Here is my CV. Click the link below for a pdf version or see some listed items below.


Research Experience

  • 2020 - Present: Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, Penn State University, University Park PA
    • Graduate Fellow, Bojowald Research Group
    • Investigated homogeneity during bouncing cosmology using semiclassical, numerical simulations. Studied implications for loop quantum cosmology and other midisuperspace applications.
  • 2019 - Present: Institute for Theoretical Physics, Frierich-Schiller Universität, Jena DE
    • Research Collaborator, Emmy Noether Junior Research Group
    • Studied applications of tensor networks to lattice QCD and spinfoam models of quantum gravity. Investigated high-performance algorithms for coarse graining in various bases, written primarily in Julia.
  • 2019 Quantum Gravity Computing Lab, Bard College, Red Hook NY
    • Collaborator, Tensor Network Renormalization Lab
    • Studied tensor network formulation of the Ising model in the Julia programming language. Observed the phase transition in the Ising model by means of renormalized tensor flow. Explored applications of these techniques to LQG, and contributed Python programming language algorithms for improved computational efficiency.
  • 2013 - 2015: Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Texas, Austin TX
    • Undergraduate Researcher, Raizen Lab
    • Researched brownian motion under various non-Newtonian fluid model assumptions. Assisted with atomic optics experiments, focused on the optical tweezing of micrometer-scale beads to understand short-timescale behavior transition of fluids. Also conducted exploratory work in nanofluid and graphene manipulation.
  • 2014 - 2015: Directed Reading Program, University of Texas, Austin TX
    • Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Mathematics
    • Researched topics in graduate mathematics with a personal (then) graduate student mentor, Dr. César Garza. Research culminated in two 15-minute, AMS format talks explaining research to undergraduate peers. Topics researched include topology, category theory, smooth manifolds, and dynamical systems.
  • 2011 - 2013: Gravitational Microlensing Lab, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD
    • Undergraduate Researcher, Morgan Lab
    • Researched the structure of quasars and the use of gravitational microlensing as a tool for resolving physical characteristics of active galactic nuclei. Responsible for reducing data and writing scripts to manipulate data obtained from U.S. Naval Observatory. Implemented perl and IRAF solutions resulting in significant error reduction in light-curve data. Supervised by Dr. Christopher Morgan.
  • Fall 2012: United States Naval Observatory, Flagstaff AZ
    • Undergraduate Researcher, Kaj-Strand Astrometric Reflector
    • Operated the 1.55-m Kaj Strand astrometric reflector telescope to take infrared images of several quasar systems. Participated in colloquia. Visited Navy Precision Optical Interferometer at Lowell Observatory.


  • 2020 - Present: PhD, Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Summer 2019: Summer School on Quantum Gravity, Bard College, Red Hook
    • Coursework included: Covariant LQG, Quantum Cosmology, Soft Modes and Quantum Gravity, QFT in Curved Spacetime, 3D Gravity and Quantum Groups.
  • 2013 - 2015: BS, Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin
    • Departmental Honors | Major: Physics
    • Thesis: Brownian Motion in a Non-Newtonian Fluid| Advisor: Prof. Mark Raizen
    • GPA, IN-MAJOR GPA: 3.7/4.0
  • 2011 - 2013: Physics Major, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis
    • Studied physics and mathematics curriculum and participated in research efforts in astrophysics and algebra.

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2020 - 2025 | Mildred Dresselhaus Science Achievement Graduate Fellowship in Physics
    • Given by the Eberly College of Science to recognize and promote outstanding graduate students seeking a doctoral degree in physics. Awards named in honor of an outstanding woman scientist or mathematician who not only made groundbreaking discoveries, but also blazed the trail for others who have followed in their footsteps.
  • 2020 - 2021 | Bert Elsbach Distinguished University Graduate Fellowship in Physics
    • Given by the Graduate School of the Pennsylvania State University for recognition as one of the most academically outstanding graduate students matriculating at the institution.
  • 2020 - 2021 | University Graduate Fellowship
    • Given by the Eberly College of Science and the Graduate School of the Pennsylvania State University for academic excellence.
  • 2014 | Ethel Gene Kahmer Endowed Scholarship
    • Usually given to graduate students in the College of Natural Sciences who have demonstrated leadership and shown interest in a career involving mathematics, physics, or chemistry.
  • 2011 - 2013 | United States Naval Academy
    • Department of Defense supplied full tuition and expenses as well as an undergraduate stipend.
  • 2015 Honors Thesis Award, Department of Physics, University of Texas.
  • 2014 Honors Book Award, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas Chaos in Dynamical Systems, Ott. | Awarded by Prof. Roger Bengtson.
  • 2013 - 2014 Dean’s Scholar Program Membership, University of Texas.
  • 2012 - 2013 Dean’s List Award, United States Naval Academy. Given for academic performance.
  • 2011 - 2012 Superintendent’s List Award, United States Naval Academy, given for combined academic, physical, and military performance.

Academic Service

  • 2020 - Present Graduate Student Member, Physics Department Colloquium Committee, Penn State University
    • Co-hosted a post-colloquium discussion segment between the graduate students and the colloquium speaker. Created pre-talk posters to improve engagement from graduate students and advertise the colloquium talks.
  • 2020 - Present Co-Webmaster, Physics and Astronomy Women +, Penn State University
    • Modernized, reorganized, and updated the appearance of the club website. Supported ongoing club activities by implementing publicly-visible shared event calendars.
  • 2013 - 2015 Assistant Editor, Natural Sciences, Texas Undergraduate Research Journal, Austin
    • Interviewed various undergraduate and graduate researchers in the College of Natural Sciences. Reviewed submitted research papers from undergraduates and helped select the final papers to be accepted for publication.


  • 2014 - 2015 Guest Speaker, Plano Independent School District, Plano TX
    • Taught several invited class sessions to advanced students in 8th grade mathematics. Various topics included symmetries of permutation groups, elementary combinatorics, and probability theory.
  • 2011 - 2013 Astro-Kids Program, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD
    • Planned and lead multiple events per year for local children in grades 5-10 aimed at developing their interest in astronomy and astrophysics. Gave public-oriented talks on ”high-interest” topics such as black holes, general relativity, galaxy formation, etc.

Teaching Experience

  • Summer 2013 Science Instructor, Guthrie Gifted Education, Plano TX
    • Developed and taught physics curriculum for summer program for students in grades 5 - 10. Primarily used demonstrations in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics to introduce foundational physical concepts, such as conservation laws.
  • 2011 - 2012 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD
    • Conducted bi-weekly recitation sections for Mechanics I course, including answering questions from peers and completing sample exercises. USNA does not have a formal TA program; however, these activities were conducted with the explicit approval of Prof. Daryl Hartley.

Work Experience

  • 2015 - Now Quantitative Developer, HBK Capital Management, Dallas TX
    • Designed and implemented high-performance, deferred computation libraries in Python for heterogeneous computing environments. Conducted research into systematic currency trading, statistical arbi- trage equity models, and various quantitative fixed-income models. Also contributed yield and credit spread curve models and calibration techniques in Python. Proposed thermodynamics-based portfolio optimization methodology.
  • 2016 - Now Co-founder and Researcher, Poincaré Research LLC, Dallas TX
    • Built and operated deferred calculation framework in Python, experimenting with techniques from computational topology. Applied computational geometry to various problems in physics.


  • Programming Languages: Python (advanced), Julia, Mathemaica, C++, Bash
  • Scientific python packages: AstroPy, GWpy, LALsuite, NumPy, PyCBC, SciPy
  • Other Scientific Tools: LaTeX, GIT, IRAF, SAOImage DS9
  • Languages: English (primary), French (conversational), Russian (conversational), German (basic)


  • 2017 - Now American Physical Society
  • 2018 - Now American Mathematical Society
  • 2012 - Now The Planetary Society
  • 2016 - 2020 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Conferences Attended

  • Fall 2020 APS Eastern Section, Pennsylvania State University - Virtual, State College PA
  • Spring 2019 APS Texas Section, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches TX
  • Spring 2019 Texas Geometry and Topology Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth TX