What brought you to DRI?
I learned about DRI and UNR a year ago from my undergraduate professor. He told me about his experiences at DRI as a graduate student, and that really sparked my interest in the program. After visiting the facilities last spring and talking to some of the faculty, I knew that DRI and UNR were the right place for me.
What are you studying?
I am in my first semester of the graduate program studying Atmospheric Science.
What research projects are you working on? And who at DRI are you working with?
I am currently working with Dr. Xiaoliang Wang on a NASA project that involves improving fire safety on spacecrafts. I will be using instruments to determine aerosol and particle characterization during the combustion of common spacecraft equipment. A prototype smoke sensor package will then be developed to detect fire at its earliest stage within a spacecraft.
What are your short-term and long-term goals while at DRI?
My short-term goals while at DRI include excelling in my graduate courses so I can apply that information to my research, and to successfully assist in the NASA project in order for it to be completed by the end of next summer. My long-term goals include writing and presenting a strong thesis that contributes to the Department of Atmospheric Science here at DRI and receiving my graduate degree.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for fun?
I’m from Pennsylvania, and graduated from Millersville University with a major in meteorology. I enjoy all sports, especially soccer and hockey. When I’m not working or watching sports, I like to be outdoors exploring the Tahoe area. My favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, snowboarding, and photography. My goal is to complete every section of the Tahoe Rim Trail and snowboard at every Tahoe ski resort during my time here in Reno.