PhD candidate at Caltech
Hello! I am a Physics graduate student in the NuSTAR group at Caltech, where I study accreting objects, including low-mass X-ray binaries, supergiant X-ray binaries, and ultra-luminous X-ray sources. I am particularly interested in the varied and extreme phenomena that arise due to accretion onto neutron stars, such as X-ray pulsations and thermonuclear bursts. I also work in the lab studying Cadmium (Zinc) Telluride detectors for future astronomical missions.
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Me and Snuggles the Maltese enjoying a sunny day at Caltech. Photo credit: Sarah Johnson
Community organizing and service
I feel compelled to build communities based in care and compassion. Below are a few of the ways I've done that at Caltech.
Socialists of Caltech
As a founding member and previous co-chair of the Socialists of Caltech, I have worked with other students to help make our communities better places to live for working people. I have run regular reading groups, designed lessons for outreach to local schools, and helped to write legislation which will protect local renters.
CaltechY RISE tutoring
As a CaltechY RISE tutor, I taught local high school students math and physics for several years. I have a deep love for teaching, and I strive to provide a welcoming environment in which students can build their confidence and their understanding at the same time.
Caltech for Black Lives
I cofounded and currently serve as a co-chair of Caltech for Black Lives. We work closely with the Black Scientists and Engineers of Caltech (BSEC) to make Caltech a safer and more welcoming place for those belonging to minoritized groups. I am currently working on a program by which Caltech community members can correspond with incarcerated people.