The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
I grew up in Storrs, CT, moved to Texas for my undergraduate degree at Rice University, then returned to New England immediately afterward. The snow and ice have too strong a pull! After graduation, I worked for four years at a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) startup company, Solaflect Energy, where I helped develop a novel, extremely material-efficient heliostat design for tower-based CSP plants. I am now a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, working with the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory.
I am interested in methods of fabricating and shaping highly accurate and lightweight optics.
Honors and awards:
U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship, Turkish; Gilman Scholarship