I learned to juggle, waterskii, and download music when I was in gradeschool. These talents had no effect on my undergraduate admission to Georgia Tech which was graciously and entirely funded by Georgia Hope and G&C Johnston SCH Scholarships. While studying physics, summers were spent doing research for NASA at Jet Propulsion Labs, Caltech located in Pasadena CA. This enabled multiple road trips across the country, with one route including Atlanta GA, Deadwood SD, Reno, NV, L.A. CA.
I later moved to Ithaca, NY to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Cornell University. Working under Professor David Muller, I had the privilege to see the atomic structures of matter using high-resolution electron microscopes. My research then focused on cryogenic atomic imaging of quantum materials under Prof. Lena Kourkoutis.
My work in materials physics continues in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.