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 was a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, working with the Kavli Institute’s Space Nanotechnology Laboratory (SNL). I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation “Figure Correction of Thin Plate and Shell Substrates Using Stress Generated by Ion Implantation” in January 2019 and am now a postdoctoral associate with SNL.
I am interested in methods of fabricating and shaping highly accurate and lightweight optics.