I grew up in Newlin, Pennsylvania: a small village with a few hundred residents in the rolling, green hills and farmland of rural, central PA. I am the son of an automotive mechanic and an elderly care nurse and have two siblings. Outside of academic life, I enjoy travel; wildlife and the outdoors; hiking, biking, and jogging; and sci-fi novels, television, and movies.
I attended the Southern Columbia Area School District in Catawissa, PA where I graduated with honors in 2001. I then attended the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, PA for 4 years where I received a B.S. in Physics in 2005 and graduated with highest honors in the College of Science and Technology.
After undergrad, I worked in the residential heating and cooling industry for one year where I designed, installed, and maintained heating and cooling systems. I then attended Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY for graduate school. I graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics in 2011 under the supervision of Michal Simon and Sebastien Lepine. My first postdoctoral appointment was a fellowship in the Department of Galaxies and Cosmology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany with Tom Herbst. After three years in Heidelberg, I was awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship and moved to California to work with Tom Greene at the NASA Ames Research Center. See my Research page and CV for more information regarding my specific projects at each institution.