State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, June 2013
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Anticipated June 2015
NASA Academy Research Project
Behavior Characterization of Emerging Aero-Propulsion Materials
Mentors: Susan Draper and Tim Gabb
Hometown: Lancaster, NY
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci
I am extremely passionate about space exploration and aeronautics. I believe it is our nature as human beings to push our boundaries, capabilities, and understandings further – and it is the quest for this that I find inspirational. Whether in the form of a breathtaking accomplishment such as launching humans to space or landing a rover on Mars, or one that seems routine, such as crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a matter of hours – I see our achievements in aerospace as a testament to human skill and dedication. It is only within the last 110 years that we have learned to defy – or more appropriately, balance – the gravity that normally keeps our feet on the ground, and I believe our future lies in the skies and beyond – and that it is our responsibility to make it as such.
Education and Experience
I have just completed my bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University at Buffalo. I will be entering the MS/PhD program at UB in the fall.
I worked as a product engineering intern at Moog Inc Space and Defense Group in 2011 and 2012. I also serve as the Program Manager of the UB Nanosat Team, where we are building a cubesat to observe and characterize glinting space objects. I am also active in SEDS, or Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, serving as the chair of the SpaceVision 2012 conference and previously as the UB chapter president.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy amateur high-powered rocketry, and usually attend and fly at several launches each year. I also enjoy astronomy – most clear nights you’ll find me looking through a telescope. I am a big fan of hockey and football, and am proud to support Buffalo sports teams – even if it seems hopeless.