Astrophysicist.
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I’m currently a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University and aspiring to become a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution. I completed my bachelor studies at the University of Washington in June 2007. I was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy with a minor in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with both Departmental and College Honors. From August 2007 to July 2013, I was a PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder where I spent a year as a teaching assistant for one of the University's introductory astronomy courses, served an instructor for the summer course ASTR 1120, “Stars and Galaxies,” and worked as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. My dissertation was entitled “Investigating the Chemical Evolution of the Universe via Numerical Simulations: Supernova Dust Destruction and Non-Equilibrium Ionization Chemistry” and I officially received my PhD in August 2013. Following my PhD, I spent a year working as a JINA postdoctoral research associate working on semi-analytic models aimed at understanding galactic chemical enrichment. Presently, I work under the general umbrella of computational astrophysics, but have been focused on various studies to understand the chemical evolution of the universe. My earlier work involved simulations of the interaction between reverse shocks in supernova remnants the dust-rich ejecta generated by the supernova explosion. The goals of these efforts were to understand the amount of dust destruction that may take place during such interactions and answer the question, are supernova the primary dust factories in the high redshift universe? Recently, I have been working to implement non-equilibrium ionization chemistry for metal species in the open-source hydrodynamics code Enzo through the development of a new software package for building and solving complex chemical networks called Dengo. In addition to research, I am dedicated to becoming an effective STEM educator and committed to STEM outreach, which led to founding and running CU-STARS during my time at CU-Boulder.