My earliest experience with aerospace was a report on the planets of the Solar System in fourth grade — alas, Pluto.
Specialization and Research Interests
Science interests involve atmospheric sensing and exoplanet detection and characterization. Technology demonstration interests include laser communications, adaptive optics, and autonomy.
My teaching interests include Satellite Engineering, Remote Sensing, and Space Systems Design. My research interests focus on use of nanosatellites for science and technology demonstrations.
2008, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2002, M.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; 2000, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
AIAA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Astronomical Society, National Society for Optics and Photonics
Positions Held at MIT
Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2016 — Present; Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, July 2011 — June 2016; Research Staff, Earth and Planetary Sciences and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, June 2010 — July 2011
Positions Held outside MIT
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center, Exoplanets, October 2008 – June 2010; Senior RF Payload Engineer and Communications Scientist, Space Systems Loral, August 2006 – October 2008; NASA Educational Associate, January 2006 – August 2006; NASA Ames Research Center, Intelligent Robotics Group, Graduate Student Researcher; Stanford University Electrical Engineering, June 2002 – January 2006