My goals are to conduct/troubleshoot research experiments in extreme environments, to unify ideas from interdisciplinary fields, to create or improve products and systems that better society, and to teach others how to do the same. I enjoy finding solutions to complex problems.
I started working in a machine shop at the age of 15. We designed and built conveyor systems for packaging machinery, overhauled pharmaceutical encapsulating machinery and coffee baggers. This critical thinking background has launched me on my present path. I graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2008 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. During that time I conducted two internships, one with CD-Adapco in Long Island, NY (running CFD on F1 and production cars) and the other with von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium (implimenting pressure sensitive paint measurement technique in a turbine test rig).
In graduate school at Florida Tech I designed and built 4 separate parabolic flight programs and conducted microgravity flights with the Reduced Gravity Office in Houston, TX. I have experienced 40 minutes of microgravity and 10 minutes of lunar gravity. I defended my thesis October 2010. I worked for a local clean energy company and designed biomedical instrumentation lab experiments until Jan 1, 2011 when I got a one way ticket to California to chase the Moon.
I was the second employee at Moon Express, and worked for 5 years day and night to help the team win the Google Lunar Xprize and to build a Lunar Transportation and Data service company. In my time at Moon Express we raised over 30 Million dollars and won multiple contracts and google lunar xprize terrestrial milestone prizes.
We bought rocket launches with Rocket Labs, and designed multiple vehicle architectures capable of laying a foundation of exploration and enterprise on the Moon and off planet. We changed history in 5 short years. The team is currently working at Kennedy Space Center and are going to be landing before 2018.