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, where I received my PhD in Plasma Physics from the MIT Department of Physics in 2019.
I sing! Currently, I am singing with the OXFORD BACH CHOIR, one of the oldest choirs in Oxford. Watch my past concerts of Britten/Vaughan Williams with the MIT CHAMBER CHORUS (April 2018) and my favorite piece, Carmina Burana, with the MIT CONCERT CHOIR (May 2017). I have also had the distinct honors of singing with Jacob Collier in this Emmy-winning documentary (December 2016), as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Handel+Haydn Society for its bicentennial celebration (July 2015).
As a GRADUATE RESIDENT TUTOR in Simmons Hall at MIT, I lived with and mentored over 300 MIT undergraduate students. I enjoyed every minute living in the Sponge – a porous building with its own song – and getting to know some amazingly-talented, smart, and quirky kids. Read more about my experience as a GRT and playing scootah hockey here.
During summer 2017, I taught introductory Python to 80+ Palestinian and Israeli high schoolers participating in the Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) program. Based in Jerusalem, we met with students 5.5 days a week with the aim of fostering a welcoming, collaborative learning environment. Read more about my MEET experience with PSFC lab-mates here. More recently, I reprised my role as an online instructor for the 2020 virtual MEET summer program held remotely due to COVID-19.
- TA for 22.63 Engineering Principles for Fusion Reactors, taught by Prof Dennis Whyte | Fall 2018
- Completed Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program | Spring 2018
- TA/Grader for 8.624 Plasma Waves, taught by Prof Miklos Porkolab | Spring 2017
- TA/Grader for 8.613J/22.611J Introduction to Plasma Physics, taught by Prof Anne White | Fall 2015
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA, USA – PhD in Physics, Department of Physics, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, June 2019
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, IA, USA – BS in Physics and Mathematics, summa cum laude and with Honors, May 2014
HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, Fort Madison, IA, USA – Valedictorian, May 2010
Honors and Awards
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative Fellow | 2014-2019
- Student Marshall/Convocation Speaker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University | 2014
- Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Iowa, Ruth and Clayton Swenson Award in the Sciences | 2013
- National Merit Scholarship | 2010
In the news
Former SULI intern continues to study plasma physics in the U.S. and abroad | US DOE Office of Science | 10 November 2020