Position: Graduate Student
Fall 2004 - Spring 2008 - B.S. Physics - University of California, Los Angeles
Fall 2009 - Spring 2013 - Ph.D. Part 1 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Summer 2013 - Present - Ph.D. Part 2 - Rice University
Outstanding Teaching Assistant - University of Tennesse - 2010
Though my general interests are quite broad across many disciplines, I have settled into Condensed Matter as an excellent outlet for interesting topics. I am primarily interested in high temperature superconductivity and its interplay with magnetism. This is a complex and nuanced problem and our tool of choice is inelastic neutron scattering. Neutron scattering in general is a versatile tool for probing both hard and soft materials. Utilizing the magnetic nature of neutrons, we are able to investigate the magnetic structure and excitation in new superconductors, particularly the iron pnictides. My work involves growing and studying the 111 family of iron based superconductors.
Hailing from southern California, it was clear from my love of puzzles, logic, games and explosions that I was destined for science. During my time at UCLA (Go Bruins!) I spent much of my time away from physics tutoring high school students and playing ultimate frisbee. The year following graduation, though away from formal education, was busy none-the-less as I got married to the loveliest of ladies, interned in an NMR lab building probes, and took a deep breath as I prepared for the dive back into academia. Graduate studies began at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with coursework and an extra year assisting in the honors undergraduate lab. Upon completion of the qualifying exam, I joined Dr. Dai and began this adventure into high temperature superconductivity, crystal growth, and neutron scattering. The end of year four brought a change as our group made the migration westward to Rice University. Though the future is never sure, I hope to eventually settle into an education focused college environment where I can pass on my passion for science and utilize my abilities as a professor.