I am currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow studying Physics at Stanford University. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Physics in 2020.
My research focuses on using large cosmic surveys to learn about dark matter and constrain its properties.
Feel free to reach out and ask me about applications, physics, dark matter, outreach, or anything else!
My research focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of dark matter through observational astrophysics and high energy particle physics, developing tools to perform low signal-to-noise ratio searches for objects and phenomena indicative of the presence of dark matter in our Universe. As a member of several collaborations, I work closely with scientists from around the world in order to make concerted efforts in interpreting and presenting our research.
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I am currently working with Professor Risa Wechsler and the Galaxy Formation and Cosmology group at Stanford University. I am leading an analysis using N-body zoom-in simulations for a decaying dark matter cosmology to determine a subhalo mass function for decaying dark matter and to ultimately use the Milky Way satellite census to constrain the decay lifetime of dark matter.
I worked with Professor Alex Drlica-Wagner as part of the Survey Science group at UChicago on searching for dwarf galaxies in data from DES, MagLiteS, BLISS and DELVE. In collaboration with Professor Drlica-Wagner and William Cerny, I led the discovery and characterization of a new ultra-faint dwarf galaxy, Centaurus I, and two new faint star clusters, BLISS 1 and DELVE 1. I contributed to the characterization of the observational selection function for Milky Way satellites in DES Y3 and Pan-STARRS DR1 as well as using these results to inform constraints on the galaxy–halo connection. I have observed with DECam at the 4m Blanco telescope in-person and remotely for MagLiteS and DELVE.
I worked with Professor Mark Oreglia on searching for invisible decays of the Higgs boson in ATLAS data. I developed a framework for training a neural network on simulated ATLAS data that is now being implemented to increase our sensitivity for detecting exotic decays of the Higgs boson. I repaired 3in1 bigain cards and mainboards being used in the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter as well as helped test and validate upgraded electronics for the ATLAS detector's hadronic calorimeter in anticipation of the High-Luminosity LHC. I contributed code for analyzing radiation simulations to understand the required electronics tolerances and for analyzing the statistical impacts of a risk register to cost and scheduling for the ATLAS experiment.
I worked with Dr. Scott C. Dudley on exploring physics using accelerometers and other sensors found in smartphones and similar devices. We also explored using the iOLab system to make novel measurements in the classroom, including mapping the flow of current through a copper sheet.
As I begin my graduate studies, I am looking to explore ways I can engage in public outreach, broaden accessibility to science, and advocate for and advance systemic change towards equity and inclusivity in physics.
I volunteered as an instructor and program developer for the Space Explorers program with the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at UChicago for two years during my undergraduate studies. This program focuses on providing hands-on experience with physics for under-represented minorities in high school. As part of the Space Explorers program, I developed hands-on projects for the students that focused on growing their familiarity and confidence in STEM. I also volunteered during the Summer and Winter Institutes at the University of Chicago and Fermilab, helping the students realize and present their projects.
I volunteered as an instructor at @rtifice for part of my first and second years at UChicago, teaching computer science and technology concepts to elementary school students in the South Side Chicago area.
I originally come from the small town of Neenah, Wisconsin. I lived outside of London for several years before going to Chicago for my undergraduate studies. Aside from physics, I am interested in music, tea, and hiking.