I currently work for the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
(+1 year as an
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass.
From 2008 until 2014 I was a graduate student in the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley. While living in the beautiful Bay Area I enjoyed motorcycling and skiing, bluegrass and jazz, and especially Indian food. A friend and I succeeded in a two-year quest to review all 30+ Indian restaurants in Berkeley on our blog, Masala Chaat. And now that I'm living in Cambridge, Masala Chaat v2.0 is upon us!
I grew up in Penn Yan (short for “Pennsylvania Yankees”), a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York, known for its eleven picturesque lakes, rolling hills, and exquisite white wines (try the Riesling!).
In 1998, I left home to attend Woodberry Forest, an all-male boarding high school school in central Virginia. From there I went on to the University of Virginia, where I majored in physics and minored in Spanish. I also tutored athletes in Calculus; performed in musicals with the First Year Players; and sang a cappella with the New Dominions, classical opuses with the University Singers, and jazz with the UVa Jazz Ensemble and a number of smaller combos.
After college, I taught for two years, both at Woodberry Forest and at the Yinhatil Nab'en (“Seeds of Knowledge”) school in the rural Mayan town of San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango, Guatemala (here is the blog I kept), after which, in 2008, I moved out west and began my astronomical studies at UC Berkeley.