Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
Graduate Research Assistant
July 2010 — Present
Solar physics and small satellite development.
My PhD is focused on understanding the connection between transient coronal dimming and coronal mass ejections. The objective is to develop a space weather forecasting product that is dependent only on spectral observations of the Sun's extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) / EUV Variability Experiment (EVE). The process of developing this also involves analysis of SDO / Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) data.
I'm heavily involved in the development of the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat (www.thesciencecollective.com/minxss). I've been the project manager, instrument lead, and thermal lead, as well as a contributing member on various subsystems (e.g., structures, electronics, and orbit analysis).