"At heart, I am a puzzler and a problem solver. I love learning why things work the way they do and discov­ering the mathe­matics or processes that control them."

I am a mechanical engineer and designer specializing in systems engineer­ing, environmental design, and mathe­matical modeling. At heart, I am a puzzler and a problem solver, drawn to discovering and creatively harnessing the mathe­matics that govern the world.

I am currently an Avionics Operations and Systems Engineer at SpaceX in Los Angeles, CA, where I work primarily on designing and maintaining electronics on the Crew Dragon spacecraft responsible for the first crewed flights to the International Space Station by a private company. I have helped with various projects including the qualification of human-rated parachute systems, a complete refactoring of work instructions for the vehicle, and several tooling improvements that have led to thousands of dollars in savings for the company.

I have a substantial array of technical skills, including

  • Welding
  • Milling/Turning
  • CAD/CAM (CNC manufacturing and design)
  • Composites manufacturing
  • Circuit design
  • Soldiering
  • Embedded systems programming
  • Data Analysis (Excel, SQL, and Python)
  • Technical writing

A true whole-brain engineer, I graduated from North­western in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineer­ing and a B.A. in Violin Performance. Outside of my classes, I served as the Project Manager for the North­western Solar Car Team, held a position on the Student Advisory Board of the engineering school, and par­ticipated annually in various design challenges. I also participated in musical and theatrical productions within the acclaimed Bienen School of Music. In the future, I hope to continue to study engineering at the Masters or PhD level and eventually contribute to the development of renewable energy systems (solar, hydro­thermal, wind) and/or space exploration; two areas that I believe humankind must learn to fully embrace if we are to flourish in this century.

At the same time, I recognize that the ability to teach and communicate clearly with others is vital for bringing about change in today's energy and space exploration techno­logical infra­structure. New products and ideas are only useful if their purpose is not made aparent to others.

This is why I continue to work on my communication skills. From musical performance, I learn how to emotionally connect with others. From practicing graphics design, I learn the skill of clear visual communication. From my classes and work at GE, I learn technical report writing. My expertise in these three ele­ments of communication — emotional, visual, and technical — uniquely situates me to confront the communication challenges that will surround my work as an engineer.