I am originally from Fort Madison, Iowa, where I graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in 2010. I received my BS in Physics and Mathematics from Iowa State University in 2014. During the summer of 2013, I participated in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. There, my interest grew in plasma physics and fusion energy research. That brought me to the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), where I received my PhD in Plasma Physics from the MIT Department of Physics in 2019. I then spent a few years in Oxford, UK, as a postdoc working on the JET tokamak, sited at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Now I am back at the PSFC as a research scientist.

In the news

Tuning in to invisible waves on the JET tokamak | MIT NewsPSFC News | 24 / 9 Feb 2022

Former SULI intern continues to study plasma physics in the U.S. and abroad | US DOE Office of Science | 10 November 2020

A new path to solving a longstanding fusion challenge | MIT News | 9 October 2018

Bridging the divide with technology | MIT News | 14 November 2017

Profile in From Graphene to Galaxies: Graduate Physics at MIT | pages 4-7 | March 2017

PSFC invites the public to “Ask Me Anything” | PSFC | 24 October 2016

High-intensity fusion | MIT News | 14 October 2016

Alex Tinguely: Working toward a fusion future | MIT News | 20 November 2015


Energy Night provides close-up look at MIT’s fusion future | PSFC | 31 October 2018

Connecting with students, teachers and research colleagues at APS-DPP | PSFC | 3 November 2017

Scientists work side-by-side with students at Bay View High School | WTMJ-TV Milwaukee | 24 October 2017

Connecting with kids at AAAS | PSFC | 22 February 2017

PSFC fusion outreach ignites in Spring | PSFC | 10 May 2016

PSFC Local Outreach Programs Follow Recent National Efforts | PSFC | 9 December 2015

Blog posts

Addir: Where scientists talk religion | MIT Graduate Admissions | April 2018

My Life as a GRT/Two Time Scootah Hockey World Champion | MIT Graduate Admissions | March 2018