I grew up in Storrs, CT, moved to Texas for my undergraduate degree at Rice University, then returned to New England immediately afterward. The snow and ice have too strong a pull! After graduation, I worked for four years at a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) startup company, Solaflect Energy, where I helped develop a novel, extremely material-efficient heliostat design for tower-based CSP plants. I am now a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, working with the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory.
I am interested in methods of fabricating and shaping highly accurate and lightweight optics.