Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: 9/06-5/11
· Ph.D. in plasma physics.
Oxford University, Oxford, UK: 9/03-1/07
· M.Sc by research in atomic and laser physics.
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA: 8/98-6/03.
· B.A. with physics major, math minor, highest honors.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics: 8/01-1/02.
National Undergraduate Fellowship workshop in fusion science, Princeton University: 6/01.
Employment: Scientific Research
University of Maryland: 8/13-present
· Research Associate.
· ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow.
· Developed Fokker-Planck codes to compute neoclassical effects in stellarators and tokamak transport barriers.
· Advisor: Dr. Peter Catto
· Studied radial electric fields in optimized stellarator plasmas.
Oxford University: 10/03-1/07
· Advisor: Dr. Simon Hooker
· Operated terawatt ultrafast laser system
· Studied quasi phase matching techniques for high harmonic generation
University of Minnesota: 6/03-9/03
· Supervisor: Prof. Paul Crowell
· Built and operated magneto-optical Kerr effect microscope to measure
hysteresis in magnetic microstructures.
Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment: full time 1/00-5/00
and 5/01-8/01, 5/02-8/02, plus other part-time work since 8/99.
· Advisor: Prof. Michael Brown
· Constructed magnetic probe array as well as electronics
and software to process associated data.
Santa Fe Institute: Research Experience for Undergraduates- 6/00-8/00.
· Supervisor: Dr. Tim Hely
· Programmed computer model of human visual system.
· Organized speaker series for undergraduates
to meet Institute researchers
University of Minnesota: Research Experience for Undergraduates- 5/99-8/99.
· Supervisor: Dr. James Kakalios
· Designed and performed experiments to study granular material
Middle East Education through Technology (MEET)
· Instructor for Java programming class, 6/11-8/11
Cosmos Education,1/09, 5/11-6/11
· Ran after-school physics and math activities for high school students in Lusaka, Zambia (Africa).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
· Teaching assistant, "Introduction to Plasma Physics," 9/10-12/10
· Grader, "Plasma transport theory," 9/09-12/09
University of Oxford
· Taught mechanics and laser physics (tutorials for St Hugh's and Jesus Colleges)
Oxford Access Scheme- 7/04
· Physics lecturer for program to encourage underrepresented minority students to apply to Oxford.
Physics Clinician, Swarthmore College- 1/01-5/03
· Assisted Swarthmore physics students with homework
· Lectured on some physics concepts.
Summer class teaching intern- 6/01. Minnesota Institute for Talented
Youth (MITY) at Macalester
College, St. Paul, MN
· Assistant teacher for "Physics is Phun" class.
Physics and math homework grading - Swarthmore College.
· Corrected problem sets for intermediate mechanics (PHYS 7),
intro to relativity & quantum mechanics (PHYS 6), and mathematical
statistics (STAT 53).
Private tutoring- 2/01 - 5/01.
· Tutored a high school senior in physics and calculus to
prepare for the AP tests.
Volunteer coordinator and advisory board member, Sabre foundation, 2/09-9/12
Volunteer, Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, 7/09
Presenter, COSM-ZASE workshops on science education, Zambia: 5/05-8/07
President and plasma physics representative, MIT physics graduate student council: 9/06-9/09
ORISE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011
Graduate student poster prize, 2010 Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
2003 Rhodes Scholar
Highest Honors, Swarthmore College
Lang award, Swarthmore College, 2003
Finalist for 2003 Apker Award for the best undergraduate physics thesis, American Physical Society.
Undergraduate research poster award from the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics, 44th annual meeting, 2002.
Sarah Kaighn Cooper Scholarship,Swarthmore College, 2001
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship finalist
Goldwater Scholarship - 2000-2002 - awarded for excellence in science, math, and