My life goal is to help settle the space frontier. Humanity cannot remain a one planet species for ever and I strongly believes that by learning how to colonize space we will simultaneously solve many more of humanity's "Grand Challenges" here on Earth. By training I am a Rocket Scientist, I hold a bachelors and a masters degree in aerospace engineering.
During the summer of 2008 I co-founded the Omega Envoy Project, the only student formed and led team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, The purpose is to give students the unique opportunity to design, build, and fly real space missions. This project was the beginning of my interest in participatory exploration, primarily to find new ways to engage and excite the public about space exploration. I am now very interested in DIY Space Exploration. Soon enough we can all explore space on our own and I can hardly wait!
I spent the summer of 2010 as a graduate summer program student at Singularity University at NASA Ames. I studied the accelerating technological advancements in the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and information which has given me a skill set of understanding the likely advancements of technologies in the next couple decades. Specifically I focussed on how these technologies will impact the space industry and while at the program co-founded Made in Space, Inc. a company aimed at in situ manufacturing in space utilizing 3D printing technologies.
These days you can find me in Mountain View, Ca. at NASA Ames Research Center working with Moon Express, a lunar data and delivery services company.
On a slightly more serious note, you should know that I am constantly having fun. If something is not fun for me I lose interest very quickly. My best friend is Cosmos, a 4.5 year old English Bull Terrier. I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico in Holiday, Fl. and feel most comfortable outdoors. I used to think I would be a magician one day.