I grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. From there, I went to Cornell University's College of Engineering and graduated in 2009.  From 2009 to 2011, I worked as an engineer the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and lived in Washington, DC. I was then a graduate student in astrophyics at MIT and lived in Somerville, MA. After earning a Master's degree, I returned to engineering in the Imaging Spectroscopy group at JPL.

My brother, Matt, lives with his wife in Baltimore, and my parents now live in Arlington, VA.

In my free time I like to hike, run, and bike. Here's a photo from Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire: