First off, click here for my CV. Read on for a more colloquial self-description.
While at EIU, I worked with Professor Leo Comerford of the Mathematics department on a departmental honors project studying hyperbolic groups, and during the summer of my Junior year, I went to the University of Rochester on an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant to work with Professor Eric Blackman to model the formation of jets in magnetized accretion disks.
After four years at EIU, I moved to my current position in sunny Santa Barbara, CA to pursue a Ph. D. in Physics. Currently I'm working with Lars Bildsten to model accreting white dwarfs in various configurations. The main tool I use is Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics, or MESA as it is usually called.
At this point I have received my M.A. in Physics and will defend my thesis in September 2016.
While I'm not in meetings or coding in my office, I enjoy exploiting my fortunate location by laying out in the sun, going wine tasting, or trying out any of the fine eating establishments in the Santa Barbara area.
When I'm feeling more indoorsy, I enjoy tinkering around with coding in Ruby, learning new board games, and playing the piano. On longer breaks, I enjoy snow skiing with family and friends.