Analysis (2002)

EXPERIENCE (back to top)

Brown University – Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Providence, RI
Assistant Professor
starting July 2018

University of Arizona – Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Tucson, AZ
Postdoctoral Research Associate; Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna
January 2017 – July 2018
– Leading several research projects with modeling to reconcile inconsistencies in early lunar history with observational data
– Leading multi-institutional, interdisciplinary team of planetary research scientists and professors in the creation and development of proposal in response to NASA solicitation
– Used data mining approach to reanalyze data results from multiple sources which ultimately led to groundbreaking reinterpretations of present results
– Applied ETL techniques to analyze spacecraft data

Southwest Research Institute – Planetary Science Directorate

Boulder, CO
Postdoctoral Researcher; Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna
January 2016 – January 2017
Position transferred to University of Arizona (see above)

Colorado School of Mines – Department of Geophysics
Golden, CO
Postdoctoral Research Associate; Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna
October 2015 – January 2016
Position transferred to Southwest Research Institute (see above)

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at the Columbia University
Palisades, NY
Postdoctoral Research Scientist; Advisor: Director Sean C. Solomon
October 2013 – October 2015
– Collaborated in analyses to identify trends in gravitational data using Bayesian statistics
– Analyzed geochemical, gravitational, petrologic observational data on planetary bodies to identify trends and provide models of internal thermochemical evolution of planets consistent with observational datasets

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Cambridge, MA
Research Assistant and Postdoctoral Research Associate; Advisor: Vice President and Prof. Maria T. Zuber
July 2007 – September 2013
– Developed novel method to reduce noise and identify impact signatures in gravitational data
– Conducted three-dimensional analytical modeling and statistical analyses of modeling results
– Developed computer routines/algorithms to automate extraction of reduced products from big data
– Designed data visualization methodologies and best practices for working groups
– Presented work products to management teams and to general community at national conferences
– Authored peer-reviewed publications on research conducted

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Graduate Student Council
Cambridge, MA
April 2011 – April 2012
– Led autonomous organization with >$1M budget, 100+ annual events, 150+ volunteers, and two paid administrative staff members
– Oversaw institutional research effort to quantitatively assess graduate student cost-of-living increases and successfully advocated for largest stipend increase in recent history
– Developed data-driven decision-making strategies for transportation, graduate education, and space allocation, and Institute leadership appointments
– Collaborated with stakeholders to establish assessments and standardized metrics for graduate education and Institute leadership appointments
– Developed and spearheaded effort to conduct MIT presidential search as a leader of the Student Advisory Committee for the MIT Presidential Search

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Inc.
Washington, DC
President and CEO
December 2009-January 2011
-Led study on and implemented new organizational structure to allow for more manageable responsibilities, effective communication, greater accountability, and organizational expansion
-Instituted state and national advocacy campaigns resulting in congressional action
-Increased corporate sponsorship by over 50%, doubled the general membership, and created the first NAGPS budget surplus in recent history

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
Pasadena, CA
Lunar and Mars Mission Concepts – Systems Engineer
November 2006-December 2007
– Conducted analysis of in-situ and observational mission instruments in support of planetary science objectives
– Developed mission architectures for future Mars missions in support of scientific goals
– Supported tool development to aid current and future mission concepts

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation 
Washington, DC
Technical Intern, Legislative Affairs
May 2006-August 2006
– Assisted legislative policy and budget analysis for the aerospace industry
– Conducted investigative technical research in the area of policy and budgets as it pertains to NASA, DOD, and other federal agency projects
– Coordinated political dinners, meetings and events on behalf of the company which require continuous interaction with both Congressional staff members as well as members of Congress

The Boeing Company – Integrated Defense Systems 
Houston, TX
NASA Systems, Ascent GN&C Intern
May 2005-August 2005

– Performed integrated guidance, navigation and control analysis in support of the ascent flight phase for the Space Shuttle program
– Evaluated mission designs and critical math model changes using simulation programs to support determination of flight readiness, day of launch verification and post flight analysis
– Supported development of analysis tools for evaluation/implementation of wind effects on filtered ascent trajectory response


-University of Arizona LPL, Committee for Red Team Proposal Reviews, Member, 2017–2018
-University of Arizona LPL, Postdoctoral Representative to Faculty, 2017–2018
-MIT Student Advisory Committee on Presidential Search, Member, 2012
-MIT Joint Student Task Force on Presidential Search, Co-Chair, 2012
-MIT Corporation Joint Advisory Committee, Member, 2011-2012
-MIT Faculty Meetings, 2011-2012
-MIT Graduate Student Council, President, 2011-2012
-MIT Office of the Dean for Graduate Education Advisory Board, Member, 2011-2012
-MIT Graduate Student Council – Student Space Task Force, Co-Chair, 2010-2012
-MIT Walker Memorial Assessment Task Force, Co-Chair, 2010-2012
-MIT Committee on Graduate Programs, Member, 2009-2011
-MIT Graduate Student Council, Chair of Legislative Action, 2008-2011
-EAPS Graduate Student Advisory Council, President, 2008-2009
-MIT Committee on Student Life, Member, 2008-2009
-MIT Graduate Student Council, Chair of Community Engagement Task Force, 2008-2009
-Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Honor Society), Member, 2005-Present
-The Epeians (Leadership Honor Society), Member, 2004-Present
-Students for Exploration and Development of Space (UMSEDS), Co-Founder, 2005-2006
-University of Michigan Engineering Council (UMEC), President, 2005-2006
-University of Michigan Engineering Council (UMEC), Director of University Relations, 2003-2005


-American Geophysical Union (AGU) Session 7177: Judging a Book by its Cover: From surface observations to planetary interiors, Primary Convener, 2015
-American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member, 2012-Present
-American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member, 2012-Present
-Annual International Music by Women Festival, Media and Publications Coordinator, 2017–Present
-Boston Graduate Leadership Organization, 2010-2013
-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), Proposal Reviewer, 2015
-Geological Society of America (GSA), Member, 2010-2012
-Ivy+ Graduate Summit , Host and Organizer, 2011-2012
-Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Session Co-Chair, 2017
-MIT Open House – Outreach on Planetary Science, 2011
-MIT Student Mentoring, 2009-2014
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), Immediate Past President, 2010-2011
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), National Conference Director, 2010
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), President and CEO, 2009-2010
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), Ombudsman, 2009
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), Regional Conference Comm., 2009
-NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Public School Outreach, 2006
NASA, Proposal Reviewer, 2014-Present
-National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC), National Vice President, 2005-2006
-National Association of Engineering Student Councils (NAESC), Regional Vice President, 2003-2005
-National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Member
Public Talk for Boston Debate League – Public School Outreach, 2011
-US-Russia Kremlin Fellows Program, Fellow, 2011

HONORS AND AWARDS (back to top)

-Columbia University – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Provost’s Research Scholar Program, 2013-2015
-National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presidential Fellow Award, 2007-2008
-University of Michigan Outstanding Student Leader, Honorable Mention, 2006
-University of Michigan Dean’s List and University Honors, 2003-2006
-University of Michigan ScholarPOWER Banquet, Honoree, 2002-2006
-University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Landes Class Prize in Technical Communications, 2004

COMPUTER SKILLS (back to top)

Environments: Windows, UNIX, MacOS, Linux
Applications: LabView, MATLAB, STK, Maple, Unigraphics, AutoCAD, Visual C++, I-DEAS, FLUENT, Microsoft (MS) Works
MS Office: MS Excel, MS Access, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook
Languages: C, C++, MATLAB, FORTRAN