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. I then took a staff scientist position at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech in Pasadena, California. I am currently a Research Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. See my Research page and CV for more information regarding my specific projects at each institution.