The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
David was born in Philadelphia, PA and received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis before coming to MIT in 2013. Outside of the lab, David has remained involved with Science Olympiad in a variety of roles since his younger days as a competitor and thinks that it is a great program for getting students excited about science.
David works on Micro-X, a sounding rocket borne X-ray telescope, and enjoys getting his hands dirty working with all sorts of hardware. David is interested in a variety of topics that can be explored with X-rays; one of the most exciting at the moment is the prospect of using Micro-X for an indirect dark matter search.
Honors and awards:
2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellow 2013 Washington University Senior Physics Prize