I was born and raised in the San Jaquin valley of central California. College took me to Portland Oregon, where I still love to visit. I spent the majority of my time in graduate school living in Naperville and working at Fermilab. After earning my Ph.D. I did postdoctoral work for McGill University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, but I spent my time at TRIUMF in Vancouver BC and the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area. I then taught for three years as a visiting professor at Swarthmore College, before returning to Naperville and beginning my career at NCC in 2006.
While my research area is experimental particle physics, since arriving at NCC I have expanded my interests to include astrophysics, cosmology, and most recently climate science. In addition to teaching across the physics curriculum, I developed a course on climate change which I teach regularly. I have mentored students in summer research doing a variety of projects in particle physics instrumentation and data reduction and in a variety of instructional instrumentation projects.